From the Director of Athletics – December 2018


As I write this column, our students are nearing the end of Finals Week and will then travel home to be with you over the holidays. You are undoubtedly looking forward to their arrival and they are certainly anticipating the end of the semester and relaxing with family and friends for the next month.

We have so much to celebrate at this time of the year. Your “kids” brighten our lives on a daily basis.  It is such a joy to come to campus each day knowing that it is another opportunity to work with them to achieve their goals and ambitions. Thank you for giving us that opportunity. It is not something that any of us in the Athletic Department take for granted.

The fall competitive season brought much to celebrate. It was the best fall in the history of our department. Many of our sports advanced to their respective NCAA tournaments and performed well in them. Field hockey went to the Final Four; women’s soccer upset West Virginia on their home field in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet Sixteen; men’s soccer was ranked No. 1 in the country throughout the season and went to the Sweet Sixteen; men’s cross country had their best NCAA regional performance since 2001; women’s cross country did the same with their best NCAA regional performance since 2005; and football will play in the Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama on December 22.

ALL of those teams earned points in the Director’s Cup. As a result of their performances, we now stand No. 1 in the ACC and No. 2 nationally in the Director’s Cup, which is our highest ranking ever.

This truly has been a remarkable semester. May you and your family have a special holiday season!

Go Deacs!

Ron Wellman