Mountain West quick facts
Founded: July 1, 1999
Members for the 2013-14 academic year: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai'i (football only), Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State, Wyoming
Team NCAA Championships: 3
Individual NCAA Championships: 33
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners: 41
Academic All-America selections: 131
All-America selections: 793
Quotes from USU coaches about the move to the MW
Matt Wells, Utah State head football coach
“It is a tremendous opportunity for us as a football program to join the Mountain West. It is a conference I have been involved in for several years throughout my coaching career here at Utah State and at Tulsa and New Mexico. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the teams in the Mountain West, both those that are remaining from the old alignment as well as the former WAC teams. It is an incredible opportunity for us to compete at a high level.”
Stew Morrill, Utah State head men's basketball coach
“This is a great day for Utah State and an exciting and challenging move for our programs. President Stan Albrecht and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes deserve lots of props for their efforts that made this move possible. In basketball, we will be competing in a high-level conference with very good teams. A high level of commitment will be necessary by all Aggies to make this step up successful. It's certainly been an amazing journey from the Big West to the WAC and now to the Mountain West.”
Jerry Finkbeiner, Utah State head women's basketball coach
“I have always thought of the Mountain West as one of the top women's basketball conferences in the country. There is a lot of tradition and a lot of excellence in the Mountain West, and I think it will do nothing but enhance our program at Utah State and the direction in which the program is evolving in all areas. It is a progressive step up in all areas, and I look forward to the challenges and the rewards that come with that.”
Grayson DuBose, Utah State head women's volleyball coach
“Leaving the WAC is bittersweet due to the accomplishments we achieved. However, we look forward to being a part of the Mountain West and adding to their volleyball success, and it is a conference that has continued to raise its volleyball profile. As players and a staff, we are excited about the challenge of competing in the Mountain West.”
Heather Cairns, Utah State head women's soccer coach
“I am looking forward to the competitive environment in the Mountain West. It is a challenging soccer conference with high quality opponents top to bottom and it will be exciting to rejoin some of our old rivals as well as the opportunity to begin to establish new ones.”
Gregg Gensel, Utah State men's and women's head cross-country/track and field coach
“Going into the Mountain West is a step in the right direction for Aggie sports as a whole, especially track and field due to the level of competition within that conference. The familiarity we already have with the regionally located schools currently competing in the Mountain West will bring more excitement to both our student-athletes and fans.”
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.
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