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    VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 7 July 2011     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Justin Harding Becky Andrews

Spotlight by Liz Wilson

Each year Cache Valley entices hundreds of students to attend USU to take advantage of the natural beauty and outdoor adventures the valley has to offer. Recent USU graduate Justin Harding was one of those students who could not resist studying in an outdoor playground. Justin grew up with the mountains as his back yard and felt at home in Logan. "I follow my gut instincts," Justin said, "so I followed my heart. Utah State was where I needed to be." He also said the good trout fishing rivers didn't hurt either.

Now as a graduate, Justin has started a business using his love of the outdoors and his degree in Business. Justin now gets to spend most of his time fishing with his company, Utah Pro Fly Fishing. His job, with the other members of the Utah Pro Fishing team, is to help teach others how to fish and have a good time doing it. Justin can now share his passion and love of fishing as well as his expertise. They can guide even the most inexperienced fisher to catch something in one of the many beautiful rivers in Utah.

Thanks to his academic advisor, Justin got a head start in business by majoring in Entrepreneurship, a goal that went almost unrealized. "I was about to drop out of college because I had already realized my dream of owning and operating Utah Pro Fly Fishing," Justin explained, "but when I went to tell Megan, my academic counselor that I was quitting college. She asked why." It was his advisor who introduced him to the entrepreneurship program that helped him take his new business and watch it grow. Justin also became a part of the Entrepreneurship Club where he met fellow Aggies who had similar dreams of being future inventors, business owners and millionaires.

The friends Justin made in the entrepreneurship club as well as in other places on campus made a big impact on his experience at USU. Life is all about the people you surround yourself with, and Justin agrees that USU has some great people. "I loved the students, faculty and the campus. I even met my beautiful wife there, so take the time to slow down and say hi," Justin advised to new students at USU, "take the effort to build lifelong friendships. Go to parties, have fun, live it up!"

As he got more involved in the business program, Justin began to develop relationships with his professors as well. "After studying Generals, school got a lot more interesting and the faculty members became more involved in my success. I really liked the personal attention from my professors. Each of them taught me great life lessons. Dave Herrmann helped me realize business is about making money to support your family," Justin said.

Justin is now living his dream of using his passion for fishing and his education in business to support his own family. He has lots of words of wisdom for his fellow Aggies who may be unsure about their futures like he once was. "Whatever degree you are seeking, it only makes sense that you start using it matter the cost. If you are going to school to become a Veterinarian, stop working at McDonald's and start living your dream by working with animals," said Justin. While in school he started a text advertising business that he developed in a class. It allowed him to take his new found knowledge home and use it.

Another skill he learned in class was how to connect with other people. "The talent that has helped me gain the most success is the ability to quickly get to know people, explain a message, and earn their trust. Although I am in the service industry, I have learned that people only want to do business with people who they like. Learn how to become likable."

Justin is now a happy and successful business owner thanks in part to dedicated faculty and advisors who helped him find what it was he wanted to do. "If you haven't decided what you want to do yet, don't get discouraged just keep exploring and you'll find it," Justin advises. "Look at where you spend most of your time. Look at what you search for on the internet. Look at what you read. I realized I spent all my time fishing, so there had to be a way to make money at it...and so far, it's working."

Justin lives in Park City with his wife. He travels all over Utah with his Utah Pro Fishing team. To learn more about Utah Pro Fishing visit their website.

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Sunnrise Session RecapSunrise Session

Aggies gathered on June 24 for the Summer Sunrise Session at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. This Session title "Space Weather Forcasts: Aiding Disaster Recovery Efforts" was presented by Kent Tobiska, Director of the Space Weather Center and Utah State University.

To watch the video of this Sunrise Session, or to view other past sessions click here.

The Next Sunrise Session:

"Sheep Genomics: Lessons Learned from Science"

Presented by: Noelle E. Cockett, Vice President for Extension and Agriculture Dean, College of Agriculture Utah State University

Date: Friday, October 28, 2011

Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Place: Little America Hotel 500 South Main, SLC

RSVP: Click here

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Aggie Family Day at Lagoon RecapAggie Lagoon Day

Aggies spent the day at Lagoon on June 28 for Aggie Family Day. In addition to usual fun offered by Lagoon's amusement rides and games, families met that evening for a special alumni event that included meeting with several Aggie football players, a raffle and free Aggie Ice Cream!

