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To The Top - Behind The Scenes

Oct. 2, 2017


In my first 3 editions of To The Top, I’ve attempted to cover some important issues, yet in a rather light-hearted manner. They included:

I’ve Been Everywhere Man to explain all the places I’d been, and all the great people I’ve met on behalf of Southern Miss Athletics; to listen to their concerns, their vision, and their expectations for our program

Take Me Out to the Ballgame to celebrate the on and off-field achievements of our baseball team’s championship season under Coach Scott Berry’s leadership; excellence in the classroom and on the field of play

Mission Impossible to share the power of our Departmental Mission; in short, we didn’t have one, and this represents a major accomplishment for our Department; strictly focused on alignment with the University’s educational mission, and the Academic, Athletic and Personal Wellbeing of each and every one of our Student-Athletes 

The purpose of this message is to share with you some of the incredible strides we’ve made in the past 7 months, behind the scenes, as we have reshaped our infrastructure and internal operation. This has included, but is not limited to the following:

* Excellent working relationship with President Bennett, including the reporting of monthly significant activity across all facets of the athletic department

* Development of a Leadership Team within the Department (Daniel Feig, Kent Hegenauer, Sonya Varnell, Christi Holloway, Stephen Pugh, Brian Morrison, and Caroline Bevillard) to help guide our planning, goals and processes

* In addition to our Mission, we have refined our Guiding Principles – Respect, Positive Energy, Focus, Excellence, Collaboration, and Honor

* Our Operations Plan includes 12 Operational Priorities and 56 Goals; each goal has been assigned to a member of our Leadership Team to manage the goal through completion

* Identified a new location and continuing fundraising efforts for our Jeff Bower Academic Excellence Center within the University Library

* The refinement of our Annual Fund (The Eagle Club) and nearly 100% participation amongst our Staff and Coaches

* Updated website – improving our online presence and engagement with the friends of Southern Miss Athletics

* The development of a comprehensive Needs Report for the Department

* Comprehensive data collection for all Sport Programs

We have been working on this and so much more (behind the scenes) to create the infrastructure which will serve as the foundation for our future. More to follow shortly – stay tuned!



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