Western Carolina University Athletics' is committed to success with integrity. Through this commitment we will realize our vision of becoming the premier institution of choice to be a student-athlete, coach, or athletic administrator in the Southern Conference.


The Department of Athletics at Western Carolina University is an integral element of the institution and participates fully in the central University mission of teaching and learning. Just as the University seeks to create a community of scholarship in which the activities of its members are conducted with the highest standards of knowledge and practice in their disciplines, the Athletics program promotes the highest levels of academic and athletic success that shares in the responsibility of achieving the goals of the University.

The activities of the Athletics program provide an environment in which students, coaches, faculty, staff, and administrators jointly assume the responsibility for the success on and off the field of play. The Athletics program embraces the concept that student-athletes are first and foremost students who possess academic goals, personal interests, and vocational ambitions similar to those of any other student. The Athletics program complements other University programs by enhancing the educational, social, career, and athletic opportunities of the students who participate in athletics. This environment also fosters a commitment to high standards of personal and professional conduct by all members of the athletic community manifested in the highest level of sportsmanship and compliance.

Western Carolina University is committed to ensuring equitable participation and treatment of men and women of all races and ethnic origins. The Athletics program actively promotes an environment in which fair and equitable distribution of athletic opportunities, benefits, and resources are available to all Athletics program participants, and in which any person is free from discrimination.

The Athletics program provides significant contributions to the University by enhancing loyalty to the alma mater, strengthening the pride and enthusiasm of alumni, fostering a strong sense of community, and serving as a positive public relations tool for the university.