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Quotes from Letterwinners Club Directors and External Athletic Administrators

"We have searched for the most effective online platform for a couple of years, and the challenges of 2020 made online communication and connection even more crucial to our continued success. Athlete Network’s platform offers us the opportunity to transition the Letterwinners M Club from an online presence to a true online community of unified Wolverines. This partnership will allow us to make a leap forward in our communication and engagement while maximizing the time our volunteer board of former athletes invests to meet the needs of their peers."
- Amy McCormick Stevens, President, M Club of the University of Michigan


“We are excited to partner with the Athlete Network Team and build out a collaborative site to foster higher levels of engagement and share best practices across Letterwinner organizations.”
- Lindsey Long, Executive Director at National Letterwinners Association


"LSU is thrilled to partner with Athlete Network and start utilizing their innovative technology. We have the #1 football team in the country and we also want to have the #1 letterwinners club in the country. Our goal is to provide the best tools available to help us better engage with our former athletes and Athlete Network's Unite software will allow us to do just that."  
- Sharon Lewis, President of the National L Club at LSU


"Fostering relationships with our former athletes is an extremely high priority for LSU. Our partnership with Athlete Network will provide our L Club members with the highest level of services, programs, and communications. We are proud to be a thought leader within the SEC and the first school within the conference to provide the Unite software platform from Athlete Network."
- Kristen Cain, Executive Director of the National L Club at LSU


"Partnering with Athlete Network will continue to help us engage with our alumni athletes throughout the world. It offers a plan to engage all of them no matter where they are in their post graduate development and keep them connected to their University."
- Kirk Diehl, Director of Varsity ‘S’ Club at Penn State University


“It is vitally important to us that our former student-athletes stay connected to us as they are a very key component to the continued success of Clemson Athletics. The Clemson Athlete Alumni Network is a great tool and bridge between Clemson Athletics, IPTAY, The Block C Club, and our former student-athletes.”
- Davis Babb, CEO of IPTAY at Clemson University


“As a former student-athlete, I value my relationship with Clemson Athletics. The Clemson Athlete Alumni Network is the tool that we need to better serve our former student-athletes in a way that is unique and efficient.”
- Travis Blanks, Assistant Director of The Block C Club at Clemson University


"At the core of R mission is the principle of supporting student-athletes forever. The Varsity R Letterwinners Network was built to inspire R letterwinners to remain connected, engaged, and involved through volunteer opportunities, events, career networking/mentoring, and philanthropic initiatives. This platform is designed to be a hub for all of these opportunities and
more. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Athlete Network!"
– Carissa Conroy, Ed.D., Executive Director-Varsity R Letterwinners/Director of Student-Athlete Engagement at Rutgers University


"K Club is a uniquely shared experience between generations of our members- one wrapped in intense pride for the Crimson and Blue. Through this new platform, K Club strives to channel that pride by providing a network for personal and professional development while supporting Kansas Athletics, and the next generation of K Club."
- Candace Dunback, (Former) Senior Director of K Club at University of Kansas


“Fostering relationships with our Redbird athletic alumni is what the Redbird For Life (RB4L) Club is all about. The RB4L Club Network will provide a one-stop shop to connect Redbirds of all eras while providing valuable resources.”
– Marianne Riddell, Director of Development, RB4L Club at Illinois State University


"We are excited to begin our partnership with Athlete Network to bring great resources to our current and alum student-athletes throughout their life. Our goal is to develop our student-athletes professionally and continue the relationship beyond their playing days. It’s the perfect platform that creates a one stop shop."
- Alexis Serna, Director of Beyond Football, Student-Athlete Development at Oregon State University


"The M Club Foundation is excited to partner with Athlete Network to better serve our former student-athletes. This platform will help alumni letter winners stay connected to Maryland Athletics and to each other, with customized resources and engagement opportunities that advance our mission of Athletes Helping Athletes."
- Laura Chiriaco, Executive Director of the M Club at University of Maryland


"The farther I get away from my 1982 graduation, the more important it has become for me to stay in touch with my teammates and contemporaries. The I Association has been limited in reaching all letter winning alumni – until now. The Hoosier Athlete Network modernizes our alumni communication and engagement and will foster connectivity and information sharing for many years to come."
- Brian Brase, Director, I Association at Indiana University


