Athletic Director's Corner

 

Dear Paladin Faithful,

I hope that all is well with you as we roll into the spring of 2017!

Exciting times on campus as new head football coach Clay Hendrix has been busy with recruit visits and filling out his staff.  The staff, in my opinion, will be the best in the league from Day 1.  The current players have responded incredibly well to the new leadership and are working hard in the weight room and the classroom.  Excitement for the football program is higher than at any point in my tenure!

We hope that you will be able to join us at one of the Coaches Tour Events.

We have also been busy with some upgrades and renovations since the winter break.  Baseball has installed a video board which was donated by our friends at the Greenville Drive and has found a new home at Latham Stadium.  We will also embark on replacing the seats in the ballpark as well in the coming weeks.  Timmons Arena has gotten a sound upgrade with new speakers currently in use for our basketball programs. 

With the SoCon Basketball Tournament around the corner, please start planning to join us in Asheville March 2-6 to cheer our men’s and women’s teams to victory.  The team hotel this year is the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, and our fan Headquarters is the Lexington Avenue Brewery (L.A.B) on North Lexington Ave, just .3 miles from the hotel.  We hope that you can join us for another shot at the title in Asheville.  As the season progresses, please support both programs as they vie for top seeding in the tournament.  If you haven’t had the chance to see them play, I strongly recommend it!  They are a thrill to watch and will make you proud to be a Paladin! For those of you making the trip to Asheville to cheer on the teams, please WEAR PURPLE and BE LOUD!  We need to make Asheville feel like our home court!

On the topic of basketball, Furman is proud to be co-hosting the NCAA First and Second Rounds of the Men’s Basketball tournament.  We are all eagerly awaiting to see which eight teams will be slotted in the bracket to play their opening games in Greenville.  Tickets are nearly gone, so if you love college basketball, you should visit

http://www.ncaa.com/tickets/basketball-men/d1 to purchase.

Finally, I hope you will venture to campus this spring to support our kids who are competing, or catch them when they come to a city near you.  Furman student-athletes are the most approachable, driven, focused group of young people who would love to meet you when they are on the road competing. 

Regards,

Mike