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Villanova University Athletics Department Mission Statement


Villanova University is proud of its long and distinctive athletics history. The key to our success is based on the fact that our commitment to student-athletes is central, uncompromising and achieved within the highest academic and ethical standards. In support of the broader University Mission Statement, our mission complements and enhances the development of the total person. In the Augustinian tradition, we strive to create a supportive community which fosters the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical attributes of our students, staff and colleagues. Our mission also embraces the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the conferences in which we participate.


The Athletics Department seeks to be a community of scholar athletes, coaches and staff whose primary focus is to achieve academic excellence while also striving to produce teams and individuals who are committed to athletic competition and outstanding performance. Such efforts are made within the context of our core values: Excellence, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Community, Opportunity and Service. In striving to achieve these goals, we endeavor to attain the University's Strategic Goal which states that:

Villanova will offer equitable athletic opportunities at the intercollegiate, intramural, club sport and recreational levels, and achieve national recognition in selected programs.

Core Values

Excellence: The Athletics Department's active pursuit of excellence begins with the recruitment of distinguished students, coaches and staff and extends to intercollegiate competition as well as intramural, club and recreational programs. The goal of such pursuits is a quality experience for all students independent of their level of participation. Our primary focus on academic excellence remains constant as we strive to create these valuable experiences.

Integrity: The Athletics Department vigorously strives to conduct its programs and functions with the utmost level of integrity. Our goals, strategies and decisions are founded on the principles of integrity and honesty.

Sportsmanship: Villanova University fields disciplined and competitive student-athletes and teams committed to the highest level of sportsmanship. We are resolved to creating an atmosphere of respect, fairness and graciousness among all of our constituencies including our own student-athletes, coaches, opponents, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, fans, and neighbors.

Community: Villanova University constantly aspires to be a just, welcoming and caring community in the fullest sense. The Athletics Department embraces this responsibility and explicitly seeks to enhance community by means of its interactions, activities and programs.

Opportunity: Villanova University and its Athletics Department are committed to equal opportunity for all which includes nurturing the development of our student-athletes by providing equitable opportunities for academic, spiritual, ethical, social and physical growth. The Athletics Department reflects this commitment in its recruiting, hiring and retention practices, as well as through professional development opportunities for all staff members. We actively promote the benefits of a diverse environment for all student-athletes, coaches and staff members.

Service: The Athletics Department is devoted to having all its members, student-athletes and staff, recognize their individual and collective responsibility to providing service to our University, our communities and neighbors. Toward that end, all members of the Athletics Department are expected to engage in community service.