2nd Athletic Director pitch is made

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Don Kaverman said he wants to make a difference at Missouri Western.

On Friday, Kaverman stood in front of his audience in Spratt Hall and said there are five areas in which Western needs help.

After he announced the five: academic success, competitive success, program integrity, external outreach and athletic program value to the universtiy and community, Kaverman began his presentation.

“Visioning as an exercise is just the first step in a planning process,” Kaverman said.

Kaverman envisions plenty of future plans for Western. One of his plans includes Western finishing in the top half of the conference.

“[We] need to compete annually for MIAA championships,” Kaverman said. “[We should] be recognized nationally by having teams consistently advance to post-season play.”

Kaverman said in order to compete and have success, athletics has to be important to the community. He believes fundraising options are available through private parties.

“The only way we are going to be able to move forward,” Kaverman said, “is to generate additional financial support.”

There are over 21,000 alumni in the state of Missouri, and over 5,000 live in the St. Joseph region.

The Harris-Stowe athletic director is a former director at Western. He was here when Jerry Partridge was announced as the head football coach. Kaverman left Western in 1999 to go to Southeast Missouri State, where he served as Athletic Director for 10 years.

If Western appoints Kaverman to the university, it will hire an applicant who has had issues in the past.

While at Southeast, Kaverman helped produce the Women’s basketball team as a participant in the NCAA Tournament. However, Kaverman was fired at Southeast for refusing to resign after allegations spread of illegal actions taking place at Southeast.

“I don’t feel we violated the rules,” Kaverman said. “The rules are very complex.”

Southeast was accused of violating several NCAA terms, such as future prospects given benefits and coaches illegally watching practices. Kaverman believes that the allegations were more of a miscommunication than a violation.

“We didn’t consciously violate anything,” Kaverman said. “We found ourselves in violation of rules as a result of not knowing what was going on.”

Kaverman said changes have been made since he was last employed here, and that it a great thing. If Western can succeed in the five areas he mentioned, he thinks it will have a successful program. He also said the athletics program should not have to compete with St. Joseph.

“Griffon athletics definitely makes Missouri Western a better place,” Kaverman said. “It’s important to communicate that with the university and the community through the media.”

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