2018 Sun Devil Bowl Guide

27 H Y U N D A I S U N B O W L | D E C . 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 A R I Z O N A S T A T E F O O T B A L L 2 0 1 7 B O W L G U I D E largest in Sun Devil Athletics history. This gift provided mechanisms to fund the addition of both women’s lacrosse and women’s triathlon, which were both announced in the fall of 2015. The addition of these programs not only helps Arizona State maintain equity among scholarships, but also creates new opportunities to attract and retain diverse talent, both academic and athletically. Anderson has also clearly defined his expectations for Arizona State to be nationally competitive in all 26 varsity programs, and has parlayed this vision into a number of world-class head-coaching hires unseen at the collegiate level, including USA Swimming Coach Bob Bowman, a hall of famer and mentor to the world’s most decorated Olympian, to head up the men and women’s swimming program; Zeke Jones, USAWrestling’s National Freestyle Coach, to take over the wrestling program and lead it to a Pac-12 Championship in 2017; Bobby Hurley, one of the most decorated college basketball players in history, to coach the men’s basketball program; Tracy Smith, a two-time conference coach of the year and experienced fundraiser, to revitalize the baseball program; Matt Hill, a three-time coach of the year with experience at three different Top 25 programs, to lead the reinstated men’s tennis program; Matt Thurmond, the 2009 National Coach of the Year and seven-time national Top-10 finisher, to take over ASU’s surging men’s golf program; former assistant Missy Farr-Kaye, the eventual National Coach of the Year and national champion head coach for the Devils in 2017; Greg Powers, who led the ASU club team to its first National Championship in 2014, to continue the growth of the new Sun Devil men’s ice hockey program; and Cliff English, USA Triathlon’s Elite National Team Coach, to lead the very first Power-5 women’s triathlon programwhich captured the 2016 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championship. Anderson is in the midst of an athletics’ facilities renaissance with the $268 million reinvention of Sun Devil Stadium and the University land development project known as the Athletic Facilities District or The District. The District is comprised of 330 acres of ASU-owned land that the University plans to lease long term to developers, while Sun Devil Athletics will receive annual payments in-lieu of property tax traditionally paid on privately owned land. Anderson, along with University officials, is leading the charge to reinvent Sun Devil Stadium into a community facility and use the 55,000-plus-seat venue to generate additional revenue for ASU. The Sun Devil Stadium 365 Reinvention seeks to blend athletics, student life, and the community into an interdisciplinary facility that will have utility beyond six or seven days a year. In addition, Anderson oversaw the baseball program’s celebrated move into Phoenix Municipal Stadium, and the men’s and women’s golf programs transition to Papago Golf Course. Since his arrival, Anderson has emphasized his commitment to the Olympic movement as a university and athletic department. Through this vision, the city of Tempe will host the 2017 Women’s Triathlon National Championship and an affiliated Age Group Race. Most recently, the NCAA has announced ASU and Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale will host the 2020-22 NCAA Men’s & Women’s Golf National Championships, becoming the first university and course to host three-straight golf championships. Not only has Anderson put an emphasis on the continued development of Sun Devil Athletics facilities, but to ensure that it is being done in the most sustainable and eco-friendly way possible. As a result, the National Association of Collegiate HEAD COACH ACCOMPLISHMENTS HIRED BY ANDERSON NCAAWOMEN’S GOLF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MISSY FARR-KAYE (2017) NCAAWOMEN’S TRIATHLON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CLIFF ENGLISH (2016) WGCA NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR MISSY FARR-KAYE (2017) PAC-12WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP ZEKE JONES (2017) PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR ZEKE JONES, BOB BOWMAN (2016-17)