Show your Saluki pride by wearing maroon and white and attending the football season opener against Taylor at 7 p.m.
The guest lineup includes MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin, Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, Loyola head coach Sheryl Swoopes, and SIU coaches Barry Hinson and Cindy Stein.
Under the eight-year leadership of Director of Athletics Mario Moccia from 2006 to 2014, Saluki Athletics built state-of-the art facilities that serve its football, basketball, baseball, track & field and tennis programs.
Shortly after Moccia arrived on campus in 2006, he charted the course for Saluki Way -- an ambitious $80 million facilities campaign featuring a new football stadium, renovated arena and 50,000-square foot team facility. The new facilities opened in 2010.
Among Moccia's fund-raising accomplishments at SIU, the Saluki Athletic Scholarship Fund more than doubled its annual donations, and the department signed a seven-figure multimedia rights agreement with Learfield Sports. Moccia also secured an exclusive all-sport agreement with Under Armour for team footwear and apparel, a rarity for a school of Southern's size.
The Salukis were successful across the board during Moccia's eight-year tenure, winning conference championships in football, men's and women's basketball, women's golf, men's and women's cross country, men's tennis, softball, women's track and women's swimming & diving in his tenure at SIU.
Moccia was named a 2012-13 Under Armour AD of the Year and was one of four Football Championship Subdivision ADs to earn the award, which was announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Prior to SIU, Moccia was the Senior Associate AD at Missouri, where he worked for seven years and oversaw all components of Mizzou's vast external operations. Before joining the Tigers in 2000, Moccia served as the Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at Southwest Texas University and the Director of Sales at the University of New Mexico.
Moccia is a 1989 graduate of New Mexico State University, where he was the most valuable player of the Aggie baseball team in 1988 and 1989. As a senior he was a preseason All-American and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. He spent two years playing professional baseball before beginning his sports administration career. In 1998, he was named to the New Mexico State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
History of Athletic Directors at SIU
1890-1913: William McAndrew
1913-1943: Glenn "Abe" Martin
1945-1953: Carl Erickson
1957-1972: Don Boydston
1972-1976: Doug Weaver
1976-1981: Gale Sayers
1981-1985: Lew Hartzog
1985-1988: Jim Livengood
1988-2000: Jim Hart
2000-2006: Paul Kowalczyk
2006-14: Mario Moccia
History of Women's Athletic Directors at SIU
1975-1986: Charlotte West
The men's and women's departments merged in 1986