Cowboy Joe Club Newsletter

February 1, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo.-

UW NAMES 29TH HEADFOOTBALL COACH

Vic Koenning, the man who brought back Wyoming's defensive tradition to the program, has been named the Cowboys' 29th head football coach.

For the past three seasons Koenning, (Cone-ing), 39 (born Feb. 26, 1960), has been Wyoming's defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach. His defense has been the cornerstone of the Cowboy program since his arrival.

According to Athletic Director Lee Moon, Koenning's contract is for five-years with a buyout clause. He will receive a base salary of $100,200, Moon said. The total package, including incentives, will be $240,000.

"I couldn't be more excited." Moon said. "I always want a coach with tremendous work ethic, who can motivate and communicate with the student-athletes. Vic fits that criteria. He also wants to be here. I felt the cornerstone of Dana Dimel's tenure has been the defense. Since Vic has been here, Wyoming has played hard-nosed,physical defense."

A native of Owasso, Okla., Koenning came to Wyoming from the University of Memphis where he served as the defensive secondary coach for six seasons (1991-96). He spent 10 seasons there in a variety of roles--graduate assistant, strength and conditioning coach for football and as an assistant.

A 1982 graduate of Kansas State, Koenning was a four-year starter at linebacker, and was twice named to the All-Big Eight Team. In addition, he served as captain of the Wildcats' Independence Bowl team in 1982.

"This is a dream come true for me," Koenning said. "I was offered a great opportunity to go to Houston, but I wanted to be here. I wanted this opportunity in this place. Football has been my life. I've been training for this.

In Koenning's first season as Cowboy defensive coordinator, his aggressive defense was among the most improved in the nation. The Pokes ranked in the nation in quarterback sacks, sixth in pass defense, 17th in scoring defense and 23rd in total defense. They also set a school record for interceptions with 24. In 1998, his defense was again among the nation's leaders, ranking 28th in the country in scoring defense.

This past season, the Cowboy defense was instrumental in victories over Air Force, Utah and Brigham Young. The defense limited the nation's number-two ranked rushing team Air Force to one touchdown and the country's number eight passing team Brigham Young to two touchdowns. Wyoming also scored a defensive touchdown and a safety in the victory over bowl-bound Utah.

Among the players who Koenning has coached at Wyoming are 1997 Consensus All-American Brian Lee at free safety. All total, four Cowboy defenders have earned First Team All-Conference honors and seven have been named Second Team All-Conference during his three seasons at Wyoming. The Cowboy defense also has had three Academic All-Americans and a Sporting News Freshman All-American.

An outstanding recruiter, Koenning has been responsible for bringing to Wyoming such players as linebacker Cortney Barnes, defensive end Patrick Chukwurah, cornerback Chris Cole, linebackers Antwan Floyd, Marcus Ford.

Koenning played professionally for the Denver Broncos in 1984, and then signed with the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL. He played two seasons with the Outlaws, finishing first on the team in tackles his first season and second the following season. After a stint with the Green Bay Packers in 1986, Koenning retired from professional football and entered the coaching profession. Koenning signed with Kansas State University following an outstanding prep career in football, basketball and track at Owasso High School.

Koenning is married to the former Tracey Templeton, and they have two children, Kimberly and Brady.

Executive Board

Tom Rardin..................President

Dean "Doc" Schroeder........VP

John Lueras.................Honorary President

Ken Cook....................Albany County

Gary Crum...................Albany County

Roy Mason...................Laramie County

Brian Morgen................Sheridan County

Richard Nelson..............Park County

Ron Richardson..............Natrona County

Paul Roach..................Albany County

Jay Schaefer................Albany County

Bob Sharp...................Laramie County

Dick Sherman................Laramie County

Carol Speight...............Laramie County

Jim Spiegelberg.............Albany County

Inside...

Moon Message/Koenning/FB Hires...........

FB Hires.................................

Golf Series/MWC Tournament/Sports Fest...

FB Honors/Mellinger/Shurmur Schol........

CJC Scholarships.........................

Scholarships/Auction & Raffle Results....

Steer-A-Year.............................

Message from Lee Moon

First let me start by wishing all of you a happy new century. With this new century, we can look forward to the new Rochelle Athletic Center (RAC) ground breaking. The dream is finally going to become a reality in 2000. What perfect timing!

