Tulane Green Wave
2011-12 Points of Pride
- The 2011-12 campaign was a milestone year for Tulaneís student-athletes in the competition arenas, in the classroom and in the community. For the first time since 2005-06, the Green Wave was ďwholeĒ once again with the addition of the final two programs to the athletics department sports line-upówomenís sand volleyball and womenís bowling.
Proposed Tulane Stadium
- For the eight consecutive year, Tulane's student-athletes remained one of the best groups in the nation with their performance in the classroom as 10 of TU's varsity sports teams that competed in 2010-11 scored above their national averages for the 2010-11 campaign, according to the most recent multi-year Academic Performance Rates (APR) released by the NCAA.
- Tulane's men's cross country, men's tennis, men's outdoor track & field, women's swimming and women's tennis programs were each recognized by the NCAA for placing in the top 10-percent in their sports on the multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR).
- The year also saw 185 student-athletes receive recognition for their hard work in the classroom with their selection to either the 2012 Conference USA Commissionerís Honor Roll or Conference USA Commissionerís Academic Medal List. The Green Waveís cross country/track and field programs led the way with 48 student-athletes on the list, while football (24) and swimming and diving (23) were each well represented on the honor roll.
- In the competition arena, the Tulane womenís golf team returned to the NCAA Regionals for the fourth straight year, while the Green Waveís womenís basketball team participated in the Womenís National Invitation Tournament for the second straight year. The Tulane menís and womenís tennis teams appeared in the national rankings for the majority of the season and the TU womenís bowling and sand volleyball squads each made their debuts.
- Baseballís Jeremy Schaffer and Brandon Boudreaux were two of the 33 recipients on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America baseball team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and became the first Tulane teammates to earn the Academic All-America honors in the same season in school history. Boudreaux and Schaffer were the only two Conference USA student-athletes named to the 2012 Academic All-America team.
- Tulane cross country/track and field student-athlete Mike Mainguy was one of 12 Conference USA student-athletes named to the recipient list of the Jim CastaŮeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award.
- For the second straight year, track & fieldís Ana Ruzevic earned All-America honors. This season, she was a second team All-American in the javelin after claiming first team honors last season. Teammate Estefany Cruz received honorable mention All-America honors in the indoor triple jump.
- Tulaneís menís and womenís basketball teams each boasted the best freshmen in Conference USA, as standout rookies Ricky Tarrant and Danielle Blagg were named the C-USA Menís and Womenís Freshmen of the Year, respectively. Tarrant was named the C-USA Freshman of the Week seven times this season, including a record five in a row, while Blagg was named C-USA Freshman of the Week a team-record four times.
- Brandon Boudreaux (baseball), Olivia Grayson (womenís basketball), Mariam Kurdadze (womenís tennis), Trent Mackey (football), Idan Mark (menís tennis), Maribel Lopez Porras (golf), Jeremy Schaffer (baseball), Ricky Tarrant (menís basketball) garnered All-Conference USA First Team honors this season.
- A total of 14 Tulane student-athletes received All-Conference USA Second Team accolades, including Brett Benzio (womenís basketball), Orleans Darkwa (football), Emma Levy (womenís tennis), Idan Mark (menís tennis), Cori Martone (volleyball), Brennan Middleton (baseball), Dezman Moses (football), David Napoli (Baseball), D.J. Ponder (baseball), Nick Schneeberger (baseball) and Joe Young (menís tennis), while Estefany Cruz (outdoor triple jump), Joanna Lapucha (outdoor pole vault) and Zandria DeBowles (400-meter hurdles) earned second team honors at the C-USA Track & Field Championships.
- Nine Tulanians found their way into the All-Conference USA Third Team, including Gemma Dryburgh (golf), Alex Massey (baseball), Ashley McKenney (golf), Samantha Troyanovich (golf), Caroline Thornton (womenís tennis) while the swimming quartet of Kayla Alf-Huynh, Hagar Elgendy, Kristine Gu and Rachel Ranson earned All C-USA Third Team honors in the 200 Free Relay at the conference meet.
