Sigma Nu Celebrates USF's Historic Win Over Marquette
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2009) -- Given Sigma Nu's long history and tradition in supporting USF men's basketball, it seemed only appropriate that the brothers be a part of the program's landmark victory over No. 8 Marquette – the first win over a top ten team in school history.
The brothers of Sigma Nu held their first annual men's basketball homecoming event in the Sun Dome's Green and Gold Room before tip off on Feb. 6. (See photo bottom left.) Sitting together in the stands, Sigma Nu added another chapter to its long history with men's basketball as the buzzer sounded on the Bulls 57-56 upset of the Golden Eagles.
Sigma Nu and USF men's basketball have been intertwined since the program's inception in 1971-72. John Kiser – the first recruit in program history who scored the first-ever point for USF – along with teammate Gary Stauderman were both Sigma Nu brothers.
Another Sigma Nu brother – John Greer – was responsible for helping to bring basketball to USF by supporting the initiative as president of the student government. Greer was honored for his efforts by throwing up the ceremonial first tip at the first-ever game on Dec. 1, 1971.
In March, 2008 Sigma Nu alum Les Muma (shown top left, with Doug Woolard, USF athletic director) continued his lifelong support of the program as he and his wife, Pam, gave the USF athletics department a $3 million gift as the lead effort on a Basketball Center for the men's and women's programs.
“I have a passion for basketball because I played it in high school,” said Les Muma while attending the Sigma Nu homecoming event. “She tolerates that and my support of it and that is why we got involved in the basketball program.”
“We both admire and think the world of Stan Heath,” added Pam Muma. “He is a big part of why we made the decision to really help with athletics and to do the practice center.”
Sigma Nu USF House Corporation President Jim Crotty said the idea for the event started amongst a group of Sigma Nu brothers at football homecoming and only seemed logical given the fraternities ties with men's basketball. The event drew more than 100 brothers spanning from the 1960s to present day.
“This event was put together for our fraternity brothers for two reasons,” said Les Muma. “One was to build camaraderie among a lot of brothers in the area. This was a great way to pull them back together because the Marquette game was a great draw and secondly to provide a lot of noise and support for this team, which they need.”
By the end of the night the Sigma Nu brothers were not only able to renew the bonds of brotherhood and add to its tradition of supporting USF basketball, but were able to once again be a part of program history.
“When you tie it all together Sigma Nu and USF basketball really go a long ways and it is only appropriate that we celebrate it like this,” said Crotty.
Given its success, the brothers would like to make Sigma Nu men's basketball homecoming an annual event,
“We would love to make it an annual event and get it bigger every year,” Crotty explained. “Then one day we'll be able to have this party in the Basketball Center that the Muma's are building. We'll definitely be a part of the christening when we finally get that built.”