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Bruce McCutcheon enters his 13th year as director of athletics for Lafayette's 23- sport varsity athletics program. He was named the 10th director of athletics in the history of the College on Sept. 20, 2001.
In 2013, McCutcheon was named an Under Armour A.D. of the Year and presented with the award at NACDA's annual convention in Orlando, Fla.
Since his appointment as director, McCutcheon has orchestrated a far-reaching upgrade in athletic facilities, increased the number and quality of the coaching staff and other personnel, played a key role in the development of a visual identity program, implemented a comprehensive leadership development program for student-athletes, and built upon Lafayette's long-standing tradition of scholar-athlete excellence.
Upon assuming the athletic director reins, McCutcheon quickly began to change the culture of Lafayette Athletics and he garnered the support of the College's central administration and the Maroon Club on several major initiatives in the areas of facilities and personnel.
Early in his tenure as director, McCutcheon spearheaded the creation of an athletic facilities master plan, which resulted in far-reaching upgrades in athletic facilities. Recent upgrades as a result of that endeavor include the $23 million renovation of Fisher Stadium, the construction of Kamine Stadium for baseball, renovation of Mike Bourger `44 Field at Oaks Stadium for soccer, the construction of a new softball stadium and Maroon Club Strength Center renovation projects.
Additionally, the track and field program has been relocated to Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex where a new track opened for competition in 2009 and hosted the Patriot League Championships in 2011. In the summer of 2007, Kamine Varsity House at Metzgar Fields, which houses 11 teams, received a drastic makeover and renovation. In 2011, the Morel Field House was opened, housing indoor batting facilities for baseball and softball and in Kirby Sports Center the men's and women's basketball locker rooms were expanded and renovated. McCutcheon also oversaw a renovation of the Kirby Sports Center arena which was completed in August 2013.
McCutcheon has also upgraded the department by creating full-time positions in several sports, including volleyball, men's and women's soccer and baseball, as well as strength and conditioning, athletic training and athletic equipment services.
In 2011, McCutcheon introduced the Oaks Leadership Academy as a comprehensive program to develop, challenge, and support Lafayette student-athletes and coaches in their quest to become effective leaders in academics, athletics and life. The Oaks Leadership Academy was developed as a partnership between Lafayette and Janssen Peak Performance and provides the leadership development programming to accomplish this objective.
McCutcheon is proud to oversee a varsity athletics program with a proud tradition of academic excellence. Lafayette's scholar-athletes excel as witnessed by graduation rates among the nation's best, prestigious postgraduate scholarship awards and Academic All-America and Patriot League academic honors.
An experienced administrator, McCutcheon serves on the executive committee of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) and serves as chair of the Patriot League's Committee on Athletic Administration. He recently completed his term on the NCAA Division I FCS Football Championship Committee and the NCAA Division I Football Issues Committee. He served a four-year term on the NCAA Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet and was chairman of the ECAC Division I Robbins Scholar-Athlete Committee. He holds memberships in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
McCutcheon began his tenure at Lafayette in July of 1990, after serving as assistant director of athletics at Temple University for one year. That followed a five-year tenure as an assistant athletic director at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. McCutcheon graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He was a two-sport athlete at William & Mary, competing in football and track. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Sports Administration from The Ohio State University in 1982 and completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sport Management in 1988, also from Ohio State.
A native of Media, Pa., McCutcheon and his wife, Pat, reside on College Hill and have three children, Ian, Meghan and Gavin. Ian, a 2009 Lafayette graduate, recently graduated from law school at Ohio State while his younger sister, Meghan, graduated from Radford University in 2012. Gavin is a junior at Roanoke College.
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