We can also look forward to a new and improved football program. The Cowboys already have the most feared defense in the conference. With the hiring of former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning as head coach, we will continue that tradition. Matt Wallerstedt will slide into the defensive coordinator's position from coaching the defensive line, so on that side of the ball, we will not miss a step. Coach Koenning already has his new staff in place, in town, and ready to roll. They are a dynamic, experienced group and they are fired up. You will see an intensity in our program next fall that will knock your socks off.

Our other sports programs are also experiencing many successes. The men's basketball team is providing another season of "edge-of-your-seat" entertainment. The Cowgirl hoopsters are showing their mettle on the road as well as a lot of excitement at home. Cowgirl golfers Jordan Lintz and Jessica Mellinger are putting the University of Wyoming on the map. Watch your track teams--they have several national contenders and Coach Dawn Ellerbe just broke another world's record on her road to the Olympics. I could go on, but I'm out of space, so I'll just say, 2000 is looking GREAT!

Football Assistants Named

Matt Wallerstedt, the Cowboys' defensive line coach for the past three seasons, will take over as Defensive Coordinator, announced new head coach, Vic Koenning. "We feel fortunate to have retained Matt Wallerstedt. He was offered a great opportunity at Houston, but he wanted to remain here," said Koenning.

Wallerstedt's defensive line is largely responsible for the successes the Cowboys have had these past three years. He's had several players named to postseason honors including Jeff Boyle, Stu Hanson, and Jeff Leonard. Hanson and Leonard both went on to play in the NFL.

Wallerstedt and his wife Josie are new parents to infant son, Cal.

Rusty Burns comes to Wyoming as offensive coordinator from the University of Memphis where he was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past three seasons. Burns has coached at Memphis since 1996. He served as running backs coach for the `96 season. Prior to his four years at Memphis, Burns coached the quarterbacks and receivers at Georgia Tech from 1992-94 under former Wyoming head coach Bill Lewis. From 1989-91, Burns served as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at the University of Cincinnati, where he built a Cincinnati offense that rose from 106th the year prior tohis arrival to No. 30 in the nation. Burns served as offensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut from 1980-88. He began his college coaching career at his alma mater, Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., from 1978-79.

Burns is a native of Bourne, Mass. He and his wife, the former Debra Salan, have two daughters Kelly and Kirsten.

Jim Marshall will coach the offensive line for the Cowboys. Marshall brings 23 years of college coaching experience to Wyoming, eight seasons as a collegiate head coach. He was most recently the head football coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin, an NCAA I-AA university, for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. Prior to being hired at his alma mater, Tennessee-Martin, Marshall was the offensive line coach at the University of Memphis from 1995-97 where he served on the same staff as then defensive secondary coach Vic Koenning. From 1989-94, Marshall was the head coach at Division I-AA member, the University of Richmond. He also served as the offensive line and running backs' coach at Tulane University (1988-89). Marshall is no stranger to Wyoming Football, having coached against the Cowboys while at UTEP from 1985-87. He was part of Bob Stull's staff at UTEP that turned the Miners' football program around. He also served previously as an assistant at Richmond (1980-85), Tennessee-Martin (1975-77 and 1979-80) and North Alabama (1977-78). During his coaching career, Marshall coordinated offenses that ranked in the Top 10 nationally in 10 different seasons.

Marshall and his wife, Kay, have three children -- Eddie, Greg and Nicole.

Rob Phenicie will coach the Wyoming wide receivers. Phenicie comes to Wyoming from UNLV, where he served as an offensive assistant for the 1999 season. Prior to serving on John Robinson's staff at UNLV, Phenicie was the offensive coordinator at Big Sky member Cal State Northridge for the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He also coached the wide receivers at Northridge. While the offensive coordinator at Cal State Northridge, Phenicie's 1997 squad led all NCAA I-AA schools in passing yards and ranked No. 5 nationally in total offense. Phenicie began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Memphis from 1989-91, where he worked with Koenning. He moved on to UCLA as a graduate assistant from 1991-92. In 1992, he was hired as the quarterbacks' and wide receivers' coach at Los Angeles Valley College, coaching there until 1996. During his time at Los Angeles Valley College, the Monarchs rose to No. 1 in the national junior-college rankings in 1995. They also led the nation in scoring in '95, averaging 45.7 points per game.

