From the AD
Dear Lafayette Leopards Family:
In my first several months on campus, I have been honored to be a part of so many traditions and experiences that make Lafayette College such a special place. As I spend time with all of the many special people, communities, and external partners that make up Leopard Nation, I am struck by the investment they all have in the comprehensive success of our athletic programs and our student-athletes.
I continue to be impressed by the dedication and passion of everyone involved with Lafayette Athletics, who through their investment of time, talent, and, in many cases, philanthropy ensure that we best position our student-athletes for success in the classroom and on the playing field. As I considered the important role our department plays in generating an appropriate return on everyone’s investment, it was clear that we owed all of our constituencies a clear and transparent look at our goals over the next five years, and how we intend to achieve them.
A new athletic director typically has a full year to develop a comprehensive strategic plan, but what I did have waiting for me was a thorough review completed by the athletics review steering committee, with help from Inter-Collegiate Athletic Consulting. The athletics review provided an incredible amount of confidential data and comparative numbers that helped provide a foundation to support our blueprint for the future.
With that in mind—I am pleased to present to you—Creating a Championship Culture—The Strategic Plan for Lafayette Athletics. You’ll likely notice a deep similarity to my five-point vision. Hopefully, you’ll also notice that the work focuses greatly on producing a positive student-athlete experience, defined as creating an opportunity to achieve competitive excellence in an environment where student-athletes are challenged to become better versions of themselves and creating a lifelong connection to the College.
Key to the process will be developing a champion’s mindset among all involved with our teams. As we define it, a champion’s mindset is an everyday approach to your role with a positive attitude and an intrinsic motivation that leads to continual improvement in your contribution to the program’s level of success.
I am glad to be sharing this plan and encourage you all to be a part of what will be the most productive and exciting years in our history. Our staff has already begun work on many of the strategies outlined in our plan, and we look forward to having you on board as we all work together in support of our student-athletes!
Role of Athletics at Lafayette College
- Integrates with the educational experience by providing student-athletes the opportunity to succeed at the highest level in academics and NCAA Division I intercollegiate competition.
- Cultivates committed collaborators and leaders of consequence who distinguish themselves during their college experience and flourish in the world following graduation.
- Develops a more engaging campus experience for the entire community, inspiring a shared allegiance and a lifelong commitment to the College.
- Connects the College’s generations and extended community by building spirit, enthusiasm, and pride in athletic successes.
- Brings positive national and international visibility to the College by highlighting the academic and athletic values of the institution and the Patriot League.
— Athletics Review Steering Committee Adoption June 16, 2017
Definition of Athletic Success at Lafayette College
Lafayette College, through teamwork across all campus constituents, departments, and support services, is committed to achieving excellence in its NCAA Division I athletics program. Success is measured by the ability to create and maintain a winning culture that affords its teams with the opportunity to regularly compete for championships. Success also is achieved through excellence in academic performance, leadership development, and community engagement.
— Steering Committee Adoption June 16, 2017