Ram Country updates: August 2022
Welcome back to “Ram Country updates,“Ram fans!
It’s the start of a new year here on campus, and it’s one of our favorite times as athletic staff. The hum through the buildings and the whole city when the students come back is felt every year!
With their return, it also signals the start of another competitive year for your Rams and we already have two games into the season for our football program. Volleyball, football and cross-country skiing are just around the corner!
Find out everything that’s going on in the department.
WELCOME BACK RAMS!
As we adjust the calendar to the 2022-23 competitive year, I couldn’t be more excited than today. Between the attitude of our student-athletes, the character and expertise of our coaches, and the tireless dedication and dedication of our staff to CSU, it’s just such a great time to be a Ram!
Football kicked off the season last week with a 2-1 win over Utah Tech to get the regular season started for us, and your defending Mountain West volleyball team will start this Friday by beating North Carolina at 7 p.m the Moby Arena and UC welcomes. Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. on Saturday. We’ve already sold over 3,000 tickets for the North Carolina game, and after finishing our men’s basketball season with five straight sell-outs, I’m excited to see our fans continue to flock to Moby Arena!
Football has had a truly productive fall camp, and coach Norvell has one more week to prepare the team for the season opener in Michigan on September 3. Season tickets are still on sale and continue to move well, but it will take all of us to fill Canvas Stadium on September 10th against Middle Tennessee! If you don’t already have yours, give the ticket office a call (800-491-7267) and I’m confident we can find the perfect package for you.
Cross Country will also begin their season on Saturday, September 3 when they head to Cheyenne for their first meeting of the season.
WELCOME TO RAMILY, COACH WILSON!
We recently welcomed a new member to Ramily as our new men’s golf coach Michael Wilson joined us from Long Beach State. Michael and the team have their first practice session on the books this Tuesday and we are thrilled that our championship culture will continue under Michael’s leadership.
During his tenure as head coach at Long Beach State, Michael won a Big West Conference championship — the first for LBSU in 52 years — and coached three Big West Freshmen of the Year and 2021 Player of the Year. As a player, he was a 2003 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year and played a major role in Cal’s 2004 NCAA National Championship.
RamWire has another standout story – “Wilson’s Goals Match Program Tradition” – that I hope you’ll read to learn a little more about our newest head coach.
VOLLEYBALL WHITE OFF
As already mentioned, our volleyball team has some important games ahead of them at the start of the season. But our annual White Out game is always a fan favorite and this year it’s going to be extra special. We’re running the buffs on Thursday, September 15th at 7pm, and we’re aiming for them FIRST sold-out volleyball game in program history!
With your help we can get there. We’ve already seen a tremendous response from our community partners and this is sure to be an atmosphere you won’t want to miss. Before the game, we host a Women’s Leadership Panel presented by the Bohemian Foundation for our student-athletes. This panel will feature five incredible leaders from our community as we continue to mark 50th Anniversary of Title IX. Thank you to Dawn Anderson (Accenture), Kim Jordan (New Belgium), Kathleen Pitre (Ball Corp.), Nancy Tuor (CH2m Hill) and Julie Weber (Southwest Airlines) for participating in this panel for our student-athletes.
WELCOME TO RAMTOWN
Since soccer returned to campus, one of the key pieces of feedback we receive regularly is that there hasn’t been a central meeting place for the match day. As we continue to evaluate and shape our planning to create the best matchday atmosphere, we’ve been working to bring this matchday hub to life. With the help of great partners on campus, we’ve been able to re-establish the idea of Ram Town right in the center of campus, and I’m excited for all of you to experience it this season.
Ram Town is on the corner of Meridian Ave. and Hughes Way and will serve as the main location for all reserved tailgates this season, as well as the new home of the Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate. Ram Town will also include bouncy castles and other game day entertainment for all the family, as well as front row access to the Ram Walk as the head coach Jay Norvell and the Rams begin their march toward Canvas Stadium.
See you there!
COACHES SHOWS RETURN
With the start of the semester, the trainer shows return and offer you the opportunity to meet our trainers and student athletes in person. If you’ve never been to a show, I encourage you to come out and say hello to our coaches and learn that little bit extra about our programs.
- Football with Coach Norvell takes place every Wednesday at 6pm at CB & Potts – Collindale.
- Volleyball with Coach Hilbert takes place every Tuesday at 5pm at the Mayor of the Old Town, with the exception of the first show which takes place on Monday 29th August.
Come out, grab a bite to eat and enjoy talking Ramsport!
FACILITIES UPDATES IN MOBY ARENA AND SOCCER SOFTBALL
We’re getting closer to completing at least one of our major building projects – the Moby Phase 1 Dressing Room Upgrades – while progress continues in two other key areas.
This week the construction fences started to be erected around our soccer fields as the crew came in to rip up the old turf of the soccer practice field to give the natural grass time to grow. Construction of the entire football facility will begin at the end of the 2022 season and will be completed in time for the 2023 schedule. Coach Hagen and this team will have one of the best playing and training areas in all of college football, even under the floodlights, when all is said and done.
Over at softball, we expect construction to begin on an all-new facility with a permanent grandstand, new press box tower, lights for night games, and upgrades to the dugouts and batting cages within the next two weeks.
Back at the Moby Arena, partly due to a gift that I’ll be happy to announce in the coming weeks, very soon we will begin the second phase of the modernization of the Moby Dressing Room on the south side of the building. The construction company doesn’t even have to vacate the facility as we turn our attention from the basketball locker rooms to the upgrades that benefit our other programs.
THE CREW BEHIND THE CREW
A final word of thanks before we wrap up. We have more than 100 student assistants working with our various teams and support units across the department. These are excellent real-world opportunities for our Colorado State University students, and we need each and every one of them to provide a world-class fan and student sports experience.
Hopefully, when you meet one of our working students, you will see them as the dedicated, committed employees I found in them. We’re training the next generation of Rams to go out into the world and make us all proud!
Thanks for following Rams!
Joe Parkersports director