A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Phenicie is married to the former Jennifer Kutz. They have one daughter, Meghen, who will be two years old this coming February.

Justin Byleveld will coach the Cowboy tight ends. Byleveld was a wide receiver on the Cowboy squad from 1987-90, contributing to two conference championships in 1987 and `88. He has served as a graduate assistant for Wyoming the past two seasons.

After completing his bachelor's degree in secondary education from UW in 1992, Byleveld began his coaching career at Glenrock High School in Glenrock, Wyo. Byleveld taught social studies at Glenrock High from 1992-97. During that time, he also served in a variety of coaching roles -- receivers coach, defensive secondary coach and offensive coordinator for the high school football team.

A graduate of Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyo., in 1987, Byleveld went on to earn Dean's list honors at UW, and was named to the Who's Who in American Teachers list in 1996.

Tom Turchetta will coach the Cowboy defensive line. Turchetta comes to Wyoming from the University of Texas-El Paso. Turchetta coached the linebackers at UTEP since 1996 under head coach Charlie Bailey. Prior to UTEP, Turchetta served on the staff of Johnny Majors at the University of Pittsburgh from 1993-96. Turchetta coached the defensive line at Pittsburgh. In his 21 previous seasons of college coaching, he served as an assistant at: Kentucky (1979-81), East Tennessee State (1981-82), Kentucky State (1983-84), Temple (1984-85), Memphis (1986-89), UTEP (1990-91), Pittsburgh (1992-96): and UTEP (1996-99).

Turchetta received a bachelor's degree in education from Miami in 1973. He later completed his master's degree in education administration from LaVerne College in LaVerne, Calif. in 1977.

David Lockwood will coach the Wyoming defensive secondary. Lockwood spent the past five seasons (1995-99) at the University of Memphis, where he coached the defensive secondary and wide receivers. Prior to Memphis, Lockwood served as an assistant coach at James Madison University for one season (1994) and the University of Delaware for four seasons (1990-93). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, West Virginia University in 1989.

He received his bachelor's degree in education from West Virginia in 1989.

A native of Media, Pa., he and his wife Heidi have three children, Autumn, David Jr. and Jeffrey.

Frank Hernandez joins the Wyoming coaching staff from the University of South Florida, where he has coached the past four seasons (1996-99). He will take over as running backs coach. While at South Florida, Hernandez coached the wide receivers, kickoff and punt returners and served as the recruiting coordinator.

Prior to beginning his college coaching career at South Florida, Hernandez coached three seasons of high school football from 1993-95. Hernandez is familiar with Wyoming and the Laramie community, having worked UW football camps in the summers 1997 and '98.

Currently Hernandez is working on completing a masters degree in higher education. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from K-State in December of 1992.

Jeff Brookshire will serve as media specialist for the Cowboy football program. Brookshire comes to Wyoming from the University of Tennessee at Martin where he coached the offensive line and tight ends from 1997-99. He was the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator, the special teams coach, academic coordinator, and strength and conditioning coordinator. Prior to his time at Martin, Brookshire served as a graduate assistant at the University of Memphis from 1995-96. He was also on the football staff at James Madison University from 1993-94.

He is currently working on completing his master's degree in sports administration and marketing from the University of Memphis.

BLITZ SEASON AGAIN!

It's that time of year again when CJC volunteers begin soliciting new and renewed memberships. At press time, the Sweetwater County membership blitz will already be over. The Albany County Blitz will run from Jan 31-Feb 4. The Laramie County Blitz will be held Feb 10-14, and the Natrona County Blitz will be from Feb 28-Mar 3. Support your Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls in 2000!

MWC Basketball Tournament Information

The Mountain West Conference basketball tournament to be held in Las Vegas is just around the corner, so start making your plans now to attend. The men's tournament is scheduled for March 9-11, and the women are scheduled for March 8,10, & 11th. This year's host hotel is the Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. 89109. There are 100 rooms being held in a block for Wyoming fans from March 7-12. The room rate is $79 plus tax. The block will be held until February 15, 2000. For reservations, call 1-800-732-7117. Request your reservations for Mountain West Conference Basketball-FANS.

Pre-game functions are scheduled for the men's games at the Thomas & Mack Arena two hours prior to game time. The first one is scheduled for Thursday, March 9th. There will also be a pre-game function for the women if they advance to second round on Friday, March 10th.

