BYU Athletics Blog | 2013

Volleyball around the world

Jul 29, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 9:50 am | Permalink

In case you missed it, 2012 AVCA Freshman of the Year Ben Patch was selected to represent the United States on the U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team (MJNT) at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship.

Eight players on the 12-player roster were part of the 2012 MJNT that won the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship in Colorado Springs, where Patch was named the MVP.

The final 12-player roster was selected from an original field of 22 after a final tryout period in Southern California in June.

In August, the team will reconvene at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to train for the FIVB Men’s Volleyball U21 World Championship held in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey from Aug. 22 – Sept. 1

View the full release at teamusa.org.

Also competing internationally is incoming freshman Lucas Coleman. Coleman competed at the U19 World Championships for Beach in Porto, Portugal, July 11-14. Playing alongside partner Blake Scheerhoorn, Coleman entered the tournament ranked No. 13 overall and No. 2 in Pool D.

With two wins in Pool D, Coleman and Sheerhoorn advanced to Round 1 where they dropped their match to the No. 1-seed.

Coleman is a 6-foot-3 outside hitter from Brooklin, Ontario, Canada and will join the Cougars this fall to prepare for the 2014 season. 

Haws making connections in Kazan

Jul 15, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:31 pm | Updated: July 15, 2013 12:36 pm | Permalink

World traveler and BYU Cougar Tyler Haws will wrap up his tour in Kazan, Russia, tomorrow when Team USA takes on Finland in the 9th/10th place game at the World University Games at 5 a.m. MT. After a disappointing end to pool play, Team USA has rebounded with back-to-back wins over Norway and Germany to earn a spot in the championship of the classification bracket.

Along the way, Haws has had a chance to meet and interact with athletes from all over the world. Among the people he's met are a group of athletes from the Philippines, where Haws served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2010 to 2012. See the photo below.

Haws also met a former Cougar in Kazan in Dr. Blake Boggess, the team physician for Team USA. Boggess competed on the BYU track team (1990, 1994-96) as a distance runner and graduated in 1996. He is currently a sports medicine phyisician at Duke Medical Center in North Carolina. In Kazan, Dr. Boggess organized a medical meeting for all the medical staff at the games to teach best practices for managing injuries in elite athletes. Haws and Dr. Boggess attended the Kazan Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 7.

Van Noy, Hoffman headline fifteen Cougars receiving preseason honors

Jul 10, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 5:58 pm | Updated: July 11, 2013 8:52 am | Permalink

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and wide receiver Cody Hoffman were both named to the Preseason All-America Teams by College Sports Madness. Van Noy was named to the first team while Hoffman earned second-team honors.

Van Noy and Hoffman were also named the College Sports Madness Independent Preseason All-Conference Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively.

In addition to Van Noy and Hoffman, Bronson Kaufusi (DL), Daniel Sorensen (DB), Jordan Johnson (DB), Ryker Mathews (OL) and JD Falslev (PR) were named to the Preseason All-Independent First Team. Spencer Hadley (LB), Ross Apo (WR), Kaneakua Friel (TE) and Manaaki Vaitai (OL) earned second-team honors while Eathyn Manumaleuna (DL), Taysom Hill (QB), Jamaal Williams (RB) and Solomone Kafu (OL) were named to the third team.

Last month Hoffman and Van Noy were also named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America Teams. Van Noy, a 6-3 senior, was recently named to Athlon’s Preseason All-America First Team. Last year, he finished tied No. 2 nationally in sacks and fumbles. In 2011 and 2012 Van Noy was the only player to record a statistic in every major defensive category.

Hoffman leads all returning FBS receivers in career receiving touchdowns and is No. 3 in career receptions and No. 4 in receiving yards. The 6-4 senior has caught a pass in 32 straight games, good for No. 3 nationally entering 2013, and 38 of 39 career games. Hoffman needs just 19 receptions, 538 yards and three touchdowns to become the BYU leader in each of those categories.

The Cougars kickoff their season Aug. 31 on the road against Virginia.

July Baseball Blog

Jul 09, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:27 pm | Updated: July 15, 2013 1:48 pm | Permalink

MORE SUMMER BALL NEWS: Check out this website for the Utah Marshalls to see which current Cougars are playing summer ball for this squad.

