August 1, 2018
It’s THAT TIME!! Expectations are very high for a successful 2018-2019 Athletics year and we hope you share the excitement… 17 days before our first official game with Women’s Soccer hosting Tennessee Tech. Volleyball opens August 24 and Men’s Soccer starts game action at home on August 26. And don’t forget the season-opening football game versus Kennesaw State on Thursday, August 30.
In keeping with the start-up theme, my August 2018 State of the Panthers shares a vision for Georgia State Athletics. First, GSU Athletics operates on a core belief of creating SUCCESS. Our Culture of Success is based on five components and below are these with specific annual benchmarks to gauge our success (which I encourage you to follow along during the year):
- Academic Achievement:
- Cumulative student-athlete GPA of 3.15
- 100% APR success for all teams
- 75 student-athletes on the Presidential Honor Roll
- Competitive Greatness:
- Win the Rivalry Series
- Have 6 teams reach post-season
- Win 5 conference championships
- Average 7 points per team in the Bubas Cup
- Ethical Behavior:
- Finish the year with a balanced operating budget
- No NCAA Level I or II violations
- Social Responsibility:
- Develop our career preparation programming for student-athletes
- Community Engagement:
- 100% of all staff are Panther Athletic Club members
- Exceed previous year ticket sales and PAC donations by 5%
Secondly, as we self-evaluate, in addition to the continual need to sell more tickets and grow the Panther Athletic Club into a multi-million dollar annual fund, it is paramount that we become the athletics program where winning championships is the norm from all our teams. First-class facilities are crucial for this growth. If you want to dream, then look at the attached – a conceptual GSU Athletics District within proximity to campus and Pete Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium. Imagine all GSU teams practicing and competing in Downtown Atlanta and most within walking distance to campus. Talk about a new Georgia State.
How do we make it happen? Simply stated, if this plan excites you or you want to see a particular team or teams be consistent championship contenders, then we need your financial investment. Yes, the stadium is fantastic. Yes, we are excited about the Convocation Center. But, our challenge is to keep funding projects that in the near-term (not ten or twenty years from now) create our ASPIRATIONAL athletics program. This cannot be accomplished by expecting someone else to give and as my dad always told me “money doesn’t fall from the sky.” That’s the old GSU narrative. Our new narrative is that we need leadership gifts from our most vocal and passionate alums and supporters if any of this is going to be accomplished. Gifts like the one from long-time supporters Amanda Scott and Michael Kehoe that put the PAC over our 2017-2018 goal.
Last summer, most questions that I received were about the stadium. This summer, it’s “when will we break ground on the baseball stadium?” Simple answer is when we have the money to start. It’s going to be a fantastic venue, but is that in two years or ten years? The answer lies with the Panther Family.
Many thanks for reading. Your support is greatly appreciated and, hopefully, reciprocated by the work of our coaches, staff, and, most importantly, student-athletes.
Director of Athletics