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The Official Stetson Athletics Magazine

◄ Men’s soccer goalkeeper Andreas Schnabl hopes to backstop the Hatters to an Atlantic Sun Championship this fall. Page 4.

Also Inside:

A Journey to Where We Are page 2 Hatter Fall Sport Features pages 4-6 Tip of the Hat page 18 Stetson Football A to Z Guide page 20 Broadcast Information page 27

Volume 1 Issue 1 Aug.-Sept. 2013 Commemorative Edition

HEART & SOUL

Patrick Cone (left) and Fletcher Eldemire (right) helped build the Stetson Football program from scratch. Pages 12-14.

• Ages 12 & younger • Includes a Jr. Hatter Kids Club T-shirt & membership card • Free General Admission Seating to Men’s/Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Softball and Baseball. • Free General Admission Seating to select Men’s Basketball Games. To purchase your Jr. Hatters Kids Club Membership, Please call 386-738-6698 or ill out an order form & return to Stetson University 421 N. Woodlawn Blvd, Unit 8359 DeLand, FL 32723

FIRST LITTLE HATTER - $30 ADDITIONAL LITTLE HATTERS - $20 JR. HATTER KIDS CLUB APPLICATION FORM Parent Name: ________________________________ Kid’s Name: ___________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________ City _______________________ State _______ Zip __________________ E-mail: __________________________ Phone Number: ___________________T-Shirt Size: _____Birthday ______________ Cash ____ Check ____ Credit Card ____ Circle One: VISA MC Discover AMEX ______________________________________________ Ex: ____________ Checks made payable to Stetson University

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About the Magazine

A Message from the Athletic Director . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Men’s Soccer Feature and Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Women’s Soccer Feature and Schedule . . . . . . . . . 5 Volleyball Feature and Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Stetson Football Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Stetson Cross Country Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Social Media Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Head Coach Roger Hughes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Assistant Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Heart and Soul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-14 Compliance Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 Tip Of the Hat: Women’s Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 SAAC Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Stetson Football A to Z Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Tailgating Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Stetson Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Athletic Department Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Hatters Return to the Air Waves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Athletic Expansion Initiative Donor List . . . . . . . . . 28 Back Page Commentary (Dr. Libby) . . . . Back Cover

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Volume 1 • Issue 1 Aug.-Sept. 2013

The Official Stetson Athletics Magazine

◄ Men’s soccer goalkeeper Andreas Schnabl hopes to backstop the Hatters to an Atlantic Sun Championship this fall. Page 5.

Also Inside:

A message from the Athletic Director p. 2 Hatter Fall Sport Features p. 6-8 Stetson University Section p. XX TIP of the HAT p. 20 Broadcast Information p. 28

Volume 1 Issue 1 Aug.-Sept. 2013 Commemorative Edition

HEART & SOUL

Patrick Cone (left) and Fletcher Eldermire (right) helped build the Stetson Football program from scratch. Pages 12-14.

#HootyHoo is a publication of the Stetson University Athletic Department. All rights reserved. Designed and edited by the Stetson Athletic Communications office. Photography by Jim Hogue, David Williams, PhotosInMotion.net, Stetson University, and Stetson Athletics. Printing by Independent Printing.

#HootyHoo Schedule: Issue 1: Aug.-Sept. 2013 - Commemorative Edition Issue 2: Oct.-Nov. 2013 Issue 3: Dec.-Jan. 2014 Issue 4: February 2014 Issue 5: March 2014 Issue 6: April-May 2014

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August-September, 2013

Jeff Altier: Journey To Where We Are

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athletic facilities or build new ones. This group provided the impetus and majority of resources to build The Wilson Athletic Center to address the health and well-being of all student-athletes. Other projects included the creation of the six-court Mandy Stoll Tennis Center and enhanced lighting at the Stetson Soccer complex and Patricia Wilson Field. The latter has been named the “Softball Field of the Year” four times by the Sports Turf Managers Association. Bob Apgar, Chipper Jones, Art Sullivan, Patricia Wilson, Dale Melching, Linda Davis and other influential team members joined forces with Stetson University and the City of DeLand to build Melching Field at Conrad Park, one of the finest collegiate baseball facilities in the South. It was on December 20, 2008, during my first in-depth conversation with Stetson’s newly appointed president, Dr. Wendy Libby, that it became clear that athletics was about to begin a new era. The conversation was candid and focused on the vibrancy of Stetson’s campus, alumni pride, the role of athletics in a liberal arts university – and the impact athletics could have on enrollment and campus life. By the end of our conversation there was little doubt in my mind that Dr. Libby was committed to improving Stetson and valued the contributions that athletics could make toward growing enrollment, enlivening the campus, and enhancing community spirit. In a gesture that symbolized the importance of athletics to the institution, she elevated the Athletic Director position to a seat on the President’s Cabinet. The following year, the University began concentrated studies in five strategic areas to ascertain how we could better position Stetson to grow enrollment, enhance student retention, and ensure greater financial stability. A consistent recommendation from

t has been a wonderful 30-year journey as I have watched significant transformation occur in Stetson athletics. Over those 30 years I have been a student-athlete, a baseball coach, fundraiser, promoter, ticket manager, event supervisor, athletic director and a member of the President’s Cabinet. It has been an adventure growing an athletic program to compete at the highest levels of college athletics in the academic and athletic realms. The challenges have been enormous and magnified against the limited resources of a selective liberal arts university in the South. In 1982, I served as co-captain of the baseball team and Stetson’s first NCAA Division I post-season team. After graduating, I volunteered as an assistant coach before serving as a graduate assistant in charge of fundraising and eventually becoming a fulltime employee. In the years to follow, Stetson baseball won three consecutive conference championships and participated in four NCAA Baseball Regionals; I ventured further away from coaching and into athletic administration, becoming athletic director in 1996. In partnership with President Doug Lee, we immediately began addressing the University’s commitment to women’s athletics and our athletic facilities. We developed a five-year plan that allowed us to gradually increase funding to provide for more participation opportunities, scholarship resources and staff to support our female students. Additionally, we pulled together a group of highly influential alumni and business leaders (later known as the Trustee Athletic Committee) and embarked on campaigns to improve existing

The The Athletic Athletic Training Training Center Center houses houses the the soccer, soccer, lacrosse, lacrosse, and and football football teams teams along along with with athletic athletic training areas areas and and aa state-of-the-art state-of-the-art strength strength and and conditioning conditioning facility. facility.

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August-September, 2013

Jeff Altier: Journey To Where We Are

The The City City of of DeLand DeLand renovated renovated Spec Spec Martin Martin Stadium Stadium with with aa focused focused effort effort on on the the press press box, box, scoreboard, scoreboard, locker locker rooms, rooms, parking, parking, athletic athletic training training room room and and landscaping. landscaping. three of the study groups was to add club sports and to explore the addition of other intercollegiate sports, including football. After two years of thorough internal and independent external studies, and vetting a plan through the Board of Trustees, Stetson decided to move forward with football. The decision, however, was contingent upon the City of DeLand’s approval to renovate Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. The City had previously evaluated the substantial impact that the addition of football and other sports could have on the area economy; the 2011 City Commission approval was immediate and enthusiastic. In the months following, Dr. Roger Hughes was selected to lead the football team. Roger, a brilliant football coach with a doctoral degree and Ivy League pedigree, had the experience to recruit non-scholarship Division I prospects, energize a community, and provide instant credibility to our academic and alumni communities. Our invitation to join the Pioneer Football League (PFL) provided Stetson with a complete Division I football schedule that matched us against schools similar in size, academic quality, and level of commitment to intercollegiate athletics. At the same time, we began the Athletic Expansion Initiative campaign to fund start-up costs and also developed a national alumni tailgate marketing plan. We hired a Director of Football Operations and aggressively moved forward with a nationwide student recruitment program. Construction on our new Athletic Training Center (ATC) – to house our football, soccer and lacrosse teams – began as our soccer season ended. Coaches were hired to lead the new women’s lacrosse and sand volleyball teams. By the end of national signing day in early 2012, we had more than doubled the number of scholar-athletes we expected to recruit. As we finalized the 2013 football schedule and completed our budgets, excitement in the community was building. The Fall

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2012 football entering class arrived the same day that a temporary certificate of occupancy was issued for the ATC. The opening of the ATC allowed us to make significant strides in the ways in which we support our student-athletes. Within the facility are coaches’ offices, meeting space, team locker rooms, athletic treatment areas and a state-of-the-art weight room. The building is surrounded by four lighted intercollegiate varsity fields that are fully equipped with scoreboards and public address systems. As football practice began, fans started flocking to the practice site. We brought a marching band consultant to campus and decided to move forward with a football band under the direction of Doug Phillips. Homecoming, with a green/white football game, featured record-setting alumni participation, on-campus tailgating, a pep rally and fireworks. The City of DeLand began the renovation of Spec Martin Stadium with a focused effort on the press box, scoreboard, locker rooms, parking, athletic training room and landscaping. The City Commission approved a parking and tailgating policy, and as the City completed the stadium, the University finalized plans for Hatter Village, an interactive fan experience on Alabama Avenue. August 31, 2013, marks the successful completion of the Athletics Expansion Initiative, a University effort to grow enrollment, enhance the vibrancy of campus, engage our alumni, and provide the University with improved financial stability. The celebration will officially commence 15 minutes before the 7 p.m. kickoff, as Stetson’s football alumni will be recognized standing side by side with the newest Hatter Football team. As we look back at the last four years leading up to this moment, I encourage everyone in our community to join the celebration.

