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  1. 1. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE University of Miami Athletics Annual Report 2008-09
  2. 2. Mission Statement The University of Miami’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is dedicated to developing and supporting its student-athletes in their efforts to achieve personal, academic and athletic excellence; resulting in the highest standards of achievement. Through its programs, the department will provide a foundation which prepares student-athletes for future success. We are committed to: Our Core Values are: • Providing a culture of well-being for student-athletes • Integrity and staff • Sportsmanship • Complying with the rules and policies of all governing • Accountability bodies and the University of Miami • Pride • Conducting ourselves as representatives of the • Diversity University, its Board of Trustees, administration, • Education faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends with • Professional Conduct integrity, class and distinction • Ethics • Supporting the mission of the University of Miami • Fiscal Integrity • Providing the opportunity and resources for student-athletes to achieve excellence through growth and development academically and athletically • Developing leaders in their fields and in their community • Providing equitable opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or veteran status
  3. 3. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE University of Dear stakeholders and friends, Miami In my first year as the Director of Athletics at the University of Miami, I was both amazed and impressed at the commitment and desire of our student-athletes, coaches and staff to achieve success in all aspects of Athletics life. I was equally impressed with the unyielding support our fans, alumni and donors have shown our program. Needless to say, it was truly a memorable 2008-09 season. This is the first University of Miami Athletics Annual Report, a yearly account intended to provide you, our stakeholders a unique look into our UM family. 3 This report is a detailed, 40-page account of our 2008-09 season – in the classroom, in the community and in athletic competition. Inside you’ll find a comprehensive look into our athletic department, including team- by-team reports from this past season as well as inspiring stories of some of our impressive student-athletes. The 2008-09 season saw a number of student-athletes, coaches and teams at UM achieve success on the national stage. Two head coaches – Paige Yaroshuk-Tews (women’s tennis) and Nicole Lantagne Welch (volleyball) – were named ACC Coach of Year after stellar seasons on the court. Our student-athletes earned a total of 15 All-America honors this past year, while junior Laura Vallverdu reached the NCAA singles final in women’s tennis and senior track star Murielle Ahoure won the 200-meter event at the NCAA Indoor National Championship. For as much athletic success as our teams had this past season, there is an exceptional amount of time and effort our Hurricane family puts forth outside the lines. In the classroom, our football team achieved the seventh-highest Academic Progress Report score in the country and graduated an impressive 14 student-athletes, a mark we believe was the highest in the country. Five of our teams achieved a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score last year and for the second season in a row, Jack McClinton was the only ACC basketball player to be named to both the All-ACC First Team and the All-ACC Academic Team. In addition to the hard work our student-athletes put forth in the classroom, our commitment as an athletic department to give back to the South Florida community was something I take a great amount of pride in. That undertaking was surely evident this past year, when our student-athletes, coaches and staff spent countless hours taking part in a number of community outreach programs. One of the most important endeavors in my first year was the establishment of a master plan for major facilities improvements at the University of Miami. The construction of a basketball practice facility on campus was recently completed as well as a number of other upgrades including Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, the Neil Schiff Tennis Center and Cobb Stadium. Our football team’s move into Land Shark Stadium was highlighted by the induction of a new Ring of Honor class, as we welcomed Hurricane greats Edgerrin James, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto and Gino Torretta into the prestigious class of UM football stars. For as rich as our history is here at UM, progress is an important part of our development as an athletic department. Going forward, this annual report will provide you with a detailed year-by-year summary of how we as a department are growing, improving and thriving. On behalf of the entire Hurricane family, we appreciate all that you do for us. Our success wouldn’t be possible without your steadfast loyalty and support. We look forward to another exciting year together in 2009-10. Go Canes! Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics
  4. 4. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE University of Throughout the year, the University of Miami’s student-athletes have achieved the highest standards Miami of excellence in both the classroom and in competition. The following is a list of recent Athletics Points of Pride that we want to share with all of our stakeholders. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff thank you for your continued support. 4 According to the Division I 2008 Graduation The 2008 football team had 14 graduates on Success Rate, the NCAA’s method of deter- the roster, which we believe to be the most mining academic progress, University of of any school in the nation. In 2007, the UM Miami student-athletes achieved an overall football team had 12 graduates participate. score of 81%. That same report showed 13 of UM’s 14 sports achieving at least a 70% UM’s football and men’s basketball teams score with five teams having a perfect 100% each have an APR score that is at least 30 mark. points higher than the national average. In 2009, the Miami Hurricanes football For the second year in a row, Jack McClinton team achieved the nation’s 7th highest was the only ACC basketball player to be Academic Progress Rate (APR), exceeded only named to the All-ACC First Team and the by Stanford, Air Force, Duke, Rutgers, Rice All-ACC Academic Team. Jack was also and Navy. The Hurricanes also had a top 10 named the 2009 Skip Prosser Award recipi- finish in the APR in 2007 and 2008. ent, given to the top scholar-athlete in ACC men’s basketball.