Robert Turbin, Kerwynn Williams, Levi Koskan, Philip Gapelu, and Bobby Wagner represented the Aggie football team. They met with families, signed autographs and posed with Aggies for photos. To see the video of the autograph session, click here.

Aggie Family Day at Lagoon was sponsored by Utah Education Savings Plan and Liberty Mutual.

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Featured Alumni Benefit - USU Theatre Arts at the Old Lyric Repertory Company Featured Benefit

Enjoy outstanding summer performances presented by the USU Theatre Arts at the Old Lyric Repertory Company. Alumni Sustaining Members can receive $3 off tickets, up to four tickets to any show. Not available with any other offer. Show your membership card or request your USU Alumni Sustaining Member discount code to use if purchasing tickets by phone or online.

For dates and more information visit or call (435) 797-8022.

For a full list of Alumni benefits click here

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Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver

Keep the Aggie tradition alive!

Did you earn a degree from USU? You can now send your child to Utah State and their out-of-state tuition differential will be waived. Stay connected through the next generation of Aggies. We'd love to have them here!

To qualify for the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver, a future Aggie must:

* Be admitted to Utah State University.
* Have at least one parent who earned an associate degree or higher from Utah State University (verification required).
* Enroll at USU as a first-time student.


Fall Semester: August 1, 2011

*Note: Awarding of the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver for fall semester will start on December 1 and will continue to be awarded monthly until the August 1 deadline.

Time spent in Utah on the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver cannot be counted towards establishing resident student status. If you would like to discuss other options, please email Tad Sorenson at

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Tips from Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual

Reducing Your Risk of Identity Theft
Your identity is one of your most valuable assets. Understanding where you might be vulnerable - and how identity thieves can exploit that vulnerability - is the first step in defending it. In this case, what you don't know can hurt you.

Your Wallet
Avoid carrying these items in your pocket, wallet, or purse unless absolutely necessary:

Your Social Security card
Your child's Social Security card
Your birth certificate
Your passport
Your military identification card
An insurance card bearing your Social Security number (or that of your spouse)
More than two credit or debit cards

If lost or stolen, these items can also increase your risk:

A driver's license bearing your Social Security number
A personal organizer, mobile phone, or PDA (for example, a Palm Pilot) that has your personal information where it's easy to find - "just in case it gets lost"

Your Checkbook
Having any of the following printed on your checks can significantly increase your risk:

Your Social Security number
Your driver's license number
Your home address

Avoid having blank checks mailed to you at home - or, for that matter, to any insecure, non-locking mailbox. Instead, arrange to pick them up at the bank in person.


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Back to the Buzzer


1970: Independent Council

Top (left to right): Susan Maugn, Margaret Grover, Aziele Stewart, Carolan Postma

Middle: Allan Cook, Jan Johnson, President; Dout Schmidt, Kathy Ogden, Mark Anderson, Diana Dansie Lauritz Christensen

Bottom: Marsh Webster, Suzanne Larson, Rosie Wardle

Buzzers are available online! Click here to go to the Buzzer Yearbooks Collection at the USU Digital Library.

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Weber County Car Show Car Show

Come and join USU Alumni and the community on July 15, 2011 for the 2011 Aggie Car Show. New this year, the car show will be held at the Historic 25th Street in Ogden. View the cars from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Sponsored by the USU Alumni Association and Weber County Alumni Chapter. Contact Alumni Relations at 800.291.2586 or for more information. All proceeds go to the USU Weber County Scholarship Fund.

Date: Friday, July 15, 2011

Time: 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: Historic 25th Street, Ogden, UT

Car Entry Fee:

$15.00 for pre-registered cars (July 13 deadline).
$20.00 for day of show.
$10 for cars being sold.
Free for public to attend.

RSVP: Register online here

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Utah County Family Swim Party Pool Party

Join other Aggies for the Utah County Aggie Family Swim Party

Date: Friday, July 15, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Scera Pool, 701 S. State Street, Orem, UT

Cost: $10 per family Register online here

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Aggie Day in Southeast Idaho Aggie Day in Southest Idaho

Swimming - Tennis - Raffle - Socialize with fellow Aggies - and enjoy Aggie Ice Cream! An Aggie Merit Citation will be presented to one of our local Aggie supporters, Milton Haderlie.

