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Message from our Athletics Director

Dear Commodore fan,

DirectorAs I reflect on our recent achievements, I am filled with Commodore pride. Our programs continue to display academic and athletic excellence. Because of the support of our National Commodore Club members, we have the resources needed to recruit, teach and graduate talented student-athletes who are prepared to be leaders and champions in life. I encourage you to join the National Commodore Club this year by making a gift.  

It’s a great time to be a ’Dore. For example:

  • Our student-athletes earned a 3.124 cumulative GPA during the 2015‒16 academic year, marking the 10th consecutive year they have exceeded a 3.0.
  • Vanderbilt Cross Country and Track & Field finished last season ranked No. 10 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Program of the Year standings. 
  • Simone Charley and Matthias Schwab were named Vanderbilt Athletes of the Year. Charley, a senior track & field and soccer student-athlete, finished second in the triple jump at the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships, led Vanderbilt Soccer in goals, assists and points, and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Schwab, a senior men’s golf player, posted six Top 10 finishes last season, was named first-team All-American and All-SEC First Team, and was a GCAA All-Scholar Team member. 
  • Last year, Vanderbilt Athletics welcomed two new head coaches—Men’s Basketball’s Bryce Drew and Women’s Basketball’s Stephanie White.  

I hope you will invest in our student-athletes this year by making a gift to the National Commodore Club!

Thank you for your commitment to Vanderbilt Athletics. Anchor Down!

Sincerely yours,
David Williams II
Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director