David Patterson | Director of Rowing | Men’s and Women’s Rowing | Fairfield University

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

They’ve got to want to be involved in the sport, they’ve got to want to work to be competitive in the sport. Student athletes are very lucky – many have used athletics to get in to schools that their academics alone do not deserve and many have used athletics to get funding in to schools that those who actually study in high school don’t get access to. Don’t use athletics to just get in to college and get money, use athletics to want to be part of something special in athletics. If you want to go to college and have a varsity athletic experience be prepared for all that that entails and be prepared for a four year commitment. If you can’t be a four year athlete don’t waste the team’s time, don’t waste the coach’s time, don’t waste your own time and go to a college that you deserve to go to on your academic merit alone.

Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

A four year rower who got faster every year while also being a nursing major with a very unforgiving program with regards to support for athletes and graduating with a 3.8. She did her best to figure out how to achieve more and didn’t waste time stressing about the ‘hiccups’ along the way.