Sports still available for third annual Football 101 event

    To help kick-off the 2013 season Coach Troy Calhoun and his wife Amanda invite football fans to enjoy fun night with the Air Force coaching staff to get an inside look at the fundamentals of the game and learn a little about the x's and o's that make the Falcons go.  The third annual Falcon Football 101 event will take place on Friday, August 2nd at the Holaday Athletic Center.  Festivities will get started at 5:30 pm with drinks and happy hour with fellow Air Force fans and the football coaching staff.  Coach Calhoun will then break the group down on the practice field to run through how the Falcons prepare for each game.  You'll get everything from inside information on formations to drills for improving specific skills.  It will be an open question and answer format so if there's anything you want to know about the team this will be a great chance to get inside the mind of a coach.  To kick back and relax after the practice portion of the event, dinner and drinks will be served from Panera followed up by desert and an athletic apparel fashion show.  Participants will also receive a two special gifts and a pair of tickets to the Falcons' MWC opener vs. Utah State! 

    To order your tickets to the third annual Falcon Football 101 event click here and register for inside Air Force Donornet.  Admission is just $40 per person and tickets are expected to sell out.  For questions please contact 719-333-2626.

    Former AF water polo player receives Aviator Valor Award

    Capt. Jeff Donaldson, a 2006 USAFA graduate, was recently granted the Aviator Valor Award for his actions while deployed overseas in May 2011. Donaldson, a four-year member of the Falcons' water polo team and team captain as a senior, is currently a helicopter pilot with the 55th Rescue Squadron based at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

    "Coaching Jeff four years at the Academy in water polo was a coach's dream," said former Air Force water polo coach Jeff Ehrlich. "In the the spring of his junior year, the team had a chance to get some helicopter rides while on our Annapolis trip and Jeff told me at that time his goal was to fly helicopters in the Air Force. I knew he would attain that dream and be an excellent and courageous pilot. Receiving the Aviator Valor Award is a testament to Jeff's unselfish contribution to the Air Force mission and its core values."

    For the full story about Donaldson's honor, visit the following link:

    Academy to expand Athletic Hall of Fame to include teams

    The Air Force Academy inducted its fourth class into the Athletic Hall of Fame this past spring (May 11). What a night, as legendary football coach Fisher DeBerry highlighted the class of 2013. He was joined by swimmers Karen Burton (Reeder) and Patty Martinez (Gillette), four-sport (football, basketball, baseball, track and field) letterman Parke Hinman, Eric Mack (track and field) and Carlton McDonald (football).


    The Athletic Hall of Fame honors former intercollegiate athletes for significant achievements and contributions to their sports as cadets, as well as their achievements as leaders of character for the Air Force, the Department of Defense and the nation. Former athletic administrators, coaches and support staff may also be honored for extraordinary achievements. All of the inductees are honored with a plaque on the "Walk of Honor" in the Falcon Athletic Center Hall of Excellence.


    With the next induction class in the spring of 2015, the Academy will begin to include teams. The criteria for a team is an exceptional accomplishment at the conference or national level, significant impact and/or brought special recognition to Falcon athletics, set school/regional/national records , won conference/regional/national championships or won an NCAA statistical championship. A complete list of criteria for teams and individuals is listed below.


    The athletic department and the Hall of Fame committee members welcome input from the graduate community as we move forward to the next induction. Graduates are welcome to send nominees and any supporting data or letters of support for individuals and teams to Troy Garnhart in the athletic communications office:


    Department of Athletics

    Athletic Information/Communications

    2168 Field House Dr., USAF Academy, CO 80840

    Phone: 719-333-9263



     Selection Criteria for USAFA Athletic Hall of Fame

    (Must meet one or more criteria)  

    Selection criteria for athletes:

    General officer; astronaut who earned a varsity letter

    All-American in their respective sport

    National champion

    Academic hall of fame recipient

    Athletic achievement, varsity letter winner who played professionally, Olympian and members of the World Class Athlete Program

    NCAA statistical champion

    National academic honoree

    Conference player of the year

    Letterwinner in four or more different sports

    Academy, conference or national record holder


    Selection criteria for coaches

    Career record, national titles, conference coach of the year

    National top 20 rankings

    National achievement such as coach of the year, president of national coaches association

    Number of conference and/or national championship individuals

    Number of Olympians and/or World, American or NCAA/AIAW record setters

    Number of All-Americans

    Length of distinguished service


    Selection criteria for athletic administrators/staff

    Direction of the overall program during their time

    Facility development; programs started and/or developed

    National achievements and involvement and conference service

    Length of distinguished service


    Selection criteria for teams

    Exceptional accomplishment at the conference or national level

    Significant impact and/or brought special recognition to Falcon athletics

    School/regional/national records

    Conference/regional/national championships

    NCAA statistical champion


    USAFA Athletics Hall of Fame Committee

    The selection committee is comprised of the director of athletics, vice athletics director, senior woman administrator, deputy athletics director, senior associate athletic director, chief executive officer of the Air Force Athletics Corporation, a team officer representative from the dean of faculty with more than five years experience, a senior officer representative from the commandant of cadets and the NCAA faculty representative. The president of the Association of Graduates (AOG) or his or her designated representative may serve as an advisor to the committee, but does not render a vote.




