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FRONTLINES


On May 9, 2015, at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion in California, Loyola’s men’s volleyball team defeated the Lewis University Flyers in a 21-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-27, 23-21 marathon title clash between two Chicago-area schools. The five-set victory was led by Player-of-the-Year Thomas Jaeschke with 20 kills as Loyola defended its NCAA men’s volleyball championship. It was the first title game between two non-West Coast teams in tournament history. Last year, the Ramblers beat top-seeded Stanford for the team’s first NCAA championship.


MEN’S VOLLEYBALL REPEATS AS CHAMPS


MEN’S BASKETBALL WINS CBI TOURNAMENT


The men’s basketball team made an impressive run at Arch Madness this year. The team won its first game against Indiana State and advanced to the semi-finals. The Ramblers also won the College Basketball Invita- tional, the team’s first post-season appearance since 1985. They defeated the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the final round.


Meet Steve Watson Director of Athletics


You’ve been in this role since January 2015. What are your biggest priorities for athletics in 2015–16? • Our top priority is and always will be making sure our student-athletes are


having a great experience at Loyola. We want them all to be given every opportunity to excel in the classroom. We want to do all we can to put our teams in a position to com- pete for conference championships. And we also want all of our student-athletes to grow and develop as well-rounded people during their time at Loyola.


When you buy basketball season tickets, you pay the lowest per-game price and gain free admission to other Loyola sporting events. • 773.508.wolf or loyolaramblers.com


What are some new strategies you’ve implemented thus far? • I’ve only been here a few months, but I hit the ground running. We were in the middle of basketball season, and our spring sports were about to get started, so I’ve spent a lot of time taking inventory–listening to our alumni, our supporters on campus, the athletics staff and coaches, and most importantly our students. We’re trying to be more strategic with how we spend our time, so we can maximize our resources. A major focus for us is generating more revenue. That will come primarily from growing our corporate sponsorships, increasing our ticket sales, and building our donor base.


SUMMER 2015


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