Five Nominees for Bronco Coach of the Year

In a year that saw Boise State win four WAC Championships for the second year in a row, the field is highly competitive for Bronco Coach of the Year. Read through the amazing accomplishments of these five distinguished individiuals and then place your vote for 2006-07 Bronco Coach of the Year on the Blue Turf Board.

Mike Maynard

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketIn a rebuilding year for the Boise State men's track team, Coach Maynard led the Broncos to the WAC Indoor title with a dramatic finish at Jackson's Track in Nampa.  Needing a third place finish to win the league championship, the Bronco 4 x 400-meter relay tam finished second to clinch the title.  Boise State scored 128 points to 126 for runners-up Utah State.  The Bronco men then finished second in the WAC Outdoor Championships. 

 

David Walden won the WAC in the high jump, Ty Axtman took first in the mile and Zacharias Arnos won the triple jump at the Indoor Championships. 

 

The Bronco women finished a strong third in the Indoor Championships, scoring 102 points to 117.5 for champion Cal State-Northridge and 114 for perennial power Louisiana Tech.  The performance by the Boise State women marked the first time ever that a Bronco team scored 100 points in a WAC Championship.  They then finished fourth at the Outdoor Championships in May with 116.5 points.

 

5,000 senior Becky Guyette broke the Jackson's Track record, as well as a 25-year-old Bronco record, en route to a first place at the Indoor Championships.  Guyette also ran the second fastest 10,000 meters in school history a month later.  Eleni Kafourou broke a 17-year old school record.  Megan Olivetti also shattered the school record in the 200 with a time of 24.16, breaking Misha Looney's 11-year old record 

 

Boise State piled up 13 individual WAC titles as the action turned outside.  Forest Braden was chosen as Male Athlete of the Year after winning both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs,  Ty Axtman won the 1,500, Erik Whitsitt took first in the shot put, Scott Viafore won the javelin, Jarrod Stevens was victorious in the hammer, Kafourou won the long jump and triple jump, Guyette took first in both the 5,000 and 10,000, Annika Hjelm won the hammer, Breanna Sande captured the 1,500-meter title and the women's 4 x 400-meter relay team upset heavily favored Louisiana Tech.

            Boise State sent a record 20 student-athletes to the NCAA West Regionals.  The Bronco men finished with 24 team points at the Regionals to finish 14th.   Kafourou earned All-West Region honors in both the triple and long jumps, the only Bronco to receive the award in multiple events. Senior Forest Braden (5,000-meter run), senior Sterling Small (400m hurdles), sophomore Simon Wardhaugh (hammer), junior Jarrod Stevens (hammer), senior Scott Viafore (javelin), freshman Zacharias Arnos (triple jump), and sophomore Annika Hjelm (hammer) were also named to the all-region team.  

            Braden, Stevens, Wardhaugh, Viafore, Stevens, shot putter Erik Whitsitt, Hjelm, Guyette and Kafourou all qualified for the NCAA National Championships, a record number of nine for Boise State to compete in the Nationals.  Braden finished seventh in the nation in the 5,000 to earn All-American honors.  Viafore finished 13th in the javelin while Wardhaugh finished 12th in the hammer.

Maynard also coaches the men's and women's cross country teams at Boise State, guiding the men to a second place finish with 37 points, 11 behind winner Utah State.  Forest Braden of the Broncos became the first Bronco cross country athlete to win an individual title at the WAC Championships.  He finished in sixth at the West Regionals (the second best finish ever for a Bronco) and competed in the NCAA National Championships.  Coach Maynard's Broncos finished in 14th place at the Regionals, the best effort since 2003, when they finished 12th. 

 

 

 

Greg Patton

 

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketCoach Greg Patton guided the Boise State tennis team to a 30-6 record, a third consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship and third straight berth in the NCAA National Championships.  The Broncos first blanked Nevada then highly-regarded Fresno State to clinch the WAC title.  They blasted #41 Texas A & M-Corpus Christi 4-1 to open the NCAA National Championship, then gave a gutsy performance against then-#8 Texas on their home courts before bowing to the Longhorns 4-2.

 

Patton was honored as WAC Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season.

 

Luke Shields was named the 2006-07 WAC Player of the Year, receiving first team honors in both singles and doubles.  Clancy Shields also captured first team league accolades in both singles and doubles.  Piotr Dilaj and Steve Robertson both were First Team All-WAC members in doubles and second team in singles.  Blake Boswell was a second team member in both singles and doubles while Eric Roberson was named to the All-WAC second team in doubles. 

Patton's #1 singles player, Luke Shields, received the USTA/ITA National Sportsmanship Award, the first Bronco to ever be so honored.  Shields was named to the Summer United States Collegiate Team, and will represent the U.S. at the Pan-American Games beginning this weekend.

 

 

  Chris Petersen

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketLooking back, it is hard to believe that Coach Petersen took the reins of the Bronco football program just a year and a half ago.  Regarded as one of the top assistant coaches and most brilliant football minds in the nation, Petersen succeeded his friend Dan Hawkins as head man of the Broncos prior to the MPC Bowl in 2005.  A lot has happened since then.

