July 2013 Archives

    Former Falcon Chris Howard joins NFF Alumni Association

    Dr. Chris Howard, a 1991 Air Force Academy graduate, has joined the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association (NSAAA). Howard was a two-year letterman at running back for the Falcons and won a National Football Foundation scholarship and was named the nation's top scholar-athlete by winning the Draddy Fellowship in 1990. He was also a Rhodes Scholar in 1990. Howard is currently serving as the 24th president at Hampden-Sydney College.


    Since 1959, the National Football Foundation has annually recognized the best and the brightest college players, presenting them with prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Currently an $18,000 scholarship for post-graduate education, each award is presented at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in conjunction with the College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in New York City. On average 15 awards are presented each year, and accepting the honor has always proven to be a highly inspiring moment for each recipient.

    "Recipients of these awards have used their scholarships to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, businessmen, and leaders in their communities," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "And many of our honorees, who confronted with the financial hurdles of continuing their education, have stated that it has been the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award that made the difference in their career choices. Creating the NFF Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association allows them to remain active members of this exclusive club."

    The NFF founders believed in the power of an organization that would provide a collective voice for the promotion of amateur football while highlighting the game's long-term ability to produce tomorrow's leaders. The spirit of college football and the NFF's mission of Building Leaders Through Football is embodied in the National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Launched in 2008, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association adds to this collective voice, providing a powerful vehicle for past honorees to remain in the vanguard of the NFF's present efforts.

    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: http://www.dm.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123309008

    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

    Email: troy.garnhart@usafa.edu


     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: http://themat.com/section.php?section_id=3&page=showarticle&ArticleID=26683.