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Bulldog Monthly March 2018

dates and deadlines

March 31: Football Season Ticket Application Deadline

March 31: Priority Points Cutoff for Football Season Ticket and Parking Allocations

March 31: Priority Points Cutoff for Baseball Postseason Ticket Allocations

April 21: G-Day Football Game

Football Season Ticket & Away Game Points Deadline

March 31st is the priority point compilation deadline for increasing your point total for football season ticket, parking, and individual home game ticket allocations. Any Hartman Fund donation or Magill Society pledge payment made before this deadline will positively influence your points standing for allocation purposes. The deadline to contribute to increase your points for away game ticket allocations is June 1st.

Contributions can be made by logging into your online account at www.thegeorgiabulldogclub.com or by calling TGBC offices at 706-542-9220.

Tom Crean Named Bulldogs' Head Coach

Tom Crean, who for nearly two decades has regularly led his basketball teams to national rankings and postseason bids, has been named head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. Greg McGarity, Georgia's J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics, announced the hiring on Thursday, March 15th.

"Tom Crean is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball over the past two decades," McGarity said. "His teams have consistently been participants in postseason play, and his players have been extremely successful in the classroom. He's going to be a great fit for the University of Georgia. I'm extremely excited to have him leading Georgia Basketball into the future and to welcome his family into the Bulldog Nation."

"I am honored an humbled to join the University of Georgia family," Crean said. "I am sincerely grateful to President (Jere W.) Morehead and Greg McGarity for an incredible opportunity. Make no mistake, this is a basketball program inside of a great university that can compete for championships doing it the right way. We will work diligently and with great energy to make everyone associated with the University of Georgia very proud of our efforts. We're going to need everyone in the Bulldog Nation to help us to create the energy and excitement that will take Georgia to the highest levels of success."

Crean compiled a 356-231 record in 18 seasons at Marquette and Indiana from 1999-2017. His teams have reached postseason play during 13 of those campaigns, with nine NCAA appearances and four NIT bids. Crean led Marquette to the 2003 NCAA Final Four and has reached four Sweet 16s at Marquette and Indiana. All told, Crean's teams have been ranked in the Associated Press and/or USA Today polls during 12 seasons, including top-10 finishes in 2003 and 2013.

Individually, Crean has coached eight players who have won All-America honors. All 52 seniors to play for Crean during his head coaching career have earned a degree.

Most recently at Indiana, Crean inherited a program with only one returning player, pending NCAA probation and scholarship restrictions due to poor academic performances. He compiled a 166-135 record from 2008-17. Indiana was 28-66 in his first three seasons before compiling a 138-69 mark in his final six years in Bloomington, including a pair of outright Big Ten Championships in 2013 and 2016. Indiana was ranked in each of those last six campaigns, including 11 weeks at No. 1 during 2012-13. Crean was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, the same season he was a finalist for Naismith National Coach of the Year honors. Three Hoosiers earned All-America honors under Crean - Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (2016), Cody Zeller (2013) and Victor Oladipo (2013).

Crean inherited a program faced with reduced scholarships due to a deficient APR score. Four years later, the Hoosiers sported a perfect score of 1000 and maintained that mark for four years.

Crean served as head coach at Marquette from 1999-2008, leading the program to the 2003 Final Four and four more NCAA bids. Marquette also participated in three NITs under Crean and reached the 2004 quarterfinals. Marquette obtained AP top-25 rankings during six of Crean's last seven seasons in Milwaukee, including final rankings of No. 9 in 2003, No. 12 in 2002, No. 20 in 2007 and No. 25 in 2008.

Crean was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2003, with Dwyane Wade earning Player of the Year honors in 2003 as well. Three Marquette players earned All-America accolades under Crean - Wade (2002 & 2003), Travis Diener (2005) and Dominic James (2007). After Crean departed for Indiana, two of his Marquette players later earned All-America honors - Jerel McNeal in 2009 and Lazar Hayward in 2010.

Crean's winning ways were well established before he became a head coach. In 10 seasons from 1989-99, Crean was a member of the staffs at Michigan State, Western Kentucky and Pittsburgh. Those squads combined to win four regular-season and two conference tournament titles. They also reached postseason play eight times (five NCAAs and three NITs). The season before assuming the reigns at Marquette, Crean helped Michigan State to a 33-5 finish and the Final Four in 1999.

A native of Mount Pleasant, Mich., Crean graduated from Central Michigan in 1989. Crean is married to the former Joani Harbaugh, and they have three children - Megan (22), Riley (18) and Ainsley (12).

TRACK & FIELD WOMEN CAPTURE FIRST NCAA TEAM TITLE IN HISTORY

The Georgia women's track and field team earned UGA its first team national championship at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.

