My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: University of the South
Location: Sewanee, TN
I have a few people that flatter me every once in awhile by telling me they liked what I posted. One of those leaders is Wendell Staton the Director of Athletics of Georgia College and State University. He is adverse to social media so he reads the posts via email. His wife is on twitter so I am including her @yvettestaton in this post.
Wendell called me last week and said he recently had visited the University of the South and he defined it as what a college campus should look like. He also interjected a WOW!
The University of the South is known as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends. Sewanee was founded in 1857 by clergy and lay delegates from Episcopal dioceses throughout the south. They selected a site in Sewanee, atop the Cumberland Plateau about 50 miles west of Chattanooga, and local landowners and the Sewanee Mining Company donated nearly 10,000 acres for the enterprise. On October 10, 1860, the founders laid the cornerstone for a campus that would eventually grow to house 1,500 students on 13,000 forested acres.
Sewanee is also the alma mater of one of my great friends Mark Peeler the basketball coach at Erskine College. One of the first great US professional soccer players Kyle Rote Jr. also attended Sewanee.
Kyle Rote Jr. was an American soccer forward who played seven seasons in the North American Soccer League and earned five caps with the United States men’s national soccer team between 1973 and 1975. He led the NASL in scoring in 1973. He started out following in his dad Kyle Rote Sr. by playing football at Oklahoma State. His dad was a wide receiver for the NY Giants. Kyle Jr. transferred to Sewanee because at the time they were one of the few colleges in the south with a college soccer program. He excelled and got signed to a pro soccer contract in 1972 upon graduation.
In 1973, ABC-TV in the United States debuted a two-hour special called “American Superstars” featuring ten top athletes from ten different sports competing in events that were not their own.
Kyle Rote Jr. won the competition three of the four years he entered which included 1974-1976 and 1977, beating out the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Lynn Swann, Reggie Jackson, Bobby Hull, Julius Erving, Stan Smith and even former Olympic decathlon champs Bill Toomey, Rafer Johnson and Bob Mathias.
One of the great moments in the show is when Joe Frazier almost drowned trying to swim 50 yds.