Mountain West Spotlight: Air Force

June 27, 2012
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Air Force Quick Facts
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Founded: 1954
Enrollment: 4,000
Superintendent: Lt. Gen. Michael Gould
Athletic Director: Dr. Hans Mueh
Colors: Blue and Silver
Nickname: Falcons

Air Force Falcons
Air Force Academy Campus
Falcon Stadium
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Falcon-StadiumAirForce-Logo U.S. Air Force Academy

Sports Offered:
Men's: Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Water Polo, Wrestling
Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Gymnastics, Rifle, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Home Venues:
• Baseball: Falcon Field (1,000)
• Football: Falcon Stadium (46,692)
• Men's & Women's Basketball & Volleyball: Clune Arena (5,858)

MW Championships (not including tournament championships for those sports that crown both a regular season and tournament championship):
• Men's Basketball: 1 (2004)

Distinguished Alumni:
• Heather Wilson: Class of 1982, Rhodes Scholar; U.S. Representative from New Mexico's 1st congressional district (1998-2009); first graduate elected to the United States Congress
• Karol J. Bobko: Class of 1959, Pilot of STS-6; Commanded STS-51-D and STS-51-J; only astronaut to have flown on the maiden flight of two Space Shuttle orbiters (Challenger and Atlantis)
• Frederick D. Gregory: Class of 1964, Pilot of STS-51-B; Commanded STS-33 and STS-44; Former Deputy Administrator and former acting Administrator for NASA; first African American to command any space vehicle
• Kevin P. Chilton: Class of 1976, General - only astronaut to reach 4-star rank; Pilot of STS-49 and STS-59; Commanded STS-76; Currently the Commander of United States Strategic Command
• T. Allen McArtor: Class of 1964, Senior manager FedEx (1979-1987, 1989-1994); administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (1987-1989); former CEO, Legend Airlines; current chair, Airbus, North American Holdings
• Richard T. Schlosberg: Class of 1965, Former president and CEO of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation; former publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times; Vietnam War veteran
• Robert J. Thomas: Class of 1967, Former president and CEO of Nissan Motor Corporation USA
•Susan Grant: Class of 1982, New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels; pilot instructor; B-747-400 pilot, United Airlines
• Janet C. Wolfenbarger: Class of 1980, Lieutenant General; as of January 1, 2010, highest-ranking woman in the U.S. Air Force

Top Athletes:
• Alonzo Babers, winner of two gold medals (400m and 4x400m) at the 1984 Summer Olympics
• Troy Calhoun, current head coach of Air Force football team
• Chad Hennings, former NFL player, 2006 inductee into College Football Hall of Fame • Joe Lombardi, former NFL coach & grandson of Vince Lombardi • Gregg Popovich, head coach of San Antonio Spurs
• Len Salvemini, played for 1976 U.S. Olympic Soccer team. • Randall W. Spetman, current Athletic Director at Florida State

Shining Moments:
• Baseball: NCAA Division I playoffs (1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969) • Men's Basketball: NCAA Tournament appearances: 1960, 1962, 2004, 2006 • Women's Basketball: NCAA Tournament appearances: 1985, 1990. • Wrestling: National Champion Don Henderson 1967 • Ice Hockey: 2007-2009: won three straight Atlantic Hockey conference tournaments, and made three straight appearances in the NCAA Division I hockey tournament. Their 2007 appearance in the NCAA tournament was the first ever by a service academy.

Interesting Tidbits:
• The U.S. Air Force Academy has received 241 Academic All-American honors by 167 cadet-athletes.
• With one of the only performing mascots in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the Falcon swoops in on a lure on the field at football games.
• Former Cadet Chad Hennings won the 1987 Outland Trophy given to the nation's best interior lineman and was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Decade for the 1980s. After serving as a A10 piolet in the Gulf War, Hennings went on to play nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and won three Super Bowls.
• Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter played for the Air Force Academy form 1982-85, helping the Falcons to a 38-12 record over his playing career. The Falcons won four-straight bowl games and beat Notre Dame all four years DeRuyter was on the team.

Fresno State-Air Force Classic:
On Dec. 31, 2000, Fresno State and Air Force put on a show in the first Silicon Valley Classic bowl game in San Jose. Air Force quarterback Mike Thiessen hit Scotty McKay with two touchdown passes, and ran for two more scored. He completed 12-of-24 passes for 204 yards and had Air Force up 37-34 late in the game.

Bulldog quarterback David Carr, who threw five touchdown passes in the game, nearly pulled off the comeback. With 14 seconds left, the 'Dogs brought in kicker Asen Asparuhov for a 33-yard field-goal attempt to tie it. However, Fresno State pulled a fake in an attempt to win the game outright instead of forcing overtime. Holder Jason Simpson's pass for Giachino Chiaramont fell incomplete and Air Force came away with the 37-34 victory.

Also of Note: Hiram Fuller scored 14 points and Chris Jefferies had 12 points and eight rebounds as the Fresno State men's basketball team, then ranked No. 24 in the nation, beat Air Force 68-52 on Dec. 1, 2001 to win the McCaffrey Classic that the Bulldogs hosted.

Fresno State's Series History with Air Force
Sports Series Record Last Meeting
Football 4-2, Air Force leads Dec. 31, 2000 - AFA 37, FS 34 in San Jose, Calif. (Silicon Valley Classic)
Men's Basketball 9-4, Fresno State leads Dec. 1, 2001 - FS 68, AFA 52 in Fresno, Calif.
Women's Basketball 2-0, Fresno State leads Feb. 13, 1996 - FS 49, AFA 40 in Fresno, Calif.
Volleyball 4-0, Fresno State leads Sept. 2, 2010 - FS 3, AFA 1 in Orem, Utah
Baseball 4-2, Fresno State leads April 12, 1999 - FS 7, AFA 6 in Fresno, Calif.
Men's Tennis 3-0, Fresno State leads 1996 - FS 7, AFA 0
Women's Tennis 1-0, Fresno State leads 1999 - FS 8, AFA 1
Women's Soccer 1-0, Fresno State leads Sept. 10, 1995 - FS 3, AFA 2



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