'Dogs Think Pink For Conference Home Opener
    As part of Thursday's Breast Cancer Awareness Night, fans that wear pink clothing to the Utah State match will get in for free.
    As part of Thursday's Breast Cancer Awareness Night, fans that wear pink clothing to the Utah State match will get in for free.
    By Geoff Thurner
    www.GoBulldogs.com

    Sept. 25, 2013

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    Fresno State Volleyball Preview - Week 5: Mountain West Conference Opener
    Location: Save Mart Center, Fresno Calif.
    Online Video Stream: http://bit.ly/MWNLive
    Announcers: Stephen Trembley, Bree Cooksey

    Thursday, September 26
    7 p.m. Fresno State (6-6, 0-0) vs. Utah State (8-4, 2-0)

    Saturday, September 28
    7 p.m. Fresno State (6-6, 0-0) vs. Boise State (5-6, 0-2)

    THIS WEEK'S TICKET / MARKETING PROMOTIONS
    - Thursday vs. Utah State (7 p.m.)
    - Breast Cancer Awareness Night: Fans wearing pink clothing will get free admission.
    - Saturday vs. Boise State (7 p.m.) - Club Sports Night: All campus club sports teams will be honored during the match.


    `DOGS OPEN CONFERENCE SLATE VS. AGGIES & BRONCOS
    This Thursday and Saturday, September 26-28, the Fresno State volleyball team (6-6, 0-0) opens its second year of Mountain West conference play at home after wrapping up one of its most challenging non-conference slates. The 'Dogs won the UC Irvine Tournament last weekend and featured two players on the all-tournament team - senior outside hitter Marissa Brand and senior right side hitter and tourney MVP Holly Franks.

    SIZING UP THIS WEEK'S FOES
    Utah State (8-4, 2-0) was picked just ahead of the `Dogs in the preseason conference coaches poll (fourth / sixth), and Boise State (5-6, 0-2) was one spot behind (seventh).

    Last year's WAC regular season champion Aggies opened MW play last weekend with a pair of wins over the Broncos in Logan (3-0) and in Boise (3-1).

    Boise State (5-6) is seeking its fourth straight winning season and ranks second in the conference in hitting (.258) and third in aces (1.30 p/s) and kills (13.43 p/s).

    RECENT TEAM NOTES
    In the UC Irvine Tournament last weekend, the `Dogs scored top team honors after its wins over UC Irvine (3-1) and Xavier (3-0), while its fifth five-setter of the year resulted in a narrow loss to American (3-2). The Bulldogs were one of three tournament teams that ended with 2-1 tourney marks, and took top team honors with their 8-4 weekend advantage in sets played over Irvine (7-6) and American (7-7).

    Against Xavier, the team posted its third sweep of the year and tied its season team high in hitting (.300). Against Patriot League preseason favorite American, senior outside hitter Marissa Brand tied the team season high in kills (21) in her second start of 2013. In the finale vs. UC Irvine, the team posted a season high in digs (96) and held a 7-1 advantage in aces.

    Recent Fresno State Starters (Key 2013 Stats)
    # - Name, Pos, Yr, Ht, Hometown - Key Stats
    1 - Korrin Wild, OH, SR, 5-11, Sanger, Calif. - .174, 3.69 k/s, 2.46 d/s, 0.29 b/s, 0.26 sa/s
    4 - Lauren Albertson, MB, R-SR, 6-3, Fresno, Calif. - .133, 1.03 k/s, 0.31, 0.87 b/s, 0.05 sa/s
    5 - Christina Lee, S, JR, 5-6, San Francisco, Calif. - .348 , 5.65 a/s, 3.02 b/s, 0.15 sa/s
    16 - Maci Murdock, MB, JR, 6-0, Turlock, Calif. - .350, 1.85 k/s, 0.08 d/s, 0.67 b/s, 0.00 sa/s
    18 - Zana Bowens, OH, SO, 5-8, Long Beach, Calif. - .147, 2.40 k/s, 1.78 d/s, 0.29 b/s, 0.16 sa/s
    21 - Holly Franks, RS, R-SR, 6-2, Tollhouse, Calif. - .192, 2.73 k/s, 2.19 d/s, 0.73 b/s, 0.29 sa/s
    22 - Marissa Brand, OH, R-SR, 6-1, Cypress, Calif. - .192, 2.00 k/s, 2.18 d/s, 0.21 b/s, 0.05 sa/s
    23 - Maggie Eppright, L, FR, 5-6, San Luis Obispo, Calif. - 2.81 d/s, 0.26 sa/s

    RECENT BULLDOG HEROES
    After four weeks of non-conference play, Fresno State has received a host of notable efforts from one of its most experienced squads and several fresh faces.

