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/


    Mountain West features dual-sport star David Baska

    The Mountain West Digital Network has just posted an interview with Air Force baseball and football player David Baska to the Conference website at This footage can be played directly on the index and baseball 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 @TheMWCOlySports


    Lacrosse team takes on defending champ at Mile High

    The Air Force Lacrosse team takes on defending national champion and #4 ranked Loyola at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium on Saturday 16 March at 2 PM. 

    A special discounted ticket has been made available for all family, friends, and members of the Air Force Academy Athletic Association! Come out to Mile High Stadium and watch as the Air Force Academy Falcons battle Loyola in the Mile High Classic! Tickets for this event are only $20.00 and include the second game where Denver will take on #2 Notre Dame.  Just click on the link below to purchase your tickets.  This offer expires on March 8th, so get your tickets now!!


    March 16th, 2013

    Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    Ø Loyola vs. Air Force at 2:00 PM

    Ø Notre Dame vs. Denver 4:30 PM


    Click Here to Purchase Tickets

     Promotional Code: Air Force

    Mountain West launching giveaway to fans for tournament

    The Mountain West has launched a giveaway in which fans can submit what they think should be the official Twitter and Instagram hashtag of the 2013 Reese's MW Basketball Championships. The conference will narrow down the field to a handful of finalists next Tuesday, March 5, where fans can then vote on their favorite. The Conference office will announce a winner after 3 p.m. MT on Friday, March 8, and the person who submitted the winning hashtag will win a pair of tickets to next year's tournament. To learn more about the promotion and for fans to submit their desired hashtags, please visit



    Mountain West does feature on Air Force pole vaulters

    The Mountain West Digital Network has just posted a feature story of Air Force's pole vaulting corps to the Conference website at This footage can be played directly on the index and track & field 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 @TheMWCOlySports.