On July 22, all Saint Peter’s University student athletes received an email from Katherine Acuri, which included a letter from Athletic Director Bryan Felt.
The letter told the athletes that he would no longer be the athletic director at Saint Peter’s, he had received the same position at Seton Hall University, his alma mater. Although athletes were concerned with the news, they would not start their seasons without someone taking care of them.
Katherine Arcuri, the current associate athletic director, has taken on Felt’s former responsibilities as the interim athletic director. Arcuri said she will not be taking on or interviewing for the position but has been a part of the interview process.
The athletic department has started and are still currently interviewing possible candidates for the position. Arcuri said they are focused on finding the best possible fit for both the student athletes and the university.
“We are being honest with the interviewees in hopes that they will be completely honest with us,” Arcuri said. Athletics wants someone they can trust and will understand what Saint Peter’s is all about.
After Felt left on Aug. 27, athletes were also informed of Rachel Dortch, former coordinator for student athlete development and leadership, resigning to join Seton Hall’s staff as well.
The department is searching for someone to take on Dortch’s former role. The peer mentorship program for athletes will not be going on this year. Dortch also ran SAAC, the student athlete advisory committee, which Anna Pitingolo will temporarily oversee.
Arcuri emphasized they have to be a resource and support for all student-athletes and that they are doing their very best, so no one will have anything to worry about while they’re still looking.
They are making sure as many concerns get brought up at interviews by involving select students with the interviews. If students have any issues they are still welcome to bring them to athletics’ attention.