Athletic director thanks Seawolf supporters

Keith HackettDear Friends of Seawolf Athletics,

Today marks the completion of my first six months as Director of Athletics, without question the most exciting and rewarding period of my professional career in college athletics. It has been an honor and privilege for Patricia and I to make your home our home. It has also been an honor to work with Chancellor Tom Case and Vice Chancellor Bill Spindle as they lead our fine institution.

I assure you that our fine staff and coaches are working diligently to prepare our student-athletes for continued success — academically, athletically and socially. In turn, we’re seeing success:

Student-Athlete Honors
• Senior Micah Chelimo won his fourth career national title with a photo finish in the 3,000-meter race — along with a runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters — at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
• Sophomore Karolin Anders earned her second NCAA All-America award in the indoor pentathlon, while also capturing Most Outstanding Female Performer at the GNAC Championships.
• Our skiers produced five NCAA All-America finishes at their NCAA Championships meet, including two apiece for alpine senior Niko Harmanen and nordic senior Lukas Ebner.
• We had 14 combined All-America awards for our cross country and indoor track and field teams, including three by GNAC Newcomer of the Year Joyce Kipchumba and more from homegrown talents Dylan Anthony (Kodiak), Susan Bick (Anchorage/Bartlett) and Ivy O’Guinn (Soldotna/Skyview).
• Hockey senior Matt Bailey became just the second Seawolf to earn All-WCHA honors and recently signed an NHL contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
• Local sophomore Katelynn Zanders (South Anchorage) became the third Seawolf in six seasons to earn All-America honors in volleyball.

Team Honors
• GNAC champions – Men’s Cross Country (4th straight)
• GNAC champions – Women’s Cross Country (5th straight)
• GNAC champions – Women’s Indoor Track and Field (2nd straight)
• NCAA West Region champions – Women’s Cross Country (4th title in five years)
• NCAA West Region runners-up – Men’s Cross Country
• NCAA Championships ‘podium’ finish – Women’s Cross Country (4th place)
• NCAA Tournament qualifier – Volleyball
• NCAA Tournament qualifier – Women’s Basketball
• WCHA Final Five qualifier and most victories (18) in 20 years – Hockey
• Learfield Sports Director’s Cup – UAA currently ranks 11th nationally (among 315 NCAA Div. II programs)

Thanks for Your Support
Thanks also to all members of Seawolf Nation who support our department through purchases of season tickets and participation in our Seawolf Athletic Association annual fund. Your support is transforming the lives and communities of our student-athletes in a powerful and compelling way.

Alaska Airlines Center
You won’t believe what’s coming our way this fall with the opening of the new Alaska Airlines Center — a facility that will immeasurably enrich our campus and community.

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With warmest regards,

Keith Hackett
Director of Athletics