“One of the primary objectives of the J Association is to keep former student-athletes engaged with their teammates and involved with their programs. This platform will allow us to do just that. While we are entering a new era of SFA Athletics on the field, this partnership allows us to take a giant leap forward in how we engage and support SFA student-athletes beyond graduation.”
- Tyler Boone, Director of Athletic Development at Stephen F. Austin State University


“UNM couldn’t be more excited to partner with Athlete Network and begin utilizing UNITE technology to strengthen our bond with our former student-athletes. Our focus with this partnership is to provide our letterwinners the opportunity to stay connected and be engaged with not only former Lobos, but our current athletes as well.  Athlete Network will give us an amazing opportunity to remain Lobos 4 Life.”
- Brandon Altman, UNM Alumni Lettermen’s Association President at University of New Mexico


“The University of New Mexico Athletic Department and Alumni Lettermen’s Association strive to provide an environment that prepares our Lobos for Life. With that value in mind, the support of our letterwinners does not end with their eligibility. It is our goal to help our former student-athletes remain engaged and connected to Lobo Athletics as well as providing a platform to network with fellow Lobos wherever they might be. We look forward to the unique opportunities that the partnership with Athlete Network can provide and are excited about the connections it will help us develop with our alumni.”
- Madison Baumann, Executive Director UNM Alumni Lettermen’s Association at University of New Mexico


"TU Letterwinners Association is excited to partner with Athlete Network and bring their new and innovative software to our members. Our focus at TULA is to provide the best tools and resources available to engage and foster relationships with our former athletes. The Unite software and our exclusive Hurricane Athlete Network will give us another great tool to accomplish that goal.”
- Tom Perrault, President of The University of Tulsa Letterwinners Association


"A varsity “M” earned at the University of Michigan is one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate athletics. The Letterwinners M Club is extremely proud of our Letterwinners and believes our partnership with Athlete Network will allow us to engage with them in a more meaningful way. Not only will the Athlete Network’s software platform allow Letterwinners to connect with teammates and contemporaries, it will also provide career services, mentorship opportunities, and communications about University of Michigan teams and upcoming events." 
- David Harlock, Secretary, M Club of the University of Michigan


"Athlete Network has developed unique software tools that will allow Western Kentucky to stay better connected with our former student-athletes.  We value the relationships we build with our current student-athletes while they are on campus and we want to make sure they stay a part of the Hilltopper family for years to come.  We look forward to working with everyone at Athlete Network to help us reach our goals and improve our engagement with our student-athletes."
- Matt Morrison, Executive Director, Hilltopper Athletic Foundation at Western Kentucky University


"The Rice Owls SOAR Network is a critical tool to connect and engage our letter winners, providing resources and opportunities for mentorship, professional growth, and career transition. We've seen dramatic growth in signups and utilization in the first year of deployment, and we look forward to continuing that trend over the coming year. The greatest strength of Rice Athletics has always been the quality of our people, and the Rice Owls SOAR Network provides new ways for our people to connect across sports and across decades."
- Shannon Wright, 'R' Association President at Rice University


"We look forward to a productive vehicle that will enable us to achieve our goals, as the M-Club Alumni Association. This will permit and encourage graduating and former letterwinners to connect and engage in career searches, mentoring programs and information for all of our sports programs (past and present)."
- Richard Johnston, President M-Club Alumni Association at University of Southern Mississippi


“The Bruin Varsity Club is committed to engaging our alumni as well as our current student-athletes. Athlete Network will provide a consolidated platform for mentoring, networking, and employment opportunities which we are excited to implement. Additionally, it will serve as a way to communicate all things that encompass UCLA Athletics to our alumni student-athletes and managers."
 - Kat Lauer, Director of Bruin Varsity Club at UCLA


“We are excited to partner with Athlete Network to enhance our letterwinner outreach efforts. Utilizing their innovative technology, we will be better equipped to foster deeper relationships with and among Rice University alumni athletes. We strongly believe this partnership is going to accelerate and elevate our commitment to connecting and engaging with this important group of individuals, equipping them with the ability to ensure letterwinners can increasingly and sustainably help letterwinners for years to come.”
- Brett Parker, Associate Director, R Association at Rice Athletics


