Lake Sumter State College
How long have you been with Lake Sumter S State College?
I joined the college in 1997. Prior to that I a was a professor and a baseball coach at Miami Dade College.
When you first started at Lake Sumter,what was your immediate project?
The school did not have an athletic department when I first started. I knew I had to get the community to rally behind us and build a strong program that way. We started putting the pieces together and today we have a baseball, softball and a women’s volleyball program.
What would you say was the best moment for you at Lake Sumter?
To me, the greatest thing that happened was the opening of the sports complex in September of 2000. We now have a state of the art facility. Our vision had come true. We had a lot of community leaders out here for the opening and it was just a great moment.
You just had your fund raiser golf tournament, how did that go?
The golf tournament went great. We had a huge showing for it. I am glad to say that we raised $30000 at that event. That money goes towards scholarships, equipment and text books.
What do you want the people in the community to know about the athletic program?
Its open. We want people to come check it out. Our women’s volleyball program is growing and we have games at both our locations. You can come out to games for next to nothing. And the kids get to come in for free. We want the kids to come and enjoy the program.
I have heard that the athletics and you do a lot of community services, tell us a little more about that?
We encourage our athletics in their down time to go do community service. They have helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity, go to little league fields and help the kids and the coaches with practices, just to name a few things.
I want to thank Mike Matulia for taking the time to sit down with me and do this interview.
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