Hello Alumni, Friends, and Supporters!
I finally have a chance to reflect on my first four months as Director of Athletics now that our fall sports have ended. So much has happened so fast at Daemen; let’s start with the athletic accomplishments of our Fall Sports: 1) Women’s Soccer won the program’s first-ever regular season AMC Championship, 2) Men’s Cross-Country won the AMC Championship, and 3) Volleyball won 20+ matches and advanced to the AMC Championship Game. I also want to recognize our Men’s Soccer team on qualifying for the AMC Tournament, as well as the Women’s Cross Country team which finished third in the AMC. Once again this year, several of our fall teams received votes throughout the season for the NAIA Top 25 national poll. All in all, Daemen College Athletics had a very successful Fall 2011 campaign.
Fall 2011 saw a changing of the guard of sorts within the athletic department at Daemen. I took over the leadership role as the Director of Athletics in August and Katie Bishop began her duties as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance/Senior Women’s Administrator in early October. The primary goal for 2011–2012 will be to successfully guide Daemen College into NCAA Division II membership. The NCAA application is long and encompassing. The NCAA process includes the involvement of not only the athletic department, but all institutional entities working together to submit an application for NCAA D-II membership by June 1, 2012. We anticipate a decision by the NCAA Committee in July 2012. Many key initiatives have already been completed in order to enhance our overall NCAA application; however we still have some work to do. Some initiatives that have been completed are: 1) Partnership with NIKE, 2) Renovations of the Cardiovascular/Weight Rooms, 3) Newly created corporate partnership program, etc. Other initiatives that need to be addressed moving forward would be our facilities, staffing needs, and sponsoring additional sports. It is an exciting time to be involved in Daemen Athletics as we move forward towards NCAA membership and continue to grow and enhance our athletic programs.
I see Daemen College Athletics as a potential force to be reckoned with within the NCAA D-II. There is no reason that we shouldn’t be able to compete for championships immediately. This vision will take a lot of hard work and support from the institution, community, and alumni to be successful. Your continued support will help prepare Daemen Athletics for the future. I will continue to provide updates on Daemen Athletics throughout the year as we make this new transition. Please keep in touch and let me know what I can do to make Daemen College Athletics better.
Thank you for your support – Go Wildcats!
William Morris, Director of Athletics