  5. 5. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE In the five years that Frank Haith has been Senior sprinter Murielle Ahoure ran this University of head basketball coach, 19 of 20 seniors have season’s fastest time in the world in the Miami earned their degrees. indoor 200-meter dash (22.80 seconds) and Athletics the fifth fastest indoor 60-meter time (7.17 UM women student-athletes have a cumula- seconds). Murielle won both events at the tive grade point average of 3.11. Their Spring ACC Indoor Meet and claimed the 200-meter 5 2009 semester GPA was 3.19. national title at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She also won the 100-meter For the fourth consecutive year, the UM and 200-meter titles at the ACC Outdoor Meet soccer team has been named as a National and the East Regionals. She was named the Soccer Coaches Association of America USTFCCCA South Region Track Athlete of the College Team Academic Award Winner. Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Ten of 18 sports earned a 3.0 or higher grade Senior diver Reuben Ross was named the point average in the 2009 Spring semester. 2009 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year. Reuben, who In the 2009 Pro Bowl, UM was represented by finished his career as a seven-time seven former players—the most of any All-American, was also named to the All-ACC university. First Team and the All-ACC Academic Team. A league-high 46 former Hurricanes were on NFL rosters to begin the 2008 season. UM also had the most players on NFL rosters to have already earned their college degrees (32).
  6. 6. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Academic Achievements 6 Football graduates (L to R) Demetri Stewart, Chris Barney, Spencer Adkins and Eric Houston. Former NCAA Tennis Singles Champion Audra Cohen throws up the “U” at graduation. Cohen, who turned professional after three collegiate sea- sons, returned to UM to finish her degree. Rowing grads (L to R) Olivia Arkell, Marleena Eyre, Laura Cordner and Rachael Sporko. Seniors from various sports gather for one last picture at Lake Osceola.
  7. 7. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE University of Academic Achievements Miami Over the last five years, UM student-athletes have Football achieved the 7th highest 2009 NCAA Athletics averaged at least a 2.84 Grade Point Average (GPA) Academic Progress Rate (APR) with a score of 977, each semester. In Fall 2008, UM had a 2.88 GPA. In improving from 8th place in 2008 and 10th place in the Spring of 2009, the athletes had a collective 2.89 2007. In ranking 7th, only Stanford, Air Force, Duke, 7 Grade Point Average, the highest spring semester mark Rutgers, Rice and Navy finished ahead of Miami. in school history. The APRs of football, men’s swimming and diving, Student-Athletes were named ACC Scholar Athletes of men’s cross country, men’s indoor track and men’s the Year in three sports—Jack McClinton in men’s outdoor track ranked in the 90th to 100th percentile basketball, Reuben Ross in men’s swimming and diving within their sports nationally. Volleyball ranked in the and Laura Vallverdu in women’s tennis. 80th to 90th percentile within its sport nationally. Eleven of 18 teams earned at least a 3.0 semester Football and men’s basketball scored at least 30 points GPA in Spring 2009. higher than the national average in the APR (football: The Athletic Department had an 81% Graduation 977 to 946, men’s basketball: 964 to 933). Baseball Success Rate (GSR) for all student-athletes in 2008. was 24 points higher than the national APR average Thirteen of 14 teams achieved a 70% or higher 2008 (970 to 946). Graduation Success Rate (GSR). Fourteen of 18 teams exceed the APR national average. Five teams had a perfect 100% score on the GSR – Thirty-one students were named to All-ACC Academic women’s basketball, golf, men’s track, men’s diving Teams, an award given for having a semester and and women’s tennis. career Grade Point Averages of at least 3.0. Football and men’s basketball both achieved a 70% In 2008-09, the football team had 14 players GSR, placing them in 18th place out of at least 65 on the roster that had already received their teams among the major athletic conferences. undergraduate degrees, a number we believe to be the most of any NCAA Division I team.
  8. 8. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Baseball Highlights On February 13, Alex Rodriguez Park was formally dedicated. Reached postseason play for the 37th straight year, the longest postseason streak in the history of collegiate 8 sports. For the 39th straight year, won at least 30 games. In the season opener against Rutgers on February 20, head coach Jim Morris won the 1,200th Division I game of his career. He won his 700th game at Miami when the Hurricanes defeated the Florida Gators 2-1 on February 28. The team was ranked as high as No. 2 and was in the HEAD COACH JIM MORRIS KYLE BELLAMY Won his 700th game at Miami when the Junior closer was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America in top 20 all season. Hurricanes defeated the Florida Gators 2-1 2009. on February 28. Reliever Kyle Bellamy earned numerous first team All- America honors and was named All-ACC First Team. Second baseman Scott Lawson, catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Chris Hernandez earned All-ACC Second Team honors. Bellamy was also named a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, the Dick Howser Award and the College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the CHRIS HERNANDEZ YASMANI GRANDAL SCOTT LAWSON Sophomore starter led the team in Sophomore catcher led UM and was among Junior second baseman led the ‘Canes in hits Year Award. wins (7) and strikeouts (93). the ACC leaders with 14 home runs. (75), doubles (21) and stolen bases (10).
  9. 9. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Highlights Men’s Reached postseason play for the fourth time in five McClinton was the recipient of the ACC’s Skip Prosser Basketball years advancing to the second round of the NIT. Award as the top basketball scholar-athlete and was The team set a school record for three point field goals one of six ACC athletes selected as winners of the making 251 on the year. Weaver-James-Corrigan Award which also recognizes 9 The Hurricanes played on network television a school scholarship and athletic accomplishment. record 13 times. Adrian Thomas was chosen as the winner of the ACC’s Miami’s 27-point win over No. 6/7 Wake Forest on Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award given to a male February 4 was the largest margin of victory over a or female basketball student-athlete who has overcome ranked opponent in school history. It was also the significant injury, illness or adversity to become a biggest margin of victory over an ACC opponent. valuable contributor to his or her team. The Hurricanes played five games against teams that McClinton was drafted in the second round by the San were ranked number one sometime during the season. Antonio Spurs, becoming the 17th Hurricane basketball Jack McClinton was selected First Team All-ACC for the player and the fourth since 2002 to be selected in the second straight year and Academic All-ACC for the third NBA Draft. consecutive time. Wrapped up his Hurricane career as the ACC’s all-time leader in three-point field goal per- centage (.440). Led the ACC averaging 3.2 made three- point shots per game. Finished his career as UM’s all- time leader in three point field goals (286) and career three-point field goal percentage (.440). HEAD COACH FRANK HAITH JACK McCLINTON ADRIAN THOMAS Has the most postseason wins in Miami Senior guard tapped into Iron Arrow in 2009. Junior forward received the ACC’s Bob basketball history. Bradley Spirit and Courage Award.
