West Virginia Wesleyan College's first-year athletic director thanked the Buckhannon Rotary Club for all it does in the community, adding that he hopes his student-athletes become just as involved during their time in town.
Randy Tenney, who also serves as the college's baseball coach, said he will be looking for ways for student-athletes to participate in local events.
"We have a lot of manpower," he said Tuesday. "It's important for our athletes and coaches to be out in the community. We both win."
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
West Virginia Wesleyan College athletic director Randy Tenney, left, greets basketball coach Patrick Beilein after introducing him to the Buckhannon Rotary Club on Tuesday.
Tenney assumed his new job in July, and he said his goal is the same as nearly every other athletic director in the country- to have successful and winning teams. But he said he differs from others in one way.
"I don't believe that if you're winning, nothing else matters," he said. "Graduating student-athletes matters. Graduating student-athletes that become solid citizens out in society matters."
He also told the Rotary members that a new policy is being implemented for incoming recruits. Tenney said incoming freshmen must have a 2.5 grade-point average in high school before they can receive athletic grant funding. He said incoming transfer students must have a 2.35 grade-point average in transferable credits.
"We want to focus on bringing in the best of the best," he said. "I want to raise the bar academically."
Tenney then introduced new men's basketball coach Patrick Beilein, whom he believes will raise the level of the Bobcats' basketball program.
"I will recruit high-character kids who will be in the classroom and will play hard every day without an agenda," Beilein said. "Agenda kids are selfish kids."
The Bobcats have started the season with three wins in their first five games, and Beilein said he wants to create a winning culture within the team.
"You want to get kids who want to be a part of this program," he said, adding he will use the connections of his father, Michigan coach John Beilein, to build a team at Wesleyan.
"I want to stay in the area," he said. "There are a lot of good kids in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. I'm looking for skill kids who can really shoot, pass and score."
In other matters, the Rotary Club welcomed John Clise as its newest member. He was sponsored for membership by Jody Light.