Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 04, 2013
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Arizona Athletics lost another dear friend on Monday with the passing of legendary gymnastics coach Jim Gault. Gault served as head women’s gymnastics coach at Arizona from 1980-98, compiling a record of 344-153-1.

Gault was the man responsible for the growth of Arizona’s gymnastics program. He touched a number of lives both in the Arizona community and around the country. Arizona was fortunate to have him lead our program and we want to thank him for his contributions, while sending condolences to his family.

A UA Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Gault coached his teams to the NCAA Championships eight times, finishing as high as fifth during his tenure. He was voted Pac-10 Women’s Gymnastics Coach of the Year five times, coached two NCAA individual event champions, over 30 All-Americans, two members of World University Games teams, nine Pac-10 individual event champions, one Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and one AAI American Award winner.

“Jim is one of the top coaches in Arizona history,” said Deputy Director of Athletics Rocky LaRose. “He was a humble, generous man whose quiet leadership served as a great example to student-athletes and other coaches. Jim was a strong family man, who loved his athletes, and in return, they loved him. His contributions to both Arizona gymnastics and the sport as a whole will be remembered.”

Current Arizona head gymnastics coach Bill Ryden was one of Gault’s long-time friends and colleagues.

“Jim was the man that took Arizona gymnastics to national prominence,” Ryden added. “He had an illustrious career in the elite and collegiate community and made his mark on the sport. For me personally, he shaped my destiny. Jim was a dear friend and I’ll be forever grateful for all he’s done for me. He was a special person and will be missed.”


We want to thank everyone who attended Friday night’s football game, despite the pesky weather, and helped produce a strong atmosphere for our home opener. The announced crowd of 53,793 helped provide our young men with a nice lift throughout the game. To the ZonaZoo, well done. You packed the east side lower bowl and the majority of you “STAYED the entire game.” Hopefully, the outstanding support will continue throughout the season. Thank you and we’ll see you all on Sept. 14, when we host UTSA at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at only $15 and are available here.


Saturday was the first day fans could purchase tickets to the McDonald’s Red/Blue Game and boy did you! Over 5,000 tickets were sold in the first 24 hours and we surpassed the 7,500 mark on Wednesday. Head coach Sean Miller has turned the annual McDonald’s Red/Blue game into a “can’t miss” tradition. This year’s game is Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. The last two years have drawn sold out crowds and we’re expecting another sellout next month. Tickets are general admission and only $8 in advance. Don’t delay if you want to attend. Buy your tickets online now at or call 520-621-CATS (2287) during the day. 


Speaking of basketball, now would be a good time to remind everyone of the approaching renewal deadline for men’s and women’s basketball season ticket holders. The deadline for men’s basketball renewals is Monday, Sept. 9, while the women’s deadline is Friday, Sept. 13. Make sure your renewal is in by 5 p.m. that day to ensure you keep your seats for the upcoming season. You can renew in person at the McKale Ticket Office, over the phone by calling 520-621-CATS (2287) or online by clicking here. If you haven’t used our online system or need a refresher on the ‘My Account Manager’ system, click here.


Las Vegas has recently been the site to some memorable moments in Arizona Athletics history. From winning the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl to our fans dominating the scene at last year’s Pac-12 Basketball Championships, it’s safe to say Las Vegas is Wildcat Country. We’re looking forward to proving that again this Saturday at the away football game vs. UNLV in Sam Boyd Stadium. Make sure to stop by the Alumni Association’s tailgate party. I’ll be making an appearance along with Wilbur and the cheerleaders. Admission is free and it’s open to everyone. Tickets for food cost $35 and will be available for purchase at the tailgate party’s entrance. There is also a cash bar. Because UNLV wears red, we’re asking all fans attending the game to wear blue. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Vegas!


People have been raving about the club seat area in the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. There are still a limited amount of club seats available for season tickets. I think once people experience a game in that area they are going to strongly consider purchasing season tickets there. We’re introducing a new seat upgrade platform to give fans a chance to tryout the club seats. Available starting Friday, Sept. 13 (Thursday, Sept. 12 for season ticket holders), fans can pay a fee to upgrade to club seats for the UTSA game. You do it all on your smart phone. Go from your mobile phone to purchase seat upgrades. You’ll still need to use your ticket to get into Arizona Stadium, but once inside, you’ll use your smart phone to gain access to the club seating area.


Our very own Wilbur T. Wildcat is back in the Capital One Mascot Challenge. This is the third year-in-a-row one of our mascots has been selected to compete for the title of best mascot in the nation. Wilbur competed and finished fourth in 2011. Last year was Wilma’s turn. Make sure to every day and vote for Wilbur! You can also help him accumulate points by sending a tweet with the hashtag #CapitalOneWilbur. Let’s help Wilbur get the national recognition he deserves!


The A-Club would like to thank two Arizona letterwinners for helping usher in the start of the 2013 football season by participating in two A-Club game day traditions. Marcel Wade, a football letterman and a member of the Tucson Police Department, got things started by leading the Pride of Arizona marching band onto the field with an Arizona flag loaded with fireworks to help electrify the home crowd.

In addition, during home football games, the A-club selects one letterwinner who served in the armed forces to stand and salute the American flag during the playing of the National Anthem. This week’s honor went to Harry Munyon, a member of the 1973 Rifle team. Munyon was a Naval Commander and served as a Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Intelligence Officer. 

If you are a letterwinner and would like to participate in this great tradition, contact the A-Club office at (520) 621-9272.


The women’s soccer team is working to ‘Build A Legacy’ under new head coach Tony Amato and it’s gotten off to a hot start, going 3-0-1 over its first four games, including a draw at nationally-ranked Ohio State on Sunday. The 3-0-1 start is the best opening run for women’s soccer since the 2004 team started 4-0 … Coach David Rubio’s volleyball team started the season 2-1 at the Arizona Invitational last weekend. Rubio, Arizona volleyball’s all-time wins leader, is now just three wins shy of 400 during his Wildcats’ career … Football’s Tra’Mayne Bondurant was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after leading Arizona in tackles with seven, while intercepting two passes, returning one for a TD … To stay updated on all your Arizona athletics news,

Here is a look at this week’s Arizona Athletics events (Home events in BOLD):
4:30 p.m.: Soccer vs. Kansas (in Tempe, Ariz.)
7:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Butler
7:30 a.m.: Men’s Golf at Carmel Cup
10:30 a.m.: Volleyball vs. Eastern Kentucky
1:00 p.m.: Cross Country at George Kyte Classic
7:00 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Utah Valley
7:30 p.m.: Football at UNLV (TV: CBS Sports Network)
7:30 a.m.: Men’s Golf at Carmel Cup
11:00 a.m.: Soccer vs. Illinois (in Tempe, Ariz.)
7:00 a.m.: Women’s Golf at NCAA Fall Preview
7:00 a.m.: Women’s Golf at NCAA Fall Preview
7:00 a.m.: Women’s Golf at NCAA Fall Preview

Continue to do what you can to help Arizona Athletics and:

    1.   Join the Wildcat Movement
    2.   Buy Season Tickets
    3.   Wear the Colors (Especially on Friday)
    4.   Get Others to do the Same

Bear Down with Pride,

Greg Byrne
Vice President for Athletics
The University of Arizona

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