  10. 10. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Women’s Highlights Basketball Head coach Katie Meier won her 50th game at UM when the Hurricanes defeated Virginia Tech 59-56 in Blacksburg on February 12. Shenise Johnson was named to the All-ACC Rookie 10 Team and earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors. She led all ACC freshmen in points (12.8), free throw percentage (.825), steals (2.66) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3). Johnson was one of 12 players selected to the USA U19 team which won the Gold Medal at the Women’s World Basketball Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. HEAD COACH KATIE MEIER SHENISE JOHNSON Won her 50th game at UM in 2009. Freshman guard/forward led the 2009 U19 World Championship Team to a Gold Medal in Bangkok, Thailand.
  11. 11. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Highlights Cross The women’s team won the Greentree Invitational on Country September 6 as Emma Steppe was the third collegiate runner to finish the race. The men’s team won the UCF Invitational on September 11 13 with Ryan Woodlee claiming the overall individual title. The men’s team posted a perfect 1000 in the Academic DIRECTOR OF TRACK AND FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY AMY DEEM Progress Report. One of just six women to run both the men’s and women’s programs at the Division I level. EMMA STEPPE Sophomore was the Hurricanes’ top finisher in three races last fall. The 2008 men’s and women’s cross country teams. RYAN WOODLEE Senior was the overall individual champion at the UCF Invitational in Orlando.
  12. 12. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Football Highlights The team made its 34th bowl appearance playing the Matt Bosher was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award University of California in the Emerald Bowl. and named Second Team All-ACC. The Miami-Florida game on September 6 recorded a Jake Byrne was named a semifinalist for the Draddy 5.0 rating which was the third most-watched college Award, the academic Heisman. 12 football game ever on ESPN. The Emerald Bowl record- The team ranked 8th in the 2008 Academic Progress ed its highest rating ever, 4.63, which was the second Report and improved that ranking to 7th in the 2009 highest rated bowl game of the season. report. Linebacker Sean Spence was named the ACC Defensive Xavier Shannon, LaRon Byrd and Brandon Harris were Rookie of the Year. named to the All-ACC Academic Team. Spence, Marcus Forston, Marcus Robinson and Travis Antonio Dixon was one of six recipients of the Wilma Benjamin earned Freshman All-America honors. Rudolph Achievement Award given out by college Benjamin led the ACC in punt returns with an academic advisors to honor student-athletes who have HEAD COACH RANDY SHANNON 11.3 average. persevered and made significant personal strides toward success. SEAN SPENCE TRAVIS BENJAMIN MATT BOSHER MARCUS FORSTON MARCUS ROBINSON Freshman linebacker was selected Wide receiver named a 2008 Rivals.com Sophomore kicker selected 2008 Lou Groza Defensive tackle selected to 2008 College Defensive end chosen to the 2008 College 2008 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Freshman All-American. Award Semifinalist, Jack Harding Team MVP Football News.com, Rivals.com and FWAA Football News.com Freshman All-American Year. and Second Team All-ACC. Freshman All-American teams. team.
  13. 13. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Highlights Golf The team won the largest collegiate women’s golf tournament capturing the title at the 43-team Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic on February 24. Sophomore Maria Ronderos recorded four top-20 13 finishes and three top-10 finishes, while ranking in the top 25 in the ACC in stroke average. Sophomore Christina Hirano tallied three top-20 finishes and one top-10 finish. Her sixth- place finish at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate tied for the best on the team. Freshman Jennifer Hirano recorded three top-20 finishes and one top-10 finish. She ranked in the top 25 in the ACC in stroke average. Maria Ronderos was named to the 2009 All-ACC Academic Team. (L to R): Brooke Stuart, Christina Hirano, Jennifer Hirano, Head Coach Lela Cannon, Begoná Sarabia, Anabelle Paulino, Maria Ronderos
  14. 14. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Rowing Highlights Finished third at the ACC meet, matching the highest finish in school history. Laura Cordner and Emily Wingrove were named to the All-ACC Team. 14 LAURA CORDNER EMILY WINGROVE Opened the spring season with wins over Big East Senior was two-time All-ACC Academic Sophomore named to 2009 All-ACC power Connecticut, Rochester and Dowling College. Team honoree. Academic Team. Varsity Eight crew defeated the Brazilian National Team at the Windermere Cup/Opening Day Regatta in Seattle, Wash. Rachael Sporko was named to the 2009 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-South Region Second Team. Rachael Sporko, Laura Cordner, Allyson Hodgkins, Sarah Medland, Monika Sajincic and Emily Wingrove earned All-ACC Academic Team honors. Laura Cordner and Emily Wingrove earned back-to-back All-ACC Academic Team honors. Monika Sajincic was tabbed a CRCA scholar-athlete. The Varsity Eight crew finished third at the 2009 ACC Championships.
