Forward Britney Bush goes up for a contested layup against Virginia Commonwealth University in a 67-57 loss at the UTPA Field House Nov. 21, 2013.
Some of the greatest athletes and coaches to be part of a sporting world have walked through UTPA and entertained the crowd with their talents. Athletes like Luke Jackson (1962-64), former baseball coach Al Ogletree (1968-97) and former head coach of basketball Sam Williams (1959-73) are now UTPA Hall of Famers. But back in their eras they were just part of the games they cherished.
It is The Pan American’s job to capture these moments. Although it may be routine to see an athlete do crazy things like break records and set new program standards, TPA paints the picture for the people who want to relive those special times.
Every year something amazing happens for coaches, players and the University. In the 2013-14 season UTPA’s programs joined the Western Athletic Conference. The women’s basketball team had its best start in the first 20 games at 11-9 and 5-2 in conference. Meanwhile, pitcher Sam Street was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft in June.
Before the merger in fall 2015, UTPA will make history as they go up against some of the best long-distance runners in the country on the Broncs’ home turf. UTPA will host the cross country WAC Championship in November at the Palm View Golf Course in McAllen.
This fall semester the University starts a new athletic program – women’s soccer. It may also be the Broncs’ final year wearing green and orange as the school makes the transition to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. As a result of the merger the University of Texas at Brownsville athletes with scholarships will have an opportunity to join the Bronc program to create new UTRGV teams. The first sport to be born under UTRGV will be the men’s soccer program and is scheduled to start in fall 2015.