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May 18th, 2009
Bobcats win fourth Commissioner's Cup

STAFF REPORT

After winning five team championships in 2008-09, Texas State’s athletic department has won the 2009 Southland Conference (SLC)  Commissioner’s Cup, given each year to the best overall athletic program in the SLC based on conference standings in each sport sponsored by the conference.

The Bobcats won the Commissioner’s Cup for the first time since 2003-04 and fourth time overall with 145.5 points, edging last year’s winner, Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) by one point.

Texas State won the cup for the fourth time, the most of any school in the Southland Conference.

Texas State also won its ninth consecutive women’s All-Sports Trophy from the conference, largely due to league championships in volleyball, soccer and softball.

“What a great year this has been for our athletics program,” Texas State athletic director Larry Teis said. “This took a total team effort from everyone among our student-athletes, coaches and administrative staff.”

Texas State began the year by becoming the first Southland Conference School in history to win regular season championships in football, volleyball and soccer last fall. This spring, the Bobcats became the first SLC school since 1995 and third school overall to win the baseball and softball championships in the same year.

Texas State won the women’s trophy for the 11th time overall, scoring 89.5 points. UTSA was second with 80.5 points while Stephen F. Austin was third with 76 points.

The Southland Conference All-Sports Trophies are awarded annually for men’s and women’s competition based on a 12-point system for all conference sports. Point values are 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1, pending place of finish.

Texas State’s baseball team looks to become the third Bobcat team to win a SLC Tournament title in this week in Corpus Christi after winning Southland Conference Tournaments in soccer and softball earlier this year.

The baseball team also is contending to become the fourth Bobcat team to play in an NCAA Tournament this year, joining football, soccer and softball team, which won a first-round game over 12th overall seed Northwestern in the opening round at Waco.

In addition to its overall success on the field, Texas State also had a record number of student-athletes earning their bachelor’s degrees in 2008-09 as 44 student-athletes graduated this past weekend. Another 19 received their degrees last December and 10 more are scheduled to graduate in August.

More than 100 student-athletes, Strutters, cheerleaders and student trainers have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 and above in the 2008 spring and fall semesters, while another 104 student-athletes were on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Rolls for having maintained a 3.0 GPA.

Texas State also upgraded its athletics facilities in the last year. The Bobcat baseball and softball stadiums each have new grandstands, suites and press boxes. Bobcat Stadium, where the football team plays, will have 15 new suites and 450 club seats added on the west side of the stadium above the press box, while the tennis complex has a new locker room. New locker rooms also are being built for the soccer field.

In April, Texas State Athletics received a $1 million gift for the second time in school history as Jerry and Linda Fields announced they would donate $1 million to the program. The first $1 million donor was Darren B. Casey, who gave his gift to the department in 2008.

This past year, total overall giving to the Department increased by six percent after a record year in 2007-08, when total giving exceeded $750,000.

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