Blog Note: Joe Klauder is the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance.
Welcome Back Stags!
With the first week of school under our belts, the 2012-13 school year is off and running. This past week was a busy one, with all of our students moving back on campus, starting classes, seeing friends, and of course our Fall Compliance meetings.
Despite all of the preparation and paperwork that go into these meetings, they truly are one of my favorite things about the new year because I get to see all of my student-athletes in one day! We took a different approach to our meeting set up this year by allowing our student-athletes to complete their NCAA paperwork online. I was a little skeptical at first because I wasn’t sure how many student-athletes check their school emails during the summer. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that before I started my meetings for the day, there were only six kids who had not done them. 416 out of 422 ain’t bad!!
As usual we held our meetings in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room so we could accommodate the large number of student-athletes we had for each meeting. We made our meetings more conversational this year, as our student-athletes were addressed by a number of athletic department reps. Athletics Director Gene Doris welcomed our students back by congratulating them on a successful 2011-12 that was capped off by winning the Commissioners Cup. Our Senior Woman Administrator Alison Sexton covered student-athlete welfare issues and tossed out her “free money” ploy to the Student Assistance Fund. Our Faculty Athletic Representative, Dr. Chris Huntley spoke to our students about his role and his continued involvement to be an advocate for student-athletes. He also talked about his idea of “bring your coach to class day,” which he feels would be a great opportunity to interact with the world of academia, but also continue to show our coaches the hard work these student-athletes give day in and day out.
Finally to round out the night, I spoke to our student-athletes about numerous Compliance topics. I also got to express to them the great opportunity they have at Fairfield University to get a great education and compete on the highest level. I commend our coaching staffs and student athletes for their patience and participation in these meetings. It’s the first step in the success we have in store for the year! GO STAGS!!