Posted: 8/17/17

TAMIU Dustdevil Athletics Looks Forward to 17-18 Season


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Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Dustdevil student-athletes will soon be getting their competitive game on with daily workouts as the Fall Semester nears.

“We are very excited about the upcoming year. Our coaches and staff have been working hard all summer to make the 2017-18 year a great one for TAMIU. We are excited to get the student back on campus and fill the seats with rowdy Dustdevils all year long!” said Griz Zimmermann, TAMIU Athletic Director.

TAMIU is an NCAA Division II institution offering 11 varsity sports and Cheerleading and Dance programs. Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, and Men’s and Women’s Golf all compete this Fall. Men’s and Women’s Basketball will compete in the Heartland Conference, home to nine institutions in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas. It was founded in 1999 and offers 13 sports to its members.

Season Starts

Women’s Soccer opens the season on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at home against St. Mary’s University at 7:00 p.m. Men’s Soccer opens Thursday, Sept. 28 at home against Midwestern State at 7:00 p.m.  Volleyball opens the season Saturday, Sept. 30 at home against Lubbock Christian University at 12:00 p.m.

Team Changes

Some new changes to Dustdevil Athletics kick off this Fall.

Donnell Kerr will take over the Cheer and Dance programs after serving as an assistant coach.

Jeremy Espinoza joins the Dustdevil Men’s Basketball Coaching staff from Newman University.

Sarai Costa joins the Dustdevil Athletic Training staff after graduating from University of the Incarnate Word.

Alumnus Solomon Moctezuma returns to the Dustdevil Soccer programs as the Assistant Coach for both programs after playing for two seasons.

Digital Game Changes

Dustdevil Athletics has also upped its digital game with expansions and improvements to its recently relaunched website, and a new Dustdevil Athletics Snapchat relaunch coming in September.  Fans can interact by liking or following @TAMIUAthletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Free guides to Teams will be available for digital download on GoDustdevils.com.

Fan Engagement

The best opportunities for fan or partner engagement happen at games where full promotional schedules include special giveaways and team-building exercises. Redesigned game programs offer fans collectible versions for every sport and sponsor. New Student-Athletes are featured on each program throughout the year.

Special Events

Special game promotions are scheduled throughout the Dustdevil Athletics seasons, and include:

September - Women’s Soccer Home Opener (Sept. 5) and Men’s Soccer Opener (Sept. 28), both with 100 Soccer Scarves giveaways; 150 Rally Towels at the Women’s Volleyball Home Opener (Sept. 30); Staff Appreciate Day (Sept. 30) for Men’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball with a free item for faculty and staff at the Concession Stand.

October - Maroon Madness with a Pre-Madness Fiesta; “Maroon-Out” (Oct. 18) 18 at the TAMIU KCB with Women’s Volleyball; Senior Day (Oct. 28) for Men’s and Women’s Soccer.

November - Senior Day for Women’s Volleyball (Nov. 9).

Military Appreciation Games and Cookouts are also being finalized.

Community Outreach

As part of its ongoing community outreach, Dustdevil Athletics continues to team up with Building Homes for Heroes, a San Antonio-based company that builds homes for wounded veterans. Dustdevil Athletics is building a legacy of raising funds for veterans and active members of the United States Armed Forces. In 2016-17, TAMIU Athletics donated over $1,500 to the TAMIU Student Veterans Association. Military Appreciation Games and Cookouts will be announced in the coming months.

To find out more, contact TAMIU Dustdevil Athletics at 956.326.3000, or visit Dustdevil Athletics at www.GoDustdevils.com