Powered by two national individual champions and nine scorers, the Lady Bulldogs tallied a program record 61 points to finish in front of Arkansas (49), Kentucky (34) and Florida (32) in the team standings. This marks Georgia's fifth straight top-three finish at the NCAA indoor meet, including the team's runner-up finish in 2017.

This is the 43rd overall team titles for the University of Georgia Athletic Association, including the 30th by one of the Georgia women's teams and the first for any team since women's swimming and diving title in 2016.

The Georgia men completed the meet with their second-best point total in history (32, trailing their 35.5 from 2017) to take third. Florida (40) and USC (37) were the top two finishers.

Becoming just the second competitor in history to win three NCAA indoor women's triple jump titles, senior Keturah Orji highlighted the day by traveling the eighth-longest distance in collegiate history of 46 feet, 10 inches to give Georgia its second NCAA individual title of the meet.

The Bulldogs had 13 more scorers on Saturday:

  • Junior Denzel Comenentia scored in his second event of the weekend, taking sixth in the weight throw.
  • Freshman Johannes Erm and senior Karl Saluri combined to score seven points in the heptathlon.
  • Senior Cejhae Greene and junior Kendal Williams sped to top-seven finishes in the 60m.
  • Another Bulldog pair, junior Keenon Laine and sophomore Darius Carbin, were back-to-back finishers in the high jump to finish in the top eight.
  • Junior Kate Hall scored in her second event after flying across the line in the women's 60m.
  • Junior Michael Nicholls passed the competition by to score in the 60m hurdles.
  • Freshman Tara Davis distinguished herself as a double scorer after scoring in the 60m hurdles in the meet's second day.
  • Freshman Lynna Irby clocked the second-best time of her career to add points in the 400m.
  • Orji now owns all of the top eight marks on the collegiate all-time list with her win in the triple jump.
  • Irby set up in the sixth lane of the 200m final and gave the Lady Bulldogs' extra cushion with a top-three finish in her second final.

Hall was the first Georgia team member to win a 2018 NCAA individual title after leading the charge on a historic 1-2-3 finish in the women's long jump. In addition, Orji and Davis (long jump), Comenentia (shot put), sophomore Louisa Grauvogel (pentathlon) and sophomore Jessica Drop (5000m) all finished in one of the top eight scoring spots to score on Friday.

There were also a number of school records that fell. Irby topped her own school record in the 200m during the final, trimming .11 off her top time in Georgia's last event of the meet. During Friday's action, Hall set a school record in the long jump and 60m, Davis topped her own UGA record in the 60m hurdles and Irby matched her previous Lady Bulldog all-time No. 1 time in the 200m. Also of note, Hall's 7.98 in the 60m hurdle semifinalist topped the World Junior record.

Georgia Ends Season Against Duke, 66-40

The Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball team finished its groundbreaking 2017-18 season, falling to No. 5 seed Duke 66-40 in the NCAA Tournament Second Round at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Lady Bulldogs end their season with a 26-7 overall record, the best finish for the team since the 2012-13 season, during which Georgia reached the Elite 8 with a win over No. 1 seed Stanford. The team also earned its first NCAA Tournament win under head coach Joni Taylor this year, notching a 68-63 win over Mercer on Saturday in its first host bid in Athens since 2003.

Despite a predicted 8th-place finish in the Southeastern Conference before the season, the Lady Bulldogs finished tied-2nd in league standings, reached the SEC tournament semifinals and tied the most league wins (12) the program has ever earned in one season.

"I think this year we snuck up on some people," Taylor said. "Outside of our program, I don't think anyone thought we would win 26 games, been ranked, and hosted at home. We all thought that was possible. So now, teams know what we're capable of, and we have to work even harder to continue to get better. This is now the standard for our program."

Junior forward Caliya Robinson keyed the Bulldogs with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Robinson, one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award, returns for her senior year next season. She is one of six Lady Bulldogs returning next year among the team's top seven scorers.

With the season's close, three seniors with fundamental impacts to the Georgia program have played their final game for the Lady Bulldogs. Forward Mackenzie Engram and guard Haley Clark earned their last career starts, while guard Simone Costa came off the bench to sink her final 3-pointer.

"This team, we're so close," Engram said. "I'm not sad that we lost, I'm sad that I'll never get to play with her (Haley Clark) again. I'm sad that this was my last time putting Georgia on my chest. Playing in the Steg, I'm so proud of what we've done and like Coach Joni said, this game doesn't define us."

Annual G-Day Scrimmage to Conclude Spring Practice

University of Georgia football fans will get their first glimpse of the Bulldogs since the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship on Saturday, April 21, when the Red team faces the Black team at the annual G-Day intrasquad game presented by Piedmont in Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. and admission to the game is free.