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August-September, 2013

Andreas Schnabl Seeks Championship in Senior Season Men’s Soccer Schedule

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tetson men’s soccer senior Andreas Schnabl began playing soccer at the age of six in Blaichach, Germany. Back then he never imagined that one day he would grow up to be an elite NCAA Division I goalkeeper. In fact, it wasn’t until his senior year of high school that he even considered moving to the United States to play soccer at the collegiate level. “It was definitely not an easy decision,” he said of coming to the U.S. “It’s a pretty big deal to leave your family, your friends, and your country.” Now, three years after arriving on Stetson’s campus as a freshman, Schnabl will be remembered as one of the best goalkeepers in program history. As a junior he broke the program record when he recorded his 12th career shutout, and he currently ranks first in the record books with a goals-against-average of 1.19. But like most highly successful studentathletes, Schnabl knows that it is his team’s accomplishments that will be remembered and cherished years down the line. “It’s a nice accomplishment, but I don’t think a lot of people remember those

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individual stats,” he said of holding a multitude of Stetson records. “I think that championships and going far into the NCAA Tournament are much more significant. That’s what will have a positive effect on the program.” Schnabl began his collegiate career the year after Stetson won the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and earned a berth to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The senior understands that this is his last chance to lead the Hatters back to the Big Dance, and he is excited for the challenge. “I’m really excited, to be honest,” Schnabl said of his final season. “The first three years the expectations were really high, but unfortunately we never really reached our goals. This is the seniors’ last shot. “Since we have a big group of fresh faces, the seniors know what we need to do to show them exactly how we can succeed,” he said in reference to the fact that Stetson returned 13 players from last season, and brought in 14 newcomers to camp this summer. Some might look at the situation as a problem, but Schnabl sees it as both a

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Date # Opponent Time/Result AUGUST 19 Mon. # Florida Southern 7:00 pm 22 Thu. # Florida Tech 7:00 pm 24 Sat. # at St. Leo 5:00 pm 30 Fri. UMASS-Lowell 5:00 pm SEPTEMBER 2 Mon. at USF 7:30 pm 8 Sun. Grand Canyon 7:00 pm 13 Fri. ^ vs. Georgia Southern 5:00 pm 15 Sun. ^ vs. Winthrop 1:00 pm 18 Wed. at UCF 7:00 pm 22 Sun. at James Madison 1:00 pm 28 Sat. LaSalle 7:00 pm OCTOBER 4 Fri. * Northern Kentucky 7:00 pm 6 Sun. * Lipscomb 1:00 pm 11 Fri. * at USC Upstate 6:00 pm 13 Sun. * at ETSU 1:00 pm 20 Sun. * Mercer 1:00 pm 26 Sat. * Florida Gulf Coast 7:30 pm NOVEMBER 2 Sat. * at North Florida 7:00 pm 9 Sat. * at Jacksonville 7:00 pm 10 Sun. at Florida Atlantic 1:00 pm 13 Wed. A-Sun Quarterfinals TBA 15 Fri. A-Sun Semifinals TBA 17 Sun. A-Sun Championship TBA # - Exhibition ^ - Mercer Tournament, Macon, Ga. * - Atlantic Sun Conference match All times Eastern and subject to change Home matches in Bold

challenge and a reason for the team to succeed. “There are a lot of positive aspects to that,” he said. “First of all, it is highly competitive. If you don’t know most of the guys you’re playing with, you’re going to give even more every day in training. You can’t get comfortable.” Even if Schnabl never wins that championship, he will still have made his mark on the Stetson men’s soccer program. “I thought about it a lot at the time,” he said of leaving home to play soccer at Stetson. “But I haven’t regretted my choice a single day.”

August-September, 2013

Soccer Coach Manoj Khettry Enjoying His New Home Women’s Soccer Schedule

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fter a stray April afternoon thundershower interrupted the Stetson-ETSU softball game this past spring, the student-athletes, coaches and maintenance staff sprang into action to get Patricia Wilson Field dried out and game-ready. What the spectators didn’t expect to see, and what likely went unnoticed by most, was new women’s soccer head coach Manoj Khettry also jumping in to help the cause. He carried heavy bags of “Turface” to the diamond, helped spread it around to soak up errant puddles of water, and he did it all with a smile on his face.

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“From the moment I began learning about Stetson, I knew it was a special place,” Khettry said after his appointment back on March 27 as the third head coach in program history. “I was so impressed with the vision of the future of Stetson and Stetson Athletics that I knew I wanted to be a part of what they were creating.” So Khettry immersed himself in Stetson Athletics. In addition to chipping in at Patricia Wilson Field, he was watching and cheering on the Hatters from the balcony of the Stetson Athletic Training Center when the women’s lacrosse team won its first game in program history on April 14, and he has built a great rapport with the football coaching staff. Khettry has been known to frequently send his players over to the other side of the Athletic Training Center to cheer on the gridiron gang during scrimmages, and he has found it extremely helpful to pick the brain of head coach Roger Hughes as a way of learning and growing as a coach. “I’ve really enjoyed the support, obviously the facilities, and how we are set up for success here at Stetson,” Khettry said of what he enjoys the most about his new gig. “The people surrounding the program have been awesome.”

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Date # Opponent Time/Result AUGUST 16 Fri. # Armstrong Atlantic 6:00 pm 19 Mon. # Saint Leo 7:30 pm 23 Fri. Embry-Riddle 7:00 pm 25 Sun. Troy 1:00 pm 30 Fri. Florida International 7:30 pm SEPTEMBER 6 Fri. at Georgia Southern 7:00 pm 8 Sun. at South Carolina State 1:00 pm 13 Fri. at UCF 7:00 pm 20 Fri. at Eastern Michigan 4:00 pm 22 Sun. at Detroit 1:00 pm 27 Fri. * North Florida 7:00 pm 29 Sun. * Jacksonville 1:00 pm OCTOBER 4 Fri. * at Lipscomb 8:00 pm 6 Sun. * at Northern Kentucky 12:00 pm 11 Fri. * USC Upstate 7:00 pm 13 Sun. * ETSU 1:00 pm 18 Fri. * at Kennesaw State 7:00 pm 20 Sun. * at Mercer 1:00 pm 26 Sat. * Florida Gulf Coast 5:00 pm NOVEMBER 2 Sat. A-Sun Quarterfinals TBA 8 Fri. A-Sun Semifinals TBA 10 Sun. A-Sun Finals TBA # - Exhibition * - Atlantic Sun Conference match All times Eastern and subject to change Home matches in Bold

Now that he has settled in, and made himself at home at Stetson, Khettry’s eyes are on his team, and the very specific goals he has for his program. “My ultimate goal is to create a program where players strive for excellence and achievement,” he said. “That’s not just on the field. It’s also off the field. We want to produce young women who are confident, responsible, disciplined, committed student-athletes. I want to empower them so that when they leave here they feel like they can accomplish anything in their lives.”

August-September, 2013

Summer Abroad Gives Morgan Pautsch New Perspective 2013 Volleyball Schedule

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atter volleyball junior Morgan Pautsch missed the first four days of fall practice, but she had a pretty good excuse. Pautsch was one of 40 Stetson University School of Business Administration students who participated in the Summer Innsbruck Program, a six-week session of courses taught at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. “It was such a great experience to be able to take classes in a different country,” Pautsch said. “Austria is completely different than the United States. I knew it was going to be different, but you really have to experience it firsthand to fully understand the culture.” A native of California, Pautsch had never been out of the country before, but she had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe for a couple of weeks with her mother and sister before heading to Austria. “We went to London, Paris, Rome, Florence, and then they dropped me off in Innsbruck,” Pautsch said. “It was nice going from America to London first, because it was still an English speaking country. The biggest change was going from London to Paris. Obviously they speak French and not very much English, so that was pretty different.” Once she got to Innsbruck, Pautsch took two Stetson University courses, an Education seminar with Dr. Mercedes Tichenor, and a Business Statistics class with Dr. John Tichenor. Credits for those courses helped fill requirements for her General Business major.

