All Hands On Deck: Commitment to Excellence
All Hands On Deck

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This is Excellence Every Day…

In recent history, ETSU Athletics has established itself as the championship standard in the Southern Conference. The standard of Excellence Every Day has become the foundation of our culture. Our student-athletes, coaches, staff, campus, fans, and region have all played an important role in the development of this culture. This unwavering support and passion has allowed ETSU Athletics to accomplish many historic and transformational initiatives while delivering a first-class experience for over 400 Buccaneer student-athletes.

There has never been a better time to be an ETSU Buccaneer. Now is the time for all of us to be "All Hands on Deck," as we push through the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Buccaneers ask you to support our student-athletes with us through your financial commitment to ETSU Athletics. Your gift will allow us to press through the challenges of budget reduction, revenue shortfalls and competition uncertainty.

ETSU Athletics was able to balance the 2019-20 fiscal year budget, thanks to the incredible support of the Best Fans in the Southern Conference, coupled with conservative measures our athletic program enacted in the spring of 2020. As we begin the 2020-21 fiscal year, new budget challenges have been presented by the pandemic, which impact the department’s ability to generate up to $4.5 million of annual revenue (28% of the annual budget). The areas of impact include: 

  • Game guarantees
  • Ticket revenue
  • Annual giving revenue
  • Game-day revenue (parking/concessions/etc.)
  • Special events
  • Sponsorship revenue
  • NCAA distribution revenue

Thank you for making the ETSU Bucs Excellent Every Day…


The "All Hands on Deck" Game Plan

1. Budget Conservation | 2. Fundraising | 3. Reserve Utilization | 4. Asset Leverage

An aggressive and creative plan has been enacted to generate the necessary support for our Buccaneer athletes. ETSU Athletics has enacted unprecedented budget conservatism. At this time, over $1,374,000 of budget reductions have been implemented. The utilization of financial reserves and asset leverage will be employed. Coupled with this robust fundraising initiative, your commitment can make the difference.


Support "All Hands on Deck" today by making your gift now

Your gifts will directly benefit scholarships, student-athlete development, health and safety services, recruiting, nutrition, academics, strength and conditioning, and the continuation of the complete student-athlete experience.  These investments protect our abilities to graduate our Buccaneers and compete for championships in every sport that we field. These standards will never waver. To discuss making an investment in ETSU Athletics, please call Dr. Matt McGahey at (423) 439-5925 or email at [email protected]

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Superlative success since 2015-16

  • Joined the Southern Conference and created the preeminent program in the league.
  • In 2019-20. 262 student-athletes were named to the SoCon Honor Roll. This is the fourth time in five years ETSU has eclipsed 200+ student-athletes on the SoCon Honor Roll.
  • 19 championships
  • Winner of four consecutive SoCon Commissioner Cup Championships. ETSU is the only current league member to ever accomplish this feat.
  • 13 athletic programs have appeared in postseason play, including seven in the NCAA Tournament.
  • ETSU has led the SoCon in men’s basketball attendance for the last four seasons.
  • Since the opening of Greene Stadium, ETSU football has been among the national leaders in attendance percent to stadium capacity including leading the nation in 2018 and ranking second in 2019.
  • ETSU has experienced record setting revenue generation in philanthropic support, corporate partnership revenue, ticket sales, and licensing.
  • ETSU established a 10-year multimedia rights agreement with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment.
  • Numerous facilities improvement projects including new construction and renovation have been completed.
  • ETSU created a new logo and established its’ brand as one of the region’s most recognized and celebrated marks.
  • Transformational investment in ETSU Athletics over the past five years focused on scholarships, facilities, renovations, recruiting & student-athlete experience.
  • Balanced 2019-20 fiscal year budget in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Price of Excellence


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