WAC Announces All-Academic Honors for 2015 Spring Sports, Freshmen and Transfers, Sixty-Six Aggies Honored

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The 2015 Academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field teams have been announced, in addition to the Academic All-WAC freshmen/transfer teams for all sports.

A total of 311 spring student-athletes were named to the list, while 400 freshmen and transfers were added for a total of 711 student-athletes. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ben Parman Joins Aggie Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Ben Parman has been hired as an assistant coach for the New Mexico State women’s soccer team, head coach Freddy Delgado announced on Monday.

Parman, a goalkeeper in his playing days, will primarily work with the goalkeepers but will also be heavily involved in recruiting, team travel and scouting while also helping in all day-to-day operations.

“We are excited to welcome Ben to the Aggie soccer family,” Delgado said. “He has proven success on the field, in recruiting and in the classroom. He is a steady, calm, positive person that I believe will help continue the progress we made this past spring.”

Parman, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, comes to the Aggies after four seasons as head coach at Lyon College, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member located in Batesville, Ark., where he left as the women’s soccer program’s all-time winningest coach.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayli Farmer Finishes Second In Javelin Throw At USATF Outdoor Championships, Qualifies For Junior Pan American Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EUGENE, OR - New Mexico State freshman Kayli Farmer had her best javelin throw of the year on one of the biggest stages in track and field as she placed second at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships Saturday.

Farmer, a freshman from Aztec, N.M., threw the javelin 47.92 meters (157 feet, three inches) on her final preliminary throw at historic Hayward Field, smashing her personal best of 43.43 (142-6) from April.

Her second place finish also gave Farmer a spot to represent the United States in the Pan American Junior Championships July 31-Aug. 2 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Farmer of her throw. “But I knew it was the best throw I ever had. It felt amazing. I almost yelled out I was so excited when it went up on the board.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Selects Learfield Sports As First Athletics Multimedia Rights Partner

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State Athletics turns to Learfield Sports to represent the Aggies, as announced today by NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia and Learfield President and CEO Greg Brown. The seven-year partnership commences with the 2015-16 athletic season and includes five additional option years.

This move marks a first in university history – as never before have the Aggies’ comprehensive athletic rights been outsourced. Learfield Sports, a leader in this space for more than 40 years, shares long-term relationships with roughly 100 university athletic departments and conferences.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Swimming And Diving Releases 2015-16 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt recently announced the 2015-16 schedule with Aggie fans having six chances to watch the team compete at home.

The Aggies, who lose only three student-athletes due to graduation, open the year with the annual Crimson and White meet on Oct. 7 before hosting Wyoming on Oct. 23. The team will then host an Alumni meet on Oct. 24 to celebrate Homecoming.

“This year's schedule provides us with some great competition and in terms of traveling is much more forgiving than last season,” said head coach Rick Pratt. “We are really excited to have our four home meets and the schedule is balanced and gives us many chances to get ready for the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Championships in February."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Legend Danny Villanueva Passes Away At Age 77

Aggie football legend Danny Villanueva passed away on Thursday, June 19 at the age of 77. Villanueva had been hospitalized recently after suffering a stroke.

Villanueva was a member of the Aggies' 1959 and 1960 Sun Bowl teams and played alongside fellow Aggie Hall of Famers Charley Johnson and Pervis Atkins among others.

Villanueva had an accomplished NFL career playing for the LA Rams and Dallas Cowboys and holds the Cowboys' record for most PATs made without a miss in a single season with 56 in 1966.

Recommended reading on Villanueva via this feature on ESPN from 2008 http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/hispanicheritage2008/news/story?id=3640336 as well as this LA Times feature from 1985 http://articles.latimes.com/1985-09-29/news/vw-18584_1_danny-villanueva

Aggie Equestrian Finalizes 2015 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On Wednesday, NM State head coach Robin Morris-Walters announced the addition of five more riders to the equestrian team for the upcoming season.

Quinn Brandt, Austin Brewer, Kaitlin Nelson, Erica Rosinski and Haylee Schoonover will round out the equestrian team’s 2015 signing class.

Brandt will join the Aggies from Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada and will focus on horsemanship. Brandt participated in the 2012 and 2014 Youth World Cup for Team Canada, where she placed in both horsemanship and showmanship. She is a multiple Canadian National Quarter Horse Show Champion and had numerous year-end high point awards in the Manitoba Quarter Horse Association. She is an American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship qualifier, has 26 AQHA All-Around awards to her credit and has earned the AQHA Youth Championship merit award.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Soccer Releases 2015 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s soccer head coach Freddy Delgado announced the finalized 20-game schedule for his squad’s upcoming season on Thursday.

The 2015 schedule is highlighted by 11 home matches, tying the most home matches for the Aggies in the program’s history and the most since the team also played 11 matches in Las Cruces in 2010. It will be the most matches played at the Soccer Athletic Complex since the Aggies began playing there in 2012.

“We are very excited about our 2015 schedule,” Delgado said. “We are looking forward to competing against new opponents and conferences we have not faced in the past and meeting old foes as well.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Quinnton Mack Drafted By Arizona Diamondbacks In MLB Draft

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Dreams are still alive for former New Mexico State centerfielder Quinnton Mack as he was drafted in the 35th round (pick No. 1036) of the Major League Baseball (MLB) First Year Draft.

Mack, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., is the first NM State baseball player selected in the MLB draft since former Aggie pitcher Ryan Beck was picked in round No. 30 in 2013 and is the 38th Aggie player to be drafted.

“One of the best parts of this job is seeing people like Quinnton Mack get an opportunity to become a professional,” said head coach Brian Green. “He missed his junior season to injury, worked tirelessly in his efforts to improve and ends his senior year as one of the best players in the WAC. We are all really happy for him and we are extremely proud because he was a guy who showed up every day for this program. Today is a good day for the Aggies, no question.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Eight Named Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Sun Belt

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CLEVELAND, OH - Eight NM State football players have been named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Sun Belt Team as announced on Monday.

Wide receiver Teldrick Morgan and offensive lineman Isaiah Folasa-Lutui were First Team picks. Morgan led the Aggies with 1,361 all-purpose yards and had seven touchdowns during the 2014 season, while Folasa-Lutui was part of an offensive line that allowed quarterback Tyler Rogers to complete 268 out of 436 pass attempts for 2,779 yards.

Linebacker Rodney Butler earned a Second Team All-Sun Belt selection after he led the Aggies with 119 tackles, which included 58 solo and 61 assisted tackles. Butler collected eight games with double-digit tackles and had a career-high 17 tackles at UTEP on Sept. 13.  Continue Reading This Post >>