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Missouri Southern Athletics Past Success, Present Challenges and Future Goals Missouri Southern State University: Board of Governors February 20, 2010.

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1 Missouri Southern Athletics Past Success, Present Challenges and Future Goals Missouri Southern State University: Board of Governors February 20, 2010

2 Athletics Presentation Two Distinct Sections to this Presentation: ◦ Part 1: Short slide show on the last year regarding some of the successes and failures ◦ Part 2: What are we doing differently and more importantly, why?

3 Southern Athletics Year in Review

4 Southern Football We suffered heartbreak as sophomore running back Renard Johnson was in a fatal car accident in January 2009 when he was traveling back home to visit his family in Oklahoma In 2009, we went 3-7, with wins over Emporia State, Truman, and a thrilling come from behind win over then 12th Nationally ranked Missouri Western on the road

5 Southern Volleyball We finished overall. Conference wins on the road against then No. 20 Truman State and No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Freshman outside hitter Renee Rheinecker earned All-MIAA second team along with fellow Jnr. hitter Jeanna Feldman The Lions said goodbye to senior, Kari Hammerbacher who finished her career with 1505 digs good for third all-time in MSSU history

6 Southern Men’s Cross Country Men’s cross country team finished 11 th place at the 2009 NCAA Division II Nationals The Men won their 2 nd Regional title in the last three years and their 8 th MIAA cross country title in the last ten years Tom Rutledge was named MIAA and Regional XC Coach of the Year for the 5 th time Snr. Brennan Benkert placed 24 th earned All-American honors while he and Dustin Dixon, Josh Mathis, Aki Nummela and Jarkko Jarvenpaa were all named All-Region

7 Southern Women’s Cross Country The Lions women never lost to a Division II opponent throughout the season until Nationals The WXC set MIAA and NCAA Regional records for lowest point total with 18 points in each event The Lions women completed the season with their 4 th straight MIAA title, 3 rd straight NCAA Division II Regional title and placed 3 rd in at NCAA National meet Four women were named All-American: jnr. Ashley Siler (3 rd ), snr. Kimi Shank (4 th ), snr. Courtney Waltbillig (20 th ) and snr. Ashley Bunch (25 th ) Shank and head coach Patty Vavra picked up regional athlete and coach of the year awards Vavra earned her 5 th MIAA Cross Country Coach of the Year award

8 Southern Women’s Soccer Senior forward Stephanie Heines led the Lions with 4 goals on the season and one assist to earning honorable mention All-MIAA honors. She was joined on the honorable mention team by fellow senior midfielder Jentri White and sophomore midfielder Michelle Dimza. Sophomore defender Audrey Copenhaver earned a second team nod Randi Russell, a sophomore Joplin native, took over as the Lions’ keeper this season and tallied 118 saves

9 Southern Men’s Soccer In January 2009, it was announced that MSSU would discontinue men’s soccer as a varsity sport. Two weeks later, more heartbreak hit as Jon Hansen collapsed and died during an intramural basketball game after an apparent heart attack.

10 Southern Men’s Basketball Last Season saw Coach Corn win his 300th career game and earn his 16th (11th straight) trip to the MIAA Tournament. In 2009 garnered its second-straight freshman of the year as Jason Adams joined Skyler Bowlin in giving the Lions back-to- back awards This year, 15-9 overall and 9-8 in the MIAA where we have already clinched a playoff bid to the MIAA tourney in Kansas City

11 Southern Women’s Basketball Last year: ◦ Went to our eighth straight winning season with a overall mark ◦ Maryann Mitts became the all- time winningest coach in Lions history, passing Jim Phillips ◦ Advanced the MIAA Tournament as the fifth seed and defeated the fourth seed Central Missouri ◦ Senior Danielle DeVader became the Lions' all-time leader in three pointers with 196 Currently are 13-11, and 7-10 in the league. They are a two games out of third place

