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Student-Athlete Faculty Mentor Program


The Plymouth State University Student-Athlete Faculty Mentor Program was established to strengthen the relationship and enhance communication between faculty, coaches and student-athletes as a means of ensuring academic success. We appreciate the uniqueness of the student-athlete experience and the challenges associated with balancing academic and athletic obligations.  Accordingly, the mentors provide student-athletes with support and guidance to become value-added members of the broader Plymouth community.  

Benefits for the Student-Athlete:

  1. Engage with faculty outside the traditional classroom.
  2. Acquire strategies to succeed in the classroom and the greater Plymouth community.
  3. Have a faculty advocate who supports the student-athletes’ personal growth and success. 

Benefits for the Faculty Mentor:

  1. Build strong connections with student-athletes and coaches.
  2. Inclusion in team functions (practices, games, celebrations, etc.).
  3. Share in the team’s growth and development.
  4. Receive team apparel.
  5. Provide a service to the Athletic Department.
  6. Be a big fan! 

Potential Roles of the Faculty Mentor:

  1. To promote understanding and communication between faculty and student-athlete.
  2. To provide student-athletes with an additional resource to navigate academia.
  3. To electively participate and attend team functions (practices, games, etc.).
  4. To support the student-athlete’s academic and professional development.
  5. To meet with prospective student-athletes during campus visits, if available.
  6. To support the student-athlete recruitment and retention efforts. 

Benefits for the Coach:

  1. Build a professional relationship with a faculty member.
  2. Have a member of the faculty who can answer academic related questions.
  3. Have a faculty advocate.
  4. Have an additional campus member who can assist with official campus visits to help with recruitment/retention efforts.
  5. Allow faculty to experience team culture.
  6. Support the cluster model.  


  How do I become a Faculty Mentor volunteer?

  • Contact the Chair of the Athletic Council to indicate your preference for no more than three athletic teams that you would like to mentor.

What exactly would a Faculty Mentor have to do?

  • Be a fan
  • See Potential Roles of the Faculty Mentor

How long would I be a Faculty Mentor?

  • Faculty would serve for a minimum of one year and the role is renewable upon request.

What would the Faculty Mentor not be responsible for doing?

  • The faculty is not expected to be part of the coaching staff
  • The faculty is not expected to deal with parental concerns

Can this service be part of the Faculty’s Workplan?

  • Yes, work with your department P&T committee and/or Chair

Is there anything else I need to know?

  • Remember this is a professional relationship with student-athletes, coaches, and parents.
  • You will be given the opportunity to read and understand the Athletic Department Policies and Procedures Manual.


Sport Faculty Mentor
Men's Basketball  
Women's Basketball   
Men's Cross Country  
Women's Cross Country      
Field Hockey    
Men's Ice Hockey    
Women's Ice Hockey      
Men's Lacrosse  
Women's Lacrosse  
Men's Skiing  
Women's Skiing  
Men's Soccer  
Women's Soccer  
Women's Swimming & Diving      
Women's Tennis  
Men's Track & Field  
Women's Track & Field