Welcome to True to the Cru, your 24/7 Source for UMHB Athletics News, Features, Photos and More.
True To The Cru was launched in November of 2020, with the intent to cover one of the nation’s most successful D3 athletic programs, and go in-depth with the latest from Cru athletics.
The site features daily coverage, and everything from game recaps, to interviews, to action shots from the latest happenings in UMHB athletics.
The site was started with the goal to do more than just recap games and dive into the stats. True To The Cru believes in ethical journalism and will go behind the score to bring you the stories that contribute to the rich tradition and the family atmosphere of UMHB athletics.
Riley Zayas, Co-Founder, Managing Editor
Riley Zayas founded True To The Cru in November of 2020 with the goal to cover UMHB athletics and give UMHB fans an inside look at the Cru, from previews, to game recaps, to feature stories and much more. Zayas is also a national contributor to D3football.com and D3hoops.com, in addition to serving as a D3 women’s basketball Top 25 voter. His byline has also appeared in Sports Illustrated Kids, Horns Illustrated, Sports Spectrum, and College Baseball Nation.
Luke Zayas, Director of Content Creation
Luke Zayas is a sports and nature photographer in central Texas. His photography career began when he and his brother founded True To The Cru, in 2020. Since then, Luke has expanded his portfolio to include nature and landscape photos as well as action shots at many sporting events. He enjoys capturing the memorable and candid moments of life through his artistic ability.
“Photography captures the smallest details and emotions of the biggest moments in life.”
Russell Marwitz, Photographer
Russell Marwitz’s journey in photography began in the mid-’80s when it was introduced to him by his father. He learned photography when they used film as the medium, and developing it was a long process. They even built a darkroom to develop black and white film and process the prints faster. During this time, he learned much about the dynamics of photography. In those days, taking pictures at school events and entering 4-H photo contests fueled his passion. He has enjoyed seeing the changes in the world of photography since he first began. As Russell’s family became involved in equine and sporting events, he was excited for the opportunity to pick up his cameras in a more active role once again. Their adventures led him to take pictures at everything from livestock shows, horse events, athletic competitions to dances. Eventually, organizations noticed his capability for creating quality photos and invited him to come and capture a variety of events. He enjoys capturing sports/action photography, formal events, portraits, and landscaping. When Russell isn’t pursuing his passion for photography, he works in the IT industry as an application architect in large-scale information systems. He lives in rural central Texas and commutes to Austin to work.
William Roberts, Content Creator
William Roberts played for the UMHB men’s basketball team and is currently pursuing a degree in Sport Management from UMHB. with a minor in multimedia and technology. He says, “I once heard we are a D3 with a D1 atmosphere but not D1 coverage and I want to help change that any way I can.”
Follow William at @1WilliamRoberts on Twitter and at @C1osen on Instagram.
Gina Spataro, Director of strategic communications/marketing