time for the annual BroncoCountry awards for "Broncos of the Year".
Each year, the #1 web site for Bronco sports votes on nominees in four
categories: Male Athlete of the
Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year and Coach of the Year.
We begin the fun with the latter award.
took Hill just four years to build a Western Athletic Conference championship
enjoyed a tremendous
regular season, surged into the lead on Day Two of the WAC Swimming and Diving
Championships and did not look back. The
Broncos won eight individual WAC titles, broke 15 school records and shattered
the school record for WAC scoring with 547 points.
was the school closest to
the Broncos with 494 points.
Boucher won the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly in an NCAA
provisional time of 54.49, Stephanie North won her second consecutive WAC title
in the 100-meter freestyle with an NCAA provisional time of 49.86.
Christine Raininger captured titles in the 400-meter individual medley
and the 200 butterfly. The 400-meter
freestyle relay team also won with an NCAA provisional time of 3:23.02, the
400-meter medley relay team captured the WAC title with a pool record time
of 3:44.03 and the 800-meter freestyle relay team also captured first.
was named WAC Swimmer of the Year, earning five gold medals at the
Championships. In addition to the
two individual titles, Boucher swam on all three WAC-champion relay teams.
members of Hill's
team were named to the WAC
Steve Lucas has been with the Broncos for 12 years,
including 10 as head coach of the soccer team.
He has steadily built
into a contender, getting the most out of his players each year.
Now, Lucas and
are the defending WAC Champions.
Lucas's squad stormed through
(1-0) to win the first-ever WAC Championship for
got goals from Brandy Hickcox in the 59th minute of play to down
and from Erica Parks in the 58th minute to beat
. The Broncos earned the automatic
bid to the NCAA Tournament (also the first-ever for the school) before running
into #3 UCLA.
set a school record for victories in a season, compiling a
mark. Goal keeper Liz Ruiz led
the WAC with a stingy .50 goals against average and was second with 5.75 saves
per game. Shannon Saxton was sixth
in the WAC in shots with 25 while Chelsea Robinson was second in assists with
Lindsay Roberts was named to the All-WAC first team while sophomore midfielder
Hickcox and junior forward Sexton were tabbed as second-team members.
Saxton was also honored as Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine.
Roberts was part of
's league-leading defense that recorded seven shutouts on the season and
allowed just 17 goals for a .81 goals allowed per game.
Both were school records. Saxton
tied for the WAC lead in scoring with six goals and two assists.
With one season to go, Saxton already owns school records for career points (73) and
career assists (15). She can tie the
career record for goals (30) with one more.
While scoring two goals last fall, Hickcox directed the Bronco offensive
attack that scored 26 goals on the season.
teams have recorded the best APR (academic performance rating) in the conference
in each of the last two years.
just the second year of the program, Thorpe led
's softball team to a
third-place finish in the WAC during the regular season and another third-place
finish in the conference tournament.
finished 13-8 in the WAC
and 29-32 overall.
Lela Work and third baseman Kathy Cox were named to the all-tournament team.
Cox hit three home runs in a pair of games against perennial NCAA team
; two tied up games in the
sixth inning or later. Cox hit .444
in the tournament with eight RBI's and six runs scored.
Her four home runs in the tournament gave her 21 on the season.
just one hit in five
innings to earn the win, keeping the Aggie hitting attack at bay while the
Broncos rallied from an 8-0 deficit to win 9-8 in their tournament opener.
She then held
to one hit in three
's final game.
Work did not allow a run in her eight innings, striking out eight and
limiting opponents to a .074 batting average.
was honored as an All-WAC selection as well as a member of the All-Region second
team during the regular season, while sophomores Allie Crump and Kellie Caplan
were second-team WAC choices.
during the season with a
.353 batting average, 45 runs scored, 43 RBI's and 17 homers.
She ranked second in the WAC with a .431 average in conference and
seventh with her seven WAC home runs. Cox
was also third in the league with 21 runs and ninth with 18 RBI's during the
conference season. Cox was the only
third baseman chosen to the All-Region second team and the only player from the
was 11th in batting, hitting at a .364 clip, and led the Broncos with
16 stolen bases, five of those in conference action (6th in the WAC).
Crump won 15 games during the season, including a 7-2 record in
conference play (third), and she ranked 10th with a 3.90 ERA.
Crump led the Broncos with 124 strikeouts and also carried a .314 batting
average in conference games.
's football team to a
perfect 14-0 record, including a 17-10 victory over #3 TCU in the 2010 Fiesta
Bowl. It was the second time that
Petersen and the Broncos won the Fiesta Bowl in four seasons.