    • In the Fresno State Classic, All-Tournament Team selection and senior outside hitter Korrin Wild (Kingsburg, Calif.) claimed her second straight all-tournament team nod in as many weeks. The former All-MW choice led players from all four teams in kills (4.60 per set) and points (4.85 p/s) and ranked fourth in digs (3.40 p/s) and tops among non-liberos for the three-match tourney. She led the Bulldogs in kills and points in all three matches, and in the tourney finale vs. returning national runner-up and No. 20 Oregon, she hit a season high (.391) and also led the team in digs (6). The preseason All-Mountain West pick registered a team season-best in digs (21) for non-liberos vs. Belmont (21), and her 19 kills was two shy of her team season high. Those totals vs. the Ducks in hitting (.391) and vs. the Bruins in kills (19) and points (21) were the team's fourth-, fifth- and sixth-best overall of the season, respectively. In the opener vs. Belmont, she also completed her third double-double of 2013 and 31st career-wise. In the second match, her 14 kills and 14.5 points vs. Bakersfield were team three-set season bests, and her 13 kills and 13.5 points vs. Oregon came in only two sets of duty.

    On the season, she stood top five this week in the MW in kills (third, 3.69 p/s) and points (fifth, 4.09 p/s), and 78th and 93rd nationally. Career-wise for Fresno State, she moved up two spots that weekend on the career digs list (seventh, 1,009), and also stands top 10 on similar lists for aces per set (third, 0.31 p/s) and aces (seventh, 113).

    • Last weekend, senior right side hitter Holly Franks (Tollhouse, Calif.) was tabbed the UC Irvine Tournament MVP after she led the team for the three matches combined in points (4.17) and blocks (0.83), and ranked second in kills (3.42) and aces (0.33), and third in hitting (.174) and digs (2.92). In the tourney finale vs. UC Irvine, she posted her season highs in kills (18) and points (21.5) - the team's best marks in a non-five-set match in 2013 - and led the team in the categories overall for the fourth and third matches, respectively, this year. Against American, she posted her second-highest season totals in kills (16) and her fourth-highest points total (19). She has topped the team in aces in three matches in '13, and her seven aces vs. Wichita State is a new school record. Among her five double-doubles this season, others came vs. Cal State Northridge (14 kills, 10 digs), Wichita State (12 kills, 11 digs, .333), Belmont (14 digs, 13 digs) and CSU Bakersfield (10 kills, 10 digs, .320), and she was just shy of another in the three-setter vs. No. 20 Oregon (8 kills, 8 digs). She also claimed Fresno State Invitational All-Tournament honors her first weekend as a Bulldog after she hit a season high vs. Cal State Northridge (.400) - one of three +.300 totals on the year. On the season, she leads the team in aces and ranks 10th in the Mountain West (0.29 p/s), and also ranks second for FS in kills (2.73), points (3.42), blocks (0.73) and hitting (.192), and fourth in digs (2.19).

    • Two weeks ago, junior middle blocker Maci Murdock (Turlock, Calif.) received Fresno State Classic all-tournament honors after she connected on a season high in kills (11), logged six blocks, and hit .375 vs. Belmont. In the tourney's other two matches, she added +.400 marks vs. CSUB (.600, 6 kills) and No. 20 Oregon (.429, 8 kills). The first week of the season, she logged the team's two highest hitting marks of the season vs. Rice (.667, 11 kills) and Santa Clara (.600, 10 kills), and had another +.300 effort vs. CSN (.348, 11K). She posted a team season high in blocks (7) vs. Rice, Santa Clara and at UC Irvine, and has paced the squad in four matches in '13. This week, she ranks 10th in the conference, 109th nationally and first on the squad in hitting (.350), and third for the `Dogs in blocks (0.67 p/s) and fifth in kills (1.85 p/s).

    • In late August, sophomore outside hitter Zana Bowens (Long Beach, Calif.) opened the year with her first +20-kill career totals vs. Rice (team season high 21, .280) and Santa Clara (20, .341) after she entered the season with a prior best of five last year vs. Northern Arizona. A starter in all 12 matches this year, she enjoyed her first career double-double thanks to her 12 digs vs. Santa Clara. Last weekend, she added another double-double at UC Irvine (17 kills, 15 digs) and was just shy of similar honors earlier that day vs. American (9 kills, 11 digs). She kicked off the tourney with 10 kills and a .333 hitting mark vs. Xavier - her first match leader in hitting this year - and she also had team match highs in kills vs. Rice (21) and Xavier (10). Her 24 points vs. Rice is also the team season high and a personal career high. Her five blocks in three sets vs. CSUB was also a career high by one over her tally against CSN (4), while her preseason best was from 2012 (1).