“I am excited about our partnership with Athlete Network. Athlete Network will help former student-athletes unite with old teammates while staying engaged with the department. Our current student-athletes will benefit from the opportunity to network with alumni to assist with their transition from student-athletes to young professionals. The goal is to maintain and enhance the family atmosphere we’ve established at SIUE.”
- Chris Wright, Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Fund & Ticketing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


“Fostering relationships with our athletic alumni is an extremely high priority. We are excited to introduce the Tarleton Athlete Network to our Tarleton Athletic Alumni and believe it will be the center point of the ability to build a lifelong connection to Tarleton State Athletics. We look forward to working with the team at Athlete Network because their innovative technology is going to be a game changer for us.” 
-  Byron Anderson, Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Tarleton State Athletics


“Fresno State Club Red is excited to partner with Athlete Network to continue to reach out and engage our former Bulldog athletes. Our former letterwinners are extremely important to us and we look forward to strengthening those relationships with our new software.”
- Gena Behrens, Associate Director of Development at Fresno State Athletics


“There is STRENGTH in NUMBERS and there is STRENGTH IN OUR PACK. Our goal is to build a community that allows former student-athletes the opportunity to connect and stay engaged with what’s going on within their respective programs. The NC State Varsity Club is excited to partner with the Athlete Network platform as a valuable resource to reconnect our former student-athletes to the University and to each other. The technology that it provides will be a game-changer for our coaches, current/former athletes and administration. We can’t wait to watch our ‘PACK grow.”
- Bobby Purcell, Executive Director of the NC State Wolfpack Club at NC State University


“Using Athlete Network's UNITE software will give former and future Keystone College graduates a step up in networking and will provide alumni a platform to help support their former athletic programs.”
- Ryan Novitsky, Sports Information Director at Keystone College


“As the Director of the M Club, the board and I have been searching for a better way to keep in touch with our former student-athletes and introduce the M Club to our current student-athletes. Athlete Network has provided us with the opportunity to achieve both through our very own M Club Network. We are excited to launch a website that will not only provide a one-stop shop of resources, but a more efficient way to stay connected with our Herd Family.”
- Taylor Strickland, Assistant Director of Athletic Development & M Club Director at Marshall University


"We are very excited to partner with Athlete Network and where it can take our Varsity B Letterwinners Club. Connecting and engaging with our former athletes is a top priority for Boise State Athletics to properly acknowledge our legacy of success. We live in a virtual world now more than ever and so it is extremely important to be able to digitally engage with these alumni athletes. We look forward to leveraging Athlete Network's innovative software to help us raise the bar."
- Mike Keller, Associate Athletic Director, Development at Boise State Athletics


“UConn Athletics is excited about a new partnership with the Athlete Network and the creation of our very own student-athlete alumni website. The National C Club is committed to engaging and connecting alumni, and this platform will provide a vehicle for mentoring, networking, and employment opportunities. In addition, it will serve as a way to communicate all things UConn Athletics to our alumni student-athletes and managers." 
- Jamelle Elliott, Associate Athletic Director at UConn


“Among the many strengths that exist in this newly formed relationship, the Branded Network platform provides a resource for both current and former student-athletes that will aid them in life beyond their sport. I believe this will be an opportunity for the entire Centenary Athletic Community to participate in something that will enrich their lives for years to come. Our partnership with Athlete Network is very exciting because the benefits offered will not only span generations of student-athletes, it covers all sports and all divisions, allowing us to level the playing field.”
- Rob Rubel, Centenary Athletic Club Board Chair at Centenary College of Louisiana


"As a former Saluki Student-Athlete, I feel honored to get the chance to reconnect with our alums! This is something that we’ve been working hard to get accomplished, and now we have a great opportunity to do just that."
- Drew Novara, S Club Coordinator at Southern Illinois University


"We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Athlete Network, and are looking forward to increasing the communication about resources available for our current student-athletes as we help prepare them for the future. Additionally, Athlete Network will be an essential tool for our newly created 'Weber State Varsity Club' as we develop, strengthen, and engage our former student-athletes. We look forward to the great things ahead from this partnership.”
- Derek Dawes, Associate Athletic Director, External Relations and Annual Giving at Weber State University