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Four To Be Enshrined Into US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame's 2017 Class

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department announces that four former standout student-athletes have been selected for induction into the 2017 US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame class. Jackie Choi Parker, James Moore, Gwladys Nocera and Billy Joe Price will be forever enshrined in Aggie history on Friday, Feb. 24, and will also be recognized the following night during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Seattle U on Saturday, Feb. 25.  Continue Reading This Post >>

California Baptist University To Join Western Athletic Conference In 2018-19

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RIVERSIDE, CA - California Baptist University has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2018, CBU and WAC officials announced today at a joint news conference. The invitation is contingent upon CBU completing the reclassification process from NCAA Division II to Division I. The Lancers will begin WAC regular season competition during the 2018-19 school year.

“Several factors make California Baptist University a great fit for the WAC,” Commissioner Jeff Hurd said. “Commitment to quality academics and athletics programs, along the extraordinary vision provided by President Ellis, are at the top of the list. There is no doubt that CBU will make a smooth transition to Division I and to the WAC.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Seventeen Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference today announced the 2016 Academic All-WAC honorees from men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. To be eligible for the honor, 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. A total of 17 student-athletes from New Mexico State were named to the list.

Men's Cross Country
Ricardo De Santiago, Sr.
Marco Perez, Sr.

Women' Cross Country
Cassey Amberg, Jr.
Crissey Amberg, Jr.
Nichole Gomez, So.
Regina Marquez, So.

Women's Soccer
Gabby Campbell, Sr.
Audriana Chavez, So.
Aileen Galicia, So.
Zorena Hazen, So.
Ashley Martin, So.
Rebecca Mazzie, So.
Alexandria Otero, So.
Dominique Rivera, So.
Sarina Stockton, So.

Volleyball  Continue Reading This Post >>

Building An Aggie Football Tradition :: The Brief History of Keystone

Keystone

Keystone celebrates his 10th anniversary this coming Saturday against UNM. Keystone was introduced on Saturday, September 10th against the Lobos and with the exception of one game last season, he has been a pregame fixture before every Aggie football game since his debut in 2006. Here is a brief history of the origins of Keystone as told by Aaron Villalobos, an NMSU alum and former member of the NMSU athletic department marketing team.

Keystone was the brainchild of then NMSU Associate Athletic Director Bump Elliott with the help of NMSU Rodeo coach Jim Dewey Brown. Pete’s horse was given a moniker after NMSU students and the community wanted to know what the name of Pete’s trusty steed was.

The name Keystone was submitted by freshman Josh Lyon and was selected by NMSU students winning by 2,000 votes. The name “Keystone” was inspired by the many keystones seen among the many Spanish-Deco arches and domes around campus.

Keystone, whose original name was Roany, belonged to head rodeo coach Jim Dewey Brown. Coach Brown didn't mind the alias.

Ten years later Keystone is among NMSU's most beloved and recognizable traditions.


Keystone's First Ride


Keystone's First Ride in 2006  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Inks Deal With TuneIn Radio For Streaming Audio Distribution

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DALLAS, TX - Aggie sports fans can listen to TuneIn for live streaming and on-demand radio broadcasts this season as New Mexico State Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield’s NM State Sports Properties, announced today a multi-year partnership with the world’s largest audio network.

The new streaming agreement between Learfield and TuneIn provides Aggie fans complimentary access to a dedicated channel to find NM State game action and related sports programming. TuneIn will air live football and men’s basketball games, as well as coaches’ shows. TuneIn also will air live select women’s basketball, baseball and softball game broadcasts throughout the season.

With Bravo Mic Communications becoming NM State Athletics’ new flagship station recently, Aggie fans now have more options to stay connected on 99.5 FM KXPZ locally and abroad thanks to the new TuneIn partnership.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gwen Murphy Named 2015-16 Joe Kearney Award Winner

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State volleyball player Gwen Murphy is the 2015-16 Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award winner. Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the WAC.

The 2015 WAC Player of the Year, Murphy was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-American, just the seventh player in NM State history to earn the honor. She was also named AVCA first team All-Region, first team All-WAC, was the MVP of the 2015 WAC Tournament and was a three-time WAC Player of the Week. Murphy finished the season ranked 10th nationally with a .421 hitting percentage, the third-highest single-season mark in WAC history.  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Announces All-Academic Honors for 2015-16 Spring Sports, Freshmen And Transfers

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The 2016 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 331 spring student-athletes were named to the list, while 316 freshmen and transfers were added for a total of 647 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:

BASEBALL

Christopher Butcher, Jr.
Tyler Erwin, Jr.
Joseph Koerper, Sr.
Matthew McHugh, Jr.
Greg Popylisen, Jr.
Marcel Renteria, Jr.
Trey Stine, Jr.

MEN’S GOLF

Mike McGilton, So.

WOMEN’S GOLF  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Wins Second Consecutive WAC Commissioner's Cup

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - For the second consecutive year, the NM State athletics department won the Western Athletic Conference annual Commissioner's Cup with 90.25 points, which tops the 2014-15 total of 89.25 points. The Commissioner's Cup is awarded to the WAC school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's sports. The Aggies have 15 teams that compete in the league.

"Winning the Western Athletic Conference commissioners cup is an honor and reflects the hard work of all student-athletes, coaches and administrators," said Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. "One of our three core principals is competitive intensity, and winning this comprehensive athletic award is extremely rewarding. Congratulations to all involved and Aggie Nation should be proud of this accomplishment."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Meet APR Standards In All Sports For 2014-15

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University Athletics once again posted tremendous Academic Progress Rate (APR) results on Wednesday when the NCAA released its annual reports.

Using data from the 2014-15 academic year, all NM State sports ranked above the 930 mark for the second time since the NCAA instituted the APR as a measuring tool starting with the 2004-05 year. Schools with a four-year score below 930 could be subject to penalties including reduced practice time and loss of postseason.

“I am very pleased that we have put together two consecutive years of having all our programs above 930, and again have programs nationally recognized,” said NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. “It shows we have made a great effort to move the needle, but we are far from satisfied and our coaches and staff will continue to preach academic integrity and hard work in the classroom to continue to improve our scores.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Announces New Partnership With Under Armour

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University and Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE: UA) announced a new partnership agreement. The Baltimore-based global leader in performance footwear, apparel and equipment will become the official outfitter of NM State Athletics beginning July 1, 2016.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Under Armour will provide on-field and training gear for 16 Aggie varsity sports. Additionally, Under Armour will outfit members of the athletic department including coaches and staff.

"This long-term agreement aligns NM State with the most innovative global performance brand in sports today," said NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. "The Under Armour brand is one of the most recognizable on the field and it's a testament to the NM State brand that we can partner with such a great company."  Continue Reading This Post >>