Athletic directors and coaches have a tremendous impact on their players, both on and off the field. They motivate individuals to be the best they can be, and today’s coaches know that this involves much more than athletic ability or skill. It is about mindset and a belief in the player’s ability to succeed. As American baseball great, Ted Williams, once said, “Hitting is 50% above the shoulders.”
Nova Southeastern’s athletic department, led by Athletic Director Michael Mominey, is a shining representation of the University. Its vision and values are clearly characterized in the NSU Athletics mission statement:
To provide a first-class student-athlete experience through the participation in a highly competitive and nationally recognized intercollegiate athletic program. Through the platform of higher education, we offer young men and women the opportunity to develop leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork skills that will serve as a foundation for success today and in the future. Through an inclusive student-centered approach to learning, we focus on the balance of academic and athletic excellence while serving the university and the community at large with integrity.
Fulfilling this mission involves a set of core values that foster a balance between athletics and academics. Michael Mominey sums this up by saying, “We are educators first and foremost, helping student athletes reach their true potential, through the platform of higher education.”
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