  15. 15. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Highlights Soccer Recorded 10 wins for the fourth time in program history. Reached the NCAA Tournament for the second consec- utive season. 15 The defense posted the best goals against average in school history, giving up less than a goal per game (0.88). Freshman goalkeeper Vikki Alonzo set a school record with 11 shutouts. Alonso was named Third-Team Freshman All-America by Soccer Buzz. Five team members—Corynn Carino, Brittney HEAD COACH TRICIA TALIAFERRO Macdonald, Julianne Rickers, Lauren Singer and Has led the Hurricanes to the NCAA Tournament two consecutive seasons. Brittney Steinbruch—were named to the All-ACC Academic Team. BRITTNEY MACDONALD BRITTNEY STEINBRUCH VIKKI ALONZO Sophomore defender was named to the ACC Sophomore foward led the Hurricanes in Freshman goalkeeper set the school All-Academic Team for the second time. scoring for the second-straight season. record with 11 shutouts in 2009.
  16. 16. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Swimming Highlights and Diving The team had 10 dual meet victories for the first time Despatie representing Canada on the synchronized since the 1995-96 season. 3-meter springboard at the FINA World Championships UM swimmers turned in seven school-record perform- in Rome. ances at the ACC Championships. (Britta Boesing in Brittany Viola won the 1-meter and platform events at 16 200 yard breaststroke and 100 yard backstroke, Deidre the ACC Championships and was named the meet’s Novotny in the 200 yard backstroke, Dana Hatic in the Most Valuable Female Diver. 100 yard breaststroke, 400 and 200 medley relay Viola was named to the USA World Championships teams and 800 yard freestyle relay team). team at the FINA World Championships. Reuben Ross won the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform Swimmer Annika Saarnak competed for Estonia at the titles at the ACC Championships. Named the ACC FINA World Championships. Championships Most Valuable Male Diver and the ACC Jenna Dreyer finished second in the 1-meter and Male Diver of the Year. He also earned All-America sta- 3-meter events at the ACC Championships. She earned REUBEN ROSS tus in all three events at the NCAA Championships. All-America status with an 8th place finish in the Senior claimed three All-America Ross collected a bronze medal with partner Alexandre 1-meter at the NCAA Championships. diving honors at the 2009 NCAA Championships. BRITTANY VIOLA BRITTA BOESING JENNA DREYER HEAD SWIMMING COACH HEAD DIVING COACH RANDY ABLEMAN Junior named ACC Championships Senior was a part of five school-record break- Senior earned 2009 All-America honors in the CHRISTIE SHEFCHUNAS Most Valuable Diver. ing performances in 2009. 1-meter.
  17. 17. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Highlights Men’s Made its fourth straight postseason appearance. Tennis Defeated the Florida Gators in Gainesville to win Regional play and advance to the Sweet 16 in College Station, Tex. 17 Finished the year ranked 19th. Compiled a UM record tying 9-2 win-loss mark in ACC play. For the fourth consecutive year, senior Daniel Vallverdu was selected to compete in the NCAA Tennis Singles Championships. He finished the 2009 season ranked 13th among singles players. Daniel Vallverdu and Carl Sundberg were selected to HEAD COACH MARIO RINCON (R) with ASST. COACH C.J. WEBER the All-ACC Team. Carl Sundberg had a team best 9-1 mark in ACC play. Ignacio Taboada recorded 23 wins to become just the 9th player in program history to win 20 or more matches in their freshman year. Sophomore Keith Crowley finished the 2009 season with a 23-9 record in dual matches. DANIEL VALLVERDU CARL SUNDBERG KEITH CROWLEY Senior was program’s first five-time Sophomore selected to All-ACC Team. Sophomore posted team-best 23-9 All-American. singles record in 2009.
  18. 18. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Women’s Highlights Tennis Reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Bianca Eichkorn, Julia Cohen and Laura Vallverdu were among the final 16 players in the NCAA Singles Championship. Cohen advanced to the semifinals and 18 Vallverdu reached the Championship match. Ended the regular season with a 21-3 record, the best mark since 1984. Head Coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews won the 150th match of her career with a win over North Carolina on March 20. Ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation and finished seventh. HEAD COACH PAIGE YAROSHUK-TEWS 2009 ACC Coach of the Year. Won the regular season ACC title and advanced to the conference title match. Paige Yaroshuk-Tews was honored as the ACC Coach of the Year. Four players—Julia Cohen, Bianca Eichkorn, Michaela Kissell and Laura Vallverdu—were named to the All-ACC Team. Had a school-record four players selected to the NCAA Singles/Doubles Championships—Julia Cohen, Bianca Eichkorn, Michaela Kissell and Laura Vallverdu in BIANCA EICHKORN JULIA COHEN LAURA VALLVERDU Sophomore advanced to the NCAA Sophomore was an NCAA Singles Junior finished runner-up in the NCAA Singles singles, and the doubles team of Kissell and Vallverdu. Singles Sweet 16. Semifinalist. Championship.
