UNITED KINGDOM

Plans are in the works for this spring’s second annual athletics department tour

By DANIEL HOOKER ’01

On the heels of the inaugural “Catamounts Unite Tour” that ventured across the region during the winter of 2012, Western Carolina’s athletics department has announced plans for the second annual – and expanded – tour coming next spring. Director of Athletics Randy Eaton, Head Football Coach Mark Speir MAEd ’95 and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Hunter, as well as several other Catamount coaches, will travel across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, reaching out to members of the Catamount Nation.

“It has become apparent to me over the course of my first year as AD that we in athletics have not done a real good job in the past reaching out to our supporters. Not only has this left many feeling neglected, but we have been unable to share our story about the great young people we have wearing the purple and gold,” said Eaton. “My hope is that these tour stops will allow us again to share our vision of today, tomorrow and beyond, while adding to the tremendous energy that currently exists within our fan base. Only by getting everyone recommitted to our success will we be able to meet our goals in the future.”

The 2013 version of the Catamounts Unite Tour series of receptions is designed to allow Eaton, Speir and Hunter – as well as other Catamount coaches – to meet with WCU alumni, supporters and Catamount fans as they craft together the vision and direction of Catamount Athletics.

The two-month, 12-stop tour is scheduled to kick off Wednesday, March 27, in the Piedmont/Triad of North Carolina in Greensboro and culminate with a Tuesday, May 21, stop in the Upstate of South Carolina. Along the way, the tour includes in-state visits to the Catawba Valley region, as well as Raleigh, Charlotte and Shelby. The tour will reach Catamount fans in Western North Carolina with stops slated for Andrews, Franklin, Asheville/Hendersonville, Haywood County and Sylva. The tour also will make an April 5 visit to Atlanta.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Stefanie Conley ’08, director of corporate sponsorships and special events for WCU athletics, at 828.227.2335 or by email at slconley@wcu.edu.