    Karen Burton (Reeder), class of 1984, Swimming, 16-time NCAA Division II All-American

    Fisher DeBerry, Coach, head football coach, 1984-06

    Parke Hinman, class of 1964, Basketball, Football, Baseball and Track, first four-sport lettermen at the Academy

    Eric Mack, class of 1996, Track, six-time conference champion and three-time All-American

    Patty Martinez (Gillette), class of 1983, Swimming, six-time NCAA Division II individual national champion

    Carlton McDonald, class of 1993, Football, consensus All-American in 1992 and Thorpe Award runner-up



    Jim Conboy, Athletic Administration, head athletic trainer, 1955-98

    Gail Conway (Gray), class of 1984, Track, two-time national champion

    Chuck Delich, class of 1977, Ice Hockey, school's all-time leading scorer

    Bob Nieman, class of 1970, Swimming, two-time All-American

    Scott Thomas, class of 1986, Football, consensus All-American in 1985



    Jim Bowman, Athletic Administration, former coach and administrator, 1958-2007

    Callie Calhoun (Molloy), class of 1991, Track, multiple All-American and national champion

    Dee Dowis, class of 1990, Football, 1989 Heisman Trophy finalist

    Ernie Jennings, class of 1971, Football, 1970 consensus football All-American

    Terry Isaacson, class of 1964, Wrestling/Football, three-time wrestling All-American

    Ben Martin, Coach, head football coach, 1958-77



    Alonzo Babers, class of 1983, Track, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, All-American in track in 1983

    Bob Beckel, class of 1959, Men's Basketball, 1959 Helms All-American

    John Clune, Athletics Administration, Director of Athletics, 1975-91

    Chad Hennings, class of 1988, Football, 1987 consensus football All-American and Outland Trophy winner

    Michelle Johnson, class of 1981, Women's Basketball, 1995 CoSIDA Academic All-American

    Brock Strom, class of 1959, Football, 1958 consensus All-American



    Colgate kickoff time set for 1 p.m., television TBA


    2013 Schedule (all times are local to site)

    Sat.Aug. 301 pmColgateUSAFA
    Sat.Sept. 71:30 pmUtah StateUSAFACBS S
    Fri.Sept. 136 pmat Boise StateBoise, IdahoESPN
    Sat.Sept. 21TBAWyomingUSAFAESPN Networks
    Sat.Sept. 284:30 pmat NevadaReno, Nev.CBS S
    Sat.Oct. 511:30 amat NavyAnnapolis, Md.CBS/CBS S
    Thurs.Oct. 107 pmSan Diego StateUSAFACBS S
    Sat.Oct. 19Open
    Sat.Oct. 263 pmNotre DameUSAFACBS S
    Sat.Nov. 2TBAArmyUSAFAESPN Networks
    Fri.Nov. 87 pmat New MexicoAlbuquerque, NMESPN U
    Sat.Nov. 16Open
    Thurs.Nov. 217:30 pmUNLVUSAFAESPN U
    Sat.Nov. 30TBAat Colorado StateFort Collins, Colo.ESPN Networks

     Air Force assistant wrestling coach Sam Barber is headed to Santiago, Chile, next week, to coach the U.S. men's freestyle team at the FILA Junior Pan American Championships, being held July 12-14.

    Barber, who is entering his fifth year as an assistant for the Falcons, was the head coach of the U.S. FILA Cadet Freestyle team that won the 2012 Pan American tournament and also served as a coach for the United States team at the 2011 Junior FILA World Cup, held in Germany.

    For a quick preview of the this year's event, click the following link:

    Root Sports to become MW regional television partner

    DIRECTV Sports Networks and the Mountain West Conference have entered into a multi-year agreement, making DIRECTV Sports, and its ROOT SPORTS-branded regional sports network, the regional TV home of Mountain West football and men's basketball.

    ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will annually produce and televise approximately 10 football games featuring Mountain West teams, and a minimum of 25 MW intra-conference and non-conference men's basketball games, beginning with the 2013-2014 season. All events will be produced and distributed in high definition.

    "We are pleased to partner with the Mountain West Conference to bring these games to fans throughout the region," said Patrick Crumb, President of DIRECTV Sports Networks. "The Mountain West offers competitive, compelling match-ups, and we look forward to providing a platform to showcase the conference and its teams."

    "Our entire ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain team is excited to be the regional home of the Mountain West Conference," said David Woodman, General Manager of ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain. "With many member institutions located within our network's footprint, these games will be a great addition to our collegiate sports programming for years to come."