Date: Monday, July 25, 2011

Cost: $10 per family, $5 per person

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Hatch Residence - 540 University Drive in Pocatello (previously known as the Pocatello Tennis & Swim Club)

RSVP: Monday, July 25, 2011
Please RSVP to one of the following:
Michael Stevens: 317-5816
Jim Mullen: 244-2989
Jay Buttars: 221-9835

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Tooele County Aggie Family Night at the Deseret Peak Aquatic Complex Pool Party

Save the date for the Tooele County Aggie Family night at the Deseret Peak Aquatic Complex. Snacks and Aggie Ice Cream (while supplies last) Games and Door Prizes - must be present to win. Special Drawing for "USU Alumni - Tooele County" Facebook members

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Location: Deseret Peak Aquatic Complex, 2930 West Highway 112, Tooele, UT

RSVP: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Register online here

Questions: Jewel Allen, USU Alumni - Tooele County president, (435) 884-6527

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Salt Lake Alumni Night at the Hale Centre Theatre Hale Theatre

Mark your calendars for a Salt Lake County Alumni Chapter event at the Hale Centre Theatre on Thursday, August 11th. This will be a very enjoyable evening and all Aggies are invited to join the Alumni Association for "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat". This is one of the most demanded performances at Hale Centre Threatre and tickets will sell out quickly. Don't delay and sign up today. Tickets and dinner are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limited Availability.

Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm - dinner & 7:30 pm - show

Location: Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City

Cost: $30 per person for adults (13 years of age and older), $20 per person for children (5-12 years old). No children under five permitted.

RSVP:First-come, first serve basis. Limited Availability. Register online here

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Alumni Night at the Colorado Rockies Rockies Baseball

Save the date for the Denver Chapter Alumni Night at the Colorado Rockies. Rockies vs. Dodgers(**Note that it is an afternoon game this year**) We will have a non-hosted pre-game get together before the game by Coors Field. Location and time details to follow.

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2011

Time: 2:10 pm

Location: Coors Field

Cost: Tickets will be $30 each ($8 goes directly to our local Chapter Scholarship Fund)

RSVP: August 12, 2011 Register online here

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Eastern Idaho Alumni Chapter Summer Picnic Eastern Idaho Picnic

Come with your Aggie spirit and enjoy the evening with other Aggies. Special Guests: Dean Beth Foley, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services & Patty Halaufia, Director of Alumni Relations. Raffle for Aggie wear and other gear. Free Hot Dogs, Drinks and Aggie Ice Cream.

Date: Monday, August 22, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Tautphaus Park Shelter # 2 (North of Funland)

Cost: Free

Questions: Lynn Sessions, Chapter President: 523-3777

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Weber County Aggie Scholarship Golf Tournament Golf Tournament

The winning best ball team will represent Utah State University at the Acura College Alumni Team Championship at Pinehurst, North Carolina (Courses 2 & 4), October 27-30, 2011. In 2010, the USU Team tied for 4th place at the National Tournament.

Date: Monday, September 26, 2011


Registration: 8:00 am
Shotgun Start: 9:00 am
Luncheon & Awards: 2:00 pm


Best Ball Tournament ($110 per person, $440 per team)

2-Net Best Balls of Foursome, open to men and women. Established USGA, no maximum point spread.  Alumni affiliation is appreciated, but not required for participation.

Scramble (non-qualifying, $100 per person, $400 per team)

4-Person Scramble, no handicap.

For more information, email call Karen Shepherd at 801-668-7865.


Registration deadline is September 20, 2011.
Participants: Register online here
Sponsors: Register online here

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Save the Date - Aggie Homecoming Weekend 2011 Aggie Homecoming 2011

Save the date for Aggie Homecoming Weekend 2011

Date: September 23 & 24, 2011

Schedule: Click here

For more information, visit the Homecoming website.

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Discover Career Success

Connect with Career Services to:

Discover Career Success

- Hire USU students and graduates for internship and permanent positions.

- Share your career success as an alumni mentor.

- Connect with your career coach for personalized assistance in your career search.

Visit Career Services at:; (435) 797-7777; University Inn, 102.

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New Photos on the Utah State Flickr GroupFlickr

New photos have been added to the Utah State Flickr Group. Photos from past events like the Reno tailgate (2008), Texas A&M tailgate (2009), Oaklahoma tailgate (2009), BYU tailgate (2009), San Jose State pregame party (2009), Golden Aggie Reunion (2010), Aging Aggies Reunion (2010), and more.

Show your Aggie pride by sharing your USU related pictures on the Utah State Flickr group!

Flickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications available. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

Click here to view and add photos.

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Update Your Records Update Your Records (laptop photo courtesy of fotocromo)

Have you recently moved, changed your email address, or gotten married? Whatever the change might be, it's easy to keep your USU records current!