CJC 2000 Golf Series Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule for the 2000 CJC Golf Series. Please call Steve Gosar at the CJC offices (1-307-766-6152) for more information .

*Mar 25, 1pm, Phoenix, AZ, Wigwam Resort, $105

April 29, 8am, Denver, The Ridge at Castle Pines, $115

May 5, 1pm, Douglas, Douglas CC, $60

May 6, 1pm, Torrington, Cottonwood CC, $55

May 13, 1 pm, Riverton, Riverton CC, $75

May 20, 1pm, Buffalo, Buffalo Golf Club, $65

June 3, 1pm, Jackson, Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis, $105

June 9, 1pm, Cheyenne, Cheyenne CC, $105

June 16, 1pm, Powell, Powell CC, $65

June 17, 8am, Sheridan, Powder Horn, $99

June 24, 9am, Evanston, Purple Sage Golf Club, $70

July 8, 7:30am, Rock Springs, White Mtn Golf Club, $70

**July 15, 1pm, Ft.Collins, CO, Pelican Lakes Golf Club

August 4, 1pm, Casper, Casper CC, $95

August 5, 1pm, Laramie, Jacoby Golf Course, $65

Championship, Sept 15, 1pm, Cheyenne CC

*Contact the CJC for special airline rates to Phoenix from Denver.

**At press time this tournament was still tentative.

2000 SUMMER SPORTS FESTIVAL DATES

Saratoga, Friday, April 28, 9-11:30

Thermopolis, Thurs., May 11, 1-3

Worland, Friday, May 12

Wheatland, Friday, May 19, 9-11, 1-3

Newcastle, Friday, May 26, 9-11

Casper, Saturday, May 27, 9-12

Rock Springs, Friday, June 2, 9-11:30

Green River, Friday, June 2, 1-3

Cheyenne, Thursday, June 8, 9-12

Football Postseason Honors

All-Conference First Team--Offense

WR ? Wendell Montgomery, Wyoming, Sr.

All-Conference Second Team--Offense

OL ? Dan Delcorio, Wyoming, Sr.

All-Conference Second Team--Defense

LB ? Patrick Chukwurah, Wyoming, Jr.

DB ? Matt Lehning, Wyoming, Sr.

Player of the Year: Brian Urlacher, New Mexico, Sr

Offensive Player of the Year: Kevin McDougal,CSU,Sr.

Defensive Player of the Year: John Frank, Utah, Sr.

Freshman of the Year: Luke Staley, BYU

Cowgirl Golfer SelectedRhodes Scholar

Jessica Mellinger of Sheridan, Wyo. and a member of the Cowgirls' Golf Team, was chosen recently as one of 32 college students in the nation to receive a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England.

Mellinger plans on pursuing a career in medicine. She is currently completing a double major in English and molecular biology at UW. Mellinger has been a member of the UW women's golf team all four years she has attended Wyoming. She is the daughter of Leslie and Ken Mellinger of Sheridan, Wyo.

The University of Wyoming was one of only 26 colleges and universities to have a student chosen for the honor. Mellinger was chosen from an application pool of 930. Rhodes Scholars are chosen from US citizens ages 18-24 who have completed or will soon complete a bachelor's degree. They are chosen for their intellectual and academic achievements as well as character and the ability to lead.

The last Rhodes Scholar from UW was Geraldine Wright of Casper, Wyo. (1994) making UW one of only 12 public universities to have two Rhodes Scholars in the past seven years.

Correction. The CJC inadvertantly omitted Tom & Renee' Davis in the last issue when thanking the Ag Appreciation Day Barbecue donors. The Davis' of Davis Land & Livestock, Gillette, Wyo. donated a lamb for the barbecue. We apologize for the error and truly appreciate their donation.

ROTARY ROUNDBALL SCHEDULED

Plan on attending the Rotary Roundball pre-game function scheduled for February 26th from 5-7 p.m. prior to the BYU basketball game. It will be held in conjunction with the CJC hospitality. The combined pre-game hospitality will be held in the Multi-purpose Gym (MPG.) Meet new head football coach, Vic Koenning. PRIZES!$5 door charge per person. (Free to CJC members.)

Shurmur Scholarship Established

The Fritz Shurmur Memorial Scholarship was recently established by the Cowboy Joe Club in honor of former Cowboys' Football Coach Fritz Shurmur who died last summer.

