A Record-Breaking Year
Several UT Tyler teams and athletes set new records during the course of the 2012-13 athletics season. From men's golf winning the school's first-ever National Championship, to the two new additions to the UT Tyler family, 2012-13 was a special year.
Spring was a season of firsts for the Patriots, starting with the youngest athletic program on campus, the outdoor track and field teams.
Men’s Track and Field
The UT Tyler men’s team won their first ASC Championship, with several athletes setting new career marks. Senior Ed Palencia finished sixth in the nation in the men’s javelin, while junior Buck Thompson finished top-10 nationally in two events, the shot put and discus, garnering All-American honors for the second-straight year.
Coach Bob Hepler took home Coach of the Year honors while distance-runner Nick Huff was named ASC Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year. Thompson also took home the High Point Athlete of the Year at the ASC Championships.
Women’s Track and Field
The women's team had its best-ever finish, winning second-place at the ASC Championships while setting numerous new school records along the way in events such as the 400 meter dash, the 4X100 relay, high jump and pole vault.
After an up-and-down season that saw the UT Tyler men's golf team finish as runners-up at the ASC tournament, the men, led by freshman Buddy Hallman, did something no other UT Tyler team had done – win a NCAA National Championship.
After barely qualifying for the 2013 NCAA tournament, the Patriots played the four-round tournament of their lives, winning by seven strokes to send head coach King Campbell out in style. Hallman finished as national runner-up in the individual medalist competition, while Joey Rippel and Trent Boudoin each finished in the top 20.
Not to be outdone, the Patriots women's golf team fought with ASC rival Mary Hardin-Baylor for four days, finishing as national runners-up at the national tournament. Freshman Laura Lindsey won an individual national title, winning the title by four strokes. Marina Rhodes was also an All-Tournament performer, finishing in a tie for seventh-place overall.
Head coach Chris Bertrand won the 2013 ASC Baseball Championship in his first season at the helm for the Patriots, leading the team to the NCAA Semi-Finals in Austin.
The Patriots featured several All-ASC performers, including Kevan House, who was named ASC East Division Player of the Year. House also joined Issac Tijerina and Chance Cotton on the D3baseball.com All-West Region team.
The 2013 UT Tyler softball team reached another NCAA DIII World Series, finishing in fourth place nationally while winning 47 games along the way, a new school record. The Patriots lost just one game in conference-play all season, while remaining in the top eight nationally all year long.
Three players, Joey Cronin, Kelsie Batten and Heather Abshire were named All-Americans, while Raven Rodriguez and Brittney Batten joined the previous three on the NFCA All Region team.
Mike Reed won his 300th game as UT Tyler head coach earlier in the season, finishing the season with 329 wins in just nine seasons (37 wins per season) in his time with the Patriots.
The Patriots set a new mark for wins in a season with 22, reaching the conference finals and claiming a spot in their sixth-straight NCAA tournament.
The men were named the SAAC Sportsmanship Team of the Year, which is voted on by the other schools around the ASC, while newcomer Ryan Ybarra was named the ASC East Division Most Valuable Player.
Head coach Chris Bizot was named Coach of the Year for the sixth time time in his nine-year UT Tyler career.
UT Tyler finished the year with a 15-10 mark and a 5-1 record in the ASC, also finishing as runners-up in the conference. Six Patriots were named All-ASC including Haley Albro and Emily Evans who were each named First Team All-ASC singles and doubles.
The men's team had its best season ever, going 18-8 and finishing in second place in the ASC east division. Head coach Kenny Bizot was named East Division Coach of the Year joining four players on the All-Conference team, including senior Darren Houliston who was named First Team All-ASC. The 18 wins were three better than the previous season high of 15 set in 2009-10.
The men also closed out 2013 by welcoming new head coach Jamon Copeland from Ave Maria in Florida. Copeland will take over for Bizot who took a head coaching job at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi.
UT Tyler had a record-breaking season in head coach Kevin Baker's first season, winning 18 games (new school record) and reaching the conference semi-finals for the first time in program history.
Baker was named ASC East Co-Coach of the Year while four Patriots were named ASC All-Conference, including Brittany King who led the Patriots in scoring and rebounding in her first season with UT Tyler.
UT Tyler reached the American Southwest Conference tournament for the third-straight season, finishing third in the east division. Six players were named to the ASC All-Division teams while senior Chris Powell was named a Distinguished Scholar Athlete.
The women’s team enjoyed one of its finest seasons in history, reaching the ASC tournament finals for the third time in program history and the postseason for the sixth year in a row. The Patriots set a new mark for ASC play, going 11-1 in the regular season while having seven players named to the All-ASC team.
Head Coach Stefani Webb also was tabbed by the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association as the National Merit Award Winner/Coach of the Year.
Men’s Cross Country
The UT Tyler men's cross country team kept its winning tradition going, winning its seventh ASC title in program history.
Junior Nick Huff won the individual cross-country title, while head coach Bob Hepler was named ASC Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career.
Women’s Cross Country
The women’s team finished fourth at the ASC Championship meet and placed four runners on the All-Academic team.
UT Tyler volleyball also finished fourth in the east division while placing four players on the All-ASC team.
Not only was UT Tyler successful on the fields and courts, the Patriots spent numerous hours giving back to the community through the East Texas Food Bank, City of Tyler Kids Day at the Park and Operation Shoebox, which sends care packages to troops stationed throughout the world.
UT Tyler women's soccer and volleyball each added new teammates, Emma Routh and Becca Reagan through Team Impact. Emma suffers from Fanconi Anemia while Becca suffers from Lymphoblastic Leukemia, both of which are life-threatening illnesses.
Team Impact and the teams will focus on making the quality of life better for both of these treasured teammates, giving them a chance to be a part of a team.
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