June 18th, 2017 | by CollegeAD

Matt Roberts is a numbers guy.  You’d expect that from a university athletics director. Sports are statistical by nature: wins, losses, personal record times, free-throw percentages, batting averages, shots on goals, service-break opportunities. Every moment of competition seems to have numerical significance, but that’s not the kind of number Roberts thinks about first. Rather, the number he prioritizes is 358. For Roberts, 358 represents everything about the College’s true purpose and its ultimate success: 358 is the number of student-athletes that proudly call themselves Cougars. “As a university, we must be focused on our student-athletes and their development … their complete development on the playing field and in the classroom,” says Roberts, his voice betraying a soft North Carolina accent. “That is and will be our guiding principle.” As might be expected, Roberts, the College’s new athletics director who joined the College in January, speaks with a coach’s intensity as he maps out the future of the Cougars. – Mark Berry, today.cofc.eduRead More

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