In a rebuilding year for the
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
senior Becky Guyette broke the
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
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.
Coach Greg Patton
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
Looking 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
Petersen also became
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
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.
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
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
Jessica Thompson and Michelle Hessing became the first women to be named to WAC first
or second teams since
Coach 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.
The Broncos blanked
Six members of on the