November Letter to Fans from AD Kyle Moats
Nov. 6, 2013
The fall has been a very busy one for MSU Athletics. Schedules are winding down for our fall teams as they prepare for postseason play. Our men’s soccer team won the MVC regular-season title and our volleyball and football squads are red-hot headed down the stretch. Meanwhile, our winter sports are preparing to begin, and it’s a very exciting time of year to be a Bear!
As I indicated in my last letter to you, I want to spend some time explaining more about our departmental goals and how you can help us achieve those goals.
Our first goal is simply “Win”. We want to win on the field of competition and win in the classroom. These goals are not mutually exclusive. When I speak to recruits, this is exactly what I tell them. I want them to know that we expect them to win and vie for championships, but we also expect them to excel in the classroom and earn their degree. Those expectations are articulated to all of our student-athletes by me and our coaches.
To win on the field, I believe teams have to have support from the administration. This total “All In” attitude needs to start from the top down if we are going to be successful. I can speak with great assurance that we have that in President Smart. He is a huge advocate of our student-athletes and the direction of our athletic program. All areas of the University need to be working together to achieve success. It’s my role to be the liaison with the university community and articulate the needs and issues confronting our department.
Second, we must have the support of the community. It has been a goal of mine to have a more-prominent presence in Springfield and the region to further promote our brand. We have tried to do this by increasing our licensing reach, participating in community service, increasing corporate partnerships and creating greater visibility through our broadcast network. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff participate in thousands of community service hours per year, speak at various civic and alumni groups, attend local schools and meet with key constituents. We have also increased our corporate partner program to assist with are promotional efforts
Thirdly, it’s essential to have quality facilities that attract coaches and better enable us to recruit quality student-athletes. We have been able to successfully fundraise for many of our facilities. We still have some work to do, but we are continually working on this. The B.E.A.R. Fee passed by the student body during Homecoming week will be an enormous help in this area.
Finally, as I have said many times, in order to expect to contend for championships on a consistent basis we must be funded as a department in the top third of the Missouri Valley Conference. If we can compete and win conference championships, we will have more teams competing in NCAA Tournament play.
You can help our efforts in all these areas by donating to the Bears Fund for as little as $50 per year, by purchasing our licensed apparel and most importantly by purchasing season tickets. This recurring revenue stream will allow us to fund our teams at a competitive level.
Academic success first starts with a philosophical mindset that classroom work is important and will always be our top priority. The Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center helps us keep that goal in the forefront by offering academic support services, self-help techniques, personal development seminars and career planning workshops to assist our student-athletes with their own personal growth and development. If you would like to be a mentor or offer assistance in this area, we would encourage you to participate and enhance the development of our student-athletes. Our Achievement Center is currently overseen by Dan Raines, who is helping us continue to improve our overall department by helping our student-athletes succeed in this critical part of our departmental success.
Homecoming was successful on many fronts, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the successful effort by MSU students to pass and support the B.E.A.R Fee. I can’t thank the students enough for their support of recreation and athletics. As part of our goal of winning, we need quality facilities to attract quality coaches and student-athletes. It all goes together. To me it’s the foundation. The students overwhelming supported this concept by a landslide vote. They want their experience to be a better one. They want their athletic teams to bring them pride. And that’s exactly what we plan on doing when we break ground on the four new facilities in the next few months.
I look forward to seeing you at the “Q” this winter. If you haven’t purchased your basketball season tickets, there’s still time. We have some great deals out there for both the Bears and Lady Bears in all sections and price ranges. Thank you for your continued support of Missouri State University Athletics.