Shurmur coached at Wyoming from 1962 to 1974 and served as head coach from 1971-1974. He went on to coach in the NFL from 1975 through 1998. He served as defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, the New England Patriots, the Los Angeles Rams, the Arizona Cardinals, and most recently, the Green Bay Packers helping to lead them to a 1996 Super Bowl Championship.

Shurmur also authored four coaching books and one video in his attempt to assist younger coaches.

Fritz had three children with his wife Peggy--Sally Ann Michalov, Scott Shurmur, and Susie Plumb.

The criteria for the Shurmur scholarship are: 1.) outstanding student-athlete and 2.) a sincere interest in coaching upon entering their junior year at UW. A committee selected from the executive board of the Cowboy Joe Club will choose the scholarhship recipient.

Fritz Shurmur was a great coach, motivator, father, and person who had a special place in his heart for Wyoming. Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship can make their checks payable to the University of Wyoming and mail them to the Cowboy Joe Club at PO Box 3414, Laramie, WY 82071.

Auction and Raffle Results

The 1999 Annual Scholarship Auction was a tremendous success. It was held in Cheyenne at the Hitching Post Inn on November 12, 1999. The auction grossed over $62,000. Over 300 people attended the auction which more than doubled the attendance from 1998.

The CJC would like to thank the following volunteers for their hard work in putting on this event: "Doc" Schroeder & Karen Kaser (co-chairs), Alicia Burke, Riley Busacker, Harry & Shirley Kembel, Bill & Irene Larson, Sue Martino, Roy Mason, Tom Rardin, Bob Sharp, Dick Sherman, Carol Speight, Jim Spiegelberg, and our auctioneer, Lex Madden of Madden Brothers, Torrington, Wyo, who also donated his time.

The CJC raffle which was held during the `99 football season was also a great success. With the help of the UW cheerleaders, the CJC sold over 1,100 raffle tickets and netted over $7,000 which was split with the cheerleaders to help with their travel and uniform expenses. The drawing was held November 16th. The following are the lucky folks who had their names drawn:

Grand Prize (Polaris Four Wheeler donated by Frontier Cycles, Laramie, Wyo.) Leo Schroeder, Sheridan, Wyo.

2nd Prize (Trip for two to San Diego) Marshall Mahlum, Lakewood, Colo.

3rd Prize ($500 cash) Doug Brunner, Cheyenne, Wyo.

4th Prize (Shoot-out Package for two) Vince Tomassi, Kemmerer, Wyo.

5th Prize (Two Wyoming jackets) Mark Moen, Laramie, Wyo.

CJC Annual Scholarship Recipients

John & Helen Ilsley Scholarship. Aaron Elling, junior place-kicker for the UW football team, was named the recipient the John and Helen Ilsley Scholarship. The scholarship was established by John and Helen Ilsley of Sheridan, Wyo., to aid a UW football player from the states of Wyoming, Montana or South Dakota, who demonstrates academic and athletic excellence.

Elling, a native of Lander, Wyo., walked on the team a year ago. He was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection last year. Before coming to the University of Wyoming, Elling played soccer for George Fox College (NAIA) in Newberg, Oregon. Elling has a 3.42 GPA, and is majoring in exercise and sport science.

Former Cowboy football player Brian Brown was last year's recipient.

Natrona County Scholarship. Jacque Finn, a freshman safety on the UW football team, was named the recipient of the Natrona County Scholarship. The scholarship was established by C & Y Transportation and WOTCO to be given to a Natrona County student-athlete who demonstrates commitment to academics and athletics.

Finn, a native of Casper, Wyo., was named to the Wyoming All-State team and Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 as a senior in high school. An extremely versatile athlete, Finn played quarterback, cornerback, safety and wide receiver. This past football season, Finn was redshirted and will begin his collegiate play next fall. He has not decided on a major.

Former Wyoming golfer, Tracy Richardson was the previous recipient of this award.

James A. & Yvonne York Scholarship. Aaron Frude, sophomore wide receiver for the UW football team, was named the first recipient of the James A. & Yvonne York Scholarship. The Scholarship was established in honor of James "Ol' Jim" and Yvonne York, adamant fans of Wyoming Athletics and natives of Encampment, Wyo. The Yorks are loyal members of the Cowboy Joe Club and work tirelessly to promote the program. Jim York was the recipient of the Cowboy Joe Club's most honored award, the White Hat Award last year.

