Athletic Department Blog

BYU Athletics hosts 10th annual Cougar Kickoff

Aug 21, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:42 am | Updated: August 21, 2014 2:06 pm | Permalink

BYU Athletics began the 2014 fall season with its 10th annual Cougar Kickoff Wednesday evening.

Thousands were in attendance to meet athletes from the football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and cross country teams. Players signed autographs and played games with fans.

Those who participated also had a chance to meet Cosmo, the Cheer team and the Cougarettes.

Photos of the evening’s festivities can be found on the BYU Cougars Facebook page.

Fans will have an additional opportunity to visit with members of the football team this Saturday when the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Cougar Club sponsors the Big Blue Bash. The event begins at 7 p.m. MDT at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City. Admission is $10 at the door.

Apply to be on the 2014-15 ROC board

Mar 27, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:42 pm | Permalink

BYU's student section, The ROC, is creating a board for the 2014-15 season and is looking for a few energetic and creative students to get involved.

The ROC is an official club on campus with ties to BYUSA and the BYU Athletic Department. Currently led by student employees of BYU Athletic Marketing, the ROC is shifting to volunteer student leaders, giving everyone on campus a chance to have a voice in the affairs of the student section.

The ROC board will handle everything ROC-related: gameday atmosphere, advertising, planning trips to road games, the ROC app, cheers, student involvement and more.

The goal of the ROC is to give the Cougars a great homefield/court advantage at all home events while upholding the standards of BYU. The board will play an important role in progressing the mission of the ROC and helping BYU have one of the best student sections in the country.

If you're interested in applying to be on the ROC board, CLICK HERE to fill out an application.

BYU wins film contest to determine nation's most loyal fans

Dec 12, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 6:43 pm | Updated: December 12, 2013 7:03 pm | Permalink

BYU won $10,000 for the Hyundai Lens of Loyalty film contest to determine the nation’s most loyal fans.

Hyundai first contacted 25 university film programs to submit a one-page treatment for a film that would offer a glimpse into the traditions and passion of their fan base. From those treatments seven schools were selected and awarded with $10,000 to create the film. BYU won the additional $10,000 over finalists Alabama, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Oregon and Pittsburgh.

The video was created by BYU students and director Jeff Sheets at BYU's Laycock Center for Creativity and Collaboration. It demonstrates BYU fans rising up worldwide in places like London, Saudia Arabia, Asia and Africa. With its prize money BYU flew some of the most loyal fans shown in the video out to Provo to watch a game. 

LOYAL, STRONG, and TRUE!

United Way Day of Caring

Sep 13, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:43 pm | Permalink

On Thursday, Sept. 12, the BYU athletic department joined the rest of the BYU campus in the Utah County United Way Day of Caring by supporting numerous service projects throughout the community. University employees were given four hours off work to support the United Way’s efforts to strengthen the local community.
 
This year, BYU Athletic employees participated in a variety of activities around the community including the kick-off breakfast at LaVell Edwards Stadium, work at the Community Action Food Bank of Provo and general outdoor work such as painting and yard work.
 
In all, BYU student-athletes and athletic department employees contributed approximately 400 of hours of work.

Fan Stadium Party!

Sep 04, 2013 - Posted by at 9:39 pm | Updated: September 4, 2013 11:00 pm | Permalink

Cougar fans enjoyed a fun evening on Wednesday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The BYU Athletic Department hosted the Fan Stadium Party on Wednesday just days before the football team's first home game of the season on Saturday against the nationally ranked Texas Longhorns.  

BYU football head coach Bronco Mendenhall attended the party and talked to fans along with the "Voice of the Cougars," Greg Wrubell. Many other activities took place during the evening, including locker room tours. The party lasted from 6:30-9 p.m. 

Check out the photos below to get a little taste of the event if you happened to miss it. 

BYU All-Americans honored

Feb 22, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:40 am | Updated: February 22, 2013 11:56 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah -- During halftime of the BYU men’s basketball game against Utah State Tuesday, BYU honored its 39 All-Americans from 2012.

Honorees from last year’s winter sports and the recently-ended fall sports were named. Both All-America and Academic All-America awardees were honored.

For a complete list of 2012 BYU All-Americans, see list below.

Junior football player Kyle Van Noy was also presented the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Defensive Performer of the Year trophy by Bradley C. Smith, Executive Director of the CFPA.

In addition to earning the Defensive Performer of the Year Trophy, Van Noy was previously honored with the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy, becoming the second Cougar to earn national CFPA individual honors, following 2009 tight end recipient Dennis Pitta.

A 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker from Reno, Nev., Van Noy earned 2012 All-America honors finishing the year ranked tied for No. 2 nationally in both sacks (13) and forced fumbles (6), while also ranking No. 4 in tackles for loss (22) and tied for seventh in blocked kicks (2).

Van Noy led BYU in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hurries (8) and blocked kicks. He also set a school record with six forced fumbles. He totaled 53 tackles while adding five pass breakups, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two touchdowns to become the only player in the nation to record a stat in every major defensive category each of the last two seasons.

A 2012 All-Bowl Team selection, Van Noy also had what many consider the best defensive performance of the bowl season, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of BYU's Poinsettia Bowl victory to help the Cougars claim their fourth straight bowl victory.

