Message from the Athletic Director

	Brian Mackin
Brian Mackin

Dear Blazer Family -

A new academic year at UAB is nearly upon us and we couldn't be more excited.

The football team, under our head coach Bill Clark and his staff, started practice the first week of August and is hard at work getting ready for the Aug. 30 season opener against Troy. Our women's soccer, men's soccer, volleyball and cross country teams are also back on campus and getting ready for the start of their seasons.

It won't be long before our teams begin their 2014 schedules and we hope you all will make plans to come out and cheer on the Blazers this fall!

Learfield Directors' Cup Standings
In case you missed it, the final results of the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings were announced earlier in the summer and we were extremely excited to see that our program finished as the third-highest ranking Conference USA school. And actually, we were only a point from placing second among the league programs.

As you may know, for the Learfield standings, programs are awarded points in 20 sports (10 men's and 10 women's) based on their national finish. There were 292 Division I programs that scored points in 2013-14 and we finished at No. 105 overall.

As we have mentioned before, the strong performances of some of our spring sports helped us achieve this high ranking. Our men's golf, women's track and field, as well as softball, all had outstanding seasons and boosted our standing. We are extremely proud of the efforts and accomplishments of our student-athletes and coaches.

Go Blazers!

Brian Mackin
Director of Athletics

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