Endowing Aggie Swimming & Diving Pledge Form

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A LETTER FROM HEAD MEN'S SWIMMING COACH JAY HOLMES:

Howdy Ags,

Endowing collegiate athletic programs is a popular topic of conversation whenever and wherever college coaches gather. The importance of program endowment to the future of intercollegiate swimming and diving cannot be understated in these unce rtain economic times.

Everyone has heard the names of the schools that have dropped men's programs due to budget deficits in recent years – Kansas and Iowa State from the Big 12 Conference, Rutgers, Richmond and Miami (Ohio) – to name a few.

The collegiate swimming is repeatedly shocked by the sudden elimination of  traditional swimming and diving powers like UCLA and Arizona State. In the case of ASU, it was only due to a late and stressful call to their alumni that they have been allowed to continue to compete until they raise the seven-figure funds to sustain their program. They only have a short time to do it.

While it is true that some programs have been cut due to budget deficits, it is also a fact that some programs have been kept because of their endowments. It is one of my goals for my time here as your Head Coach to begin and sustain a campaign that will ultimately endow both the men's and women's teams and guarantee our place in NCAA Swimming & Diving.

To that goal, the first step is educating our supporters of the importance of program endowment. It sends a message to prospective student-athletes about the type of support they will receive when they sign on with Texas A&M, and the direction of the program. In many ways, an endowment plan is a barometer for the health of a program. Texas A&M is entering its sixth year of this mission.

I have said before, and I reiterate here, that Texas A&M is NOT about to drop its Swimming and Diving programs. My concern is for 15-to-20 years from now. What will the financial state of the nation, and college athletics, be? I do not want to keep my head buried in the sand waiting to find out. We need a procative movement among the many people who care about and have a connection to Texas A&M and our program. We need to do the small things now that will pay off when our hard times come.

While we do need people who can give big contributions now, what we need the most is for people to give what they can in monthly or yearly gifts that will build over time. Our country is in a hard financial time. Obviously many of us are feeling it every day. It is my hope that people can give what they can. Even a $100 a year can make a huge difference, if enough of us do over time. An effort like this is what teamwork is all about.

Below, you will notice the posted names of your friends and teammates that have already contributed.  Many thanks to these people.  Let's plan for the future of our program now.  To contribute, follow the link at the top of this page, or go to http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/championship3/gift.asp. It is important to click 'Swimming & Diving' under the menu -Choose Additional Sport- or call the 12th Man directly at 979-846-8892. Feel free to email or call me at any time.

Thanks for caring about Texas A&M Swimming & Diving.

Jay Holmes
Men's Swimming Coach
979/845-5545
jholmes@athletics.tamu.edu

Texas A&M Swimming & Diving Endowment Donor List:

2014
Hansen, James

2013
Bultman, Steve
Hermes, Cheyne
Holmes, Jay
May, Kevin
McCracken, William
Newsom, Mike & Cathy
Paup, Hank & Anne
Pursell, Edyln
Sisney, Steve
Spencer, Stef Noble

2012
Buchmann, Craig
Bultman, Steve
Dawson, David & Susan Guyett
Day, Matt
Delboy, Nancy
Dideum, Patrick & Kathy
Harrell, Chris
Hermes, Cheyne
Ho, Clara
Holmes, Jay
May, Kevin
McCracken, William
Paup, Hank & Anne
Rayford, Jeremy
Tate, Nicholas
Sisney, Steve
Spencer, Stefanie
Sustala, Albert
Wheeler, Keith & Melissa

In Memory of Winston McKenzie (By his wife, Mrs. Sidney McKenzie)
In Memory of Gilbert McKenzie (By Mrs. Sidney McKenzie)

2011
Barttelbort, Chris
Bultman, Steve
Caliva, Brian
Hain, Diane
Ho, Clara
Holmes, Jay
Ingram, Tom
McCracken, William
McDonald, L. Clark
Michaels, Matthew & Jennifer
Naftanel, John & Sue
Newsom, Cathy & Mike
Nolte, Rich
Paup, Hank & Anne
Randall, Neil
Sisney, Steve
Stubblefield, Tim
Wheeler, Keith & Melissa

2010
Ballard, Patrick
Bleyl, John and Janice
Buchmann, Craig
Bultman, Steve
Caliva, Brian
Colligan, Michael & Jennifer
Heye, Paul and Mary
Holmes, Jay
Holmes, Joe
Holmes, Walter & Carolyn
Howard, Devin
Kappler, Jerrod & Jennifer
Londrigan, Chris
Marx, Jeff & Sherri
May, Kevin
McCracken, William
Nolte, Richard
O'Neil, Chris
Paup, Hank & Anne
Pursell, Edlyn & David
Randall, Neil
Reeves, Breanne
Sisney, Steve
Thompson, Courtney & Jeremy
Vela, Ernesto
Wheeler, Keith & Melissa

2009
Ballard, Patrick
Boyd, Doug
Buchmann, Craig
Bultman, Steve
Dawson, Alex
Hansen, Lilli Cole
Heye, Paul
Heye, Jeff
Holmes, Jay
Howard, Devin
Kruse, Ed
Mann, Brent & DeeAnn
Marden, Kyle
Marden, Steve & Cindy
Mattingly, Wade L.
McCracken, William
Pantano, Robb & Steph
Pursell, Edlyn
Sandt, Christopher
Sisney, Steve
Slater, Ryan & Kelly
Sparks, Daniel

2008
Allred, John & Katie
Boyd, Doug
Buchmann, Craig E.
Bultman, Steve
Colligan, Michael Patrick
Cox, Ella H.
Dawson, Alex
Duchac, Tracy L.
Hansen, James M.
Hansen, Scott C.
Heye, Jeff W.
Heye, Paul F.
Hicks, Michael
Holmes, Jay
Mann, DeeAnn & Brent
Marden, Kyle D.
Marx, Jeffrey & Sherri
McCracken, William H.
McDonald, Scott P.
O¹Neil, Chris
Owen, Janice C.
Pursell, Edlyn & David
Revis, Amy Tanner
Sims, Mark & Kellye
Sisney, Steve L.
Tanner, Harold & Hettie
Young, W. P. & Martha Jo

2007
Boyd, Doug
Bultman, Steve
Caliva, Brian John
Colligan, Michael Patrick
Diederich, Wade & Tiffany
Duchac, Tracy L.
Eastman, Frank A.
Ellis, J. Ralph & Joy
Friggel, David Gordon
Goodman Jr., Walter F.
Hansen, Lillian Cole
Heye, Jeff W.
Hicks, Michael
Holmes, Jay
Howard, David & Kathy
Howard, Devin M.
Kappler, Jerrod & Jennifer
Kennerly, Thomas H.
Mann, DeeAnn & Brent
Marden, Kyle D.
McDonald, Scott P.
Mount, Jerry E. & Patsy
Naftanel, Mark A.
Park, Wanda
Patterson, Jerry E.
Pursell, Edlyn & David
Rector, Tom
Revis, Amy Tanner
Sanders, Edna
Stallings, Robert S.
Steel, Shannon
Tanner, Joyce H.
Tanner, Laura & W. T.
Tanner, Ray & Joan
Wojtowicz, Joan

2006
Bultman, Steve
Cameron, John T.
Comstock, Tom
Friggel, David Gordon
Hansen, Lillian Cole
Holmes, Jay
Pursell, Edlyn & David