With expected high demand and temporarily reduced seating due to the construction on the new West End Zone complex, the UGA Athletic Association will be implementing a pass system to ensure that each guest has an enjoyable experience. Upon entrance, each fan will receive a commemorative pass with a seating section. The UGAAA asks that each fan sits in this section to help manage what is expected to be a near-capacity crowd.

Gates 2-9 will be open as usual. However, Gate 10 (gate under the bridge next to the Tate Center) will be closed due to construction. To help reduce congestion and further improve ingress flow, please enter on the side of the stadium where each fan's preferred seating location would be. Additional pass/entry questions can be directed to facilitysupport@sports.uga.edu.

Stadium gates will open at 1 p.m. and festivities will begin at 1:15 p.m., when the Bulldog lettermen convene on the field for their annual alumni flag football game.

G-Day has traditionally included a canned food drive, presented by UnitedHealthcare, in behalf of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Similar to last year, in lieu of bringing canned goods to the game, fans are asked to consider making monetary donations to the Food Bank at the UnitedHealthcare display inside Sanford Stadium from 1 p.m. until kickoff. Fans can also donate directly to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia by texting GDAY2018 to 91-999.

At halftime, fans attending G-Day can expect to be introduced to UGA's incoming class of 2018 signees.

Additional activities during intermission include The Graduate Athens Punt, Pass or Kick promotion, which is an opportunity for select fans to compete to win a two-night stay for each of the 2018 home game weekends.

The G-Day game will be televised nationally on ESPN. G-Day will also be carried on much of the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network from IMG. Scott Howard and Eric Zeier will call the action, with Chuck Dowdle providing commentary from the sideline.

UGA will use G-Day to implement the SEC's Clear Bag Policy, which went into effect at all SEC venues last fall. The policy is in effect at all of UGA's ticketed sports venues: Sanford Stadium, Stegeman Coliseum (men and women's basketball, gymnastics) and Foley Field (baseball). More information on the SEC Clear Bag Policy can be found at: http://georgiadogs.com/clear-bag-policy.

A schedule of G-Day's events on April 21:

• 1 p.m. - Sanford Stadium gates open

• 1:15 p.m. - Lettermen's Flag Football Game begins

• 4 p.m. - G-Day game kickoff

New Football Premium Seating Available in 2018: East End Zone Field Suites

As a result of the new seating/recruiting lounge available for football recruits in the West End Zone, TGBC is proud to announce the construction of twelve field level suites in the East End Zone. Each suite will hold up to twenty patrons, with sixteen seats and four standing room tickets, located at field level directly behind the hedges.

Field suites will be offered to Magill Society members only, and can be shared between two members. Additionally, all field suite holders will be given access to a premium club area, located in what used to be the UGA football locker room space.

If you are interested in joining the Magill Society to be eligible to request a field suite, send an email to gadawgs@sports.uga.edu. Field suite inventory will be allocated based on the cumulative priority points total of up to two Magill Society members. All contributions made by June 30th, 2018 will positively impact your points standing for field suite allocation purposes.

Donor Spotlight: T.J. Callaway

Our March donor spotlight features T.J. Callaway, a 2007 graduate of UGA. T.J. is a Magill Society member and Hartman Fund donor who has gone above and beyond in his support of UGA Athletics.

After graduating college, T.J. started his career in investment banking, but later became the founder of Onward Reserve, an authentically southern clothing and lifestyle brand. Onward Reserve has expanded since its inception, with eight locations spanning from Thomasville, Georgia all the way to Washington D.C. Onward Reserve is the official partner and supplier of all apparel for Magill Society members. He is married to fellow UGA grad Catherine Callaway, and the couple recently welcomed their second daughter to their family.

Q: Why do you feel it is important to support UGA Athletics?

The University of Georgia is a wide-reaching community of people from all sorts of different places and backgrounds. Athletics are what pull us together as one. Athletic programs are highly dependent on private funding, and so it is on us as donors to ensure that the resources are in place for UGA to be the best. We must provide the best experience possible for our student-athletes, both on and off the field. This will enable future generations to be as proud to call themselves Georgia Bulldogs as we continue to be now.

Q: How would you like to see your gift impact today's generation of UGA student-athletes?

Most of our giving has been directed towards facilities projects. Projects like the indoor practice facility enable current student-athletes to have a better experience, but they also ensure that we are attracting the best future student-athletes possible to UGA. My hope is that current student-athletes are proud of the opportunity to be a part of Georgia Athletics.

Q: Describe your favorite experience cheering on the Bulldogs on game day.

This is a hard one. I have fond memories that range from sitting in South Georgia dove fields as a kid listening to Larry Munson all the way up to South Bend this year and including a lot of fun in Athens and on St. Simons Island as a student. However, the Rose Bowl this year takes the cake. The moment Lorenzo Carter blocked that field goal during double overtime in Pasadena was the pinnacle for me...then Sony ran right in front of our seats to take the game and send us back home to Atlanta. I have to drop in a huge thanks here for the seniors that stuck around to make this season possible. Their mentality of team over self was remarkable and should serve as inspiration for us all.