To update your records, simply complete the online form and we will make the necessary changes so you can continue to receive the Utah State University Magazine; invitations to our many alumni events; and information about our other exciting promotions and publications.

Click here to update your records.

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Civil Rights Tour with Dr. F. Ross Peterson: Aug 31 - Sept 5, 2011 Deadline Approaching Soon!Civil Rights Tour

Don't miss this opportunity to see the sites and learn about the events of this movement that continues to shape our nation with one of the foremost historians on the subject, Dr. Ross Peterson. Not only will you see the beauty and history of Georgia and Alabama, you will also enjoy great football as the Aggies of Utah State take on the 2010 National Champion Tigers of Auburn University.

Click here for more information.

You can sign up here

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Italian Reflections Luxury Cruise: November 7-15, 2012 Photo by Margan Zajdowicz

Explore Europe from Athens to Barcelona

Immerse yourself in Capri, with its stunning panoramas. Spend a day in Rome reveling in magnificent monuments from the Colosseum to the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Explore the fabled architecture of Renaissance Florence. See the sights and enjoy the views of historic old Marseille and visit the charming fishing port of Cassis.

Click here to download the brochure.

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Have you received a recent promotion or participated in a community event? Do you ever wonder what other Aggies from your graduating class are up to?

Click here to add your own Class Note today!

Read all of the recent Class Notes to find out what's going on in the lives of successful Aggie Alumni everywhere!

Alumnus Notes

Bob Arnell
BS '44


After graduating with a degree in Chemistry I was drafted and trained as an infantry rifleman. After basic I was sent to Europe. The war was winding down so I was never in combat. After my discharge I went to work for General Mills as a cereal chemist in Ogden, Utah. I worked in Utah, California, Ohio & Minnesota. I ended up back in California as Quality Control Mgr. I retired in 1985 after 39 years. Belva and I enjoyed traveling & cruising but don't do much anymore. I still enjoy golfing and fishing. We have 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.


This month's obituaries can be found here.

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Jimmy Moore Named Compliance Director Within Utah State Athletics DepartmentJimmy Moore

Moore will oversee financial aid for all of USU's student-athletes, and monitor and ensure institutional compliance with NCAA rules.

LOGAN, Utah - Jimmy Moore, who began his professional association with Utah State University as an assistant basketball coach nearly three decades ago, has returned to the athletics department as its compliance director and officially began his duties on Monday, June 27.

Moore will oversee financial aid for all of USU's student-athletes, and monitor and ensure institutional compliance with NCAA rules. He will provide interpretations and education of NCAA and Western Athletic Conference rules to both student-athletes and coaches, and direct the student-athlete mentoring program.

"Jimmy is a long-time loyal Aggie serving this university for over two decades," said Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. "His wealth of experience as both a former student-athlete and assistant coach, along with being a successful administrator makes Jimmy a great addition to our team."

Moore began his affiliation with Utah State as a student-athlete on the men's basketball team from 1972-75, helping the Aggies to the 1975 NCAA Tournament. He finished his career with 1,164 points and 652 rebounds and still ranks 24th all-time in school history in scoring and 15th all-time in rebounding. In 2005, Moore was one of 16 Aggie greats named to USU's All-Century basketball team.

Following his collegiate career, Moore spent two years in the NBA with the Seattle SuperSonics and 10 years playing oversees before returning to Logan as an assistant basketball coach for Rod Tueller in 1987. Moore then spent four seasons (1989-92) on Kohn Smith's staff before beginning his administrative career on campus.

From 1992 to 2001, Moore served as the Associate Director of Admissions for Utah State University before being promoted to the Director of Admissions and Scholarships, a capacity he served in for four years. He then spent one year as the Director of Outreach for Student-Services followed by four years as the Student Involvement Officer. For the past year, Moore was an associate director within the Access and Diversity Center.

"This is an exciting time to return to the athletics department," said Moore. "The success the department and athletic teams have had over the years really demonstrates the hard work of everyone involved."

A native of Leakesville, Miss., Moore graduated from Utah State with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in education. He and his wife Debra are the parents of two sons, Grayson (18) and Jalen (15).

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USU Football Staff To Hold Free Women's Clinic On Wednesday, Aug. 3Football Team

Participants Will Learn Football Skills, Techniques, Ins-And-Outs Of Football, As Well As Meet And Visit With Coaching Staff And Selected Players

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's football coaching staff will host a free football clinic for women to learn football skills, techniques and the ins-and-outs of the game at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The clinic is sponsored by America First Credit Union.

