What a great time to be a part of Texas A&M Athletics! That point was driven home to me as I mingled with our talented, humble and intelligent student-athletes at the Building Champions Awards at Reed Arena earlier this week. Included among the hundreds of student-athletes at the annual event were SEC Champions, NCAA Champions, Olympic medalists, future NFL first-round draft picks and perhaps the world’s fastest human. What a great group of young men and women we have at Texas A&M! Our long-time mission statement at Texas A&M is “Building Champions,” and it was a lot of fun – and quite humbling – for me to interact with our student-athletes, which are the “Best of the Best.”
We rolled out the “maroon carpet” for the BCAs, an all-sports awards banquet commemorating the tremendous accomplishments of our student-athletes, on and off the field of competition. The night’s biggest honors, the President’s Award, were given to Meghan Streight from the soccer team and Jake Matthews from the football squad. Meghan started every game of her college career and helped the Aggies to three conference titles, while directing the soccer team’s community service endeavors that have helped them win the community service “Aggie Cup” the past two years. Jake helped clear the path for the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and earned All-America honors the past two seasons, while leading the Aggies to bowl victories in three straight seasons.
I’m also incredibly proud of the 351 student-athletes that were honored for achieving a semester or cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher during the 2013-14 school year. Fifteen Aggies were named Outstanding Athletic Scholars for posting a perfect 4.0 GPA for at least one semester. There were many other honors given out on this special night and a complete recap of the 2014 BCAs can be found on our official website, AggieAthletics.com.
The end of the 2013-14 school year is in sight and what a tremendous season it’s been. We have several teams that have already entered or are about to enter the championship portions of their schedules. One of the beauties of being a member of the SEC is that every conference championship is like a mini-NCAA Championship. The strength of the SEC is a grind, without question, but that competition prepares our athletes for the postseason like few other conferences can. Our teams are well-positioned for another great postseason, and I can’t wait to watch our teams finish out the school year – and hopefully bring more championship hardware to Aggieland.
Here’s a list of the teams still competing and their SEC and NCAA postseason schedules:
|Baseball||SEC Championships||NCAA Regionals||NCAA Super Regionals||College World Series|
|May 20-25||May 30-June 1||June 6-8||June 13-24|
|Hoover, Ala.||Campus Sites TBD||Campus Sites TBD||Omaha, Neb.|
|Golf (M)||NCAA Regional||NCAA Championships|
|May 15-17||May 27-June 1|
|Site TBD||Hutchinson, Kan.|
|Golf (W)||NCAA West Regional||NCAA Championships|
|May 8-10||May 20-23|
|Cle Elum, Wash.||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Softball||SEC Championships||NCAA Regionals||NCAA Super Regionals||W College World Series|
|May 6-10||May 15-18||May 22-25||May 29-June 4|
|Columbia, S.C.||Campus Sites TBD||Campus Sites TBD||Oklahoma City, Okla.|
|Tennis (M)||NCAA 1st/2nd Rounds||NCAA Championships|
|May 10-11||May 15-26|
|College Station, Texas||Athens, Ga.|
|Tennis (W)||NCAA 1st/2nd Rounds||NCAA|
|May 9-10||May 15-26|
|College Station, Texas||Athens, Ga.|
|Track & Field (MW)||SEC Championships||NCAA West Prelims||NCAA Championships|
|May 15-18||May 29-31||June 11-14|
|Lexington, Kent.||Fayetteville, Ark.||Eugene, Ore.|
As always, thank you for your support of Texas A&M Athletics and our incredible coaches and student-athletes.
Director of Athletics