  19. 19. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Highlights Track Senior Murielle Ahoure won the 200 meter event at the and Field NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in a time of 22.80 seconds and earned All-America honors in both the 60 and 200 meter events. 19 Ahoure won the 60 and 200 meter dashes at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Ahoure set a school record in the indoor 60 meter dash with a time of 7.17 seconds. Ahoure won the 100 and 200 meter events at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Ahoure was named the ACC Indoor Track Performer of the Year and the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region DIRECTOR OF TRACK AND FIELD/CROSS MURIELLE AHOURE TI’ERRA BROWN COUNTRY AMY DEEM Performer of the Year. Senior won the 200-meter NCAA Indoor Sophomore was the runner-up in One of just six women to run both the men’s National Championship in 2009. the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA At the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and women’s programs at the Division I level. Championships. sophomore Ti’erra Brown was the runner-up in the 400- meter hurdles, earning All-America honors. Katharine Woodard set a new school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 12:08:78. Junior Cory Nelms won the 60-meter hurdles at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Junior Mikese Morse set a new school record in the indoor long jump with a mark of 7.90 meters. KATHARINE WOODARD MIKESE MORSE CORY NELMS Sophomore set the school record in the Junior set a new school record in the indoor Junior was the ACC Champion in the steeplechase in 2009. long jump. indoor 60-meter hurdles.
  20. 20. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Volleyball Highlights Completed the best season since joining the ACC, finishing in a tie for third place. Won 26 matches on the year, including 13 straight to start the season. 20 Won three tournaments during the year—Century Tel Premier, the Hurricane Invitational and the Asics/Coca- Cola Invitational—to tie a school record. Cassie Loessberg set a new individual single-season digs record (554), breaking her own mark set in 2007. Head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch won her 150th career match when the team defeated NC State on November 21. HEAD COACH NICOLE LANTAGNE WELCH 2008 ACC Coach of the Year and AVCA East Region Coach of the Year. Lantagne Welch was named ACC Coach of the Year and CASSIE LOESSBERG Junior libero is UM’s all-time single- AVCA East Region Coach of the Year. season digs leader. Lane Carico was chosen the ACC Rookie of the Year, selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team and earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team. Carico, Angelica Ellis and Genny Mayhew were named to the All-ACC Second Team. GENNY MAYHEW ANGELICA ELLIS LANE CARICO Junior outside hitter was selected to Senior middle blocker was named 2008 AVCA Freshman outside hitter earned 2008 ACC the 2008 All-ACC Second Team. East Region All-America Honorable Mention. Freshman of the Year and 2008 AVCA East Region Freshman of the Year honors.
  21. 21. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Almost never happened Baseball His sophomore season he was known as one of the top Then as a junior, Bellamy turned in arguably the best set-up men in college baseball. A year later, he was feared season of any reliever in the nation. Among the national by opponents and recognized by nearly every national pub- leaders with 16 saves, Bellamy went 3-1 with a miniscule lication as the top closer in the country. All of that almost 0.97 ERA, allowing just five earned runs while striking out 21 never happened. 63 in 46 1/3 innings. His performance would earn him First Team All-America honors by Baseball America, the Using the traditional over-the-top delivery when he came NCBWA and Rivals.com. Then on June 10, Bellamy was to UM the fall of 2006 as a recruited walk-on, Kyle selected in the fifth round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Bellamy – a Davie native and graduate of Cypress Bay Chicago White Sox. High School – was nearly cut twice by pitching coach J.D. Arteaga. But Arteaga couldn’t pull the trigger. Persistence and hard work surely paid off. In looking back on a career that almost wasn’t, Bellamy is appreciative. That decision turned out more than beneficial for both sides. But it wasn’t until Arteaga saw Bellamy experi- “I didn’t know how close I was to getting cut until J.D. told menting with his now famous side-winding delivery that me last year,” said Bellamy. “I pretty much owe my base- the move would prove to be the right choice. The towering ball career to him for keeping me. I’m pretty sure he’s 6-foot-5 Bellamy spent the next year honing his new thanking himself for making that decision, too.” delivery and after an impressive summer in the New York Coach Jim Morris is equally grateful for Bellamy’s career. Collegiate Baseball League, returned to Coral Gables and his resume since speaks for itself. “We didn’t have any idea that he was going to turn out like this,” Morris said. “But neither did anybody else. I sure am As a sophomore, Bellamy went 6-0 with a 1.86 ERA as thankful he wanted to be a Hurricane and we stuck with the set-up man to an eventual first-round draft choice. KYLE BELLAMY him.” Was among the NCAA’s leaders with 16 saves in 2009.
  22. 22. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Men’s Working class Basketball The hard work never ends, just ask Jack McClinton. be perfect, but you can keep preparing yourself. Be prepared or prepare to fail. That’s how I look at it.” Miami’s first two-time First Team All-ACC selection – and arguably the best Hurricanes basketball player since Rick Often overshadowed and considered undersized coming up 22 Barry’s heyday, this Baltimore native has already wrapped through the basketball ranks – from high school to prep up his collegiate career as the ACC’s all-time most accu- school, from Siena to the ACC and the University of rate three-point shooter. Miami, McClinton has taken the long road to success, spending countless hours in the gym along the way. But the work is far from over as McClinton makes his way to the gym everyday, regardless of where he is, in “I was always picked last because people thought I was preparation for professional basketball. small,” said the 6-1 guard. “But that has motivated me, and since then I always try to prove the doubters wrong “I’ve done this my whole life,” said McClinton. “That’s just whenever I step onto the court.” who I am – always working to be perfect. I know you can’t After leading the team in scoring for three-straight sea- sons, getting tapped into Iron Arrow – the highest honor attainable at the University of Miami – and winning the men’s three-point contest at the 21st Annual College Slam Dunk and Three Point Championships as a final exclama- tion point to his storied collegiate career, McClinton will tell you there’s more to do, more to accomplish. And so he heads back to work. JACK McCLINTON Also excelled in academics and was honored at graduation. (Shown with President Donna E. Shalala).