KNEE SURGERY: Shortstop Hayden Nielsen had a successful knee scope last month. After that surgery he worked BYU’s first baseball camp of the summer and has gone golfing during his rehabilitation time.

FINAL RANKINGS: With the conclusion of last month’s College World Series, the final NCAA statistical rankings show BYU finishing No. 12 in double plays and No. 14 in triples. Individually, Jacob Hannemann finished No. 6 nationally in triples.

UPDATED ROSTER: The 2014 roster is now posted reflecting returnees from last season’s squad, transfers, those who have signed national letters of intent and returning missionaries Dallen Reber, Matt Crowder, Wyatt Padgett and Kolton Mahoney.

WELCOME PACIFIC TIGERS: The University of the Pacific joined the West Coast Conference this month. BYU has a 3-6 record vs. Pacific, having last played each other in 2008 when the Cougars won 7-5 and 11-6. The two teams have played at three different venues in Stockton, Calif., in those nine games.  Read more about this series.

MISSION CALL: Infielder Nate Favero got his mission call this month to serve in Curitiba, Brazil. He will enter the Brazilian MTC in November.

UPCOMING WEDDING: Former BYU outfielder Jacob Hannemann is engaged to be married to Shayli Johnston. They anticipate a September wedding. Hannemann was named to his third and fourth Freshman All-America team this month when Baseball America magazine and Perfect Game named him to their second teams. Junior first baseman Cody Shepherd got married to Lindsey Horton last month.

2014 SCHEDULE: Portions of BYU’s 2014 baseball schedule, including games vs. Kansas in Arizona; TCU, UT San Antonio and Texas A & M Corpus Christi at the Whataburger Classic; at Dallas Baptist; at UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara in California; and at Nicholls State in Louisiana are now posted online on the baseball schedule page.

AT OMAHA: Former Cougars involved in meetings held in conjunction with the College World Series were Glen Tuckett, retired BYU baseball coach and director of athletics, and Gary Pullins, retired baseball coach who are on the board of directors for the American Baseball Coaches Association. FYI, Pullins prematurely celebrated his 70th birthday at Midway, Utah this month because all four of his children were in town—Pullins actual birthday isn’t until October. Working the College World Series was former BYU linebacker coach Jim Paronto (1983-84), who is the Secretary-Rules Editor, NCAA Baseball Rules Committee.

ANOTHER BYU GRADUATE:  Former outfielder Stephen Wells, who majored in exercise science, will be graduating next month in BYU summer graduation exercises. Current Cougar Christian Mua (exercise and wellness) and former utility man Austin Hall (exercise science) went through graduation exercises last April.

FORMER COUGAR PASSES AWAY: Edgar Benton Aucoin, passed away on July 13th in Baton Rouge, La.,  at the age of 95.  He was a 1949 graduate of BYU and served a career in Louisiana education.  While attending BYU, he was an officer in the Southern States Club, and played on the 1949 conference champion BYU Baseball team.

DATE FOR BYU BASEBALL'S FALL GOLF TOURNEY:  Friday, September 20th is the annual alumni golf outing, and Saturday, September 21st is the BYU alumni baseball game.

On the eve of the World University Games opener for USA Basketball

Jul 06, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:04 pm | Updated: July 6, 2013 11:25 pm | Permalink

With Tyler Haws and his teammates ready to open the World University games on Sunday, here are a few highlights from the opening ceremonies and a great feature from KSL 5 on Tyler and his father Marty.

Haws and his teammates participated in the opening ceremonies of the World University Games on Saturday. His teammate Luke Hancock of Louisville was the flag bearer for the U.S. delegation of more than 300 athletes.

Haws Tweeted the following:

"wow!!! opening ceremonies was awesome... Russia did a great job!! very cool to be apart of"

He also Tweeted a shot of himselft from before the games: "Opening ceremonies tonight!! ya like the outfit?"

Visit usabasketball.com for more shots from the opening ceremonies.

The day after Haws was selected by Bob McKillop and the USA coaching staff, KSL's Greg Wrubell sat down with Tyler and Marty Haws to discuss Tyler making the World University Games roster and the hard work that was required to make the dream a reality. Watch the video on KSL.com.

More from Haws in Kazan, opening ceremonies tonight

Jul 06, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:33 am | Permalink

Check out a few photos from Tyler Haws off the court in Kazan, Russia. The World University Games opening ceremonies are tonight and games start tomorrow. The USA opens with United Arab Emirates on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET on ESPN3.com.

