The Hobart and William Smith Committee on Athletics recently announced a joint venture to strengthen the relationship among student-athletes, coaches and faculty.
The Faculty-Athletics Fellows program creates a formal, organized relationship between a sports team and a member of the faculty. It matches a member or members of the faculty with one of the 22 varsity intercollegiate athletic teams.
Fellows will attend a practice, a team meeting, a Peak Performance (Herons) or Napier Leadership (Statesmen) seminar, and be a sidelines guest for a home or away game.
The program is expected to enhance the relationship between coaches and faculty, improve the faculty’s understanding of the role athletics play in the educational mission of the Colleges, and reinforce faculty support of the student-athletes in their search for excellence.
Christine deDenus, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Committee on Athletics, said that since the presentation to the faculty on Dec. 7, “we have had 19 faculty become involved in the program. They have met with the coaches of their sports teams as well as a student-athlete from the team and will begin their venture in January 2006.”
The fellowship idea was presented to the Committee on Athletics by William Smith Crew Head Coach Sandra Chu and Hobart Lacrosse Head Coach Matt Kerwick '90, and is modeled after similar programs at Princeton, Georgetown, and Bucknell universities.
Those who want to get involved should contact Hobart AD Mike Hanna or William Smith AD Deb Steward.