Welcome to Ramily 2022 and the first edition of “Ram Country Updates” for new Year!
Although the calendar change in athletics happens in July to launch a new academic and sports calendar, the new year has brought a lot of excitement for Green and Gold fans. In my last update we talked about record academic achievement, the introduction of a head football coach Jay Norvel, the first-ever unanimous football All-American in program history, and an incredible debut by our winter programs. And let’s not forget another championship for our women’s volleyball program!
It was a great way to cap off 2021, and I’m excited to see much of that excitement carry over into 2022.
Lets go Go Rams!
On Tuesday, January 18, students returned to campus to begin the spring semester, and it’s always such an invigorating time to be on campus. Our main goal is to provide a world-class experience for our students, whether as student-athletes or as students participating in our events, and the campus is much more alive with them here.
They did not wait to mark their return.
On Wednesday night, we hosted New Mexico in men’s basketball – our first event since the students returned – and they showed up in record numbers! We scanned 3,844 students from a crowd of 6,516 Ram fans – the most students to attend a men’s basketball game on record! They represented 60% of the crowd forcing us to increase the student section by 60%! To top it off, they were loud and engaged the entire time, which was key in helping our #23 ranked men’s basketball team to a hard-earned victory. More to come…
RECORD PERFORMANCES IN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
While we were setting up the men’s game mentioned above, our women’s basketball team came away with a dominating 88-72 victory at Utah State. During this game, McKenna Hofschild sets a school record with 17 assists!
When you consider all the great guard play we’ve had in Colorado State history, it’s a tremendous achievement not only from McKenna but also from her teammates who finished the shot.
Coach Williams’ team got off to a 12-4 start and will be back at home against Nevada on Jan. 27.
CONGRATULATIONS DAVID RODDY AND ISAIAH STEVENS
Against New Mexico, we recognized a milestone achievement for two of our men’s basketball players, David Roddy and Isaiah Stevens.
Both juniors hit the 1,000-point plateau this season, an incredible feat, and they received a standing ovation from the crowd.
David and Isaiah became the 31st and 32n/a players in the program’s history to reach the 1,000 point mark!
BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL
One of the best promotions in basketball right now is happening right here in the state of Colorado. Each year, we partner with our friends at UCHealth for the “Bigger than Basketball” promotion to honor members of our community who are battling cancer.
These cancer warriors are paired with a student-athlete from our men’s or women’s basketball team, and for this evening, our student-athletes have the chance to honor them and their fight. The Cancer Warrior’s last name takes the place of the student-athletes on the back of their jerseys, we exchange letters, and the nameplates on their lockers are replaced with those of their Warriors. This is an incredible opportunity for our student-athletes.
RamWire Insider Mike BrohardEach year’s report is always a must-read, and this year’s was particularly close to home. Our own Kim Mbadinga-Nzambawho had her own successful hardwood career for the women’s team, battled breast cancer over the past year and was selected as one of the Warriors.
Your next chance to be there as we honor the UCHealth Cancer Warriors is January 28 when the men’s team hosts UNLV. Tipping is set at 7 p.m.
FOOTBALL STAFF ARE ON THE PITCH
Coach Norvell wasted no time in rounding up his staff and putting together an exciting recruiting class. At the start of the signing period, we are welcoming 23 new Rams to the Ramily and the class is filling up quickly ahead of the 2022 season.
Student-athletes will soon begin winter conditioning — if they haven’t already, depending on when you read this — while the coaching staff remains active in recruiting here in Colorado and across the country.
Our Green and Gold Spring Game takes place on April 23, and we’re working to make it a great day with additional game-based activities for Ram fans of all ages! More details to come on those, so stay tuned.
INDOOR TRACK SEASON UNDERWAY AND THE RINGS ARE COMING
The Track and Field Rams kicked off their indoor season on January 14 in Boulder for the Potts Invitational and came away with nine wins! Celyn Sterner (Pole vault), Jordan Lanning (high jump), Taryn Sieg Bown (shot put), makayla williams (triple jump) and Mariano Kis (shot put) came away with wins on the first day in the field events, and Tom Oates (A mile), Liam Mather (60m hurdles), Janyah Jasper (60 meters) and Lauren Gale (200m) won the track events on day two.
We also celebrated our 2021 Mountain West Champion Men’s Away Team this month as their championship rings arrived. It was a great night at Canvas Stadium to celebrate these student-athletes and their accomplishments!
SWIM AND DIVE BACK IN THE POOL
As of this writing, our swimming and diving program is still sitting at a stellar record of 13-0! Unfortunately, they lost the chance to play two conference meets due to COVID, but they’re back in the pool on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Air Force for their first meet of 2022.
Coach Woodard has kept his team fresh even with the cancellations by hosting a full swim roster between “Tina’s Terrors” (led by Kristina Friedrichs) and “Madi’s Menaces” (directed by madison hunter) at the Moby pool. A live stream of the Air Force encounter is available HEREand we should cheer them all on as they focus on the Mountain West Championships Feb. 16-19.
WEST MOUNTAIN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Speaking of Mountain West Championships, tickets are now on sale for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament!
With the success of our men’s and women’s teams this year, I hope Ram fans will turn out in force in Las Vegas to support our programs. The women’s tournament runs from March 6-9 and the men’s from March 9-12. We’ll have to wait to see when our teams play based on the rankings, but start planning now to join us in Las Vegas!
SPRING SPORTS SEASON JUST AROUND THE CORNER
We are getting closer and closer to the start of our championship season in Spring Sports as Softball, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Golf and Men’s Golf are all set to kick off very soon! Women’s tennis – under new head coach Mai-Ly Tran – is the first to start the season today in Phoenix, women’s golf begins play in Florida Feb. 7, softball heads to California for its season-opening tournament Feb. 11, and men’s golf opens Feb. 21 February in California.
On this front, we are in the final stages of the architect selection process for our new soccer and softball facilities, and I hope to be able to share updates on this project in an upcoming update letter.
From John to Denver…
Radio reception for game broadcasts is nearly zero in the Denver area. FM 102.9 works well when you are in range but the signal is weak in Denver. Internet listening works, but with delays and buffering issues. Is there any hope for a station in the Denver area to broadcast the games?
This is a timely question, John, as we are currently in the process of renewing our flagship radio partnership which includes talks in the Denver metro area. Make no mistake about it, Denver is important to us, and we emphasize that in these negotiations. The Varsity Network streaming platform, which lets you tune in to Ram games anywhere in the world, has been a great addition to expanding our network, and we’re working with our radio partners to expand our live reach across the world. ‘state. .
We’ll have more to share on this front very soon.
From Robert to Boulder…
What influence do you have on the creation of the conference football calendar? Specifically when away games are played. I would absolutely be interested in traveling to Albuquerque for an away game with the Rams if it coincides with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta which takes place the first two weekends of October.
To put it simply, not much. Although we submit requests to the league office for certain dates – such as trying to avoid home dates when students are not on campus – we have very little influence on the order in which we face our opponents. Beyond the traditional “Rivalry Week” where the league will attempt to pair up teams that have historically played later in the season (like Border Wars), the conference schedule is such a convoluted puzzle with 12 universities, 12 non-conference schedules, multiple TV partners, etc.
That wraps us up for this month! Hope to see you on campus this winter, in the spring and in Las Vegas for the Mountain West Basketball Championships
Thanks for following Rams!
Joe Parkersports director