Recruit Information Page
Welcome to the online recruiting home of the Fredonia Track and Field and Cross Country Programs! On this page, you will find information about our program history, team philosophy, team records, visiting information, and various links for information regarding academics and Fredonia in general.
the Blue Devil Tradition
Kym Orr ('86) High Jump National Record 7'4.25"
The State University of New York at Fredonia has a rich tradition in the sports of track and field and cross country; we have won more SUNYAC Championships and produced more All-Americans than any other program in the history of Fredonia Athletics. The Men's and Women's programs have combined for:
Coach Wilson on Blue Devil TF & XC Philosophy
First, let me thank you for your interest in our program. My coaching staff and I have worked very hard to provide the information on this site for you and your family. It is our hope to provide you and all of our recruits with as much honest information as we possibly can so that you can make the best decision for you. With that said, let me introduce you to what the State University of New York at Fredonia Track and Field and Cross Country is all about.
Our philosophy is fairly simple; it is centered on one primary ideal and goal: to help every athlete, no matter their performance level, become the best person, student, and athlete they can be. We believe it is important that our student-athletes know what is most important in life, and we use a life continuum to teach this.
FAITH is the most important aspect of our philosophy: faith in oneself, one’s family, one's teammates/friends, and one’s mentors. This belief that everyone must have faith in themselves and those around them is because of its importance in the process of becoming successful, not just in track, but in life itself. The value of faith has a surrounding presence in times of both joy and struggle that gives us comfort and allows us to calm our emotions in times of pressure, anger, and pain. Faith is especially important when struggles come in areas of life that we can not control or have the answer for. Faith should almost always start internally, but it is always at its greatest when shared with those who care for your well-being and support you in the process of reaching your life goals. And, that is why having faith not only in yourself, but also in your family, teammates/friends, and mentors are so important.
ACADEMICS are next on our continuum and are significant for a multiple of reasons. Most importantly, they give us an upper hand in our career, broaden our mind to new and exciting ideas, and give us the reasoning skills to make life's big decisions successfully. Study hard, just like you train, challenge yourself, and be proud of your academic achievements and your will find that success comes as a by-product of your work.
A close third on that continuum is ATHLETICS. Where academics broaden the scope of who we are as people, athletics give us the tools to use that knowledge by teaching us the meaning of discipline, hard work, team work, trust, honesty, and passion. Using these characteristics and believing in the process it takes to reach your outcomes will pay off in the end.
As coaches, our job is to help student-athletes keep this continuum in order and guide them in the right direction, but we are not here to make decisions for our athletes. We want our athletes to be independent and to not be afraid of making mistakes, because "only those that dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly" - Robert F. Kennedy.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to have the chance to meet you!
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