Frude, a native of Laramie, Wyo., played on special teams and was a back up wide receiver under Tommy Nash. Frude has a 3.46 GPA and is majoring in civil engineering.

Golden Eagle Club Scholarship. Amanda Roberts, senior Cowgirl tennis player for UW, has been named the recipient of the Golden Eagle Club Scholarship for the second consecutive year. The Golden Eagle Club Scholarship has been established by the Golden Eagle Club of Cheyenne, Wyo., to help benefit deserving University of Wyoming student-athletes.

The Golden Eagle Club was for years a primary supporter of Laramie County Community College (LCCC) Athletics. When LCCC dissolved their athletic program, the Golden Eagle Club decided to use the funds they had raised to continue their support of Laramie County student-athletes through the Cowboy Joe Club.

Roberts, a graduate of Cheyenne Central High School, is the only Cowgirl currently on the UW tennis team that is from Wyoming. She was a member of the inaugural UW women's tennis team in 1996. She won the Cowgirl Spirit Award in 1998.

Bill Strannigan Scholarship. LeDarion Jones, senior forward for the UW Men's Basketball team, was named the first winner of the Bill Strannigan Scholarship. The scholarship was set up through generous donations from Bill's family, friends, former players, and teammates. Bill was an outstanding basketball player, and the head coach for the University of Wyoming for fourteen seasons. The scholarship was formed to aid a UW student-athlete who demonstrates a commitment to excellence both in the classroom and on the court as well as team leadership skills.

Jones, a native of Bartow, Fla., transferred from Clemson University in 1997. In the October 1998 issue of ESPN Magazine, Jones was featured as a player to watch in 1998. Jones has a 3.42 GPA in industrial technology education and hopes to become a teacher.

Aluia Spratt Scholarship. Emily Hollon, a senior sprint freestyle swimmer for the UW Swimming and Diving team, has been named the winner of the Aluia Spratt Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Aluia Spratt of Riverton, Wyo., to honor a UW student-athlete who has demonstrated a strong commitment to academics, athletics and community involvement. Hollon, a native of Laramie, Wyo., was a 1999 WAC Scholar Athlete and currently holds the UW record in the 50 meter freestyle.

Former University of Wyoming volleyball player, Anne Stohrer was last year's scholarship winner.

Reiman Scholarship. Corey Hamrick, a senior UW wrestler, was named the recipient of the Reiman Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Bob Reiman, who passed away in 1996. Reiman was a past president of the Cowboy Joe Club. The scholarship is given to a UW student-athlete that is a Wyoming high school graduate, has at least a 3.0 grade-point-average and has a strong work ethic.

Hamrick, a native of Wheatland, Wyo., has been on the Cowboy Wrestling team since 1995. In 1997-98 Hamrick placed fourth at the WAC Championships and finished the season with an overall record of 22-13. Hamrick is also the president of the Student Advisory Council and has a 3.82 GPA in Physical Education.

Last year's recipient was Cowgirl Volleyball player Jami Laya.

Ryan E. Willson Scholarship. Al Rich, a junior free safety for the UW football team, was named the recipient of the Ryan E. Willson "Want To" Scholarship. The scholarship was established by the parents of Ryan E. Willson to be given to a deserving Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana or Colorado graduate with excellent work ethic who represents Cowboy toughness.

Rich, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., was second this year in interceptions with three on the year and had 75 tackles, 22 of which were solo tackles. He was named First Team All-Conference in 1998, becoming only the 10th sophomore in Wyoming history to earn First Team WAC honors. He started three games for the Cowboys as a true freshman and saw playing time in all 13 games that year as well. He has a 3.26 GPA and is majoring in communications.

Teammate, Brian Van Emmerick was last year's recipient of this award.

Another Great Year for the Steer-A-Year Program

The Steer-A-Year (SAY) program has achieved another milestone in 1999. In November, volunteers from around the region collected nearly 200 steers from ranchers all over the state of Wyoming. From this gathering, the SAY program will generate approximately $100,000 in 2000!!! $10,000 will be allocated to the UW rodeo team and the remaining will be used for in-state Wyoming athletic scholarships.