12 Southern Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Senior Phillip Horn was third in the indoor heptathlon In the outdoor campaign, Horn earned All-American honors in two events (Decathlon and 100m Hurdles). Currently we have 11 student-athletes on the qualification list for the National Indoor Championship in March

13 Southern Women’s Track and Field Women's indoor track teams had two All- Americans in 2009 Outdoor track and field teams produced six All- Americans, including Junior’s Emilie Mieseler, Ciara Lipsey and Kimi Shank. Senior Kara Eckard was sixth in the steeplechase Currently we have 12 student-athletes on the qualification list for the National Indoor Championship in March

14 Southern Softball Southern had four players named honorable mention All-MIAA in junior Whitney Clute, sophomore Megan Roark and freshmen Brooke Hurley and Breanna Volkmann Clute broke two Southern single-game where the junior had three home runs, seven RBIs and 14 total bases

15 Southern Women‘s Tennis In April, Southern announced that due to budget cuts, the tennis program was being discontinued as a varsity sport

16 Southern Baseball Had their first winning season since the 2003 season Went 35-20, the most wins since 2001 and advanced to the four-team MIAA tournament for the first time since 2002 Jnr. pitcher CJ Maffei shutout the Central Missouri Mules twice Eight Lions were named All- MIAA including CJ Maffei and sophomore third baseman Skyler Rawlins Senior shortstop/pitcher Justin Beal was drafted by Philadelphia Phillies in the 28th round of the MLB Draft

17 Southern Golf Southern finished third in the 2009 MIAA Tourney and third overall in the conference All-MIAA performances from junior David Eddy and freshman Andy Hogenmiller and Taylor Griffith The Lions qualified for their seventh straight NCAA regional Tournament This year’s team won the North Alabama Invitational in October

18 Academic Report for Missouri Southern Athletics Spring 2009 overall GPA all-athletes = Fall 2009 overall GPA all-athletes = 3.07 Women’s Track had the highest GPA of any women's track team in the 3.52

19 Southernfest ‘09 Inaugural Lion Pride Downstream in conjunction with the Rod Smith Green & Gold Golf Classic Our biggest fundraiser to date, generating nearly $40,000! An event to be proud of with over 300 attendees We started the process again in January of 2010!

20 Cancer Awareness, Strike Out Cancer and “Coaches vs. Cancer” Events Women’s Basketball: in conjunction with Freeman Hospital, St. John’s Hospital, The American Cancer Society, Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation, Zeta Tau Alpha – MSSU; Raised over $18,000 over the last three years Women’s Softball: “Strike Out” Cancer- raised $400 Men’s Basketball: “Coaches versus Cancer” Awareness promotion

21 Rod Smith was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame-class of 2009 His class will includes Troy Aikman, Thurman Thomas, Randall McDaniel, Wilber Marshall and Lou Holtz Rod’s hard work and dedication allowed him to have a career including two Super Bowl rings and more than 11,000 yards Smith retired before the 2008 season as the most productive undrafted receiver in NFL history College Football Hall of Fame

22 Track and Field Hall of Fame Former track and field National Champion Tongula (Givens) Steddum was inducted into the US Track & Field &Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame Steddum, a graduate of the social sciences program, will be the first athlete from MSSU to earn the coaches association's highest honor A 14-time All-American, Steddum is the school record holder in the outdoor triple jump ( ), the indoor triple jump ( ) as well as the outdoor long jump ( ) and the indoor long jump ( )

23 The 2009 MSSU Hall of Fame Inductees Stephen Crane Baseball ( ) Jennifer Jimerson Softball ( ) Sonia (Blacketer) Eudy Cross Country/Track and Field ( ) Cedric Florence Football ( ) Marvin (Red) O'Dell Baseball ( )

24 Sallie Beard Retired from MSSU Sallie Beard Retired from MSSU Beard, in her 37th year at her alma mater, retired after her seventh as Missouri Southern's athletics director. For 25 years prior to the academic year, Beard helped lead the growth and development of Missouri Southern's women's athletics program, as she served as MSSU's first and only women's athletics director