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After hitting the books hard during the week, Pautsch and her classmates were able to travel around Europe on the weekends, usually by train. The widespread use of public transportation was one the the cultural differences Pautsch observed during her time in Austria. “Everyone is very active,” she said. “It seems like they are walking or biking everywhere.” Pautch said learning to speak a few German phrases went a long way in being able to communicate, but a lot of the local people spoke English as well. She was also able to keep her volleyball skills sharp despite being so far from home. “I got to play a couple times at the sand courts close to where our housing was, so that was awesome,” Pautsch said. “I also joined a gym in Innsbruck to improve my strength for the upcoming season.” When Pautsch returned to Stetson after nearly two full months abroad, she was greeted with big smiles and a plethora of hugs from her teammates. “I was gone for so long and eager to get back, and to have a fresh start to the season,” Pautsch said. “Just hearing such good things from others about how practice has gone so far, I was definitely really excited to get back.” Pautsch will do some more traveling when she and her Hatter teammates head to Laramie, Wyoming to open the 2013 volleyball season at the UniWyo Invite.

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Date # Opponent Time/Result AUGUST 30 Fri. 1 vs. Drake 11:00 am 30 Fri. 1 at Wyoming 3:30 pm 31 Sat. 1 vs. Montana State 11:00 am 31 Sat. 1 vs. Idaho 7:00 pm SEPTEMBER 6 Fri. 2 Savannah State 3:00 pm 6 Fri. 2 Bethune-Cookman 7:00 pm 7 Sat. 2 Providence 11:00 am 7 Sat. 2 Savannah State 3:00 pm 13 Fri. 3 vs. Southern 10:00 am 13 Fri. 3 at Southeastern La. 2:00 pm 14 Sat. 3 vs. Nebraska-Omaha 10:00 am 14 Sat. 3 vs. Louisiana Tech 2:00 pm 17 Tue. Bethune-Cookman 7:00 pm 20 Fri. * North Florida 6:00 pm 21 Sat. * Jacksonville 3:00 pm 24 Tue. at Bethune-Cookman 7:00 pm 27 Fri. * Mercer 6:00 pm 28 Sat. * Kennesaw State 5:00 pm OCTOBER 1 Tue. at Florida Atlantic 6:00 pm 4 Fri. * Florida Gulf Coast 6:00 pm 11 Fri. * at ETSU 6:00 pm 12 Sat. * at USC Upstate 3:00 pm 18 Fri. * Northern Kentucky 6:00 pm 19 Sat. * Lipscomb 2:00 pm 22 Tue. * at Jacksonville 7:00 pm 25 Fri. * at Kennesaw State 7:00 pm 26 Sat. * at Mercer 3:00 pm NOVEMBER 1 Fri. * USC Upstate 6:00 pm 2 Sat. * ETSU 5:00 pm 5 Tue. * at North Florida 6:00 pm 9 Sat. * at Florida Gulf Coast 2:00 pm 15 Fri. * at Lipscomb 7:30 pm 16 Sat. * at Northern Kentucky 3:00 pm 21-3 Th.-Sat. at Atlantic Sun Championship 1 - UniWyo Wyoming Invite, Laramie, Wyo. 2 - Stetson Westin Classic, DeLand, Fla. 3 - Lion Classic, Hammond, La. * - Atlantic Sun Conference match All times Eastern and subject to change Home matches in Bold

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2013 Stetson University Football Schedule DATE Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 16 Nov. 23

OPPONENT Warner University at Florida Tech Birmingham-Southern San Diego * at Butler * Dayton * at Marist * Campbell * Davidson * at Jacksonville * at Mercer *

LOCATION DeLand, Fla. Palm Bay, Fla. DeLand, Fla. DeLand, Fla. Indianapolis, Ind. DeLand, Fla. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. DeLand, Fla. DeLand, Fla. Jacksonville, Fla. Macon, Ga.

TIME 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

RADIO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO WSBB/WRSO

* - Pioneer Football League contest Home games in bold and played at Spec Martin Stadium All times Eastern and subject to change

2013 Cross Country Schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 6 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 27 Oct. 18 Nov. 2 Senior Andrew Epifanio

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Event/Location North Florida XC Challenge Jacksonville, Fla. USF Invitational Tampa, Fla. Florida/Mountain Dew Invitational Gainesville, Fla. Embry-Riddle Invitational Daytona Beach, Fla. FLRunners Invitational Titusville, Fla. UCF Black and Gold Invitational Orlando, Fla. Atlantic Sun Championship Nashville, Tenn.

Head Coach: Joe Matuszczak

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Senior Sabrina Guzsvany

August-September, 2013

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August-September, 2013

Head Coach Roger Hughes

Roger Hughes will lead Stetson Football into its re-inauguration in the 2013 season. Hughes comes to Stetson after 10 seasons as head coach at Princeton, where he won the 2006 Ivy League championship and was the only coach in the history of Ivy League football to improve his team’s win total by two games in three consecutive seasons. At Princeton, Hughes coached 25 First Team All-Ivy League honorees and a pair of FCS (formerly I-AA) All-Americans from 2000-09. Prior to Princeton, he was the offensive coordinator at Ivy League rival Dartmouth for nearly a decade; during his time leading the offense in Hanover, N.H., the Big Green won 22 consecutive games and Ivy League crowns in 1992 and 1996. A native of Crawford, Nebraska, Hughes played football and golf at Doane College, graduating in 1982. He moved on to the University of Nebraska as a graduate assistant, helping coach the Cornhuskers to the 1984 Sugar Bowl and 1985 Fiesta Bowl while earning his Ph.D. in 1987. Roger Hughes Doane College, 1982 1st Season

Other career stops for Hughes include offensive coordinator at his alma mater, running backs coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater and offensive coordinator/strength and conditioning coach at Cameron University. Hughes and his wife Laura have one daughter, Maddison.

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August-September, 2013

The Assistant Coaches Atif Austin - Running Backs

Nolan Behrns - Director of Operations

A native of Tampa, Fla., Atif Austin spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Iowa after completing a graduate assistant position at Southwest Minnesota State. He coached running backs at UNI. A graduate of Iowa State University, Austin was a four-year varsity letterman and a four-year starter from 19992002.

Nolan Behrns got his start in football while an undergraduate at the University of NebraskaOmaha from 2007-10, serving as an offensive student assistant coach. He worked with the wide receivers and the defensive scout team as well as taking responsibility for all video operations and communications with UNO sports information.

Dennis Danielson - Defensive Line

Tim Keating - Receivers Coach

Dennis Danielson is fresh off a long career as a coach and scout in the numerous American football leagues that have blossomed across Europe. Most recently he has worked as defensive line coach with the Swarco Raiders in Austria, helping the team to the Austrian title and a berth in the Eurobowl.

Tim Keating capped his almost two decade run as the most successful coach in McDaniel College history. Keating’s teams won seven Centennial Conference titles and ran off 33 straight conference wins. He also led the squad to five straight appearances in the NCAA playoffs between 1997 and 2001. For his efforts, Keating was named the Division III Coach of the Year by American Football Quarterly in 1997.

Eric Kornhauser - Tight Ends

BradLokey-Strength& Conditioning

Eric Kornhauser in a native Floridian who is returning to his home turf after spending one season as an assistant coach at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. During the 2011 season, his first as a collegiate coach, he oversaw the running backs and assisted with special teams.

A former member of the United States Marine Corps, Lokey oversees the strength and conditioning program for all 18 of Stetson’s varsity sports. Lokey is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association as well as by the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He is also certified as a personal trainer.

Patrick Saporito - Defensive Backs

Terry Tilghman - Offensive Line

Patrick Saporito comes to Stetson from AldersonBroaddus College, where he spent the 2011 season coaching receivers. He also coached receivers and tight ends at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., in 2010. Saporito’s other college coaching stops have included SUNY-Maritime in the Bronx, N.Y., and at the University of Charleston (WV).

Terry Tilghman came to Stetson after serving for five seasons as offensive line coach at Kent State University in Ohio where he worked for head coach Doug Martin. Before his stint at Kent State, Tilghman spent three seasons as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of North Alabama. A native of Mesquite, Texas, Tilghman played collegiately at East Carolina University.

Brandon Wright - Linebackers

BrianYoung- Defensive Coordinator

Brandon Wright joins the Stetson staff as linebackers coach after spending the previous two seasons coaching defensive backs at Franklin College. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C. Wright played for two years at Newberry College before suffering a career-ending shoulder injury.

Brian Young comes to Stetson from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he served as defensive backs coach for two seasons. He is a native of Savannah, Ga., and a product of Georgia Southern University. Young has a long and distinguished career as a football coach at multiple levels. He has coached professional players for several arena teams and also worked with the Buffalo Bills as a training camp assistant.

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he day is etched in the memory of Stetson football coach Roger Hughes, one of those indelible images that will stick with him long after his coaching days are over.

