Dear Members of R Family,
I am delighted and privileged to say:
The Big Ten is the nation’s preeminent academic and athletic conference. It reflects what we cherish most about the enterprise of collegiate competition: the highest graduation rates, overall and for football; the most Academic All-Americans; more than 400 national titles; and nearly $200 million in financial aid to student-athletes.
The Big Ten is the dream home for Rutgers. It’s the home you retire in, pay off the mortgage, and never leave. You pass it on to your children knowing you’ve changed their lives—and the lives of their children—forever.
It’s been a long time in the making, from the birthplace of college football to 2006, when Rutgers lit up the Empire State Building and the “R” caught fire, spreading from Cape May to Fort Lee and across America.
There are many talented Rutgers leaders to thank for this historic moment. Having been through conference expansion twice before, I deeply appreciate what it has required of these exceptional leaders—and of you—to arrive at this unprecedented opportunity.
Joining the Big Ten means benchmarking ourselves against the best of the best in collegiate sports. Over the past year, we have been preparing for this moment.
Putting Our Student-Athletes First
We are developing RCARE, a comprehensive care system that will allow us to provide high-performance education and swift care for all our student-athletes’ needs, from a safety net when times are more challenging to leadership training and job placement. Rutgers has exceptional practitioners and subject matter experts who have generously served our athletic department—and many more who have joined our effort to ensure a best-in-class student experience.
Taking Care of Our Coaches
We have moved coaches into newly remodeled office spaces at the RAC. This has allowed us to create quality office space for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, field hockey, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s golf. Offices for men’s and women’s track and field and women’s tennis are coming soon. Your generous support of the AD Excellence Fund has allowed us to meet these critical needs and rise to the challenges ahead.
Improving Our Facilities
Over the summer and into the fall, we are working to bring several of our facilities closer to Big Ten standards. This includes upgraded locker rooms, weight rooms, and offices, as well as additional restrooms at High Point Solutions Stadium. Many of you helped make this possible through your generous contributions and unrestricted program support.
In the Big Ten, we will enjoy unparalleled television exposure and opportunities to introduce Rutgers to an even bigger national market. The Big Ten Network spans the nation with live telecasts of every sport the conference sponsors. You will see many of Rutgers’ Olympic sports televised for the first time in history.
Given this national exposure, we are actively assessing the steps to our long-range success in the Big Ten. Throughout this next year, we will be sharing those ideas with you, our critical supporters and key constituents. Together, we will move toward our goal to provide a first-class experience for all Scarlet Knights as they proudly represent us on this unprecedented national stage.
There is no doubt that we have faced our share of adversity. Our rise will not be for the faint of heart. It’s high risk, high reward: from heartbreak to exhilaration and back. Our goal of a championship culture will take time to construct, but it will be built on class, integrity, perseverance, and unyielding belief—and it will be built to last.
For being our champions, for your generous support, and for everything you’ve done to help make this possible:
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics