Message from the Athletic Director
Dear Blazer Family –
With the fall sports seasons winding down, I think it’s only appropriate that we bring attention to, and congratulate our Olympic Sports teams for what have been an outstanding last few months for all of them.
It’s been exciting to see how our men’s and soccer teams have performed, the continued success of the Blazer volleyball program, and cross country has also had another good fall.
The football program obviously hasn’t experienced the success that we all desire, but the players and coaches continue to work hard every week and keep the fight going.
The men’s soccer team under coach Mike Getman has been outstanding since the start of the season. The Blazers won a thriller over defending NCAA champ Indiana in early September and have continued their momentum throughout the fall. Coach Getman’s team has been a fixture in the top 10 of the national rankings for most of the season. This week, in fact, marks the 10th straight week that the Blazers have been ranked.
No team at UAB in recent memory has had a more dramatic turnaround than our women’s soccer program this season. We are extremely proud of Coach Harold Warren’s squad and how they have performed this fall after a disappointing year in 2012. The Blazers posted their highest win total (11) since the 2009 season and were in the upper half of the conference’s East Division standings most of the season.
Kerry Messersmith has the UAB volleyball team headed to its third straight 20-win season. The Blazers are currently 18-10 and have won five of the past seven matches. We know it has been a difficult season in many ways for Kerry and her student-athletes after the passing of Kerry’s husband, Hal, during the summer, but the team has maintained its focus and performed at a high level while continuing to Fight Like Hal.
Our cross country team has won two meets this fall and has competed in two of the top meets in the country. Last weekend, Elinor Kirk was the individual champion at the conference meet.
Even our spring sports have enjoyed great success during their fall seasons. The men’s golf team under coach Alan Murray has finished in the top three in all four tournaments they’ve played this fall and are now No. 10 in the nation in the latest Golfstat rankings.
We are all optimistic about our fall Olympic sports teams as they get ready for postseason play and we’re thrilled with what they’ve already accomplished.
Director of Athletics