- The Tulane womenís tennis team produced a 19-6 overall record and enjoyed its best season since the program was re-instated in 2008-09 and recorded its best finish since the 2004-05 campaign. The Green Wave was nationally-ranked for the final 15 weeks of the season, including as high as No. 52, and completed the season ranked No. 58. TU advanced to the C-USA Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2005.
- The Green Wave menís team jumped into the national ranking for the first time since the 2005 campaign at No. 72 and ranked as high as No. 63. Tulaneís top doubles tandem of Idan Mark and Joe Young concluded the season ranked No. 88 in the nation.
- Tulaneís own Terri Sisk was named the Louisiana Womenís Tennis Coach of the Year, while senior Mariam Kurdadze was selected as the Louisiana Player of the Year and menís basketball rookie Ricky Tarrant received Louisiana Freshman of the Year honors. Freshman Paige Callahan was named the Louisiana Female Runner of the Year.
Maribel Lopez Porras claimed individual honors for her first career victory at the 2012 C-USA Golf Championships, while Ana Ruzevic claimed her second straight C-USA javelin title and is once again one of the top-10 javelin throwers in the nation.
- Tulane placed four student-athletes C-USA Academic teams for their respective sports, including Brandon Boudreaux (baseball), Ryan Griffin (football), Mike Mainguy (cross country/track & field) and Jeremy Schaffer (baseball).
- The Waveís menís and womenís cross country teams were each recognized for their efforts in the classroom with both squads receiving the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Academic Awards.
- The Tulane womenís swimming and diving team was named a Scholar All-America team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for their work in the classroom.
- Womenís basketball standout Brett Benzio and track & field athlete Garrett Myer were the first recipients of the new Wilson Award, which was adopted to honor James W. Wilson, Jr., a Tulane football letter winner and one of the most caring people Tulane University has ever known. This award will be given to Tulane student-athletes that demonstrate an unusually strong overall impact on Green Wave athletics through leadership and achievement in the three pillars of what Tulane Athletics represents: Excellence in Education, Excellence in Competition, and Excellence in Service.
- Tulaneís Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year was Ricky Tarrant from the menís basketball team and Maribel Lopez Porras from the golf team, respectively, while TUís Male and Female Scholar-Athletes were Amiee Arceneaux from the track & field/cross country teams and Briggs Barrios from the baseball team.
- Brett Benzio became just the second player in Tulane women's basketball history to surpass the 1,000-point/1,000-rebound career mark and just the third player overall (men's or women's) to do so.
- Senior Jeremy Schaffer was the 570th overall selection in the 18th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and junior Garrett Cannizaro was picked up by the New York Yankees with the 997th overall pick in the 32nd round.
- In the community service field, Tulaneís student-athletes took part in 22 events and included everything from clinics, reading to children, food drives, Final Four community initiatives, planting trees, feeding the needy, mentoring, and most of all teaching the New Orleans youth the important of both a high school and college education and serving as role models for the community.
- Curtis Johnson, a New Orleans native and graduate of St. Charles High School, became the 39th head football coach in school history when he was introduced on December 5, 2011, while Haley Beavis completed her first campaign as the schoolís first bowling coach.
- The Tulane bowling team hit the lanes for their inaugural match against Southern at the world famous Rock `N' Bowl on October 5, 2011.
- The Green Wave womenís sand volleyball team made its debut against Florida State at the Coconut Beach Volleyball Courts on March 4, 2012.
- The Hertz Center, Tulaneís new state-of-the-art, 43,000-square foot practice facility for menís and womenís basketball and volleyball was dedicated in a ceremony on Nov. 17, 2011. The facility was made possible by Doug Hertz, an Atlanta businessman and the chair of the Tulane Board Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, who made the naming gift for the facility.
- On December 8, 2011, Tulane University announced "Home Field Advantage," a $70 million fundraising campaign to build a new on-campus football stadium and provide $10 million in additional support for the Green Wave football program. The new stadium will be located on Ben Weiner Drive, between the Reily Student Recreation Center and the James W. Wilson Jr. Center -- less than a football field away from the original Tulane Stadium. The anticipated capacity is 30,000.
- Tulane University served as the host institution for the 2012 NCAA Menís Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The event drew 144,274 fans, making it the third-highest in total attendance in Final Four history.