“He was the very first person to come talk to me when I got the job from a players standpoint,” Hughes said. “He was in there the very next day, in my make-shift office at the Edmunds Center.”

Hughes had just been selected as the coach to resurrect Stetson football from 56 years of purgatory. He had no office to speak of, no fields, no equipment, no staff and, most importantly, no players.

Cone, who was born into a football family, came to Stetson from Altamonte Springs where he played at Orangewood Christian School. He did not plan to play college football, thinking his days as a player ended after his senior season. But then he saw the announcement on the news that Stetson was bringing football back, and that Hughes would lead the program.

The mountain of obstacles in front of him was as high as the many jagged peaks of the Himalayas. But it didn’t take long for the first figurative Sherpas to arrive on the scene to assist in the climb. Before Hughes even had a chance to put out a call to existing students to gage interest in football, Patrick Cone knocked on his door.

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“I thought I was going to go to Florida, but God had different plans for me,” Cone said. “I prayed about it a lot and it seemed like every door opened for me at Stetson, so I felt like this is where God wanted me to be.”

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At about the same time Cone was knocking on Hughes door, another high school senior from Altamonte Springs was trying to make a decision on where he would go to college. Even though the two had never played against each other, or even met, their futures would become irrevocably intertwined. Fletcher Eldemire played on the offensive and defensive line at Lake Brantley High School. His brother, Casey, played college football at Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa., and Fletcher was trying to decide where he would play. “It was down to Lehigh, Holy Cross or Jacksonville,” Eldemire said. “I was going to decide at the end of March, but that first week of March was when Dr. (Wendy) Libby announced that Stetson was bringing football back. “I had applied to Stetson as a backup, in case I wasn’t able to play football. When that announcement was made, I thought it was an interesting option for me because it fit the kind of school I was looking for, a smart school at the I-AA level with a football program.” Eldemire said it was somewhat of a leap of faith when he made the decision to come to Stetson, but that choice was rewarded when Hughes was selected as the head coach. “He had coached against my brother when he was at Lehigh,” Eldemire said. “There was one moment I remember from a game when Princeton was beating Lehigh 28-0 and there was a false start on a point after touchdown. Coach Hughes just ripped the guy. They are up 28-0 and he was just ripping into the guy. My dad said that was a good college football coach. So, it all turned out good in the end.” Hughes has distinct memories of the first meetings he had with both Cone and Eldemire.

“I think of Fletch as more of a surfer dude,” Hughes said. “He has that look with the long hair and he is a ‘take things as they come’ kind of guy. He is extremely bright, very funny. You don’t think there is a lot of seriousness to him until you see his grades and realize he is going to be a doctor. That is probably going to give him a great bedside manner.” It was at Orangewood Christian, as a senior for the Rams, that Cone first pulled on jersey number 49 as a tribute to his father. Ray Cone, and his brother Marty, played college football at the University of Colorado. Ray was the better of the two brothers, setting the CU single season record (which still stands) for tackles (183) in 11 games during his senior year (1982). He was selected as an All-America for his accomplishments. “God blessed my dad with a lot more talent than I have,” Patrick, the middle of five children said. “I didn’t know much about his playing days until high school. He had a very successful career at the University of Colorado and was invited to play in the NFL. He said that God didn’t want him to play because he broke his back in the very first preseason game (with the Broncos) and knew that he was done with football.” It was toward the end of Patrick’s junior season when he suddenly lost his father, who took his own life. That tragedy only served to bring the Cone family closer together, both as a family and in their faith. “The death of my father made all of us go through an individual phase where we were trying to figure things out on our own,” Cone said. “After a couple of months, we became so tightly knit that it is one of those things that you can’t break. continued on p. 14

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“His enthusiasm was clear,” Hughes said of Cone. “When he sat in my office and told me what his goals were and how he lived his life, his values and principles, I thought he was too good to be true. When you hear things that are too good to be true, they usually are, but in Pat’s case, he really was. “He is like the heart and soul of this program. He is everything you could want in a collegiate athlete. He is always going to do the right thing, is upbeat and hard-working, and he is very empathetic toward his teammates and other people. He cares about them and takes care of them. He is everything you want, both on and off the field.” The first impression Eldemire gave was a little different.

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#55 Fletcher Eldemire

For Eldemire, who was selected by his teammates as a captain for the 2013 season, his inspiration manifests in a different way. He has a strong desire to be a leader – on the team, on campus and in the community. He is an active member of the StudentAthlete Advisory Council and has a strong desire to lend a hand when needed. “There has been a lot of change on campus since football started, and not just football, but all of the changes Dr. Libby has instituted. “With SAAC, I have the ability to have an impact on some of those changes.” Both Cone and Fletcher are proud of what the Stetson football program has grown to be over the last two years. Both had a heavy hand in building the team because of their involvement with the recruitment of the other players.

continued from p. 13 “I couldn’t figure out how this tragedy could occur in my life, and everything seemed broken. From that point on, there have been men in my life who have been mentors to me. I think that is why I ended up on this football team, so that I can help mentor the younger guys.” During his trip home for his father’s memorial, Cone was inspired by the large turnout from the community. “It was awesome because I got to see how many people my dad affected positively,” Cone said. “It also meant a lot because, going back to Colorado where I hadn’t been in a couple of years, I got to see people who cared for me and my family and were there to support us through hard times. That was awesome.” As a high school senior, Cone decided to honor his father by wearing his jersey for the first time.

“Fletch and Pat were kind of a dynamic duo,” Hughes said. “They helped us to recruit that first class by hosting recruits every week. They would come back to us and share their thoughts on the recruits. If there was someone who they thought didn’t fit the values we want in our program, we valued and listened to their opinions.” Because they have invested more in building the program than almost anyone else, they both expect to have a great sense of pride when they take to the field at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium for the first time.

“Fletch and Pat were kind of a dynamic duo. They helped us to recruit that first class by hosting recruits every week. If there was someone who they thought didn’t fit the values we want in our program, we valued and listened to their opinions.” -- Head Coach Roger Hughes

“It is probably the biggest decision I have ever made in football,” Cone said. “In high school, they didn’t have the number 49, but my coach special ordered it my senior year and I got to wear it then. It almost changed the way I played.”

“I have talked to the offensive line about it being a little too much to handle,” Eldemire said. “My heart will be beating out of my chest. Coach (Terry) Tilghman always talks about business, so I am going to have to find a way to keep my cool but, at the same time, soak it all in. We want to be able to stress that it is a huge day but, at the same time, not let the kids get too emotional.” For Cone, the emotions will run much deeper.

“Emotions will be running high I am sure,” Cone said. “With my dad not being there, and me wearing his jersey number, there will be a lot of deeper emotions going on. I know that I will be playing for God, but I will also be playing for my dad.”

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COMPLIANCE CORNER The Compliance Office at Stetson University has two main functions; to educate all internal and external customers, and to monitor rules compliance. The Compliance Office meets regularly with coaches and student-athletes to provide rules interpretations, information and pertinent materials pertaining to the numerous NCAA Bylaws. These efforts are needed to ensure institutional control. Our education efforts are of utmost importance. Many people are involved with Stetson University Athletics, including coaches, administration staff, and supporters. The Compliance Office knows the complexities of NCAA Bylaws and is continuing to evolve a comprehensive educational program for everyone in the community that collectively makes Stetson Athletics. All components of an athletic program must work together and each function properly, effectively and efficiently to ensure compliance. It must be a shared responsibility. Each person interested in the Stetson University Athletics Department assists the athletics program by knowing and complying with NCAA rules. For more information, please contact the Stetson University Athletics Compliance Office. As always, Stetson University would like to thank everyone for their support of its programs.

NLI Signing Periods Basketball (Early) Initial Nov. 13, 2013 Final Nov. 20, 2013 Basketball (Regular) Initial Apr. 16, 2014 Final May 21, 2014 Football (Transfer) Initial Dec. 18, 2013 Final Jan. 15, 2014 Football (Regular) Initial Feb. 5, 2014 Final Apr. 1, 2014 Soccer/XC Initial Feb. 5, 2014 Final Apr. 1, 2014 All Others (Early) Initial Nov. 13, 2013 Final Nov. 20, 2013 All Others (Regular) Initial Apr. 16, 2014 Final Aug. 1, 2014

OFFICIAL VISITS

All official visits must be approved by the compliance office prior to the visit. In sports other than basketball, expense paid visits are not permitted prior to the opening day of classes of a prospective student-athlete’s senior year. Men’s Basketball prospective student-athletes are not permitted an expense paid visit prior to January 1 of their junior year. Women’s Basketball prospective student-athletes are not permitted expense paid visits earlier than the Thursday after the NCAA Division I Championship game of their junior year.