The 14 wins not only set a school record but were the most by any team in
the nation since
did it in 2001.
not only was named WAC Coach of the Year but became the first college coach in
history to win the prestigious Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for National Coach
of the Year. Petersen also won the
Bryant Award in 2006. Coach Petersen
also was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award.
was undefeafeated in the
regular season for the third time in four years.
Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin was named as one of five finalists for the
Broyles Award given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.
high-powered offense once again led the nation in scoring, tied with
at 42.2 points per game.
was 26th in
rushing (186.07 yards per game), 29th in passing (264.14 ypg), 10th
in total offense (450.21 ypg). The
Broncos paced the country with just five sacks allowed.
ranked 28th in
rushing defense (120.36 ypg), 21st in passing defense (179.86 ypg),
14th in total defense (300.21 ypg) and also 14th in
scoring defense (17.14 ppg).
led the WAC in scoring,
scoring defense, passing defense, total defense, kickoff returns (26.6 ypg) and
interceptions with 24.
Kellen Moore and the Broncos set NCAA records for the lowest interception ratio
led the nation in passing efficiency most of the season
before finishing second to
's Tim Tebow.
finished with a rating of
161.7. Cornerback Brandyn Thompson
finished the season #19 in the country in interceptions with six.
Titus Young was 20th in the nation in kickoff returns with a
26.87 average. Kyle Brotzman led the
WAC with 117 points and in field goals with 18.
was one of 15 players named to the Watch List for the Walter
Camp Award for National Player of the Year and was also one of 10 finalists for
the Allstate Sugar Bowl Manning Award. The
The Manning Award, which is named in honor of the accomplishments of Archie,
Peyton and Eli Manning, recognizes the top college quarterback each season from
the FBS. Kyle Wilson was named a
semifinalst for the Jim Thorpe Award.
was named first team All-America by SI.com and CBSSportscom
and was a third-team All-American on the Associated Press team.
was named to the second
team by both the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Titus Young was an honorable mention selection of SI.com.
tossed a school-record 39
touchdown passes against only three interceptions and completed 64.8% of his
passes (254-392) for 3,325 yards.
recorded 40 tackles (28
unassisted) and three interceptions, including two returns for touchdowns.
Young averaged 27.8 yards per return and returned two kickoffs for
was voted as the WAC
Offensive Player of the Year to lead
's 11 All-WAC selections.
Junior wide receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young and sophomore
offensive lineman Nate Potter joined
as first-team All-WAC
members. Two members of
's top defense in the
conference were honored—junior defensive end Ryan Winterswyk and senior
defensive back Kyle Wilson. Young
was also chosen All-WAC as a kickoff returner.
Running back Jeremy Avery, defensive lineman Billy Winn, linebacker
Winston Venable and defensive back Jeron Johnson were selected to the WAC's
sent another First Round draft choice to the National Football League when
cornerback Kyle Wilson was drafted by the New York Jets.
Tichenor has built
into a perennial WAC contender, finishing second in the conference in
each of the last four seasons to eight-time
. This year, Tichenor took the
Broncos to the top.
Tichenor was named WAC Coach of the Year as
well as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women's Mountain Region Coach
of the Year. He led
to a 23-6 record, including WAC Championships in the regular season (with
a perfect 8-0 record) and tournament.
The Broncos knocked down their second Top 25 opponent in as many years at
the NCAA Tournament, this time blasting #21
4-1 in the opening round.
was eliminated last weekend by #6 Notre Dame.
Pichittra Thongdach, the #1 singles player for
Tichenor, was honored as the WAC Player of the Year.
18-10 in dual action in singles (including 5-7 against nationally-ranked
opponents) and paired with Lauren Megale for a 21-7 doubles mark.
Thongdach and Megale finished the season ranked #45 in doubles.
Megale and Thongdach
were named to the All-WAC doubles team and both were also tabbed All-WAC in
singles. Bianca Jochimsen earned
second-team All-WAC in singles.
Thongdach was also honored by the ITA as the
2010 recipient of the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship.
The award is given to a women's player who displays inspiring
dedication and commitment to her tam, which has enhanced her team's performance
and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.
Thongdach was invited to the NCAA Indivudal championships in singles and
Thongdach and Megale will also represent the Broncos in doubles at the National
A decision awaits BroncoCountry members. Coaches of four conference championship teams join another who has led her program to a third-place finish in just two years of existence. Read about all five and then vote on the Blue Turf board for 2009-10 Bronco Coach of the Year.