2018 Sun Devil Bowl Guide

35 L A S V E G A S B OW L | D E C . 1 5 , 2 0 1 8 A R I Z O N A S T A T E F O O T B A L L 2 0 1 8 B O W L G U I D E 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 hosted the 2017 Women’s Triathlon National Championship and an affiliated Age Group Race, and will welcome the events yet again in 2018. 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 Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG Corporation announced Arizona State as the winner of the 2016 USG NACDA Sustainability Award for its work on Sun Devil Stadium and the Weatherup Center. The USG NACDA Sustainability Award was designed to recognize NACDA member institutions across all divisions, honoring athletics directors and their universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities. Positioning Sun Devil Athletics as a community asset has stayed at the front of Anderson’s strategic plan and he has led a number of unprecedented community initiatives, including the creation of the Honor Row for military veterans at multiple Sun Devil facilities. With 100 percent participation in community service by Sun Devil student- athletes, coaches and staff in 2016, Sun Devil Athletics helped to serve 276,099 community members over 7,046.25 hours – both all-time highs for the department. Sun Devils Serve projects took place in four states (Arizona, California, Nevada and Louisiana) and three Native American Nations (Colorado River Indian Tribe, Gila River Indian Tribe, and Havasupai Tribe). Understanding the importance of building fan affinity, Anderson created the Sun Devil Caravan when he arrived in Tempe to reward Sun Devil Nation’s loyalty and enthusiasm. The caravan brings the Sun Devil Athletics experience directly to the fans and allows Sun Devil Nation to connect one-on-one with coaches, student-athletes, and administrators. Anderson has implemented an innovative business model at Arizona State to foster growth and to create sustainable revenue sources for Sun Devil Athletics. Less than a year into his tenure, Anderson negotiated an industry-impacting apparel partnership with adidas in December of 2014. The eight-year, $38M agreement not only set provisions for 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)