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COMPLIANCE CORNER COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS A prospective student-athlete may receive three complimentary tickets to attend a home athletic event. However, if the prospective student-athlete has a non-traditional family (divorced/separated parents), the institution may provide up to two additional tickets for the additional specified guests (must be confirmed and approved by compliance). Remember all complimentary tickets (for prospective student-athletes and current student-athletes) must be approved by the compliance office no later than 5:00 p.m. the night before the event. All complimentary tickets for basketball will need to be approved no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event. Stetson Compliance Top Performers

KNOW THE RULES!

James Dietz, Assistant Rowing Coach

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Pierre Pilote, Director of Tennis

Twitter: @SUCompliance

Nicole Moore, Head Lacrosse Coach

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WALK-ON TRYOUTS All walk-ons must be enrolled in a full time program of study at Stetson University. Each walkon is responsible for scheduling a physical with the sports medicine staff (priority determined by the Director of Sports Medicine), filling out a medical history questionnaire, and completing a release of liability tryout waiver. All walk-ons must be 18 years old to fill out the waivers. Otherwise, a parent/legal guardian must complete the paperwork. Proof of insurance must be provided and final approval from the supervising athletic trainer is required before the tryout. Stetson University Athletics Compliance Staff Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance Chet Hesson, Siena Heights (2009) P: (386) 822-7490 E: chesson@stetson.edu Compliance Coordinator Laura Mason, Montevallo (2009) P: (386) 822-8164 E: lgmason@stetson.edu

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Chet Hesson

Laura Mason

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Tip of the Hat: Stetson Women’s Golf

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he Stetson women’s golf team did not finish the 2012-13 season in their customary spot at the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference standings. If results from over the summer are any indication, it will be a short hiatus from the top of the league for the Hatters. The five returning members of the women’s golf team, as well as the newcomers, almost all posted either tournament victories, or qualified for major events. “The summer of 2013 could turn out to have a huge impact on the fortunes of this year’s Hatters women’s golf program,” Coach Floyd Kerr said. “This was a break out summer for both Mallory Viera and Jenna Hoecker, who will both be seniors this year.” Viera was the bright spot for the Hatters at the end of the spring, finishing fourth at the A-Sun Championship in April. She took the momentum from that performance forward to a title in the Florida Amateur Match Play Championship in June. “She finished sixth in the qualifier, but then won five matches in her march to the championship,” Kerr said. “Along the way she defeated collegiate players from USF, UCF and Florida.” But that wasn’t the end of the summer highlights. Viera shot a 72 in regional qualifying for the U.S. Public Links Championship and Mallory Viera then qualified for the finals, posting scores of 78 and 73 to advance. Viera’s title was a precursor to teammate Jenna Hoecker winning the New York State Amateur Championship. Playing in rainy conditions, Hoecker shot 75-74 to take a one-stroke lead into the last round. The sun came out and the Stetson senior opened a birdie barrage, posting a 70 for an eight stroke victory.

“It took about a week to sink in after winning the Am,” Hoecker said. “I had another tournament the following week, so I tried to put it behind me quickly and prepare for the next event, which was hard to do. I tied for second in that one, losing by one stroke. Not my best performance compared to the week before, but it was very hard to keep focused after such an exciting win.” But Hoecker was not done winning. She came right back the very next week to defend her title in the Rochester District Match Play Tournament. “I think shooting one under in my final round (at the NY Amateur) was a turning point for my game,” Hoecker said. Ryan Ashburn “Now I know I am able to shoot under par and feel much more confident about it. My mental game has improved so much this summer and is the main difference in how I am playing compared to previous years.” Another Stetson senior, Ryan Ashburn, capped her summer with a victory in the Northeast Florida Collegiate Amateur. She posted scores of 71-73-70 to win by nine shots. Incoming freshman Alessandra Kutz also had a solid summer, including consecutive scores of 75 in U.S. Women’s Open qualifying and scores of 74-73 in the PGA Junior qualifying. She ended the summer qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur with a score of 72. With five seniors and a host of talented new players, the Hatters should be poised for a run back to the top of the A-Sun standings next spring. “I feel like there is a lot of enthusiasm and excitement in this group,” Kerr said. “I know the seniors want to go out with a great year and our underclassmen are excited by the challenge of competing at the college level. I am excited to get the season started.” Hoecker said she also expects great things from the Hatters this year. “Everyone has been working so hard and from what I’ve seen most of us have been playing some great golf,” Hoecker said. “I think if we continue to play like most of us have been this summer then this Senior season will be a great one. I’m excited for us to start the season and see how great we can really be.” The Hatters will open their 2013-14 season the weekend of September 7-9 when they join forces with the Stetson Jenna Hoecker men’s team for the GolfWeek Program Photo By Andrew Hickey, NYSGA Challenge at Pawley’s Island, SC.

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SAAC Corner: By Katie DiGirolamo The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is the voice of the Student Athletes at all NCAA institutions. Its mission is to have a voice in athletic department matters, discuss NCAA legislation, and help cultivate student-athlete relations with the University and the community at large. The Stetson SAAC connects with administration, organizes events, fundraisers and community service projects, and addresses any problems or praises within the Stetson/Atlantic Sun athletic community. The good news is we are only growing. For the 2013-2014 academic year, SAAC has some big plans to kick-off football and really enhance the sense of Stetson camaraderie and pride. We are starting the year with our second annual Cornhole Tournament, to informally welcome and meet all new athletes. It makes for a huge tournament bracket, but it was such a success last year, we can only hope to keep the tradition. The fourth annual Hattemy Awards in late October will recognize last year’s athletes, teams, and plays for a variety of accolades (or bloopers!). With events like these combined with community service and fundraising for our local Boys and Girls Club and Relay for Life, all board members, advisors, and athletes are expecting an impactful year. The Stetson SAAC board is excited to bring our organization to the next level. By actively participating at the conference and national levels, we hope to be a resource for all student-athletes at Stetson and in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Two members attend the SAAC meetings in the fall and spring. These meetings are good ways to meet other committed SAAC members around the conference, exchange creative ideas, and discuss topics that directly affect our well-being as student-athletes. Our conference SAAC is growing in consistency and commitment, and executing great ideas in the process! Over the past year, I have also had the opportunity to represent the Atlantic Sun Conference at the national level. The mission of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being, and fostering a positive student-athlete image.” Meeting three times a year for a 2-3 year commitment, we do just that, and it couldn’t be a more rewarding experience. Finally, I’d like to introduce you to our Stetson SAAC board this year (see right-hand column). Committed to classes, sports, and student-athlete well-being, I couldn’t ask for a better group of people or friends. Last but not least, please follow the Division 1 National SAAC on Twitter @Div1SAAC and learn how institutions and conferences all around the country are impacting the lives of all student-athletes!

Ryan Ashburn, Vice President Class: Senior Sport: Women’s Golf Major: Sport Management

Shannon Craighead, Secretary Class: Redshirt-Freshman Sport: Volleyball Major: Sport Management

Claudia Redinger, Marketing Co-Chair Class: Senior Sport: Women’s Golf Major: Management

Stephanie Marin, Marketing Co-Chair Class: Junior Sport: Sand Volleyball Major: Marketing

Sean Gannon, Fundraising Co-Chair Class: Redshirt-Freshman Sport: Football Major: Finance

Fletcher Eldemire, Fundraising Co-Chair Class: Sophomore Sport: Football Major: Biology

Katie DiGirolamo, President Class: Senior Sport: Sand Volleyball Major: Business Administration

Last year’s SAAC Cornhole Tournament was a huge success.

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Chet Hesson, Staff Advisor Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance

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A-Z Guide to Stetson Football

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The following is an abbreviated version of the Stetson Athletics Fan Guide. For a complete listing, please visit GoHatters.com/Gameday.

Accessibility Services (ADA Information) Stetson Athletics is committed to guests with disabilities. Spec Martin Memorial Stadium is fully accessible and we provide a wide range of services and amenities for guests with special needs. The newly renovated Spec Martin Memorial Stadium is designed with many ADA accessibility services including: power assisted doors, elevators, restrooms, concessions, water fountains and seating areas. Guests can receive more information by visiting with one of our Event Service workers, who are all wearing shirts that read “ASK ME”. For questions regarding ADA ticket information, please contact the Athletic Ticket Office at (386) 738-HATS. All permanent restrooms are ADA accessible. ADA golf cart services are available for guests with limited mobility. Carts are available two (2) hours prior to kickoff. Alcohol Policy With the exception of suite level, alcohol is not allowed in the facility.

Animals No pets or animals are permitted. Guide, signal and service dogs, or service dogs in training, are allowed inside Spec Martin Memorial Stadium with fans that need their assistance.