2012 All-Americans

Women’s Basketball

Kristen Riley: AP Honorable Mention

Men’s Swim/Dive

Brandon Watson: NCAA Second Team

Baseball

Mason Marshall: Louisville Slugger Freshman Team

Softball

Delaney Willard: NFCA First Team, Easton First Team

JC Clayton: Easton Second Team

Stacie Toney: CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team

Women’s Indoor Track

Lacy Bleazard: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Sarah Edwards: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Christen Guenther: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Katie Palmer: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Men’s Indoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA Mile First Team, USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team, USTFCCCA Academic All-America, CoSIDA All-America

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 400m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Ryan Waite: USTFCCCA 800m Second Team, NCAA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Rex Shields: USTFCCCA Distance Medley Relay First Team

Victor Weirich: USTFCCCA Pole Vault Second Team

Men’s Volleyball

Futi Tavana: AVCA First Team

Taylor Sander: AVCA First Team

Women’s Outdoor Track

Nachelle Mackie: USTFCCCA 800m First Team

Allyson Anderson: USTFCCCA Javelin Second Team

Men’s Outdoor Track

Miles Batty: USTFCCCA 1500m First Team

Chris Carter: USTFCCCA 400m Hurdles First Team, NCAA 4x400m Second Team

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA 10,000m First Team

Alden Bahr: USTFCCCA 10,000m Second Team

Jason Hinds: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Cade Lindahl: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Shaquille Walker: USTFCCCA 4x400m Second Team

Men’s Cross Country

Jared Ward: USTFCCCA First Team

Tylor Thatcher: USTFCCCA First Team

Women’s Soccer

Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall: NSCAA First Team, Senior CLASS First Team All-America, TopDrawerSoccer All-America First Team

Jessica Ringwood: NSCAA Second Team

Carlee Payne Holmoe: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Erica Owens: NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team

Cloee Cholohan: TopDrawerSoccer All-America Third Team

Michele Murphy: TopDrawerSoccer All Freshman First Team

Football

Riley Stephenson: AP Second Team, SI.com Second Team, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Kyle Van Noy: AP Third Team, SI.com Honorable Mention, CBSSports.com Second Team, Phil Steele Third Team, College Sports Madness Third Team

Cody Hoffman: SI.com Honorable Mention

Ezekiel Ansah: Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention

Women’s Volleyball

Jennifer Hamson: AVCA First Team, Volleyball Magazine Second Team

Nicole Warner: AVCA Honorable Mention, Volleyball Magazine Third Team

Heather Hannemann: AVCA Honorable Mention

Alexa Gray: AVCA Honorable Mention

Postgraduate Scholarships

Miles Batty: WCC Postgraduate Scholarship, NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship

Jodi Maxfield on DanceTeacher Cover

Feb 21, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:02 pm | Permalink

Congratulations to BYU Cougarette director Jodi Maxfield who was featured on the March 2013 cover of DanceTeacher magazine. Maxfield came to BYU in 1991 and has built one the nations top college dance programs. Under her direction, the Cougarettes have won 10 National College Dance team champions — eight NDA titles and two hip-hop national championships.  Maxfield was recognized as one of the Nation's Outstanding Directors in 2003 and 2004.

BYU Athletics to auction custom Harley-Davidson

Aug 24, 2012 - Posted by at 5:26 pm | Permalink

Cougar Nation…

A generous donor has given BYU Athletics a one-of-a-kind custom 2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster to auction to the highest bidder. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the general athletics scholarship fund.

The bike can be seen at Timpanogos Harley in Lindon, Utah.
 
Bidding will close at 5 pm on Friday, Sept. 7.  The top-five bidders will be notified Sept. 7, and allowed to submit a final bid by Sept. 10 at 5 pm.

Minimum required bid – $25,000

Additional information about the bike…
- 2011 Road King Classic
- Two road-hard saddle bags
- Langston Paint Job
- 103 cubic-inches
- six-speed transmission
- ABS brakes
- Just 51 miles on the bike
 
Bids must be submitted to Michael Bowen at (801) 422-1193 or michael_bowen@byu.edu.

Check out the video…
 

LaVell Edwards Stadium video display coming along

Aug 10, 2012 - Posted by at 7:47 am | Updated: August 10, 2012 7:51 am | Permalink

Fans attending the BYU fall football scrimmage Thursday got a sneak peak of the new video display system at LaVell Edwards Stadium. 

The state-of-the-art ANC Sports Enterprises video display system includes 16mm surface mount LED video screens, each measuring 35 feet high by 50 feet wide. In addition, approximately 210 feet of LED ribbon flank both sides of each scoreboard, running across the top of the north and south end zones.

ANC is spearheading the engineering, manufacturing and installation of the LED display system. Driven by the VisionSOFT™ operating system, the new display system will be capable of synchronizing together as one theme or segmenting into different elements to provide fans with various information and entertainment content.

The video system will be in place for the 2012 season kickoff versus Washington State on Aug. 30 at 8:15 p.m.

Links to LaVell Edwards Stadium scoreboard webcams

Aug 08, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 1:21 pm | Updated: August 13, 2012 1:29 pm | Permalink

BYU recently set up a couple of webcams in LaVell Edwards Stadium to help in monitoring the installation progress of the new high-definition video wall displays. We thought Cougar Nation might be interested in a sneak peek. Here are the links…

http://128.187.10.203 (south scoreboard)

http://128.187.10.202 (north scoreboard)

A special thanks to ANC Sports Enterprises for its technical expertise and to Nu Skin Enterprises for it generous sponsorship of the new LED screens.

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For more information on the new displays, read the official release.