WOMEN'S SOCCER: SoccerBuzz magazine has ranked the Utah women's soccer team's 2004 recruiting class as the 17th-best in the nation and fifth in the West Region.
Utah was the only Mountain West Conference team ranked in the Top 25, which included six West Coast teams. Texas A&M was tabbed by the magazine with the top class, followed by Notre Dame, North Carolina, Penn State and Texas. Among West Coast schools, Portland was seventh, California 10th, Santa Clara 15th and UCLA 16th.
ADMINISTRATION: Former Weber State Athletic Director, Dutch Belnap, has been named the Interim Athletic Director at WSU while the search continues to find a replacement for John Johnson. Johnson resigned two weeks ago to accept the position as Senior Associate Athletic Director at Washington State University.
"I feel very honored and excited," said Belnap. "John is leaving the department in excellent shape, so my task will be to keep things afloat and flowing smoothly until a replacement is found.
Hopefully, we can all get a little better each day."
Belnap is no stranger to the position. He served as the AD at Weber State from May 1, 1995 to October 31, 1997 before turning over the reigns to Johnson.
A reception for departing Johnson will be held Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Stewart Stadium Sky Suites. The public is invited to come and wish him well in his new endeavor.
ADMINISTRATION: Lorin Maurer has been named assistant director of marketing for the Mountain West Conference. Her duties include helping with merchandising, licensing, advertising and corporate sponsorship. She will also assist with television ventures and the MWC Basketball Championships. Maurer is a graduate of Rowan University and received a master's degree from the University of Florida in sports management.
STUDENT-ATHLETES: Forty-five Southern Utah University student-athletes in eight separate sports were named to the 2004 Mid-Continent Conference Academic All-Conference teams. Thunderbird women's track and field led the way with 13 athletes honored, while women's basketball placed seven players on the list. Men's track and field and women's softball each had six athletes honored, followed by men's basketball and baseball with four apiece, men's golf with three and women's tennis had two honorees.
In all, 367 student-athletes combined from the nine-member institutions were named to Mid-Con All-Conference spring teams, with eight maintaining a 4.0 career grade point average, including a pair of Thunderbird women's track athletes in seniors Natalie Quilter and Stephanie Hart-Goold. Men's track athlete Cody Moat, who was selected to the CoSIDA's men's second team Academic all-America list last week, also was honored by the conference.