Kyle Moats
Kyle Moats
Fall Letter from the Director of Athletics

Oct. 8, 2012

Dear Bears Fans-

With the temperatures dropping, and the leaves falling, it’s always a good time to start transitioning our lives into autumn mode with winter just around the corner.

Looking back at our fall so far, I want to thank the Office of Student Engagement and the entire team for its hard work and efforts in coordinating the football home opener weekend events.  I think the students really enjoyed the extra activities that were provided. The concert and fireworks show were spectacular, and very few let the rain dampen their spirits for a great day to be a Bear and show our pride in this community.  Thanks to all who made the weekend a success, especially Interim President Clif Smart for his leadership and coordination of the Football Task Force.

All of our fall sports are in the middle of conference play and headed down the stretch. Meanwhile, our winter sports are about ready to crank it up. In field hockey, Gabby Gomez-Sosa’s squad is off to a great start and ended September 2-0 in MAC play for the first time.  Both soccer teams are coming off challenging non-conference schedules and poised for runs at their respective conference championships.  Volleyball is preparing for the second half of its conference schedule with eyes on the MVC Tournament which the Bears will host, Nov. 22-24 at Hammons Student Center.  If you haven’t got your tickets yet, please stop by the Chevy Pick Up Window at JQH Arena to purchase them.

Don’t forget to attend the Living Our Legacy men’s soccer game on Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Drake. It’s an excellent event which partners marketing students on campus who help plan, promote and coordinate the event and the exciting day that surrounds the game. It’s a great hands-on learning experience for students as well as great exposure for our soccer program.

Homecoming is also just around the corner.  We want to paint the town Maroon for the weekend of Oct. 26-28. We have a full weekend of sporting events to really set the atmosphere for a great weekend. Volleyball, field hockey, women’s soccer, and swimming are all hosting competitions that weekend, and after the parade Saturday morning, Homecoming shifts into high gear with tailgating at 10 a.m., and the 1:00 football game against Western Illinois at Plaster Sports Complex. For a complete list of Homecoming activities, go to

With October also comes the start of basketball season.  I encourage all of you to attend the Basketball Preview and Auction on Thursday, Oct. 18, starting at 5:30 p.m., in one of the nation’s top basketball facilities -- JQH Arena. Monies from this new and exciting event go directly to assist our 375 student-athletes.  It will be a fun night to mingle with friends, coaches and team members over dinner, live and silent auctions and great times for Bears fans.  To purchase your tickets, contribute an auction item or reserve a table, please contact the Bears Fund Office at (417) 836-4817.

For our basketball season ticket holders, we are making modifications in both ticket structure, placement and facility management to make sure your investment is special and your experience is great. Your support and dedication is the lifeblood of our programs and our department. Please let us know how we’re serving your needs, and we look forward to having you as a JQH season ticket holder for a lifetime.

I’d also like to welcome to our team Mr. Kevin Greim. Kevin is a 1994 graduate of Missouri State.  His primary responsibility will be working for the Bears Fund and securing major gifts.  If you see Kevin, please introduce yourself and welcome he and his family back to Springfield.

On a fundraising note, we expect to have preliminary drawings for the east side of Plaster Sports Complex to review in the coming weeks.  Funding has not been secured for this initiative, but there is an interest to explore possibilities and costs to renovate the east side of the stadium and the student seating areas therein.  The Jim D. Morris Basketball Complex project at JQH Arena is well under way.  We are still in midst of trying to secure final donations to complete that project which is scheduled to open in October 2013.  Finally, I’m extremely excited to announce that we are in the final stages of funding the Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center project.  A big thank you goes out to Cheryl Burnett and her committee for helping spearhead this initiative.  The project is a great example of how the community, former student-athletes and the University can work together to accomplish a common goal. To inquire how to be a part of these projects please contact Kevin Greim in the Bears Fund office.

Thanks for all of your continued support, enthusiasm and hard work.  I look forward to seeing you at a game or match very soon!  As always, Go Bears!!


Kyle Moats

Director of Athletics