Athletic Vision Statement


   The mission of the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to maximize the value that college athletics brings to East Tennessee State University by focusing on four major outcomes:

   1. To insure that student athletes grow and develop as productive
human beings while succeeding in the classroom and becoming ETSU graduates.

   2. To compete for and win Southern Conference Championships and participate in NCAA Tournament and Championship competition.

   3. To increase the power of the ETSU brand through effective
communication and connection, with particular attention to all ETSU

   4. To improve the quality of life for all students, faculty, alums and friends of ETSU by providing enjoyable, effectively managed and fiscally responsible programs.


   Our vision is for every Buccaneer student athlete to successfully walk across the stage at ETSU Commencement and receive their degree from the President, while being recognized as a Southern Conference champion and a NCAA participant; to see these students successfully complete their journey at ETSU as thousands of loyal Buc fans and fellow students acknowledge their accomplishments with loud and enthusiastic applause.


Core Values

E - Excellence and Education: We believe that no goal exceeds the mandate to educate and graduate the student-athlete and that we are first and foremost educators. We believe in a culture of excellence where each individual is expected to adopt a results-oriented proactive work ethic.

T - Teamwork and Trust: We value each member of our athletics family and understand the importance of teamwork and treating each individual honestly with dignity and respect. We believe in an environment of mutual trust. Making commitments generates hope and keeping commitments generates trust, and with trust comes benefit of the doubt. We believe in helping each other grow professionally.

S - Success: We value winning and achievement in athletics, academics, and personal and professional development while complying within the rules and regulations of the NCAA.

U - Understanding: We value and respect diversity of people and thought and are committed to providing an environment where all student-athletes and staff are free from harassment and intimidation.