Hot Links: Lauren Meisner chosen to serve on ITA committee

Ilyssa PettigrewSenior Ilyssa Pettigrew (left) won the Ken Garland Invitational 5K at the University of North Texas Sept. 27, 2008. Her 18:18:5 finish was nearly 30 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Read more.

Sophomore midfielder Lauren Shepherd shared Conference USA Player of the Week honors with Rice’s Shelley Wong after she scored the tying and winning goals in the women’s soccer team’s games against Colorado College (1-2) and UTEP (1-0). Read more.

Senior Kate Ackerson has been named Conference USA Golfer of the Week after finishing tied for fifth at the Badger Invitational in Wisconsin. Read more.

Head Women’s Tennis Coach Lauren Meisner has selected to serve a three-year term on the Southwest Regional Committee of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Read more.

Head Football Coach June Jones and Assistant Coach Jeff Reinebold were featured in the segment “Heart of a Warrior” on the Sept. 30, 2008 edition of ESPN’s news magazine program, “E:60.” The piece focused on Brian Kajiyama, who was born with cerebral palsy that confined him to a wheelchair and left him unable to speak, and the extraordinary relationship he developed with Jones and Reinebold. Read more.

Hot Links: Fjortoft named C-USA Athlete of the Week

Silje FjortoftFirst-year runner Silje Fjortoft (right) has been named the Conference USA Athlete of the Week for the week of April 8, 2008, after recording the top time in the nation this season in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:59.01) at the Stanford Invitational. Fjortoft was the top collegiate finisher by more than nine seconds and easily qualified for the NCAA Regionals. Read more.

Senior Alex Skrypko earned Conference USA Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the week of April 8, 2008, after winning his 10th straight singles match April 6 – defeating Ralph Knupfer of No. 19 Rice in straight sets. Skrypko’s singles record now stands at 14-6 (.700). Read more.

Football Coach June Jones participated in an online chat hosted by The Dallas Morning News April 9, in which he answered questions about the upcoming schedule, the importance of academics, and his coaching philosophy. Read a transcript.

Hot Links: Red/Blue Game 2008 set for April 5

Jillian Samuels, SMUSophomore guard Jillian Samuels (left) sank 4 three-pointers to establish a new SMU record for shots from long range in an NCAA Tournament game during the Mustangs’ 75-62 loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the 2008 tournament, March 23 at Purdue University’s Mackey Arena. Samuels also raised her single-season three-pointer total to 72, another SMU record. The women’s basketball team ends the 2007-08 season with a school-record 24 wins. Read more.

The football team‘s 2008 Red & Blue Game will take place at 1 p.m. April 5 in Ford Stadium. At 7 p.m., the men’s soccer team faces Tyler Junior College in a night-cap scrimmage at Westcott Field. Admission to both games is free. Read more.

Hot Links: Meet Coach June Jones Mar. 1

Robin FahgenThe women’s basketball team set a new win record at 21 for the season (7 in a row) with its victory over Houston in the last home game of the season Feb. 23. Watch them play Conference USA’s other top team, the #19/23 UTEP Miners, at 7 p.m. CT Feb. 28 via online video stream.

The #44 men’s tennis team improved its season record to 9-2 with a home win over Minnesota Feb. 24. The team faces two ranked opponents this weekend: #32 Virginia Tech Feb. 29 and #21 VCU Mar. 1. The team is led by sophomore Robin Fahgen (left), who is ranked #50 in singles. Read more.

Football Coach June Jones will sign copies of Hawaii Warrior Football, A Story of Faith, Hope, and Redemption noon-1 p.m. Mar. 1 at the SMU Bookstore, 3060 Mockingbird Lane. Jones wrote the forward of the J. David Miller book that chronicles Jones’ approach to coaching the Warriors to the biggest turnaround in NCAA history.

Hot Links: Signing Day 2008

Think Pink logoSigning Day 2008: The Mustangs have signed 28 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, Head Football Coach June Jones announced Feb. 6. Read more.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will help raise breast cancer awareness with “Pony Up for The Cure” Feb. 9 (SMU men vs. Rice) and “Think Pink” Feb. 14 (SMU women vs. Memphis). SMU Athletics is also running a “Pony Up for The Cure” online auction. Find more information at the SMU Athletics website.

The No. 21 men’s swimming and diving team won 11 of 13 events to defeat No. 20 Texas A&M Feb. 1. It was the 100th SMU meet win for Head Coach Eddie Sinnott. Read more.

Hawaii’s June Jones is SMU’s new football coach

(Originally published Jan. 7, 2008.)

SMU Football Coach June JonesJune Jones has been named the head football coach at SMU, Director of Athletics Steve Orsini announced Jan. 7. Jones arrives on the Hilltop after nine years at Hawaii, where he resurrected a downtrodden Warrior football program to make it one of the most exciting and competitive squads in the country.

“A top football program is an important part of the campus experience, is an opportunity to increase community involvement, can generate consistent visibility, and can provide economic resources through ticket sales,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “These benefits can have an impact on other areas of the University, through raising support among alumni and aiding student recruitment. We are committed to high quality in everything that we do.”

Jones led his Hawaii teams to 76 wins – the most by any Hawaii coach – two Western Athletic Conference Championships and six bowl-game appearances. He developed more than 50 All-Americans and produced 16 NFL draft picks, with a school-record five in 2007.

The 2007 season proved to be the pinnacle of success for Jones at Hawaii, as he led his team to the national spotlight with a top-10 national ranking, a BCS Bowl berth and the school’s first Heisman Trophy finalist. Hawaii finished the regular-season undefeated at 12-0, becoming the only team in the Football Bowl Subdivision to earn that distinction. Read more from SMU News. (Right, Jones [in red jacket] greets fans during his introduction at the SMU-Houston men’s basketball game Jan. 16. Photo by Vladimir Cherry.)