UTEP Sports Releases Go the Extra Mile

Ray Sanchez© 08.19.18

I’ve always believed that it takes a special kind of person to become a sports informationray's crystal ball director at a university. I mean, you almost have to be a masochist.
Can you imagine how hard it is to keep up with all the major and minor sports at a school? And you having to deal with the ups and downs of all of them?

UTEP HAS been blessed with some great SIDs. And the present one, Jeff Darby, is no exception. His job has become so important it now carries the title of Senior Associate Athletic Director/Communications and University Relations. Right under him is Mark Brunner, who carries the title of Associate Director UTEP Media Relations. Under them are a few student graduate assistants.
Darby, of course, is responsible for getting out the stories of all the sports – all 14 of them. Count them: Men — Football, basketball, cross country, golf, track and field. Women – Basketball, cross country, golf, rifle, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball.

SOMEHOW, some way, Darby and his staff put out press releases on all of them. I know. I get them.
Last week, though, Darby outdid himself. He not only came out with a press release announcing the 40 past and present student athletes who were graduating but had a resume on each of them. Wow.
That includes 13 representatives from the football program, five from track and field, four from men’s golf, softball and tennis, three from volleyball, two from women’s golf and soccer, and one from men’s basketball, women’s basketball and rifle.
The list of resumes is too long to print here but you can go to utepathletics.com and check out the resumes. Aaron Jones is among the graduates.
Darby and Co. always go the extra mile in their work. And it’s sure appreciated here.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the winningest football coach in UTEP history? Answer at end of column.

FRANK KETON, former Coronado High School and UTEP basketball player who some call the purest jump shooter to ever come along here, passed away last weekend from kidney failure and high blood pressure.
He played at UTEP with Gus Bailey, Beto Bautista and James Forbes when high school basketball was at an exceptional peak. In one game, he scored 55 points.
I join his wife, Maureen, in mourning his passing.

This from Gilbert De La Rosa of the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame:
“Chihuahuas Game Night was supposed to be Aug. 17. It has been changed to Aug. 16.
“There are two reasons for the change.

1. “There is a special for Thursdays at the concession stand (Monchies) which is located behind home plate. The special is a hamburger or a slice of pizza and a drink (either a beer or water). The price is $5.
2. “This is also beer night at $2 per glass night. It will be in effect until the seventh inning.
“The tickets ($14 each) will be in left field on the second deck on the right side of the Budweiser Ball Park Patio. We are reserving 100 seats. Make sure to get your ticket as soon as you can.”
“My phone number is 915- 549-1300. My email is gilbertdel@aol.com.”
Hey, sounds like a lot of fun.

SPECIAL BOUQUETS to football’s Will Hernandez and Cross Country/Track & Field’s Winny Koech who were named the UTEP Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, at the 44th annual “Dinner with the Miners” banquet…
And to Courtney Clayton, who was named All-Conference USA first team for her performance on the softball field and for her dedication in the classroom. She was tabbed to the 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic team as announced by C-USA officials after posting a 3.88 GPA in Health Promotion.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Mack Saxon with 66 victories.
Veteran sports journalist, historian and author Ray Sanchez welcomes suggestions for his column. Contact him at (915) 584-0626, by email at rayf358@yahoo.com or online at raysanchezbooks.com.

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