    • Senior middle blocker Lauren Albertson (Fresno, Calif.) tied the team's season high for blocks vs. Santa Clara (7) and added six vs. CS Northridge the opening weekend of the season. She racked up 11 kills vs. Rice and hit .350, and added eight and seven kills, respectively, vs. SCU and CSN. A starter in 10 matches this year, she led the team this week in blocks average season-wise (0.87 p/s).

    • The past two weekends, junior Christina Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) made her first starts at setter for the team since 2011 and has helped the team to a 4-2 mark. In that span, she is averaging 10.61 assists per set (244 assists / 23 sets), and directed the team to a .300 team season high vs. both CSUB and Xavier. Her 57 assists vs. Belmont ranks fourth-best in the MW this year, and her 51 assists vs. the Anteaters is the team's best in a non-five-set match. Among her six starts at libero the first two weeks, she logged the team's top and third-best dig totals of 2013 vs. Santa Clara (27) and Rice (24). Her total vs. the Broncos is the Mountain West West's fourth-best total of the year and one of three match highs this year.

    • Freshman libero Maggie Eppright (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) has smoothly settled into the starting libero role the past seven matches and is one of the team's top serve receivers. She tied the team season high in digs vs. UC Irvine (27) - the fourth-best mark overall in the conference in 2013 and the best in a non-five-set match. She logged four other double-digit dig figures vs. American (16), Belmont (15), Wichita State (14) and Xavier (14). Altogether, she has paced team in digs the last three matches and five times overall in 2013. She has connected on multiple aces in four matches, including a season high (3) in a sweep vs. CSU Bakersfield - the team's second-best mark of 2013. Her two aces vs. Xavier was her first match high for the `Dogs.

    • Former All-Western Athletic Conference honoree and redshirt senior outside hitter Marissa Brand (Cypress, Calif.) enjoyed an impressive return to the starting lineup in the UC Irvine Tournament's three matches. Her 21 kills vs. American tied the team season high, and she also topped the squad in hitting (.288) for the first time in `13. She logged double-doubles vs. American (21 kills, 11 digs) and UC Irvine (15 kills, 15 digs) to give her 30 career-wise, and she just missed similar honors in the three-setter vs. Xavier (9 kills, 11 digs). Her .304 hitting mark vs. the Musketeers is one of two +.300 this year with the Portland sweep (.304, 10 kills). Her fourth double-digit dig tally came vs. Belmont (10). This week she ranks top 10 all-time for Fresno State in kills (11th, 1,034) and attempts (sixth, 3,165).

    • After several impressive efforts off the bench, redshirt sophomore middle blocker Molly Pearson (San Jose, Calif.) was rewarded with her first two starts of the season in the UC Irvine Tournament. Against American, her six blocks was one shy of the team season high, and she had an ace vs. the Eagles and Anteaters. In the tourney opener, she racked up six kills and a season-high hitting mark (.857) vs. Xavier with no errors among her seven attempts. Two weekends ago, her season high in kills (7) came vs. Belmont, and she hit .700 with no errors on her 10 attempts.

    • Junior outside hitter Jaimee-Lee Morrow (Mooroolbark, Australia) has been one of the team's most called upon serving specialists and has appeared in eight of the team's last nine matches and 24 of its last 34 sets. She connected on two aces vs. NCAA tournament returnees Wichita State and No. 20 Oregon and also posted one in wins at Portland and UC Irvine. She logged her first kill of the year vs. American, and her digs season high (2) came vs. UP.

    FRESNO STATE / UTAH STATE / BOISE STATE SERIES HISTORY
    This weekend, the `Dogs own a 11-10 advantage in the Aggie all-time series and won the last two meetings in 2011 by 3-0 counts. Fresno State also owns 17-7 advantage vs. Boise State and is on a four-match win streak since 2009-12.