25 The Present for Southern Athletics

26 Student- Athletes in the Community Special Olympics (Track and Field) Special Olympics (Bowling) Community Blood Drive Breast Cancer Awareness Night Adopt-a-Street Program MIAA Canned Food Drive River Clean-Up Charity Prom Event Free Fall Basketball Clinic JACS Basketball Clinic Salvation Army Clothing Drive FCA/Boys' and Girls' Club Christmas Party MIAA Basketball Tournament - Operation Breakthrough (2008) Harvester's (2009) Lafayette House - (Battered Women and Children)

27 Academic Numbers Fall ’09 # OFGPAFall STUDENTFall2009 SPORTATHLETES2009Cum. GPA4.0's Baseball Cheer/Dance Men's Basketball Golf Men's CC/TF Softball Trainers Volleyball Women's Basketball Women's Soccer Women's CC/TF Football

28 Academic Numbers in degree programs Name of DegreeTotal # of SA's% of SA's Communication, Journalism92.5% Computer & Information Sciences20.6% Education6417.7% Engineering Tech& Engineering Related Fields103.0% Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics20.6% English & Literature/Letters10.3% Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies & Humanities61.7% Biological Sciences & Biomedical Sciences3710.2% Mathematics10.3% Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies10.3% Parks, Rec & Leisure Studies4311.9% Physical Sciences10.3% Science Technologies20.6% Psychology113.0% Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting & Related Protective Services3610.0% Visual and Performing Arts51.4% Health Professions & Related Programs246.6% Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services6518.0% Undeclared4311.9%

29 Academic Award Numbers In 2009: ◦ 19 Academic National Scholar Athlete Selections ◦ 88 MIAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll Selections ◦ This equates to a quarter of our student- athletes!

30 Secondary Violations One Level I violations reported Four Level II violations reported Waivers Filed One progress toward degree waiver approved One medical absence waiver approved One legislative relief waiver denied Associations Conference Level– Legislation & Handbook committee member, Finance Committee member National Level– DII EC Advisory Group member, former DII Men’s & Women’s Tennis Committee vice-chair, NAAC member

31 Participation Numbers for our student-athletes Sport# Participants* Baseball41 Football125 Men's Basketball16 Men's XC/Track & Field47 Men's Golf15 Women's Basketball16 Women's XC/Track & Field35 Women's Soccer22 Softball25 Volleyball18 Total360 *Unduplicated count

32 Camps and Clinics Camps and Clinics The camps/clinics were for the sport areas of: ◦ Baseball Baseball ◦ Softball Team and Summer Skills Camp Softball Team and Summer Skills Camp ◦ Volleyball Volleyball ◦ Soccer Soccer ◦ Girls Basketball Girls Basketball ◦ Boys Basketball Boys Basketball ◦ Football Football ◦ Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Children's Lifetime Sports Academy These camps this year brought over 1,400 young people to MSSU Many of the camps serve as revenue generation for the university

33 The Future of MSSU Athletics

34 What do we need to become more successful? What do we need to become more successful? The summation of our needs…Undermanned but not defeated! The top three consistent priorities for our departments was: ◦ Scholarships ◦ Operating Budgets ◦ Facilities

35 Scholarships- increase endowments and one time gifts expressly for athletic scholarships to decrease reliance on state funding Operating budgets-Find alternative resources to meet our basic operating needs (equipment, travel, recruiting, etc.) Facilities- Upgrade current facilities. This requires support from many different entities

36 Our state-funded operating budgets fall short of meeting our basic operational needs with no increases in sight. We have to fund our own success.

37 What are we doing to address these issues and goals? Revamp the Lionbacker Booster Club Focus on fundraising and “friendraising” efforts RFP for Apparel Corporate sponsorships Emphasis on enrollment New website launched; mssulions.com

38 The “Tiered Giving” model with tiered benefits is the most commonly used in collegiate athletics The “Season Ticket” model is very rare You CONTRIBUTE to be a member of the Booster Club and determine which benefits you would like based on your GIVING LEVEL You purchase your season tickets based on your interest in particular sports

39 We will break into teams to compete for the areas of most renewals, most new members, and most dollar amount. The Campaign starts on May 13 with a KICK-OFF Party. The first Reporting Session is May 27. The Victory Party is June 3 rd. Our goal is to increase the number of members and the dollars generated per member. Is $60,000 possible? Yes.