Participants will also have the opportunity to meet and visit with the Aggie football coaching staff, along with selected players.

Check-in and registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with the clinic starting at 7 p.m. The clinic is open to all women 14 years of age and older. Admission is free and there will be a drawing for prizes. All participants will receive a clinic T-shirt as well as a gift bag.

Participants should come dressed ready to be active and are encouraged to enter Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium from the northwest gate.

For pre-registration or for more information, contact the USU Athletics Marketing Office at 435-797-1360 or email or register the night of the event at 6:30 p.m., on the south end of the field.

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Utah State Athletics Announces Contract Extensions For Four Head Coaches

Aggie Coaches

Heather Cairns (Women's Soccer), Grayson DuBose (Volleyball), Gregg Gensel (Track & Field/Cross Country) and Jeff Richards (Gymnastics) have all received contract extensions to remain at USU.

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Friday that four head coaches - Heather Cairns (Women's Soccer), Grayson DuBose (Volleyball), Gregg Gensel (Track & Field/Cross Country) and Jeff Richards (Gymnastics) - have received contract extensions to remain at USU.

Gensel signed a 10-year extension keeping him at Utah State through the 2020-2021 academic year, while Cairns and DuBose both received four-year contract extensions through the 2014 season. Richards signed a two-year extension that runs through 2012-13.

"I have said that athletics is to Utah State University what the front porch is to one's home. It's not the most important room in the house but it is the most visible. We couldn't be more proud of the coaches and student-athletes who stand on our front porch representing us every day," stated Barnes.

"The long-term commitment by this group of coaches, along with the others we have recently extended, provides Aggie Athletics with tremendous stability and a bright future moving forward. All have earned coach of the year honors, won championships or guided their respective programs to postseason opportunities. And our student-athletes are succeeding at a high level in the classroom," Barnes added.

Gensel, who just completed his 23rd season as the men's head track & field coach and 18th year as the women's head track & field coach, has led Utah State to 33 conference championships during his Aggie career, including 14 Western Athletic Conference Championships in its first six years in the league. Overall, Gensel has earned conference coach of the year honors 29 times.

During the 2010-11 academic year, the Aggie men won both the indoor and outdoor WAC Championships, while the Aggie women finished second during both seasons. USU's women also placed second at this year's WAC Cross Country Championships, while the men placed third.

"I am excited and honored to be trusted with the responsibility of continuing to guide the track & field and cross country programs at Utah State," said Gensel. "I have spent nearly 30 years coaching at USU, and this is where I have always wanted to be. With this extension, there is no doubt that I will finish my coaching career as an Aggie."


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2010-11 Utah State Men's Basketball End Of Season Highlight Video

Aggie Basketball Highlight Video

USU won its fourth-straight regular season WAC title during the 2010-11 season and advanced to its third-straight NCAA Tournament as it finished the year with a school-best 30-4 record.

LOGAN, Utah -

Click Here For The 2010-11 Utah State Men's Basketball End Of Season Highlight Video

For the fourth-straight year, Utah State won the WAC's regular season championship, including its third-straight outright title, as it finished the year with a 30-4 record and 15-1 league mark. USU also won its second WAC Tournament Championship in the last three years. Those 30 wins are tied with the 2008-09 team for the most in school history and its 30-4 record is the best ever at Utah State. Along with winning 17-straight games, which is tied for the third-longest streak in school history, USU also won 25-straight league games during the past two seasons to set a school and WAC record. USU was also ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation for nine straight weeks heading into the NCAA Tournament, which was its eighth appearance in the past 12 years under head coach Stew Morrill, including its third in a row. Senior forward Tai Wesley became the third Aggie in the last four seasons to be named the WAC's Player of the Year and was named an honorable mention Associated Press All-American, marking the fourth time in the last five years USU has had an All-American. Joining Wesley on the WAC's first-team was junior guard Brockeith Pane, who was also named to the league's all-newcomer team, while senior guard Brian Green was named to the league's second-team and senior guard Tyler Newbold was a member of the WAC's all-defensive team. Pane was also named the Most Valuable Player of the WAC Tournament, while Wesley and senior forward Nate Bendall were named to the all-tournament team. USU also had two players earn academic all-district honors in Newbold and junior forward Brady Jardine, while head coach Stew Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year for the third-straight season and the NABC District 6 Coach of the Year for the second-straight year, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by

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