    THIS WEEK'S NCAA/MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS (per set averages)

    Fresno State NCAA/MW Team Rankings
    Assists - 142nd/7th, 11.83
    Kills - 144th/7th, 12.67
    Hitting - 181st/9th, .195
    Aces - 153rd/4th, 1.29
    Blocks - 239th/10th, 1.77
    Digs - 189th/7th, 14.13

    Fresno State Individuals
    Maci Murdock - Hitting, 109th/10th, .350
    Korrin Wild - Kills, 78th/3rd, 3.69 p/s

    Utah State NCAA/MW Team Rankings
    Assists - 211th/9th, 11.21
    Kills - 219th/9th, 11.96
    Hitting - 115th/3rd, .221
    Aces - 210th/9th, 1.17
    Blocks - 76th/4th, 2.42
    Digs - 195th/8th, 14.08

    Utah State Individuals
    Paige Neves - Assists, 126th/8th, 9.66
    Alyssa Everett - Blocks, 72nd/5th, 1.21
    Kaitlyn VanHoff - Blocks, 142nd/7th, 1.10
    Rachel Orr - Kills, 136th, 3.40; Points, 147th/7th, 3.86

    Boise State NCAA/MW Team Rankings
    Assists - 50th/3rd, 12.80
    Kills - 78th/3rd, 13.43
    Hitting - 45th/2nd, .258
    Aces - 145th/3rd, 1.30
    Blocks - 201st/9th, 1.90
    Digs - 269th/10th, 12.78

    Boise State Individuals
    Brittany Reardon, Hitting, 37th/3rd, .402

    SCOUTING THE AGGIES (8-4, 2-0) - www.UtahStateAggies.com
    In its first season in the Mountain West, Utah State sports a three-match win streak after beating Boise State twice last week (3-0, 3-1) and Liberty the weekend before. Its other wins in 2013 have come vs. NCAA returnee Northern Iowa (3-1), Fairfield (3-2), Pacific (3-2), Portland (3-1) and Weber State (3-0), and losses were to Utah (3-2), Wichita State (3-2), South Carolina (3-1) and Duke (3-0). The Aggies come off a 21-9 mark in 2012 and return five starters and 10 letterwinners. Last year's WAC regular season winners bettered their preseason polling by three positions, and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament. Several Aggies rank top 10 this week in the Mountain West, including a pair of returning All-WAC First-Team choices in junior setter Paige Neves (assists, eighth, 9.66 p/s) and outside hitter Rachel Orr (kills, seventh, 3.40 p/s) and All-WAC Second-Team returnees and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn Van Hoff (blocks, seventh, 1.10 p/s). Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard was also an All-WAC Second-Team pick in 2012 and the WAC Freshman of the Year. Eighth-year head coach Grayson DuBose was tabbed the WAC Coach of the Year in 2012 and `07, and is the program's second-winningest coach (121-102). In his tenure, he has mentored two Aggie All-Americans, 21 All-WAC selections and 47 Academic All-WAC honorees.

    SCOUTING THE BRONCOS (5-6, 0-2) - www.BroncoSports.com
    The Broncos have claimed wins this year vs. Gonzaga (3-2), Belmont (3-0), Columbia (3-1), North Texas (3-1) and Sacramento State (3-0), and its losses were to No. 5 Washington (3-0), Portland State (3-0), Northwestern (3-0). The squad returns seven letterwinners and three starters - setter Casey Rose, outside hitter Alyssa Gammel and middle blocker Brittany Reardon - and another key reserve in junior outside hitter Taylor Murphey. This week, junior middle blocker Aly Duffin and Reardon ranked first and third in the MW in hitting (.422 / .402), and freshman libero Hannah Hubbard stood top eight in the league in aces (sixth, 0.32 p/s) and digs (eighth, 3.70 p/s). In the Courtyard Marriott Bronco Classic two weekends ago, Gammell, Aly Duffin and Reardon were all-tourney team picks. Fifth-year head coach Shawn Garus sports a 67-70 record at the helm and an 182-190 mark overall. He led BSU to three straight winning seasons in 2010 (21-12), 16-15 (2011) and 17-15 (2012).

    SKED CRED
    The `Dogs will face a challenging regular season slate in 2013 with nine of their 29 regular season matches vs. NCAA Tournament qualifiers from last year's 64-team field.

    That list includes last year's national runner-up Oregon, two more NCAA Regional advancers (BYU, Wichita State) and four more Round of 64 qualifiers (Belmont, Colorado State, San Diego State, Santa Clara).

    In mid-August's AVCA preseason poll, three Fresno State foes stood top 25 - No. 8 Oregon, No. 13 BYU and No. 24 Wichita State - while CSU and SDSU received votes. Since then Colorado State has joined the top 25, and Cal State Northridge has received votes every week of the regular season.