Bag Policy/Inspections All bags are subject to search before being allowed into Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. Bags must be smaller than 14” by 14” by 6”. All prohibited items (see list) will not be allowed. Guests that need to bring a diaper bag, when accompanying a baby or infant, will be subject to the same inspection procedures. Guests should be prepared to open their bags for inspection and may be asked by stadium security staff to shift and possibly remove the contents. Stadium staff will not store items left by guests. All items left unattended outside the stadium will be disposed of by stadium staff. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid delays. All patrons wearing hats will be asked to remove them at the gate during inspection. Banners & Signs To accommodate the viewing pleasure of fellow guests, signs and banners (of any kind) are not allowed inside Spec Martin Memorial Stadium without prior approval. Cameras / Photography Guests may bring personal still or video cameras (lenses no longer than five inches) to capture special moments from Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. Monos/tripods are not permitted. Any photography and/or videotaping for commercial purposes is also prohibited without a credential issued from Stetson Athletics. Cameras must not interfere with other guests’ enjoyment of the game. Stadium management reserves the right to ask guests to put cameras or video equipment away. There will be no flash photography allowed at any time during play at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium.

Code of Conduct Stetson Athletics is committed to serving our fans by providing a safe, comfortable and enjoyable gameday experience. Our Fan Code of Conduct has been established to ensure that your experience is consistent with our commitment. Failure to follow this code will result in ejection from the facility, revocation of ticket privileges and/or arrest. Although season-ticket holders may provide their tickets to others, the account holder of record is responsible for the actions of those using their tickets. The following actions are prohibited: Any action that disrupts other guests’ enjoyment of the game Possession of any item listed on the “Prohibited Items List” Use of foul, abusive, or obscene language or gestures Fighting, taunting, or threatening remarks or gestures Intoxication or signs of impairment related to alcohol or drug use

Fans that appear to be inebriated and unmanageable will not be permitted admittance into the stadium and may be subject to arrest. Failure to follow the directions of law enforcement or stadium management Sitting in a seat other than one’s ticketed seat location Engaging in action that causes a disruption or interferes with the game Refusal to remove clothing deemed offensive or obscene Smoking and/or tobacco use Concessions Spec Martin Memorial Stadium has concession stands providing many choices of delicious game day foods and refreshing Coca-Cola products. There are stands located at the north entrance of the stadium and in the south end zone. Additionally, there are a variety of other food vendors located outside the Stadium to assist in your pregame tailgating. Containers & Coolers Ice chests and coolers are not allowed inside Spec Martin Stadium. Emergency Information Should you need immediate assistance, please notify the nearest event staff member, security personnel, police officer or guest services representative. In case of emergency, please call 911. Evacuation In the event of a serious emergency at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium that requires evacuation, all event staff, event security, police and emergency response agencies are ready and available to assist guests, including guests with disabilities. Pertinent information regarding the emergency situation and evacuation procedures will be provided over the public address system and on the stadium video board. Field Access Only authorized personnel with proper credentials will be permitted on the field before, during, or after a game. Fans are reminded that attempting to enter or access the playing field without the proper credential may be considered criminal trespassing and is grounds for immediate ejection and arrest. First Aid First aid services are located at the southwest corner of the stadium near the concession stand. Food & Beverage Policy Outside food and beverage is NOT allowed into the stadium. All food and beverage must be thrown away prior to fans entering the stadium. If food and beverage is brought into the stadium it will be confiscated. Gate Information Spec Martin Memorial Stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Hatter Village Beginning four hours before kick-off, Hatter Village will open on Alabama Avenue between Hubbard and Euclid Avenues. This is the place to be pre-game. Enjoy food, drinks and a great college football atmosphere. In addition, enjoy sponsor booths and giveaways, inflatables and appearances by the Stetson Band and Spirit Groups. Opens: 4 hours prior to kick-off. Closes: 20 minutes before kick-off. Cost: Free admission. Location: Alabama Avenue Lost & Found All guests looking to claim or report lost items during the event should do so at the nearest Guest Services Center. Because Stetson Campus Security is the central repository for items lost and found on campus, all lost items are turned over to Campus Security at the conclusion of the event. Guests inquiring about lost items from previous events should call the Stetson Campus Security Non-Emergency line at (386) 822-7300.

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A-Z Guide to Stetson Football

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Lost Children and Guests Children and guests who are separated from their party will be escorted by stadium management to the nearest Guest Services Center. For safety reasons, we are unable to make stadium-wide announcements for lost children or guests. All children are encouraged to stop by a Guest Services Center to get a child locator wristband when they first arrive. Media Will Call All media are required to have a credential. Media will call is located in the atrium area near the entrance to the Spec Martin Memorial Stadium elevators. Credentialed media may enter at any stadium gate. E-Mail Assistant AD for Communications Ricky Hazel for more information.

Merchandise A large variety of Stetson Athletics merchandise is available during normal business hours at the Stetson Campus Bookstore or at Sportsanity (143 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL). During gamedays, items can also be purchased at the Sportsanity tent located in Hatter Village or at the Stetson Bookstore Shop inside Spec Martin Stadium. Items can also be purchased at the official Fan Store 365 days a year at GoHatters.com. Permitted Items Binoculars Blankets Cameras (with lens 100 mm or less) Cell phones and pagers Draw string bags smaller than 14” x 14” x 6” Rain apparel (not including umbrellas) Seat cushions Small radios with headphones Special dietary or medical needs (baby supplies/diabetic supplies)

Prohibited Items The following items are prohibited inside Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. All guests are subject to search before being admitted into Spec Martin Memorial Stadium (see bag policy). Items left outside the stadium by guests will be disposed of by stadium staff. Prohibited items are subject to change. Alcohol of any kind Animals Artificial noisemaking devices (whistles, air horns, bull horns, musical instruments, kazoos, bugles, thunder sticks, sirens, boom boxes, etc.) Bags larger than 14”x14”x6” Balls or other projectiles (sports equipment of any kind) Banners / Signs Cans Derogatory, profane, scantily clad, or offensive clothing (See Dress Code) Fireworks Flasks Folding chairs, portable chairs, stools, lawn chairs Glass or metal bottles Hand cuffs Hard coolers Hard fruit or vegetables (unless cut into small pieces) Illegal drugs Laser pointers Long lens cameras (See camera policy) Monos / Tripods Seat cushions with hard backs Segways (ADA only), bicycles, tri-bikes Skateboards / roller blades / scooters / roller shoes Sticks / Poles Tobacco products Umbrellas Weapons Wrapped gifts or items

Re-Entry Re-entry into Spec Martin Memorial Stadium is not permitted except in the case of an emergency evacuation. No “in and out” privileges are allowed. Restrooms Restroom facilities are located at the North and South Entrances. North Entrance (near gates) South Entrance (near concession area) Safety Warning The nature of live sporting events presents the possibility that objects (footballs, playing equipment, etc) could enter the seating areas from the playing field. For the safety of every guest, all guests are asked to remain alert and be aware of their surroundings at all times (warm-ups and the course of the game) while visiting Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. Strollers Stetson Athletics welcomes fans with strollers. However, their use should not (in any way) inhibit fan movement on the concourse or block any aisles. Smaller, collapsible strollers can be stored underneath a seat as long as they do not create an obstruction for other fans. Ticket Information Booth Locations & Times: Tickets are sold at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium starting three hours prior to kickoff. Ticket windows are located at the north and south ends of the stadium. Ticket sales will continue until the end of the third quarter. Tobacco Policy Chewing & Smokeless Tobacco: Guests are not permitted to bring or use any type of chewing or smokeless tobacco inside Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. If chewing or smokeless tobacco is discovered inside the stadium, the ticket holder must dispose of it immediately or face possible stadium ejection. Smoking: In accordance with university policy, Spec Martin Memorial Stadium is a non-smoking facility. University policy prohibits smoking in any campus facility and within 50 feet of building entrances, exits, operable windows or air intake vents. Use of E-cigarettes is also not permitted inside Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. There are no designated smoking areas, and re-entry is prohibited. Advertising tobacco products on campus is not permitted. Guests who do not comply with the smoking policy are subject to ejection and or arrest. Video Board Messages Special Messages (Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.) are available for display on the Video Board. The cost for each message is $200 and must be arranged at least five business days in advance of game day. Call David Weisser, Assistant Director of Marketing, at 386-738-6698 for more information. Website & Social Media www.GoHatters.com is the official website of Stetson Athletics. Fans can connect with the Stetson Hatters, teams and coaches through the popular social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Like or follow us and get involved with team updates, promotions, exclusive ticket giveaways, merchandise offers, photo galleries and more! Remember to use the hashtag #HattersGameDay while posting from or during any Stetson Athletics event. Will Call To pick up tickets that were purchased through the Stetson Athletics Ticket Office, Will Call is located at the North Ticket Office. Guests and parents of Stetson’s players will be able to enter Spec Martin Memorial Stadium beginning 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Player guests must provide identification and be on the pass list in order to receive admission to the stadium.

