Lafayette Seeks Blueprint for Greater Success in Patriot League Competition

Update: April 7, 2017

Annette Diorio, vice president for campus life, announced today that the timeline for the review of the athletics program has been extended past the spring semester.

"The work of our steering committee and consultant has been very productive. The review we are undertaking will benefit from extending the aggressive timeline we initially envisioned and continuing that collaboration," said Diorio, who is serving as chair of the Athletics Review Steering Committee.

"The review is comprehensive in nature and will identify strategic choices that can be made to enhance both the experience of our students and the competitiveness of the athletic teams," Diorio added. "Our students desire to be competing at the highest level, which includes being viable within the league for winning championships."

The review has included surveys and interviews with athletics personnel, College administrators, faculty, students, trustees, alumni and others. It also includes benchmarking the scope, costs, and outcomes of Lafayette's athletics program with programs at other Patriot League and Division I FCS private institutions.

"I am pleased that the committee has invested so much time discussing the student experience and how we can best support student achievement at the highest level. We look forward to concluding this process in a thorough manner and making final recommendations in the fall on improving the College's competitiveness in the Patriot League," Diorio said.


Update: Nov. 16, 2016

Bruce McCutcheon, director of athletics, announced today that Inter-Collegiate Athletic Consulting has been selected to conduct a review of the athletics program and make recommendations on improving the College's competitiveness in the Patriot League.

The firm, with offices in Garden City, N.Y., and College Station, Texas, has "a wealth of experience in athletics reviews and strategic planning," McCutcheon said. "ICAC came highly recommended by Division I athletic directors I know and respect who have used ICAC in the past."

McCutcheon also announced the membership of the Athletics Review Steering Committee that will work with ICAC through the review process and make final recommendations to the administration on a strategic plan by mid-April. Chaired by Annette Diorio, vice president for campus life, the committee includes 15 members of the Lafayette community, representing all constituents:

Dennis Bohn, head coach of men's soccer
Roger Demareski, vice president for finance and administration
Annette Diorio (chair), vice president for campus life
Jeffrey Helm, associate professor of mechanical engineering and chair, Faculty Academic Policy Committee
Hal Kamine '78, trustee
Cindy Linville '80, president of the Maroon Club
Bruce McCutcheon, director of athletics
Elisabeth MacDonald '81, chair, Board of Trustees' Committee on Student Life
Greg MacDonald, vice president for enrollment management
Kaity McKittrick, deputy director of athletics/SWA
Fran Mustaro '72, chair, Maroon Club's Friends of Lafayette Football
Anna Ptasinski '18, chair, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, women's basketball
Kim Spang, vice president for development and college relations
David Stifel, professor of economics and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative


Story: Nov. 1, 2016

EASTON, Pa. -
Lafayette announced that it will be engaging a consulting firm to conduct a review of the athletic program and make recommendations on improving the College's competitiveness in the Patriot League.

"We will conduct a thorough review of our intercollegiate athletics program and develop precise recommendations for a shared strategic direction that ensures the athletic program's resources are aligned with the mission and goals of the institution," said Bruce McCutcheon, director of athletics.

A committee made up of staff, faculty, and trustees is being formed to work with the consultant. The project, which will begin this month and conclude next April, will include interviews with athletics personnel, College administrators, faculty, students, trustees, and other internal and external constituents. It will benchmark the scope, costs, and outcomes of Lafayette's athletic program with programs at other Patriot League and Division I FCS private institutions.

The committee will make recommendations to the President of the College, Alison Byerly. "I look forward to hearing the committee's recommendations about how we can best use our resources and commitment to develop outstanding student-athletes, and to be successful competitors in the Patriot League," said Byerly.

Lafayette, a charter member of the Patriot League, fields teams in 23 sports in NCAA Division I athletics. Some 540 students, about 22 percent of Lafayette's student body, participate in varsity athletics each year.