Islanders ready to jump into the Deep End

Courtesy of Islander Athletics/TAMU-CC - Students raise a shaka in support of Islander Basketball last season. The athletic department hopes rebranding the current student section will bring in more student interest at this year’s sporting events.

Courtesy of Islander Athletics/TAMU-CC - Students raise a shaka in support of Islander Basketball last season. The athletic department hopes rebranding the current student section will bring in more student interest at this year’s sporting events.

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Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi has announced a new, rebranded student section for upcoming sporting events known as, “The Deep End.” With TAMU-CC’s current student section, the Blue Crew, seeing a decrease in student participation in recent sporting seasons, a rebrand was necessary in order to get more current students involved.

“We felt as though we were losing a little momentum with our current student section,” said Athletic Director Jon Palumbo “…So, we decided to look into rebranding and had a professional group come in and do some consulting work for our new student section.”.

The professional consulting group spent a few days with the sports department, watching a few sporting events and noticing what needed to be revamped for the current student section. This soon led to the Athletic department sending out surveys to the current students at TAMU-CC last basketball season to get ideas for a new name regarding the student section. The Athletic department ended up receiving over 50 new names for the student section, narrowing down to only a few before a poll was put up.

“I think the name is really appealing to the students,” said freshman Hudson Murphy “…I think the new student section will be a very cool and unique experience for freshman. I believe this is also a great way to improve our student life here at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.”

“This is a student section for all students,” said Palumbo, “and we hope many students become involved with the Deep End. We also hope to get freshmen involved early on in hopes of developing a new culture around our sporting teams.

“Everybody is welcome to come out. We’ll be doing a lot of giveaways with t-shirts, and other sporting items to make a more memorable experience.”

Also in the works is a shuttle that would drive TAMU-CC students to the American Bank Center in downtown Corpus Christi for this season of men and women’s basketball games. This would include a shuttle for the first men’s basketball exhibition game on Nov. 6 against Louisiana Tech.

This has been considered as an option due to the low student turnout in recent years for Islander basketball as many students do not wish to drive that far for a home basketball game. There has also been brainstorming by the Athletic department to include a variety of tailgating events for this upcoming basketball season, but this will need to be addressed to TAMU-CC campus police and the Corpus Christi police force before moving forward.

“I’m really excited for this year’s new student section,” said freshman Connor Roth. “There’s lots of things I’ll be looking forward to come basketball season. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is a great environment for student life, and I hope this rebranding effort leads more students to participate.”

In the next couple of weeks the Athletic department will give out new and updated information regarding The Deep End along with the things that will go into the new student section starting this basketball season.

You can check out the schedules for all Islander Athletics events at goislanders.com.