Recently, we completed our annual institutional performance review process. As I went through the various appraisals it quickly reminded me of what a talented, energetic and motivated staff we have here at Santa Clara.
I am really proud of the team we have assembled over the past three years. The Department of Athletics and Recreation consists of a group of 70 or so people who care deeply about the institution and its approximately 350 student-athletes. They all work hard, put in long hours and do whatever it takes to ensure the athletic program's success. Going above and beyond isn't a frequent occurrence for this group of people. It's a daily one.
We talk a great deal about our goals and objectives and working to move Bronco athletics to heights never before attained at Santa Clara. But, without a competent group of people behind them, our ambitions would absolutely fall short of expectation.
There are six basic areas of concentration in our athletic department: 1) Administration; 2) Intercollegiate Sports; 3) Sports Medicine; 4) External Services; 5) Compliance & Student Services; and 6) Campus Recreation. I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce the team of senior staff members who oversee these areas.
Associate Athletic Director Robin Reynolds joined the athletic staff soon after I arrived in the summer of 2000 and has made a major impact in the restructure of our business and administrative units. She has the unenviable task of managing our athletic budget as well as serving as our human resources liaison and overseeing the day-to-day administrative operation of the department. Robin also serves as the department's Senior Woman Administrator, is a member of the NCAA Volleyball Committee and oversees our baseball, tennis and volleyball programs.
Recently, I was pleased to be able to promote Jonathan Clough to Associate Athletic Director. He is the longest-tenured member of the senior staff, having arrived at Santa Clara in the fall of 1999. Jon oversees several sport programs, handled our recent NCAA Certification and manages all post-season and regular season tournaments. He also oversees the sports medicine and ticket operations area and handles a number of special projects that are crucial to our long-term department goals. Jon is the ultimate utility player and is clearly a crucial member of our staff.
When I arrived at Santa Clara in May, 2000, Toso Pavilion had already been deflated and construction on the Leavey Center had begun. In August of that year, John Veargason joined our staff as Associate Director of Athletics and has done an outstanding job of overseeing the ongoing renovation of the Leavey Center. John manages all athletic facilities and operations and oversees the Bronco water polo program as well as campus recreation. Despite his background as a former basketball player at a rival West Coast Conference school, John has done an outstanding job in managing our operations unit.
One of the key areas that most likely impacts you the most is our external services unit. Associate Athletic Director Richard Kilwien arrived in August of 2000 in charge of media relations. Soon thereafter, we restructured marketing, promotions, corporate sales, ticket sales and media relations into one unit under his direction. Since that time, we have created an outstanding official athletic website, established a consistency in our athletic branding and established several wonderful partnerships that provide much-needed resources for our sports and student-athletes. This unit has worked hard to achieve growth in nearly every area over the last two-and-a-half years.
A little over a year ago, Janice Hayes came to our staff as the Director of Recreation and has jumped into the job with both feet. The Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center averages approximately 1,200 participants each day and she has expanded our lifetime fitness classes to accommodate nearly 900 participants. Janice also oversees our club sports programs and is heavily involved with the strategic planning to continually expand our recreation services to students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Last fall, we recruited Desiree Reed-Francois from our Spartan neighbors down the road to serve as Associate Athletic Director and oversee our compliance and student-services unit. In just a few short months, she has worked hard to successfully manage a number of complicated areas, such as housing, financial aid, NCAA compliance, admissions and student services. Since Desiree arrived, we opened our new state-of-the-art academic center and she was integral in securing the computers and resources to provide our student-athletes every possible chance to succeed.
I'm thrilled about what we have been able to achieve over the last three years at Santa Clara. And, these are just a few of the people who are dedicated to making SCU fans and alumni proud of their institution.
As always, thank you for your interest in Santa Clara Athletics.