"It's a great time to be a Cyclone"

It certainly is a great time to be a Cyclone and that was highlighted Monday at the Greater Des Moines Cyclone Club's Meet the Coaches Night. 


Sharing the mike were: Athletic Director Bruce Van De Velde; Women's Volleyball Head Coach Christy Johnson; Head Gymnastics Coach KJ Kindler; Women's Head Basketball Coach Bill Fennelly; Men's Head Basketball Coach Wayne Morgan and Head Football Coach Dan McCarney. John Walters served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.


Here are some of the highlights from each speaker:


John Walters


-         ISU athletes had a spring GPA of 3.01, while the rest of the student body averaged a 2.84

-         The student success center is on target to be completed by 2007

-         Iowa State was one of eight schools to have their football team win a bowl game and have both their men's and women's basketball teams advance to the NCAA Tournament


Bruce Van De Velde


-         Des Moines is the last stop on the summer outings and already more money has been raised this year than past years. Not all the checks are in from every location and that doesn't count Des Moines figures.

-         Iowa State had five coaches who were national or conference coaches of the year last season

-         There will be three new coaches next season – Christy Johnson, volleyball; Christie Hermes, women's golf and Stacy Gemeinhardt , softball

-         Wayne Morgan has agreed to a 5 year contract extension with the Cyclones

-         The renovation of Hilton Coliseum will begin this year

-         Iowa State is on track to break the football season ticket sales record. Right now estimates are that 28,000-30,000 season tickets will be sold.

-         Last year $4.8 million was raised by fundraisers, this year as of the end of June $9.5 million had been raised

-         The ISU swimming and diving team was an Academic all-American selection


Christy Johnson


-         Spent eight years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin. Each year the Badgers made the NCAA Tournament and three of those years they were Big 10 Champions

-         Was a two-time all-American volleyball player at Nebraska

-         Volleyball practice/check-in will begin in two weeks

-         Players to keep an eye on for 2005: Amanda Craig, setter from West Des Moines Valley and Erin Boeve. Johnson said Boeve, a sophomore, has the potential to be an all-American her final two seasons as a Cyclone

-         This will be the last season for the volleyball games to be played in Hilton Coliseum; they will move to the Forker Building next year

-         On Oct. 29, the 1995 NCAA Tournament volleyball team will have a reunion

-         Assistant Coach Joe Lynch (also Johnson's finance') was named the National Club Coach of the Year by the US Volleyball Association


KJ Kindler


-         The gymnastics team finished eighth at the NCAA's

-         Kindler was National Coach of the Year, Assistant Lou Ball shared National Assistant Coach of the Year honors

-         The squad was ranked in the Top 10 all year long and beat Iowa twice. The gymnastics team has beat Iowa 21 of the last 22 times

-         Iowa State was second in the Big 12 behind Nebraska

-         Had three all-Americans and two event finalists at Nationals

o        Janet Anson was second in the vault competition behind an Olympian

o        Laura-Kay Powell finished eighth on the floor

-         Next year the squad will have four freshmen, three of them were national qualifiers and one was a national champion

-         The teams goal for 2005 is to be in the "Super 6," gymnastics version of the "Elite Eight/Final Four"

-         On Jan. 6, Iowa State will compete on ESPN against many of the top teams in the nation, including Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida and Nebraska. It will be the gymnastics teams first time on national television

-         In February there will be a gymnastics/wrestling combination meet, with both sports going on at the same time. Both teams will compete against Nebraska.

-         The NCAA Regionals will be held at Hilton Coliseum this April

-         Iowa State was number one in attendance in the Big 12 a year ago


Bill Fennelly


-         23 win season, undefeated at home and advanced to the women's NCAA tournament in 2004

-         There have been three new coaches this year and they've all been coaches of women's sports, Fenelly joked that he hopes there aren't three new women's sports coaches next season, referring to his job and that of Rebecca Hornbacher, soccer and Michele Conlon, tennis.

-         Thanked everybody for their support and well-wishes during his recovery from cancer


Wayne Morgan


-         Beat five ranked opponents in 2004 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament

-         Finished the season 4-4 on the road in the Big 12

-         Brings in the sixth best recruiting class in the nation for 2005 according to Hoop Scoop

-         Players Shawn Taggart, Rahshon Clark, John Neal, Chris Ceaser, Jeff Bergstrom and Dustin Streff all in attendance

-         Against Texas Tech Bobby Knight asked him what had turned Iowa State's season around, what had Morgan said to his team? Morgan told them to get a little bit better every day and work a little harder every day and in the end they would start to win games.

-         Last year's defense was number one in the Big 12

-         Iowa State will play at the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii Dec. 20-23, the game against Texas will be on ESPN's Big Monday. The Cyclones will also play Kansas at home on ABC


Dan McCarney

-         Players Jason Scales, Kory Pence and Seth Zehr all in attendance

-         Position leaders have been working with their groups and will continue to do so through two-a-days. Players will then vote on captains

-         Everybody who was injured will be ready to go on Sept. 3, except kicker Chris Mahoski

-         Todd Blythe ran a better team at summer conditioning this week than he did last year at the same point in the off-season. He beat his record time by two seconds.

-         Bret Meyer, Tim Dobbins and Nick Leaders were all great representatives at the Big 12 Media Days in Houston, Texas.

-         Since McCarney took over the ISU program, both Nebraska and Oklahoma have gone through three coaches

-         In order to be successful this season Iowa State will have to:

o        Pick up offensively where they left off

o        Improve the run game

o        Utilize their playmakers and find more

o        Take care of the football (Iowa State running backs have had the least amount of fumbles in the nation the past 10 years)

o        Increase scoring in the red zone

o        Take pride in the defense

o        Keep on improving special teams play


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