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FROM THE PRESIDENT
January 10, 2008
Hard Work Pays Off For Rams
Many of you read the story in the November 6, 2007 issue of the Washington Post titled "Shepherd, Where D.C. Area Players Flock," which highlighted the number of metro-area players on Shepherd's football roster ("Eighty-eight, to be exact," according to the article).
The writer seemed to express surprise that a West Virginia school "77 miles northeast of the District, just across the Maryland border" would be so attractive to Maryland and Virginia players.
It is no surprise to us.
Coach Monte Cater and his staff have worked hard to find talented regional high school players and worked harder still to turn those individuals into a cohesive, winning team.
The Post article stated that "Cater's staff has kept a steady recruiting presence in the Washington region during his tenure, mainly because it works."
Working the recruiting plan has resulted in a football team that made its third consecutive trip to NCAA Division II postseason tournament play.
Coach Cater has earned many accolades in his own right this year. He was the first active coach to be inducted into the Shepherd University Athletic Hall of Fame. The winningest football coach in West Virginia Conference history who hit the 150-win mark this season, Cater was named WVIAC Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row and for the ninth time during his Shepherd career. Coach Cater led the Rams to their 11th league title in his 21 seasons at Shepherd University.
Shepherd's coaching staff members are just some of the many Shepherd staff and faculty who go the extra mile to excel in their endeavors. This hard work and dedication makes Shepherd a great place to work, study, and compete.
And having a successful athletics program helps Shepherd University's visibility and recognition in the region. An added bonus is that our student-athletes enjoy a higher graduation rate than the rest of the student body.
On behalf of the Shepherd University community, I say thank you to the Shepherd Rams football players and coaches for an exciting year of football.
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