  23. 23. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Whatever it takes Women’s Expectations are high for any McDonald’s All-American. Championship Team. As one of the 12 players selected to Basketball But all too often those expectations are too much for a compete for this elite team in Bangkok, Thailand, college freshman to bear. Johnson returned home with a gold medal. The UM rep- resentative averaged nearly 10 points per game in the 23 That is not the case with Shenise Johnson. The nine-game tournament as she became the first Hurricane Rochester, N.Y. native led her high school team to three- in program history to represent the United States. straight state championships and came to Miami with a winning attitude. “I love Miami and I want to get UM women’s basketball on the map,” said Johnson. “I’ll do whatever it takes.” The freshman phenom did not disappoint. All she did was lead the Hurricanes in every single major statistical cate- gory including points, rebounds, assists and steals. She also led the team to a four-game improvement in the win column. In addition to being named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week on three occasions, Johnson was cho- sen All-ACC Honorable Mention and to the ACC All- Freshman Team. This summer, she had the opportunity to represent her SHENISE JOHNSON Led the Hurricanes in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in 2009. country as a member of the USA Under-19 World
  24. 24. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Football Growing up At 6-foot-3 and 322 pounds, you couldn’t tell from looking In his four-year playing career at UM, Dixon played in 40 at him, but Antonio Dixon has rarely had the upper- games, garnered 10 starts and tallied 62 career tackles. hand in life. That is until now. But those statistics are only a small part of the story. 24 In and out of homeless shelters growing up, constantly His own willpower and the constant encouragement from changing schools and a father in prison, it appeared he’d those around him – including his mother Corenthia and be destined for trouble. Add in a stuttering problem, a coach Randy Shannon – are the reasons for why he is learning disability and constant ridicule from classmates where he is today. and the scenario is one that few, if any, children could ``If I didn’t have the support here and have people here to endure. Unless your name is Antonio Dixon. tell them my problems, I don’t think I would have made it,” A graduate of Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School, Dixon said. “I overcame a lot. I’m ready to conquer any- ANTONIO DIXON Dixon’s path to UM is an arduous yet inspiring story that thing that life throws at me.’’ Received his degree in the has taken him from poverty to prosperity. Despite such a Spring of 2009. (Shown with President Donna E. Shalala). Whether Dixon will earn money as a professional football tough upbringing and having to face more obstacles by age player or just as a professional is yet to be determined. He 15 than a person should have to face in an entire lifetime, signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins Dixon overcame it all. He became the first member of his and has hopes of continuing his playing career. But the family to earn a college degree when he accepted his day football ends for Antonio, he’ll enter the ‘real world’ Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree on May 15, 2009. with confidence in himself and support from those around He was one of six college athletes to receive the Wilma him to persevere down any path he chooses in life. Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award, honoring Was a recipient of a 2009 Wilma college athletes who have overcome great personal, aca- Rudolph Award. demic and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success.
  25. 25. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE “No brainer” Golf For University of Miami women’s golfers Christina enrolled at Miami for the 2007-08 school year, and Hirano and Jennifer Hirano traveling across the Jennifer joined her one year later. Playing golf together is country to play a couple of rounds of golf in Miami always something that has driven their development in the sport. seemed like a “no-brainer”. Those few rounds a year helped 25 “Christina was always good competition for me growing up, develop the Hiranos’ love for the city which eventually led which has always helped with my mentality and focus,” them to Lela Cannon’s golf program. Jennifer said. “I had been coming to Miami for about 12 years and “I was always very competitive with my sister and that always had played in golf tournaments here,” Christina really kept me going,” Christina said. “I had some really said.” I loved the Miami area, so I just really wanted to good years in high school, and I just want to play as well come to school here and play.” now.” The sisters, who hail from Pinole, California – the same hometown of UM Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta, became mainstays in Cannon’s lineup during the 2008-09 season. Christina made sophomore strides as she record- ed three top-20 finishes in tournaments which included a sixth-place finish at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate. Jennifer capped off a freshman season by also recording three top-20 finishes, which included a sixth place finish at the Ryder Canes & Cardinal Classic. CHRISTINA HIRANO JENNIFER HIRANO Coming out of Acalanes High School, the sister duo helped Acalanes to an undefeated season in 2003-2004. Christina
  26. 26. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Soccer “Cancer has its perks” Most would think that is an insane statement. But if any- made it back to the practice field in 2008 and she will be one spent time with the fascinating spirit that is Austen playing in her senior season in 2009. Everett, they would know that it’s fairly accurate. Everett pitched her business model to the UM senior staff 26 Everett, a goalkeeper on the University of Miami women’s and coaches in March and left with rave reviews. Her soccer team was told in May of 2008 that she would need foundation launched in May and starting this fall, children emergency surgery to remove a football-size tumor from will be enjoying Hurricane soccer games for free, with her abdomen. plans for even bigger venues in the works. Later on it was found that the tumor was non-Hodgkins lymphoma and Everett would need to start chemotherapy immediately. The emotional roller coaster that comes with the territory never affected the outward mood of this charismatic individual. “Cancer is a gift,” says Everett. “I need to do something with it.” That is exactly what she has done. Earlier this year, the Washington state native started the Austen Everett Foundation, an organization that works with professional and collegiate sports teams to provide tickets to children with cancer. AUSTEN EVERETT Has beaten cancer and is now giving back with the Austen Everett Foundation. Everett’s cancer is officially in remission and she even
  27. 27. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Dream the impossible Diving The list of All-Americans and National Champions for the As student-athletes, both divers have upheld the tradition University of Miami diving program is long and filled with of excellence inside the classroom for UM as well. Each names of some of the sports biggest names; names such as earned a spot on the 2008-09 ACC All-Academic Team for Greg Louganis and Wendy Williams—both Olympic swimming & diving, while Ross was selected as the diving 27 medalists. But as current divers Brittany Viola and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Viola will spend the Reuben Ross continue to step onto the board and plat- 2009-10 year serving as the President of the Student- form for the Hurricanes, the list only gets longer. Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for both UM and the ACC. In 2009, Ross became just the fifth male diver in school history to sweep All-America honors in all three diving The list of accomplishments go on and on for this excep- events at the NCAA Championships—having already tional duo. And if the past is any indication of the future, been named the 2008-09 ACC Male Diver of the Year just Ross and Viola are destined for something greater than weeks prior. As for Viola, she was named the Most most student-athletes could ever dream. Valuable Diver at the 2009 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships following first-place finishes in the 1-meter and platform events. Viola also collected an NCAA title in 2008. Viola and Ross climbed even higher this summer, com- peting in the FINA World Championships in Rome. Viola served as team captain for the United States team, while Ross competed for Canada, earning a bronze medal in the BRITTANY VIOLA REUBEN ROSS 3-meter synchronized competition. 2009 ACC Championships Most Valuable Claimed three All-America diving honors at Diver. the 2009 NCAA Championships.