40 Fundraising Efforts- Increased Endowments Fundraising Efforts- Increased Endowments Athletics had 6 endowments prior to the start of this academic year. Two additional endowments were created this Fall Two more should be in place by the end of this month THE KEY FOR US WAS TO NOT BE AFRAID TO CRASH AND BURN, EVERYBODY WILL WALK AWAY FROM THE “ASK” We are being proactive in the face of imminent cuts!

41 Increased Focus on Fundraising Events SouthernFest ’10. Last year, $40K, this year’s goal $75,000 Lions & Lures. Inaugural event. Goal: $7,500 Other events are “friendraisers” that can become fundraisers: Football Alumni Golf Tourney, Athletic Alumni Reunion, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, Out-of-town visits, team reunions, etc.

42 Fundraising Efforts Fundraising Efforts Athletics had $172,000 in deposits into the Foundation for the calendar year of 2009 We are looking to increase that amount to $272,000 for the calendar year of 2010

43 RFP for Apparel: It can be a rather intimidating venture! Starting this month with the intent of: ◦ Combining buying power ◦ Economy of Scale ◦ Reducing Expenses ◦ Creating incentive based pricing ◦ More consistence appearance

44 Corporate Sponsorship Focus We increased our corporate sponsor dollars last year to this year by $20,000 We are looking at increasing them this upcoming year by the same amount Focus on using your corporate sponsors!

45 Driving Enrollment Due to the budget cuts two varsity sports were eliminated. To offset lost enrollment our athletic programs were asked to increase roster sizes (through recruiting) Football, Men’s Track, Golf and Baseball bore the brunt of this No budget increases to accommodate increased roster sizes

46 New Athletic Website was launched mid-January by Presto Sports Is able to provide more video and audio functions Allows for easier updating (less time consuming) Creates more diverse and varied tabs to better service the needs of sports, fundraising, marketing, etc… Allows for advertisements and revenue generation but in a nice clean and pleasing way

47 Other Departmental Changes Restructure the Athletic Department Increase Communication Staff Evaluations and Priority needs are reviewed annually Reinstate the Academic Success Traveling Trophy

48 Restructure the Athletics Department Originally had 18 direct reports to AD Adjusted structure to include “Sport Supervisors” Benefits of this design allow for more individual attention, improved cooperation and better efficiency

49 Increased Communication Have subcommittees that are Adhoc as necessary; these have included Storage, Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, Housing, etc. Standing Subcommittees such as Facility Coordination, F.U.N., SAAC, etc. Consistent updates thru complete agendas ◦ Weekly Admin. Staff ◦ Monthly Head Coaches ◦ Monthly All Staff ◦ S-A once per semester

50 Reinstate the Academic Success Traveling Trophy Highest Male and Female Sport Team each get the traveling trophy based on team GPA Is awarded at a sporting event where fans, family and friends are able to the appreciate the experience Have acquired a donor to create an endowment to fund this project for next year and beyond

51 What are the areas that we will use to evaluate our success for this academic year? Community Service Academics Fiscal Responsibility Booster-Alumni Relations Competitiveness Student-Athlete Wellbeing Compliance

52 Food for thought We have drawn over 42,000 to our campus for football and basketball games alone this year. This is an average of 2,000 people per event Local media coverage is on a near daily basis and helps create “top of the mind awareness” and a familiarity in the community Walking billboards ◦ Walmart, Academy, Lids, Gametec, etc. ◦ SMA royalties

53 Thanks for your time! Any Questions? Please contact the MSSU Athletic Department: 3950 East Newman Road Joplin, Missouri, O:


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