September 14th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Athletic director Sherryta Freeman is looking forward to improving the student-athlete experience at Lafayette and to unveiling her strategic plan for the department this fall. Improving the student-athlete experience has been a focus of discussion among her and her staff, Freeman said. While she looks to balance the responsibilities that already come with being athletic director, she said she recognizes the fact that there are not many people of her background in the same position—and that adds an extra impetus for her to perform excellently in her role. Upon accepting the job at Lafayette, Freeman became one of just 12 women of color to hold Athletic Director positions at Division I colleges. “I understand that there aren’t many African-American women, and even men for that matter, who are currently Division I athletic directors, so my task is to do a good job for myself, but also because I know that there are a lot of up-and-coming people who look like me who want to believe that it is possible to sit in this seat,” she said, “and the better job I do…I hope, the easier it becomes for the next person who looks like me to sit in this seat.” As for her endeavors at Lafayette, Freeman said she is in possession of the completed review of the athletic department conducted by an outside consulting firm that began under former athletic director Bruce McCutcheon. She added that her team is using it to strategize for the future. -AJ Traub, The Lafayette, Read More

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