  28. 28. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Tennis All in a name There have been many great players throughout the tradi- the All-ACC Men’s Tennis squad all four years of his colle- tion-rich history of the University of Miami men’s and giate career. He earned a program-best five All-America women’s tennis programs. Looking through the rosters you honors and was selected the 2008 ITA Southeast Region will find national champions, All-Americans, conference Player to Watch. He wrapped up his Hurricane career as 28 champions… and a couple of Vallverdus. the fourth-winningest player in both singles and doubles competition, while being ranked as high as No. 1 in dou- Daniel Vallverdu and his younger sister Laura have bles play and No. 3 in singles competition. been instrumental to the success of the Hurricanes tennis program over the last few years. Since their arrival in As for Laura, she is the only women’s tennis player in UM Coral Gables from their native Valencia, Venezuela, their history to have been named to the All-ACC list three teams have continued their climb in the nation’s Top 25 times. She has also been selected for three consecutive All- and have gone deep into the NCAA Tournament. America teams. In picking up her latest, she became the seventh player in UM women’s tennis history to earn three Dani made an immediate impact, earning ACC Freshman or more All-America honors in a career. She concluded the of the Year honors in 2006 and has since been named to 2008-09 season ranked No. 10 in the ITA, placing sixth all- time at UM for career singles wins (96) en route to her first NCAA Singles Championship runner-up title. “Having the advantage of my brother next to me is great,” said Laura. “He helps me with my tennis, my life, my school.” LAURA VALLVERDU DANIEL VALLVERDU NCAA Singles Championship Runner-up. Five-time All-American and four-time All-ACC honoree.
  29. 29. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE “I love Miami.” Track In 2000, political unrest led to violence in the Ivory Coast, Deem has guided Ahoure into the Miami record books as and Field a small West African nation. well. During the indoor season, Ahoure broke Hurricane legend Lauryn Williams’ indoor 60-meter dash record and Feeling that her family was no longer safe, Chantal Doue is second to only Williams in three other races (indoor and 29 took her family, including 13-year old Murielle Ahoure outdoor 200m and 100m). and emigrated to the United States. Some of her accolades on the year include being named the While in middle school in Bristow, Va., Ahoure realized Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track Performer of the that she had a special talent on the track. Ever since, she Year and the USTFCCCA South Region Performer of the has been sprinting her slender frame to All-American Year after winning both the 60- and 200-meter ACC titles. honors and even a national championship. During the outdoor season, she won both the 100- and 200- After transferring from George Mason in 2008, Ahoure meter titles at both the ACC and NCAA East Region would claim the 200-meter NCAA Indoor National Championships and was named the USTFCCCA South Championship and earn a total of four All-America acco- Region Outdoor Performer of the Year. lades in her lone season as a Hurricane. After her collegiate career, Ahoure plans on officially “I love Miami,” said Ahoure. “Coming here has been noth- becoming an American citizen so she can one day repre- ing but a blessing for me. I knew coming here and working sent the country in the Olympics. She also plans to stay in with Coach Amy Deem would be good for me, but I never South Florida so she can continue to train with Deem and imagined that I would have been this successful. I just feel her idol, Williams. so grateful.” MURIELLE AHOURE Was named an All-American four times in 2009.
  30. 30. 30 CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Club Hurricane
  31. 31. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Development in the Hurricane Club Hurricane Club The mission of the Hurricane Club is to strengthen LINDSEY WILLIAMS AMY FERGUSON CHRIS COHEN the University of Miami’s commitment to Associate Athletic Director for Assistant Athletic Director for Director of Development for Development Development Major gifts 31 student-athlete excellence both academically and athletically. Through the Hurricane Club, local and national volunteers, alumni and former student-athletes collectively seek to increase scholarship support, improve facilities and SARAI CRANE- CRYSTAL DEMPS provide the operation and maintenance funding OSUNA Admimistrative Manager of Donor Assistant vital for all 18 varsity sports. Relations The Hurricane Club solicited and processed an all-time high $10.94 million in annual giving and increased its number of donors to a record 6,153 contributors. Scholarships provided through SAL SANDATE BRENT VICINO Assistant Director Hurricane Club charitable contributions to the Hurricane Club’s of Development for Major Gifts Intern Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund allow our 443 tremendously talented student-athletes the opportunity to receive a high quality education and compete in one of the top athletic programs in the country.