    Among various conference coach polls, six Bulldog opponents were tabbed their preseason favorites - Colorado State and San Diego State (Mountain West co-favorites), Belmont (Ohio Valley), BYU (West Coast), Rice (Conference USA) and Wichita State (Missouri Valley) - and four other non-conference foes sported legitimate postseason hopes - Oregon (Pac-12, fourth), Cal State Northridge (Big West, third), Xavier (Big East, third) and Santa Clara (WCC, sixth).

    DOUBLE YOUR FUN
    Bulldog fans and foes are again seeing double this season with the squad sporting a pair of front row faces making their presence felt.

    Identical twins Molly and Katie Pearson hail from Presentation High School in San Jose and have boosted the team in seven and three matches this season, respectively.

    In recent weeks, Molly, a redshirt sophomore middle blocker, posted career highs in kills (7) vs. Belmont; six kills and a career-best .857 mark vs. Xavier, and six blocks vs. American. Katie, a junior right side hitter, also saw recent action in wins vs. Belmont and Portland and vs. No. 25 BYU.

    As preps, the duo helped their Presentation team to a fifth-place MaxPreps.com national finish and a spot in the NorCal Division II finals.

    FIGHTING SPIRIT TRACKER
    Head Coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell introduced the Fighting Spirit Award to Fresno State in 2008, an award that began at Hofstra by Hall of Fame coach Fran Kalafer. Netherby-Sewell presents the award to an individual or the team on a weekly basis for the best display of a fighting spirit through adversity and challenges. At the end of the season, the individual or team who earns the most awards during the season receives the year-end Fighting Spirit Award and past recipients include Allanah Munson and Baylee Platt (2008), the entire team (2009), Kelly Mason (2010) and Korrin Wild (2012).

    2013 Weekly Winners
    9/2 - Team
    9/9 - Holly Franks, Marissa Brand
    9/16 - Maci Murdock, Korrin Wild, Christina Lee, Molly Pearson
    9/23 - Team

    FRESNO STATE TEAM SEASON PREVIEW
    Coming off an 18-13 overall record in 2012, Fresno State ranked #90 among the 330 teams nationally in last year's NCAA RPI ratings - respective program bests since 2004 and `03. The `Dogs are in their second season in the Mountain West and placed fourth in `12 (9-7).

    Sixth-year head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell welcomes back a veteran Bulldog squad that features six of seven starters from 2012, and 10 letterwinners. Two senior outside hitters - Marissa Brand and Korrin Wild - are former all-conference choices, and junior middle blocker Maci Murdock was an all-freshman team choice in 2011.

    Among the squad's four newcomers, three have already cracked the starting line-up - senior right side hitter Holly Franks (Cal Poly), junior setter Cori Ehmen (Iowa Western Community College) and freshman libero Maggie Eppright. Franks (Tollhouse, Calif.) led the Mustangs in kills and points last season (2.94 k/s; 3.22 p/s); Ehmen (York, Neb.) was a former Nebraska first-team all-state honoree for York High School; and Eppright was a Pac-7 and Country Player of the Year and two-time all-league and all-county choice for San Luis Obispo High School.

    'DOGS PART OF CROWDED RACE FOR MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON VOTES
    In the 2013 Mountain West Preseason Coaches Poll, the Bulldogs received 65 votes and were within five votes of the three teams just ahead - UNLV (third, 70), Utah State (fourth, 68) and New Mexico (fifth, 66). Last year's conference regular season co-champions San Diego State (first, 99) and Colorado State (second, 90) led the 11-team poll. The Aztecs received nine of the 11 first-place votes, and the Rams picked up the other two. Other conference teams included Boise State (seventh, 51), Wyoming (eighth, 37), San José State (ninth, 27), Air Force (10th, 17) and Nevada (11th, 15).

    HEAD OF THE CLASS
    For the fourth straight season, the `Dogs received the American Volleyball Coaches (AVCA) Academic Team Award for their combined +3.40 grade point average for the 2012-13 academic year. Fresno State was one of five Division 1 programs from the state of California (with Pacific, Stanford, San Francisco and St. Mary's) and 130 nationally. Individually, senior outside hitter Marissa Brand received Capital One Academic All-District 8 honors last fall for her 3.90 grade point average. She won similar honors in 2011 as did Cecilia Agraz in 2011 (1st Team) and 2010 (2nd Team) - the first two-time honoree in the program's 42-year history. Agraz also earned the team's first Academic All-America honor in 2011.

