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The Miners held their annual end-of-the-year athletic awards banquet, "Dinner with the Miners," on Wednesday night.
Bob Stull's initial strategic plan resulted in unprecedented growth and achievement for UTEP Athletics. His latest strategic plan -- which is currently being implemented -- is designed to take the Miners to even greater levels of excellence.
UTEP's football coach from 1986-88, Stull took over as the school's Director of Athletics in 1998. His return has produced a myriad of accomplishments, most notably:
The football team making five bowl appearances
The men's basketball program reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2004, 2005 and 2010, and the NIT on three occasions
The women's basketball team making NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2012, and reaching the WNIT championship game in 2014 while playing before the first sellout crowds (12,222) in the history of the program
The women's soccer team earning its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 2005 and scoring a first round upset of Texas in Austin
The cross country and track and field squads capturing 13 conference titles. The UTEP women finished seventh at the 2010 NCAA Track and Field Championships both indoors and outdoors
The rifle program finishing fifth in the country in 2012 led by national coach of the year George Brenzovich
Women's golf winning the first conference title in school history and making its initial NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011
Team success, however, doesn't even begin to tell the story of the impact Stull has made at UTEP. Student-athlete graduation rates have soared since his arrival. Existing facilities have been renovated, and sparkling new buildings -- once a pipe dream -- have taken shape.
Stull spearheaded UTEP's transition from the Western Athletic Conference -- the Miners' home for over 30 years -- into Conference USA.
Stull's greatest achievement off the playing field has been widespread enhancements to UTEP's athletic facilities. The 65,000-square foot Larry K. Durham Sports Center opened in 2002 and features a 10,000-square foot strength and conditioning center; a sports medicine center; a student-athlete lounge and computer center; a football locker room; football coaches' offices; football positional meeting rooms; and a "Hall of Champions" which is utilized for numerous athletic department functions.
In 2005 construction was completed on the state-of-the-art, $2.2 million Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Not only does the breathtaking facility serve as a home to UTEP's newest athletic team, but it also houses coaches' offices and locker rooms for softball and soccer.
The latest addition to UTEP's athletic department kingdom is the Foster Stevens Basketball Center, which opened in the spring of 2009. The $14.6 million, 43,000-square foot facility features two practice courts, strength and conditioning center, sports medicine center, academic/film room, coaches' offices, locker rooms, equipment room and lounges for the UTEP men's and women's basketball programs.
Renov ations have also been performed on all exisiting facilities. These renovations include: new Matrix 46 turf, new video boards and scoreboards in the Sun Bowl (football); new floor, new video boards and scoreboards, men's and women's player and coaches' locker rooms and training room in the Don Haskins Center (basketball); new surface, men's and women's locker room, lounge, lights, bleachers, video board and scorer's booth at Kidd Field (track); scoreboards and locker room in Memorial Gym (volleyball); and a complete new field including irrigation and drainage at University Field (soccer).
Stull pledged to renew El Pasoans' interest in Miner athletics when he returned to the city. His plan to increase attendance at football games included adjusting ticket prices and introducing Miner Town to attract more families to the Sun Bowl. Miner Town was created to enrichen the pre-game activity surrounding each football game, with food, games, rides and other entertainment for the entire family.
UTEP set school records for football total home attendance (287,394) and average (47,899) during the 2005 season. The men's basketball team has played before 25 sellout crowds since 2004.
Under Stull's leadership, a new family of logos was introduced. The new logos were designed to produce consistent brand identity and increase product sales. Fans universally accepted the change, resulting in a 400 percent increase in sales the first year alone.
Stull has made the personal development of student-athletes a top priority as well. UTEP student-athletes completed over 3,000 hours of community service during the 2014-15 athletic year.
Stull rejoined the UTEP family after a 10-year absence. He came to El Paso from the University of Washington, where he served as associate athletic director for development for two seasons. While at Washington Stull coordinated the development and fund-raising areas for the UW Athletic Department.
Prior to joining the staff at Washington, Stull spent two years as president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, Wash. The organization consisted of 11 clubs in the Seattle area serving over 20,000 children, with 300 full and part-time employees.
What Stull is best known for is his coaching exploits on the gridiron, especially as a head coach at Massachusetts, UTEP and Missouri.
At Massachusetts Stull went 3-8 in his first year, then improved to 7-4 in 1985, with the nation's second-ranked scoring defense (11.5 points per game).
Stull arrived in El Paso in 1986 and immediately produced dividends. From 1971 to 1985 UTEP football teams went through six head coaches and posted just 26 wins. In just three years with the Miners, Stull's charges won 21 games and saw postseason action for the first time since 1967.
The team was 1-10 the year prior to Stull's arrival, but he was able to forge a 4-8 record in 1986, including conference wins over Colorado State and Utah to end the season.
The next year Stull did what was once thought to be impossible -- post a winning season. The 1987 Miners finished 7-4. That season UTEP enjoyed the nation's largest average attendance boost (15,265) to what was then a school-record average of 42,805 fans.
A bowl berth came in 1988, when Stull guided the Miners to a 10-2 regular-season record and a second place finish in the Western Athletic Conference -- both school records. UTEP played in the Independence Bowl that year.
Stull took over Missouri's football program in December, 1988. His straight-forward, collegiate demeanor resulted in a warm reception at Columbia. Attendance at Faurot Field climbed by an average of 3,000 per game, which was Missouri's first attendance increase in 10 years.
Stull was selected to coach in the 1990 Hula Bowl All-Star Game in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also was selected National Coach of the Week following the Tigers' 30-9 upset of 15th-ranked Arizona State. Probably the most-publicized game of Stull's career was the historic "fifth-down" contest against eventual national champion Colorado.
Stull began his career as the defensive coordinator at Dubuque High School in Dubuque, Iowa. He later started his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kansas State, his alma mater.
After Kansas State Stull moved on to Kent State, where he was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 1971-74.
Next came his long-running association with Washington, as Stull became the Huskies' wide receivers coach under head coach Don James in 1975. After four years of tutoring the wideouts, Stull served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 1979-84. He was a part of six bowl teams and three Pac-10 championship squads at Washington. The Huskies participated in the Rose Bowl three times (1978, 1980, 1981), and beat Texas, 14-7, in the 1979 Sun Bowl in El Paso.
A native of Davenport, Iowa, Stull holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas State, where he was a three-year letterman and captained the Wildcats in 1967.
Stull and his wife, Kim, have two children -- daughter Shannon, a University of Texas graduate, and son Kevin, who graduated from Arizona State. Stull is a member of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics.