Lions, Lady Lions, and Lion Fans.
Today is the defacto first day of 2013, with nobody doing anything yesterday, and I will be addressing the issues that face our programs and our school as a whole my first address to the Lion Nation.
First Lion fans, we are in dire need of new leadership. Our athletic program depends upon an athletic director who will re establish the once proud traditions of all our sports, and look forward to the future with new sports. We must have an athletic director who will hire coaches and run this program with an expectation and the demand of excellence, and get the message accross that medicore is not an option. The new athletic director must have a vision. A man (or woman) without a vision is one who does not plan for success. The vision should include the following:
1. An emphasis on quality coaches who will recruit not just good athletes, but good people as well. Coaches that will teach their players good from bad, right from wrong, and when they leave Commerce, they are not just leaving with a degree, but with the tools and teaching necessary that will make them productive members of society, and make them better people than they were in the 4-5 years before they landed in Commerce, regardless of background.
2. A vision to see Memorial Stadium filled to the brim every Saturday, an embrace by the school and community of all teams, but the Football team during the fall. A loud, rowdy student section, and a pride filled number of alums and parents and family attending games, with the fans rooting the Lions on. The same applies to Soccer games, Basketball and Volleyball games and University hosted track meets.
3. A vision to see that current facilities either completely renovated from top to bottom or torn down and rebuilt. When a college athlete wants to go somewhere, they look at facilities and based on that, they see potential. Speaking of recruting. Hire a coach who will build a regional appeal in all sports to maximize attendance, thereby making the athletic department much more profitable and likely to succeed.
Next 3 tommorrow……Comments appreciated…..