Cyclones Rally At Meet The Coaches Night
Over 1,000 Cyclone fans showed up at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center to help kickoff the upcoming season.
Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard also used the event for a time to reflect.
Pollard has engineered a reversal of fortunes for the athletics department since he took over the reins of the department in 2005. The proof is in the accomplishments of ISU athletics in 2013-14.
The Cyclones finished 38th in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup, the school’s second-best ranking ever, and placed in the upper-half of the Big 12 All-Sports standings for the first time in school history.
Iowa State also finished in the top-25 nationally in nine sports and captured a pair of Big 12 titles: Men’s Basketball (tournament), Women’s Cross Country.
The momentum has carried over to ticket sales, as ISU surpassed 40,000 season tickets and sold-out of student season tickets for football for a record-setting third-straight season.
“We have always been proud to stand on the fact that we are a full athletic department,” Pollard said. “We had 13 of our 18 sport teams finish in the upper half of the Big 12 standings. We are all in it together, and that is what makes it fun to come to work every day.”
Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads, who took time out of his busy fall camp schedule to attend the festivities, is excited to showcase his team in the season-opener vs. North Dakota State on Aug. 30.
“I like our football team. We are having a great training camp,” Rhoads said. “We have a lot of confidence within our players and staff.”