    "This unique partnership will provide enhanced coverage and promotion for the entire MW membership," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. "ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain is an important component in an innovative, multi-platform exposure plan for the future of the league."


    About ROOT SPORTS™ Rocky Mountain Region

    ROOT SPORTS™ is the home of the Colorado Rockies, Utah Jazz, Mountain West, Big Sky Conference and University of Denver. The network reaches 2.5 million households across nine states and delivers more than 350 live events each year - all of which are available in high definition.

    ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC, which operates regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain regions. The three networks combined reach 8.9 million households across 18 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 20 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world's most popular television service.


    About the Mountain West Conference

    From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering

    academic achievement and sportsmanship. With the addition of San Jose State University and Utah State University on July 1, 2013, the MW will be comprised of 11 all-sport members and 12 football-playing institutions. Currently, the Mountain West membership includes: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Hawai`i (football only), University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, UNLV and University of Wyoming.

    Warrior Games Finals in volleyball and basketball to be video streamed

    Falcon Vision, working with ESPN3 and the Olympic Training Center will be video streaming the two event finals in Clune Arena tonight. The sitting volleyball is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Wheelchair basketball at 8:30 p.m. The link below will take you to the broadcast. Once you click the link, you select the event on the right side menu.



    Coach Troy Calhoun helps Prince Harry learn about football

    Air Force coach Troy Calhoun helped Prince Harry learn about American football on Sunday. The link is a story from the Air Force Times.


    Mountain West does spring football piece on Air Force

    The Mountain West Digital Network has just posted its first of three episodes on MW Spring Football, featuring Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State and Fresno State, to the Conference website at This footage can be played directly on the index and football pages of It can also can be found on the MW's YouTube Channel at and on Facebook at and we have also tweeted a link to this video to our followers at @TheMWC

    Former Air Force SID Hal Bateman passes away

    Veteran T&F Expert Hal Bateman passes  

    Hal Bateman, an authority on world track and field for more than fifty years, died April 10 in Corpus Christi, Texas, following a brief illness. He was 81.

    "I never met anyone who knew more about the sport than Hal Bateman," said Ollan Cassell, a 1964 Olympic gold medalist who served as American track and field's chief executive from 1966 to 1997. "He was an outstanding writer, researcher and story-teller, and a great friend."

    Jim Dunaway, editor of American Track & Field Magazine, echoed Cassell's sentiments. "Whenever someone asked me a question about the sport I couldn't answer, I'd call Hal," Dunaway said. "If he didn't know the answer right away, he'd say, 'I'll get back to you in an hour.' And he always did."

    Born Nov. 28, 1931, on Staten Island, N.Y., Harold Bateman was a 1949 graduate of Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, N.J. He attended Rutgers University and, following two years in the U.S. Army, earned a degree in journalism from Michigan State University. He competed in track and cross country during his high school and college years.

    Bateman was a sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune and United Press International's Chicago Bureau before becoming the managing editor of Track & Field News in 1960. That summer he covered the Olympic Games in Rome. During three-plus years at T&FN he reorganized the magazine's editorial side, recruiting a number of new American contributors and increasing the use of action photography.

    From 1963 to 1969 Bateman was the sports information director at Western Michigan University. He was the SID at the U.S. Air Force Academy from 1969 to 1984 and in 1974-1975 he served as president of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).

    While in Colorado Springs, Bateman did volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee. He served as a USOC press officer at eight National Sports Festivals and at the Olympic Games in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1988 in Seoul.

    In 1982 Bateman began a two-decade relationship with Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field (then known as The Athletics Congress/USA), the sport's American governing body. He was a general partner with End of the Line Race Consulting in Coronado, Calif., when Ollan Cassell hired him in 1986.

    Bateman served as USATF's director of promotions for the inaugural World Indoor Athletics Championships, held in Indianapolis in 1987. Remaining with USATF as an associate director of media information, he served as the organization's historian, edited media guides, and headed special statistical projects. He was in charge of field operations at numerous U.S. indoor, outdoor and collegiate championships from 1983 through 1995.

    Bateman served as U.S. team press officer at track events around the globe, including the 1985 USA-USSR-Japan meet in Tokyo; the 1985 World Cup in Canberra; the 1987 World Championships in Rome; the 1989 World Cup in Barcelona; and the 1994 World Cup in London.

    After leaving USATF in 2002, Bateman relocated to Corpus Christi and continued to work on track and field statistical projects. He belonged to the Association of Track and Field Statisticians (ATFS), the Federation of American Statisticians of Track (FAST), and Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA). He was a member of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame's Class of 1982.

    Bateman is survived by his wife, Carol, and a daughter, Karen Corvington of Akron, Ohio. He was preceded in death by a son, Keith. /by Pete Cava/