The Q & A With Campus Partners series is designed to connect faculty with personnel and offices on campus in order to better serve Belmont’s students. This installment features Scott Corley from Belmont Athletics.
What is your title and how long have you been at Belmont?
My title is Director of Athletics. I have been at Belmont for almost 3 years.
What brought you to Belmont?
I graduated from Belmont in 1990 and was lucky enough to play basketball under Coach Rick Byrd. Upon graduating with a degree in Finance I spent 25 years in the banking industry in Nashville. During that time I was able to stay involved with the University as a Bruin Club donor, President of the Alumni Board, and as a fan of our sport teams. When Mike Strickland, the previous athletic director, decided to retire I made the decision to apply for the position. I was fortunate enough to be chosen. It has been an amazing blessing to come back to your alma mater and help lead an incredible group of coaches and staff.
What do you do in your role as Director of Athletics?
I am responsible for overseeing all operations of the athletic department. Key responsibilities include managing 13 coaches and the department staff, providing our student-athletes and fans a great game-day atmosphere, fundraising to enhance our various programs, and helping promote our teams and University to the Nashville community and beyond.
How does your office serve Belmont’s students?
We are here to provide academic, athletic, and spiritual support for all of our student-athletes. Additionally, we want to provide all of our students a place where they can come together, build community, and be entertained for a few hours while promoting school spirit. We believe that this is valuable to the co-curricular development of all students on campus.
In what ways do (or can) faculty partner with your office?
The faculty has been amazing partners for our student-athletes by understanding the scheduling demands of our student-athletes particularly for away competitions. We also love the support of our faculty members at our athletic events. Our student-athletes always appreciate seeing their professors in the stands cheering them on.
What would you like faculty to know about Belmont Athletics?
The athletic department takes pride in ensuring all of our coaches and student-athletes are great ambassadors for Belmont University. This is demonstrated in good sportsmanship, strong academics, and success on the field of play.
You can find more information on Belmont Athletics here.