"With Russian dancers... way hot outside!! Not sure how they are doin this... that's Will Sheehey from Indiana."

"My pins so far at the games.... gotta keep gettin them!!!"

"In the middle of the university village!!! Reppin that Tom Holmoe 46 baby. Ha!"

Haws scores 12 as USA routs Russian professional club UNICS

Jul 04, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:34 pm | Updated: July 4, 2013 3:41 pm | Permalink

KAZAN, Russia -- Tyler Haws and the USA World University Games squad celebrated the 4th of July in style with a 94-60 victory over Russian professional team UNICS in Basket Hall 1.

Haws came off the bench to score 12 points, grab three rebounds and record two steals. He was one of team USA's more efficient players on the offensive end as he hit 3 of 5 from the field and all six of his attempts from the charity stripe. Haws was one of six players in double figures as Luke Hancock (Louisville) had 14 points, Doug McDermott (Creighton) scored 13 and Treveon Graham (VCU), Will Sheehey (Indiana) and Aaron White (Iowa) all tallied 11 points apiece.

Graham also led the team with eight rebounds and Yogi Ferrell dished out a team-high eight assists.

Haws sent me a short email after the game saying that "it's an honor (to represent the USA on the 4th of July)! We are blessed to live in America. It's been really cool meeting and seeing different people from different countries. I've been impressed with how fun to be around everybody is."

More from USA Basketball Game Story | Box Score | Additional Quotes | Photo Gallery

Team USA will hold one more scrimmage tomorrow against Russia at 8:30 p.m. in Kazan in the Main Arena. Opening Ceremonies for the 2013 World University Games will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Kazan.

USA WUG Coach Bob McKillop on his team

Jul 03, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:19 pm | Permalink

USA head coach Bob McKilllop (Davidson College) on his team.

On Tyler Haws:
“I understand why he scored 20-plus points a game. He has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. His short-range game is superb.”

On Spencer Dinwiddie:
“Spencer has emerged as a valuable point guard for us. He can play three different spots and is able to get his shot. He could be the catalyst for setting the tone for our defense.”

On Yogi Ferrell:
“Yogi is quick and gets the ball up the court, which is very important to our running game. He has shot the ball very well in the first week.”

On Treveon Graham:
“Treveon is a warrior. He has a high motor and is constantly in pursuit of the ball. He runs hard and clearly is capable of playing the three-spot as well as the four-spot.”

On Luke Hancock:
“There are no questions why he was the MVP in the National Championship game. He is a dead-eye shooter, crafty with the ball and really knows how to play the game.”

On Cory Jefferson:
“Cory could be that shot-blocker for us. If he runs, rebounds and defends, he will be a very valuable member of this team.”

On Sean Kilpatrick:
“Sean is instant offense and still capable on the other end of the court of being a lock-down defender. “

On Alex Kirk:
“Alex really uses his size, and his girth and his arm extension to rebound and outlet the ball very well. He is going to get opportunities to finish inside and could really be a great advantage for us if he does that.”

On Doug McDermott:
“Doug is clearly a player of the year candidate who knows the international game and knows the American game. He puts points on the board. He is a leader and a consummate pro. “

On Adreian Payne:
“Adreian is getting better and better in the short time that we have been with him. He runs hard, wants to do the right thing and works to do the right thing. He has terrific length and an outstanding touch with the ball.”

On Will Sheehey:
“Will is a great teammate. He connects the front court with the back court. He is high-energy and runs the court very well. He is a face-up shooter, so you can’t cheat off of him.”

On Aaron White:
“Aaron is a jack of all trades. Somehow he finds ways to get tips, to get rebounds, to get put backs. He runs the court, uses his body very well and is very aggressive.”

*Special thanks to the Haws family for the photo

Haws and the USA WUG team arrive in Russia

Jul 03, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:10 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws and the USA Basketball Men's World University Games team arrived in Kazan, Russia, on Wednesday. Haws, his teammates and coaches departed Denver on Monday and had layovers in Washington D.C. and Istanbul, Turkey, before arriving at their final destination. See below for some videos and photos from Haws.

