September 14th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Janet Lucas doesn’t mind going first, no matter what challenge awaits her. In May Lucas became the first woman to become the fulltime athletic director at University of the Pacific. Lucas was hired to replace the retired Ted Leland in April, and took over the 18-team athletic department in May. Lucas said the first few months have been about listening and learning, and she has a clear idea of the course she wants to set for the athletic department. “We do, in athletics, automatically focus on winning. But I define winning in a slightly different way when I talk to our student-athletes,” Lucas said. “It starts with a winning attitude and a winning effort. And it’s about the best people they can be every day. Among the challenges she faces is dealing with various financial issues. Last year, the Pacific athletic department went over budget by $4 million. Lucas said the perception of athletics “took a bit of a hit.” “Part of what I have been directed to do is to balance this budget,” Lucas said. “That is at the center of a lot of the decision making right now, because we want to be a very positive, productive partner on campus.” – Scott Linesburgh, RecordNet, Read More

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