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Tailgating Guide TAILGATING 101: THE BASICS 1. Dress in team colors!!! Wear a team jersey or t-shirt! You are the 12th man on the team and the 1st player on the Tailgating Team. Show your team spirit. Tailgaters are the best fans!!!!! 2. Plan your menu and do prep work a day or two before the game. Keep the menu simple and pack prepared food in airtight containers. Don’t forget to keep food handling safety in mind throughout food prepping, handling and consuming!! 3. Make a list of the items you want to take along. Check off items as you pack. Pack paper products (plates, napkins, towels, forks, spoons, etc.) the night before. Remember such items as a small first aid kit, trashbags, water, and damp towels in ziplocks to clean hands, face, utensils or anything else that may need to be wiped off. 4. Plan to arrive 3 to 4 hours early. All tailgating lots open four hours prior to game time. Spaces are limited and first come, first served. Bring $20 cash (only) to enter. 5. Fly a flag on a high pole so friends can find you. 6. Decorate your tailgate site with team pennants and other team stuff. 7. Meet your tailgate neighbors, throw the football with friends, play Cornhole and have a good time! 8. Food should be ready 1 and 1/2 hours before the game starts. This is plenty of time for those going to the game to eat, clean up and cool off the grill. Share food with neighbors. Swap recipes. All tailgating must cease fifteen minutes prior to kickoff, so plan accordingly. The team wants you in the stands at kickoff!! 9. Tailgate responsibly. If you plan on having alcohol at your tailgate, remember that you are in charge of anyone that consumes it. All local and state laws apply! Nothing ruins a game day experience like someone that has had too much to drink, so make sure that you and your friends are responsible throughout your tailgating experience. Keep in mind that anyone that is visibly intoxicated will not be permitted into the stadium.

10. Leave area clean and as you found it. Begin thinking about food and friends for the next game. We want the experience to be a pleasant one for everyone involved. Enjoy your tailgate, but don’t leave it for someone else to clean up after you and your guests.

MUST HAVES FOR TAILGATING Make Sure You Can Get Home. After a great tailgate party, some would love to stay in the parking lot forever but everyone might not share that thought. (As an FYI, all parking lots close one hour after the game ends.) Jumper cables: To prevent your battery from dying mid-party, disable your interior light if you’ll be keeping the tailgate open. And start your engine every once in a while if you’re using the stereo. Speaking of sterios – don’t be ‘that person’ with the extremely loud music. Make sure to allow other parties to enjoy their musical tastes as well, without your music in the background. Look to Buy an Inverter: Your cigarette lighter can be used to power a slow cooker, TV, stereo, or other small appliance. Just make sure your inverter is powerful enough for what you need—a 140-watt one won’t even run a blender. Toilet paper. The MVP (most valuable product) of the parking lot. Don’t get caught in a Port-A-Potty with no TP. Plastic trash bags for clean-up. Dedicated tailgaters always respect their surroundings and leave it clean. Extra ice. There is no excuse to ever run out of ice. Just bring a full extra ice chest and enjoy. Rain gear. When everybody else is in their car or truck, you’ll be cookin’! First aid kit. Always good to have on hand – just in case you get a blister from playing too much Cornhole! Sun block. Even if you burn the food, there is no reason for you to burn. Wet Wipes and/or Hand Sanitizer. This will be your best friend as you get ready to eat and finish your clean-up. Make sure to bring extra so that you can be everyone’s best friend!! A friend. Change the life of your loved ones. Bring them to their first tailgate party. Comfortable shoes. Sometimes we forget how much we visit and with the right shoes you can conquer anything. Plenty of Water. Game days will be long and HOT. To enjoy the experience to the fullest, you will need to be well hydrated. Don’t rely on carbonated beverages, alcohol or other liquids to satisfy your thirst. Make sure to bring plenty for your guests as well!!

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STETSON SPIRIT Stetson Alma Mater Dear Alma Mater, Smile Upon Thy Children; Gladly We Greet Thee, Altogether Lovely; Peace Be Within Thy Classic Halls And Temples. Hail, Alma Mater Dear Dear Alma Mater, Tenderly Thy Children Gather And Bring To Thee Gracious Salutations; Comrades, Your Voices Lift Once Again In Chorus, Hail, Alma Mater Dear.

Stetson Fight Song Stetson U will win the game, Listen to our cheer, GO HATTERS! Shout the glory of your name, Spread it far and near, YEA HATTERS! Alma mater praise to thee And our teammates true, GO HATTERS! Marching on to victory Let’s GO, HATTERS, GO!

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Stetson Cheer Razzmatazz Razzmatazz Hatter Hooty Hoo We are STETSON Who the heck are you? Hullaballoo Hat Knuckle Flim flam flop We are STETSON And we can’t be TOPPED

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Quick Facts Location.............................................................DeLand, FL Founded...................................................................... 1883 Enrollment (All Campuses)......................................... 3,961 Nickname.................................................................Hatters Colors......................... Hunter Green (PMS 342) and White Affiliation..................................................... NCAA Division I Conferences............ Atlantic Sun, Pioneer Football League ....................... Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Rowing)

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs (18) Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Football, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Lacrosse, Men’s Rowing, Women’s Rowing, Sand Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Volleyball

Stetson Athletics Administration President................................................................................................. Dr. Wendy B. Libby (Cornell, 1972) Athletics Director.....................................................................................................Jeff Altier (Stetson, 1982) Faculty Athletics Representative.....................................................................Dr. Mike Bitter (Stetson, 1981) Associate Athletic Director / Senior Woman Administrator....................Alicia Queally (North Carolina, 1999) Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications................................... Ricky Hazel (Alabama, 1988) Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations..........................................Jeffrey Higgins (Florida, 1995) Assistant Athletic Director for Operations/Facilities......................................... James Stem (Winthrop, 2009) Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance.............................................. Chet Hesson (Siena Heights, 2009) Director of Sports Medicine....................................................................Glenn Brickey (Indiana State, 1982) Director of Strength and Conditioning................................................. Brad Lokey (Central Methodist, 2006)

Head Coaches Baseball.............................................................. Pete Dunn Men’s Basketball......................................... Corey Williams Women’s Basketball............................................. Lynn Bria Cross Country............................................Joe Matuszczak Football......................................................... Roger Hughes Men’s Golf...................................................... Larry Watson Women’s Golf......................................................Floyd Kerr Lacrosse......................................................... Nicole Moore

Rowing.............................................................Mark Wilson Sand Volleyball.................................................. Tim Loesch Men’s Soccer................................................ T. Logan Fleck Women’s Soccer........................................... Manoj Khettry Softball.............................................................Frank Griffin Men’s Tennis.....................................................Pierre Pilote Women’s Tennis...............................................Pierre Pilote Volleyball........................................................... Tim Loesch

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STETSON HATTERS MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE ON iPHONE and ANDROID Download the Stetson Hatters mobile app and get all the latest in Stetson Athletics in a simple, interactive interface on your mobile device. Stay connected to the latest news, scores and schedules, and rosters for all your favorite Hatters sports teams! The Premium version of this app grants access to live audio of Stetson games and exclusive on-demand video from Hatter Vision, including press conferences, player and coach interviews, and much more!

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Hatters Return To The Airwaves With the return of Stetson football in the fall of 2013 comes the return of Stetson athletics to the radio. During the 2012-13 athletic year, Stetson men’s and women’s basketball could be heard on the airwaves for the first time in many years with a full schedule of games on WSBB 1230 AM in New Smyrna Beach and WTJV 1490 AM in DeLand. This fall, the network will grow with the addition of WRSO 810 AM in Orlando.

The broadcast network is scheduled to carry all Stetson football games this fall, plus a weekly coaches show that will run throughout the football season. The network will also carry a full 32-game schedule for the Hatters’ men’s basketball team and a limited schedule for the defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion women’s basketball team. The coaches show, after a holiday hiatus, will pick up in January for the Hatters’ run through the A-Sun schedule.