Q: What would you say to a friend who was considering making a gift towards UGA Athletics?

I would share my experience, which has been an incredibly positive one. The Georgia Bulldog Club team is so easy to work with and have made me feel like a part of the program. Thanks to their stewardship, I feel like I have been a real part of the success that our student-athletes are achieving and that is very fulfilling for me and my family.

Q: Your company, Onward Reserve, is the official supplier of all apparel for members of the Magill Society. What does this partnership mean for your company, and how has it been impacted by it?

I graduated from Georgia in 2007 and founded Onward Reserve at 146 E Clayton Street in downtown Athens in 2012. I have also hired a lot of current and former UGA students and graduates, so Georgia is very much in our blood. In a world where college sports have become so corporate, it means the world to me that The Bulldog Club has partnered with a local Georgia company like Onward Reserve to provide official Magill Society apparel. We donate 100% of the proceeds of any Magill products sold, as well as donating gifts that Magill donors receive. Businesses that are positively affected by the success of Georgia Athletics should all do their part to support our athletic programs, and we as fans should all do what we can to support the businesses that support Georgia's student-athletes. There is no question that Onward Reserve has been impacted positively by our partnership with the Magill Society. What a great opportunity for us to be a part of the program. It is now on me to make sure that we are always putting more in than we are getting out.

March Student-Athlete of the Month: Keturah Orji

Keturah Orji, a senior financial planning major from Mount Olive, NJ, is one of the most accomplished student-athletes in UGA history. In 2018, Orji was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year following the Lady Bulldogs' historic run to their first ever NCAA team title. The senior has now earned the National Women's Field Athlete of the Year three times after garnering both the 2017 indoor and 2016 outdoor honors.

Most recently, Orji won her third consecutive NCAA indoor triple jump title and her sixth national championship in the event overall. She also finished as the runner-up to teammate Kate Hall in the long jump just days after taking fifth in the triple at the IAAF World Championships in Birmingham, U.K. Orji's winning mark of 46 feet, 10 inches at the NCAAs was the eighth-best jump in collegiate history, giving her the top eight spots on the list. In addition, Orji became the first woman to win the SEC title in all four years. Orji has become one of the most decorated student-athletes in Georgia history, placing fourth at the 2016 Olympics with the best finish by an American woman in history.

What her UGA scholarship means to her:

“Receiving a scholarship to come to the University of Georgia was an honor. I have grown so much personally, spiritually, and athletically. Without a doubt, I would not have been able to attend UGA without this scholarship, and I would not be who I am today without the various opportunities UGA has provided me with being a student-athlete here. I am grateful that the university decided to take a chance on me and I will forever represent the G.”

Off the Track

• Founder of Amara’s Pride: A mentorship program for at risk girls in the Athens area.

• Vice-President of the 2017-18 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has served as her team’s representative on SAAC since 2015.

• Inducted into the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program in 2015. L.E.A.D. is designed to encourage leadership development in UGA’s high-achieving and most-promising student-athletes.

• Leadership Representative of Team United: Responsible for outreach, mentoring and disciplining other student athletes.

• Olympic Team Member

• Has been named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Women’s Field Scholar and Field Athlete of the Year multiple times.

March Student-Athlete of the Month: Gunnar Bentz

Gunnar Bentz, a senior management major from Atlanta, GA, recently finished his career as a 20-time All-American. He holds school records in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley and ranked second in the 400 individual medley, sixth in the 200 freestyle, eighth in the 200 breaststroke and ninth in the 100 butterfly in UGA history.

Bentz has been an integral part of the UGA men's swim and dive team throughout his career, helping the team to Top-10 finishes at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in each of his four seasons.

What his UGA scholarship means to him:

“Georgia means so much to me because it gave me a chance to compete in the sport I love while simultaneously gaining a world class education. Although the former was more of a consideration when being recruited, I quickly discovered all of the benefits that are available for student-athletes at Georgia. From tutors to study supplies, I was inundated with the tools I needed to succeed in the classroom. Paired with such a renowned coaching staff, thriving at Georgia became second nature. Go Dawgs!”

Out of the Pool

• President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 2017-18 and has served as his team’s representative on SAAC since 2015.

• Inducted into the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program in 2016. L.E.A.D. is designed to encourage leadership development in UGA’s high-achieving and most-promising student-athletes.

• Olympic Team Member

• Member of the Athens Clark County Mentor Program since 2016

• Member of the UGA Aviation Club

• Volunteers with Learn, Play, Excel, UGA’s HERO’s, Special Olympics of Northeast Georgia and many more community activities

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