Air Force Academy 60th Anniversary countdown begins

      In commemoration of the Academy's 60th anniversary, the following are taken from a list of significant events in the history of Air Force athletics. The information has been compiled by Steve Simon of the Academy's communications area.

    1 January 1956  --  Buck Shaw is hired as the Academy's first football head coach.  He coached at Air Force for two seasons.He also coached in the NFL. He was the San Francisco 49rers first head coach, and also coached the Philadelphia Eagles. The Director of Athletics, Colonel Robert V. Whitlow, coached the Air Force team during the inaugural 1955 season.

    1 January 1959  -- The football team caps an undefeated season with a 0-0- tie against heavily favored Texas Christian University in the Cotton Bowl (when there were only four bowl games).

    1 January 1971  --  The football team loses 34-13 to Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl, the Academy's third trip to a bowl game. The Air Force Academy Band was also featured at the game.

    1 January 1978  --  Bill Parcells begins his tenure as Air Force Academy head football coach.  He left after one season, and went on to win two Super Bowls in 19 years as a head coach in the NFL.

    7 January 1956  -- The Academy fencing team is formed, under the direction of coach Caption Richard Bowman.

    9 January 1986  -- Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry is named the major college football coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association..  He had led the team to a 12-1 record and a number fiveranking in the United Press post-season national poll, an Academy record high finish.

    10 January 1968  -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) passes a rule authorizing freshmen to compete in all intercollegiate varsity sporting events with the exception of football and basketball. The Academy makes these changes to its programs.

    13 January 1968  -- The Air Force basketball team plays Navy for the first time, beating the Midshipmen 98-88 in Annapolis.

    17 January 2004  -- Jeff Heidmous, Class of '77, is inducted into the National Water Polo Hall of Fame in St. Louis.  Heidmous played water polo at the Academy and is currently the head coach.

    29 January 1971  -- Ernie Jennings, Class of '71, is chosen in the 10th round of the NFL draft by San Francisco 49ers. Jennings, a consensus All-American considered the best wide receiver in Academy history.

    31 January 1993  -- Chad Hennings, Class of '88, wins the first of his three Super Bowl Championship rings with the Dallas Cowboys.

    Mountain West Images of the Year on conference website

    The Mountain West Conference has posted Images of the Year on the conference website instagram page at http://instagram.com/mountainwestconference. The images were provided by Clarkson Creative/NCAA Photos.

     

    Football, baseball star Baska part of winter graduation

     The Air Force Academy adds five new graduates to the Air Force on Wednesday morning at this fall semester's graduation and commissioning ceremony. David Baska, a football and baseball lettermen, will graduate with a B.S. in humanities and report to Vanderberg AFB, Calif., to serve as a space operations officer before going into acquisitions. 

    Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, Academy Superintendent, will be the guest speaker for the ceremony. The general will present the diplomas to the new graduates, along with Brig. Gen. Andrew Armacost, dean of the faculty.  After receiving their diplomas, the Academy's newest graduates will swear the oath of office and each will have family members pin on their new rank. These five new lieutenants bring the Air Force Academy's total number of graduates to 46,045 since the first graduating class, which was the Class of 1959. 

    Football photo among best images in 2013

    Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun leading the team out of the tunnel for a game this season was one of the images included in the 2013 Photos of the Year by Airman Magazine. To view the images, click on the link below.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/airmanmagazine/sets/72157638517123276/

    Watch Air Force at CSU at Watch ESPN.com

    The Air Force at Colorado State game will be televised on the internet only. To watch the telecast, you can visit the link below.

    http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1369308/College-Football-Air-Force-vs-Colorado-State

    Watch Air Force vs. UNLV on Watch ESPN

    The following link will allow fans to watch the Air Force - UNLV game via Watch ESPN.

    http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1216421/College-Football-UNLV-vs-Air-Force

    Track & Field Looking for Volunteers to Officiate Home Meets

    The Air Force track and field team is looking for volunteers to serve as officials during its home competitions for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Volunteers serve in roles ranging from timing and recording to serving as umpires for track events and judges for field events. For the 2013-14 season, Air Force will host home meets on five Fridays and seven Saturdays, with most volunteer stints lasting four-to-six hours (a complete list of home events can be found on the track schedule page_

     

    Training and certification sessions will take place at 8:15 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Falcon Athletic Center Auditorium. This session is not mandatory, however, and new officials can be trained in several positions that do require certification.

     

    Any individuals interested in volunteering as a competition official for home track meets during the 2013 season should contact Rich Schornstein, Officials Certification Chairman for USA Track and Field (kidz1023@comcast.net) or Jim Murphy, Air Force's Coordinator of Officials (pat.and.jim@gmail.com) by Monday, Dec. 9.

     

    Take advantage of this great opportunity to observe cadet-athletes in action and learn and serve in the Olympic sport of track and field.

    Air Force Women's Basketball Media Guide Now Online

    The 2013-14 Air Force women's basketball media guide is now available online at the following link:

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-baskbl/archive/111113aaa.html

    Feature story on former Falcon Chad Hall of KC Chiefs

    The following link is to a feature story on former Air Force Falcon Chad Hall, a WR with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Chad Hall: http://chiefsspin.com/chiefs-wr-chad-hall-aims-high-perseveres/

    Air Force vs. Army available on Watch ESPN

    A link to watch the Air Force vs. Army game on Saturday on Watch ESPN is available:

    http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1215173/College-Football-Army-vs-Air-Force