2019 CMS Annual Report

4 W ELCOME M ESSAGE Dear Friends of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics, The CMS environment is one where every day, coaches, staff, and students show a unique passion and commitment to the true meaning of the student-athlete experience. Through collaboration across the CMS campuses, the Athenas and Stags have continued to rise to the top. Before a new year begins, we hope you’ll enjoy taking a look back at some of the highlights from a tremendous 2018-19 academic year. Scholars: Stags and Athenas combined for 90 Scholar All-America selections, 311 SCIAC All-Academic selections (among our 503 participants), 13 team academic excellence awards and a valedictorian. Leaders: CMS and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee continued its commitment to the Claremont community by serving as leaders and role models for younger generations through the Mountain View Elementary Physical Education program. In addition, a number of CMS teams completed additional volunteer work. On campus, CMS student-athletes took on leadership roles ranging from resident assistant to class president. Athletes: A total of 14 of CMS’ 21 teams competed in their respective NCAA Division III Championships with four top-10 team finishes, and as a result, CMS placed 12th nationally in the 2018-19 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. CMS also won the SCIAC All-Sports Trophy for the 11th year in a row. Lifelong Health: A robust offering of personal fitness, physical education, intramural, and club sport opportunities continue to be available to the CMS community. Friends of CMS: Your outpouring of support – 763 donations – during the 1946 Challenge raised $169,542 for CMS and its 21 teams. Thank you for your steadfast support of CMS Athena and Stag student-athletes. We look forward to seeing you on campus and hearing from you during the upcoming year. Sincerely, Erica Perkins Jasper Director of Athletics, Physical Education, & Recreation Mike Sutton ’76 Director of Advancement for Athletics 2018-19 Interim Director of Athletics The 2018-19 year is in the books. It became a year of transition when Director of Athletics, Terrance Tumey left CMS for Fresno St. After two years away from the department, I returned as Interim Director to bridge the time until we identified the next leader for CMS Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation. While much was familiar - the outstanding coaches, staff and teams - it was quickly evident how much has changed in two years. The level of enthusiasm for the potential of the athletic experiences offered that has been a constant, has grown tremendously. The support for and expectations of maximizing those experiences have been bolstered and elevated, all helping to make Claremont a ‘destination’ for wonderfully talented scholar-leader-athletes. I am tremendously proud of our program. Beyond the scoreboard, the intentions and efforts to achieve well-defined success, are what makes the CMS experience exceptional. I will always be grateful for this year and the opportunity for me to have a ‘bonus lap’ with the program, and I am so pleased to welcome Erica Perkins Jasper to the CMS community. I’m so glad she said ‘yes’ to the challenge of leading our program on its steep trajectory as we continue to deliver on the promise of providing the very best integration of athletic educational experiences for the lives of our students. I am truly humbled and honored to serve as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation for Claremont- Mudd-Scripps. The welcome my family and I have received from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community has been overwhelming. College athletics at heart is about higher education. Success within centers around people and forging excellent relationships and the belief and trust that comes with that. By growing and strengthening relationships, fostering department communication both internally and externally, and promoting a culture of striving for constant daily improvement, I know we can build our strong tradition and experience even higher levels of success on all fronts. Our department should not only excite the student-athletes and coaches who are competing for championships—but also it should inspire, engage, and entertain the campus and community. We can create a family that is inclusive and that strengthens each of those groups. As we reflect on the successes of 2018-19, it is clear that CMS student-athletes represent everything right about college athletics. They are high-achieving in the classroom and competitive on their respective fields of play. They have strong relationships with their peers and faculty, they are leaders in campus organizations, and they are passionate about making an impact. To say I am excited to see what 2019-20 will bring is an understatement.