 

Stepping in as a head coach for the first time in his career, Petersen became only the second coach in history and the first since 1900 to take his team to a 13-0 record in his initial year.  He inspired a tremendous work ethic and cohesion on the 2007 Broncos as they downed all challengers for a fifth straight Western Athletic Conference title.  On the strength of their second undefeated regular season in three years, Boise State was selected to play in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against seven-time national champion Oklahoma.  The Broncos romped to a 21-10 halftime lead, advancing the margin to 28-10 before a Sooner second half comeback gave them a 35-28 lead with a minute left.  Boise State mounted a last charge to again take what had been theirs all game long.  A flawless Hook and Lateral play that will live forever in Bronco lore got the job done, and the Broncos eventually won in overtime 43-42.

Petersen also became the first Boise State coach to earn national coach of the year honors winning the 2006 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year award.  

The award was only one of a number of honors Petersen received.  He was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, a semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award and was the Region 4 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.   

The Fiesta Bowl win capped the second undefeated season in school history, with the last being the 1958 junior college national championship season.  Boise State finished fifth in the Associated Press Poll and sixth in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. 

 

Coach Petersen presided over a Bronco program that produced two All-Americans.  Running back Ian Johnson was named first-team All-America by SI.com and CBS SportsLine.com, second-team by The Sporting News and third-team All-America by the Associated Press.  Offensive tackle Ryan Clady was a SI.com second team choice. 

 

Johnson became the first Bronco to finish in the top ten in balloting for the annual Heisman Trophy Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate football player.  Ian finished eighth in the voting.  He was also a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given each year to the country's top running back, and was one of 10 Players to Watch for the 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

 

Clady, Johnson, wide receiver Legedu Naanee, tight end Derek Schouman, linebacker Korey Hall, defensive lineman Andrew Browning and placekicker Anthony Montgomery were all selected to the All-WAC first team.  Hall was also chosen as WAC Defensive Player of the Year.  Offensive lineman Jeff Cavender, quarterback Jared Zabransky, linebacker Colt Brooks, safety Marty Tadman and punter Kyle Stringer were all tabbed to the All-WAC second team.

 

The Broncos also won two ESPY Awards for their Fiesta Bowl victory.  Fans voted the contest as Best Game of the Year and selected "Statue Left" as it has become known, for Best Play of the Year.  Statue Left was the winning play in the game that saw Zabransky fake a pass to the right side and then hand the ball to Johnson, who went in untouched for the two-point conversion.

A record four members of Petersen's senior class were drafted into the National Football League; safety Gerald Alexander, linebacker Korey Hall, wide receiver Legedu Naanee and tight end Derek Schouman. In addition, six other Bronco seniors were signed to free agent contracts.

 

 

Gordy Presnell

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHead coach Gordy Presnell guided the Bronco women's basketball team to the program's first Western Athletic Conference Championship with a 12-4 league record and 21-8 overall mark.  The Broncos then captured the league's post-season tournament in Las Cruces, New Mexico to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  

 

Boise State blasted San Jose State 81-64, turned back Fresno State 68-59 and then prevailed in a 49-46 championship win over host New Mexico State to win the WAC Tournament.  The Broncos drew #14 George Washington in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.  After spotting George Washington the first 19 points of the game and falling behind by 27 points with 13 points remaining, the Broncos clawed back to make the Colonials squirm at the finish before falling by a count of 76-67..

Presnell was honored as 2007 WAC Coach of the Year and 2007 Russell Athletic/Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Region 7 Coach of the Year for his achievements.  He joined seven other regional coaches of the year including such names as Geno Auriemma of Connecticut, Pat Summitt of Tennessee, and Tara VanDerveer of Stanford.

Jessica Thompson and Michelle Hessing became the first women to be named to WAC first or second teams since Boise State joined the league in 2001.  Thompson was a first-team selection after leading Boise State with 13.8 points per game.  Hessing was tabbed to the league's second team after averaging 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds a game. 

 

 

Mark Tichenor

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketCoach Tichenor led the Lady Bronco tennis team to an 18-5 record, a second consecutive Western Athletic Conference runner-up finish and a national ranking of #44.  Boise State was 7-1 in conference action and 6-4 against nationally-ranked opponents.

 

The Broncos blanked Hawai'i and Nevada 4-0 to advance to the WAC Championship for the second consecutive year before losing to favored Fresno State.  Boise State put up a battle against #24 Indiana before losing 4-2 in the opening round of the NCAA National Championship.

Six members of on the Boise State women's tennis team earned all-conference honors for their outstanding play throughout the season.  Polina Kokoulina was named to the All-WAC team in singles while Klaudia Wlodarczyk and Jana Mackova were named to the second team.  Mackova and Laura Baum earned first-team honors in doubles, while Tiffany Coll and Bianca Jochimsen were named to the league's second team.


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