A Hawsome week in Colorado Springs

Jun 29, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:12 am | Updated: June 29, 2013 11:45 am | Permalink

Watching Tyler Haws compete for and eventually earn a spot on the USA Men’s Basketball World University Games Team is easily ranked among the top moments in my time while working with the BYU men’s basketball team.

BYU’s double-overtime win over Florida in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, advancing to the 2011 Sweet 16, collecting trophy after trophy with Jimmer Fredette in Houston, the comeback win over Iona in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, seeing Craig Cusick hit the game-winner against Utah State despite learning earlier that day that his father was diagnosed with cancer, the run to the NIT semifinals in Madison Square Garden earlier this Spring… this ranks right up there with all of those great moments and the many others I’ve witnessed.

This experience began Wednesday evening around 11 p.m. when I jumped in the car with KSL’s Greg Wrubell and Dave Noriega. The three of us had worked all that day at BYU’s Football Media Day. When the last tweets were sent and blogs posted about what should be an exciting 2013 football season, we quickly turned our attention to Haws and his journey to make this team. I also coached my son’s little league team to a tournament win in between Media Day and our departure (sorry for the shameless plug).

The original plan was to leave Thursday around 4 a.m. but we were eager to be there for as many practices as possible. Original is a term I should use fairly loosely. KSL posted a video on YouTube from the first practice Tuesday morning. I texted Greg asking if KSL was in Colorado and he said they'd hired the local affiliate. We both expressed our desired to go but inititally it wasn't much more than a pipe dream. Thanks to cooperation from our bosses and families, it quickly became a reality, although I wasn't 100 percent going until Wednesday around lunch time.

We arrived at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Thursday morning around 9:30 a.m., in time for the team’s first practice that day but not in time to stop for breakfast. The drive was a fairly smooth 10-hour ride (heavy Denver traffic excluded) that went straight through the night and included maybe an hour or two of interrupted sleep.

That first practice was very encouraging. Tyler looked great and definitely seemed to be in the top half of the players on the court. The second practice was more nerve-wracking. Tyler played fine but certainly wasn’t put in a position to shine.

After a good night’s sleep, we were back in the gym for our third practice and Tyler’s eighth in five days. This practice was much more encouraging. The team was split into groups of five and the groups went at each other in spirited drills. Each drill had a winner and Tyler’s group won or tied for the win in almost every drill. Tyler made several plays to help his team – some that would show up on the stat sheet and many that would not.

Friday night was even more encouraging. No one played extensive minutes as McKillop mixed and matched, no doubt in an effort to see how players would respond to different situations. Tyler played about 11 minutes, and did a little of everything, scoring five points and adding five rebounds, four assists and two steals. He gave maximum effort on every play and left it all out on the court.

We were hopeful – the players likely even more so – that we would receive word of who made the team Friday night. After hours of waiting, it became apparent no announcement was forthcoming and I surrendered to a few hours of restless sleep.

Saturday morning Greg learned from a reliable source that Tyler made the team but we waited until we were in the gym and had official word from USA Basketball to make an announcement.

As an observer, this has been exciting yet nerve wracking. The competition has been intense. All 15 players (the original cut was down to 16 but ultra-talented Rodney Hood of Duke unfortunately suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw) were there because they were talented and brought something to the table that could help the team win games.

Tyler has competed as hard as anyone. He has given it his all on every play and done whatever has been asked of him by the coaches. Despite all that, I never felt completely comfortable that he would make the team because I obviously didn’t know what the coaches and the USA committee were thinking. Tyler wasn’t being given the opportunities to shine offensively like he does at BYU so I kept wondering if they knew how good he really is.

Obviously, the coaches saw what Cougar Nation sees every time Tyler takes the floor as a Cougar, and they rewarded him with a spot on the team.

Whenever BYU plays a game, at home, on the road or a neutral floor, in an NCAA Tournament game or in a home game against a team we are highly favored to beat, I get nervous. I obviously have no way of impacting the outcome of a game – a blessing to the coaches and the players – but I always desire for the players to perform their best because I know how hard they’ve worked to prepare for every game.

That’s how I’ve felt since arriving in Colorado Springs, that same nervous energy I feel before and during games. I have a pretty good sense for how hard Tyler works to become the best player he can be and I have felt all along that he earned and deserved this opportunity.

It’s moments like this that make me proud to work with such great student-athletes and coaches and proud to be a part of BYU basketball.

Go Cougars!