  32. 32. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Hurricane Annual Giving Club Donors from 2006-2009 Amount Raised in Millions 2006-2009 32 7,000 $12.00 6,153 $10.9 6,000 5,813 $9.70 $10.00 5,000 4,653 4,698 $8.00 4,000 $6.30 $6.00 $5.68 3,000 $4.00 2,000 1,000 $2.00 0 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2006 2007 2008 2009 Number of Donors Total Raised
  33. 33. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Hurricane Club Events Hurricane The Hurricane Club successfully increased the number of events Championship Team, and by inducting five new members into Club and participation to reach our most loyal and dedicated fans and the Ring of Honor, the most prestigious football award at the donors to the program. University. Complimentary events Golden Canes Hosted complimentary events including an exclusive Season Enhanced the Golden Cane football gameday experience with 33 Ticket Holder Football Practice, Hurricane Club pregame VIP hospitality pregame and halftime. Hosted new exclusive par- tailgate party and Countdown to Signing Day party. ties for Golden Canes during the fall to build camaraderie within Fundraisers this elite giving group, including a Membership Society Organized fundraising events, including the Hurricane Club Golf Breakfast at the Season Ticket Holder Practice and a Tournament, BasketBowl, Dinner on the Diamond featuring Membership Society Holiday Party. Alex Rodriguez and UM Celebrity Waiter Dinner featuring head UM Alumni Association coaches Randy Shannon, Frank Haith, Katie Meier, Nicole Partnered with the UM Alumni Association to conduct a Lantagne Welch, Tricia Taliaferro and Christie Shefchunas, as national tour featuring new Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt in well as a host of talented student-athletes. New York, Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Atlanta and Chicago. Salute to Champions Hocutt met hundreds of UM alumni who support us so Proudly honored our championship legacy with our “Salute our generously and passionately throughout the United States. Champions” this season with our 25th Anniversary of our 1983 1983 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP National Championship Football Team, 1999 Baseball FOOTBALL TEAM REUNION DINNER ON THE DIAMOND BASKETBOWL CELEBRITY WAITER DINNER RING OF HONOR MEMBERS 1999 BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Head Baseball Coach Jim Morris, Alex 2008-09 University of Miami Men’s Head Football Coach Randy Shannon Inductees were honored at halftime of the TEAM REUNION Rodriguez and Director of Athletics Kirby Basketball team with the Sunsations. interacts with donors. game versus Virginia Tech on November 13. Hocutt .
  34. 34. CHAMPIONS ARE MADE HERE Hurricane Facility Improvements Club Facilities make a significant impact when recruiting student-athletes and often times are the distinguishing factor in a young person’s decision on where to attend college. This past year the Hurricane family, both student-athletes and fans alike, have benefited from significant upgrades to many facilities. The University of Miami Baseball season. With Cobb Stadium is home to our lounge, locker rooms and 34 enjoyed its inaugural season generous donations from Alex men’s and women’s track and men’s and women’s coaches’ at Dolphin Stadium in 2008 Rodriguez, Paul DiMare and cross country teams as well offices. where our football student- Wayne Huizenga as well as as the women’s soccer team. athletes, coaches, staff and of many others the baseball The 500-seat stadium includes Coming soon course our thousands of loyal facility includes a new club a full 70 yard x 115 yard The University of Miami fans witnessed an immediate house, weight room, computer soccer field and 400 meter, Department of Intercollegiate upgrade to our game day lab, conference room, luxury eight-lane track which Athletics is developing a Football facility. The stadium suites, fieldbox seating as well received a new Tartan master plan to renovate our boasts state-of-the-art locker as a new press box and much surfacing in 2008. athletic facilities with the goal rooms used by professional more. of providing state of the art athletes and athletic training The Football Facilities have academic, sports medicine, facilities with the latest med- The new Basketball Practice seen a dramatic improvement training and competitive ical technology. Additionally, Facility was completed in with the tremendous support facilities to support our the stadium has one of the March 2009 and stands from former football student- student-athletes and coaches largest hi-definition video proudly next to the athletes and fans. Facility in our quest to become the boards in the world, more BankUnited Center on the enhancements include upgrad- premier intercollegiate than 2,000 flat-screen TV Coral Gables campus. This ed audio/video technology for athletics program in the monitors and a recently reno- impressive 30,000 square-foot the coaches’ offices as well as nation. We have hired Heery vated, ultra-modern, space serves as a fully new graphics and signage International, a leader in the Club Level offering fans an dedicated practice facility for pieces throughout the facilities design and architecture of environment that redefines our men’s and women’s and weight training room. sports facilities, to assist in stadium luxury. basketball programs. The the master planning process. Practice Facility features Neil Schiff Tennis Center experi- Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark two full sized courts, 14 enced a number of upgrades Light Field had its grand retractable goals, state-of-the- in 2008 targeted at the stu- opening with a sold out art audio and video technology dent-athletes and coaches. “Dinner on the Diamond” as well as a 7,500 square-foot Improvements included reno- event to start the 2009 multipurpose room. vations to the student-athlete
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