The broadcast team that will take you through football season will include veteran play-by-play man Matt Musgrove and threetime All-Pac 8 offensive lineman Steve Osterman on game analysis. The familiar voice of Ryan Rouse, who will continue to serve as the play-by-play announcer for multiple Stetson sports on Hatter Vision, will serve as the sideline reporter for the broadcasts in addition to hosting pregame, halftime and post-game shows. In addition to the radio broadcasts of the games, all Stetson football broadcasts will be available online through Hatter Vision. Video streaming for all home games in numerous sports will also be available there throughout the year. Here are short bios on the voices you will be hearing each Saturday during the 2013 Stetson football season. Matt Musgrove After working with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers for five seasons as Director of Creative Services, Musgrove moved with his family to New Smyrna Beach where he serves as manager of the 70-acre sports complex. In addition, he oversees marketing efforts. In his spare time he serves as the

broadcast voice for New Smyrna Beach High School football. Musgrove started his broadcast career with the Columbus Cottonmouths hockey team as well as the Columbus RedStixx baseball team. In the 1999-2000 season he was selected to serve as the broadcaster for the CHL/WCHL All-Star Game. Musgrove is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he spent two years as a senior editor/writer for The Daily Reveille, in addition to working for two years as a student assistant in the LSU Sports Information Department. He was also a percussionist for two years as a member of the Golden Band from Tigerland. Steve Ostermann A native of Chicago, Ostermann took a leap of faith in 1970 when he accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Washington State University. During his first two years in Pullman he saw action as a linebacker on the freshman team and then redshirted in 1971 while making the switch to offensive line. The move proved to be the right one as he earned All-Pac 8 honors for three consecutive years. He capped his career by earning All-America honors in 1974 despite playing for a WSU team that won just two of 11 games. He earned an invitation that year to play in the Hula Bowl. After his playing career ended, Ostermann embarked on a career as a sales rep in Illinois. He relocated to DeLand several years ago and currently works as a salesman at Starling Chevrolet. He is no stranger to the Pioneer Football League, having a son, Ben, who completed his career as a quarterback at Drake in 2008. Ostermann was inducted into the Washington State University Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2012. Ryan Rouse No stranger to fans of Stetson Athletics, Ryan Rouse has been the voice of Stetson baseball for the last two seasons in addition to serving in a play-by-play role for men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball games. Last year he partnered with Robbie Aaron on broadcasts of Stetson men’s basketball games, and he is set to move into the role of play-by-play voice for the Stetson women’s hoops team this year. A native of Sarasota, Rouse is a 2009 graduate of UCF where he majored in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication. During his time at UCF he served as Director of Broadcasting for Knightcast Student Radio and he has also done work for both the Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Rays.

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Athletics Expansion Initiative Donor List Steve and Lee Alexander Al, Cath, Roth, and JP Allen David Altier Jeff and Sarah Altier Debra Amick Ann V. Anderson Anonymous Edward Bach Thomas A. Barnard Nolan Behrns Bob Bender Todd and Julie Bennett Tony and Georgeanne Biancarosa Robin Blanton Pete and Mary Leah Brainard Hyatt and Cici Brown Emerson and Lynn Brumback Sammy and Carolyn Cacciatore Greg and Jill Carroll The Chatlos Foundation Nelson and Judy Clemmens Robert Clyatt Cobb Cole Attorneys at Law Marilyn Coble Earl and Patricia Colvard Robert Coolidge Ed Cooney Joe and Cindi Cooper Janice Cornwell Jerry Costigan Wendell Crysel Andrea Darden Gregory Dasher James Henley Davis Mike, Linda, and Joseph Davis Daytona Beverage, Inc. Nestor and Donna Hunt de Armas DeLand Rotary Club Wayne Densch Charitable Trust Jim Dreggors Lee Drury Martin and Mary Dzuro Mark and Kelly Ernest Maureen Breakiron-Evans, James, Mary, and Brian Evans Susan Root Feibleman FloMet, Inc. Ralph and Melea Fogle Ford Group Four Frank and Sally Ford Maria Figueiras Ford Bonnie Brown Foreman The France family Aaron and Joy Fulton Frank and Julie Gaylord Rich and Lilis George Bill Gilbert Patrick Gillen Morgan Gilreath, Jr. Paul and Heather Gleason Michael Grable Kathy and Jeff Graf Bill and Sarah Gray Mel Gregory, Jr. John, Shelia, and Kaitlin Haire

Homer and Dolly Hand Glen Hauenstein The Helmerich Trust Cynthia Henderson Mark and Andria Herr Brian and Jayne Hill Misty Mead Hinson Bob Hoelscher Dean and Lisa Hollis Mark and Stacia Hollmann Roger and Laura Hughes Richard and Lou Hurckes Tim and Lisa Hurckes Barbara and Bob Huth Mike Jiloty Jill, John III, and John Jinks, Jr. Betty Drees Johnson Paul and Debbie Johnson William E. Johnson Geoff and Kay Jollay Edgar Jones, Jr. Michael Keil Lesa France Kennedy Steve Kilpatrick Glenn and Susan Kindred Randy Klein Jerry and Betty Kruhm Ed and Pauline Lacey Jay Landers and Pam Forrester Patrick and Danette Lane Bob and Candace Lankford Jimmy and Patricia Lawrence John Ledbetter James and Julie Lehan Dee Lett Carroll and Jackie Lewis Dan and Stacy Lewis Wendy and Richard Libby Eugene “Chief” Lutke Richard and Robbin Lynch Christine Lynn Nick Maddox Josh and Eileen Magidson Mainstreet Community Bank Luis A. Maldonado Susan Manning Bobby and Chloe Marks Pete and Amy Matulis Bob and Leigh Matusick Lee McGraw Rich McKay Gary and Gail Meadows Michael Milligi Nicholas Momper Charlie Montgomery Susan Moran Sue Bateman Morris Mark and Lisa Morrow Terry Mullen Ernie Murphy James “Booty” Nance Paul and Nancy Juckett Nick Wayne and Jane Edmunds Novak NYS Upper Crust Pizza John Oakley

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Emily Ogorek Gregory and Ramona Paine Jay Patel Paul & Elkind, P.A. Butch and Mary Ann Paul Melissa Peavy Bob Peck Phillip Penland Ethel Perrick Brandon Perry Perryman and Associates Owen and Kay Perryman Leland and Sheila Phillips John and Catherine Pierce Michael and Vickie Pleus Bob and Annette Pocica Lu and Katy Prats Billy and Melodie Raley Cynthia Ramirez Gary and Lorri Reddick Diane Reed Stephen and June Reynolds David and Leighan Rinker Woody and Shelly Roe Carl and Diane Roeder Al Sappia Jamie Schneider and Family Keith and Pat Shamrock Shinholser Trust Steven and Lisa Simcox Jack Singleton Duke Slichter Mac and Kathy Steen Walt Steiger Art Sullivan Melissa Sullivan Russell, Oneita, and Ranell Tinsley Nick Triantafellu Michael Tucker Stacy and Brandon Turner Harry Usher David Valinski Bill Voges John and Martha Walda Randy and Sylvia Walford Stanley Wallace Bill and Janelle Watson Gordon and Jean Wells Williams FloorCenter, Inc. Roger and Joanna Williams Wayne Williams Jim and Fredda Winnefeld Chuck Wolfe John Woolslayer Lynn Wuesthoff Phil Yonge Ken and Diane Ziesenheim

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August 2013 As I write this, Stetson University is on the verge of its first football game after a 57-year hiatus. I still remember the excitement that erupted in the Stetson-DeLand community in 2011 when we made the decision to bring back the sport. From there, it was literally full speed ahead. We recruited Coach Hughes and more than 100 players (in one year, not the expected two) and the community rallied as we built an Athletic Training Center with practice fields for football, women’s lacrosse and soccer. We also introduced sand volleyball to our NCAA Division I mix and purchased property on Lake Beresford for our crew team. We brought the total count to 18 NCAA teams and 17 club sports – the latter an important move welcomed by sports-loving students who want a diversity of sports, from skydiving to croquet. We did all of this while balancing our commitments to strengthening our academic programs and enhancing campus facilities. I am so proud of the hard work and focus invested by our faculty, staff and students, and so grateful for the support of our community and the City of DeLand in particular. It was a deliberate, strategic goal to expand our athletic initiatives. The benefits of athletics programs are far-reaching. They are strong economic drivers for a university and its surrounding region. They create a vibrant environment that attracts, engages and keeps more students involved in campus activity. Our athletic programs have helped create the largest incoming class in Stetson history and helped spur the hiring of more faculty and staff – and underwrite our commitment to adequately compensate them. Athletic programs, arguably the most visible aspects of our presence in the community, also enable a university to establish strong alumni, friend and civic partnerships. Beyond Volusia County, our athletic competitions bring national attention to our corner of the world. Often, however, the most important rewards are personal in nature, aligning with Stetson’s commitment to supporting students’ personal growth and enhancing our health and wellness offerings. Athletics are a part of Stetson’s mission to foster in students the qualities of mind and heart that will prepare them to reach their full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world. There are life lessons to be gained from athletic participation. The skills developed on the field easily translate to the boardroom, and serve one well throughout life, regardless of chosen career path. The scholar-athlete is constantly learning – about time management, quick decision-making under pressure, the value of teamwork, the spirit of camaraderie, strategic and tactical thinking, and the importance of leadership. Being an athlete demands persistence, self-motivation, discipline, attention to good health, and untold amounts of hard work. There is tremendous value in working toward a goal bigger than oneself, in good sportsmanship, in striving for excellence, in connecting with others. And a lot to be said for simply enjoying the game. In the words of tennis great Arthur Ashe: “You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” So here’s to our exciting 2013-14 season: “Go Hatters!”

Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D. President


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