    ALL-CONFERENCE ACCLAIM
    Senior outside hitter Korrin Wild was a preseason 2013 All-Mountain West choice this past month, and one of three hitters chosen by league head coaches to the seven-person team. The Sanger, Calif., native was also a second-team all-league pick as a sophomore in 2011 -- the same season middle blocker Maci Murdock was an All-WAC Freshman Team choice. In 2010, current senior Marissa Brand was an All-WAC Second Team honoree in 2011 and All-Freshman Team choice in `09.

    Earlier in head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell's Bulldog tenure, other all-league nods went to Brianna Clarke (1st Team-2011; 2nd Team-2009, `10) and Kelly Leonardo (2nd Team-2009), while Clarke and Baylee Platt were All-Freshman Team choices in 2008.

    RPI ON THE RISE
    After ranking in the lower half of the 330 Division 1 programs for the four years before her arrival, head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell now has a three-year streak in the nation's upper half with the `Dogs. The team's last three rankings - 2012 (90), 2011 (138) and 2010 (150) - were its best since 2004, and a complete listing of rankings the last 11 years follows:
    • NCAA RPI RANKINGS (2002-12): 2012: 90; 2011: 138; 2010: 150; 2009: 217; 2008: 275; 2007: 261; 2006: 223; 2005: 180; 2004: 93; 2003: 45; 2002: 46

    ON THE NCAA / MOUNTAIN WEST SINGLES CHARTS
    Senior outside hitter Korrin Wild was the highest Bulldog individual on last year's NCAA stat charts after she ranked 12th nationally in aces per set (0.44 avg.). The all-conference hitter also paced the Mountain West in the category and stood fourth in points (3.99 per set) and sixth in kills (3.39 p/s). Other returnees ranked top 10 individually in the MW in `12 include junior middle blocker Maci Murdock (hitting, third, .332), senior outside hitter Marissa Brand (seventh, kills, 3.18 p/s) and junior libero Christina Lee (digs, eighth, 3.94 p/s).

    ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN WEST
    In 2012, the Bulldogs paced the conference team categories for aces (1.35 per set) and digs (15.23 p/s). Its other rankings in the then-nine-team league follow: assists (fourth, 12.43 p/s), kills (fourth, 13.46 p/s), hitting (sixth, .199), opponent hitting (sixth, .209) and blocks (ninth, 1.79 p/s).

    NCAA-wise, the team ranked top 100 in three categories - aces (67th), kills (70th, 13.57 p/s) and assists (83rd), and its other rankings among the 330 Division 1 teams follow: win-loss percentage (118th, .581), digs (140th), hitting (163rd), and blocks (230th).

    CAMPUS WELCOMES NEW UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
    The California State University Board of Trustees named Dr. Joseph I. Castro, former vice chancellor of student academic affairs of the University of California, San Francisco, as the eighth president of Fresno State, beginning Aug. 1, 2013.

    Castro joined Fresno State after holding several leadership positions at UC campuses, most recently serving as vice chancellor for student academic affairs at UC San Francisco since 2010. Prior to that, he served as vice provost (2008-10), associate vice chancellor for student academic affairs (2006-08) and interim graduate dean at UCSF from October 2011 to March 2012.

    Overall during his 23-year career, Castro served in leadership positions within the UC system at the Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Barbara campuses and at the Office of the President. Castro earned a bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in higher education policy and leadership from Stanford University.

    A native of Hanford, Calif., in the San Joaquin Valley, Castro is the first member of his family to attend college. He and his wife Mary, who is also a Valley native, have three children including a daughter who is a student at Humboldt State University.

    NOW OPEN: MEYERS FAMILY SPORTS MEDICINE CENTER
    The recent completion of the $6 million capital project symbolizes the Bulldogs' strong commitment to create and continually enhance the best possible "student-athlete experience" at Fresno State. The unique and essential facility developed for preventative medicine, nutritional counseling, physician examination, injury treatment, on-site x-ray and rehabilitation services. The center will serve as a cornerstone of Fresno State's "Student-Athlete Village" and is designed to centralize several student-athlete support functions, including sports medicine, academic counseling, strength and conditioning, nutrition education, and equipment services within a single convenient location.

    BULLDOG FOUNDATION SUPPORTS STUDENT-ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIPS
    The Bulldog Foundation supports student-athletes as they strive for excellence in the classroom, in competition and in life "Beyond the Game." This mission is accomplished through the cultivation of individual and business relationships throughout the San Joaquin Valley and the Red Wave. Philanthropic donations can be made by calling 559-278-7160.


     

     

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