Varsity Athletes

Advisers to varsity athletes should be aware of a few procedures that all student athletes must follow.

Travel Letters

Every varsity athlete is provided with a travel letter at the beginning of each semester that must be presented to all professors before the end of the first week of classes.   It is the athlete’s responsibility to then remind the professor of upcoming absences and make arrangements to either turn work in early or make additional arrangements.  Depending on how particular teams perform during their season there may be additional travel dates due to Patriot League Tournament play. If this is the case, students will provide an additional letter to professors as soon as possible.

Academic Day

Varsity athletes and coaches are aware of the academic day that runs from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Athletes may not skip or leave class early to attend practice.   For this reason, it may be advisable that student athletes attempt to schedule courses during the “academic day” and avoid evening classes as best as possible.


One of the many people in the advising network for student athletes is the Coordinator of Academic Support for Student Athletes.  The Coordinator serves as a liaison between Athletics and academic departments/offices, as well as a source of guidance for the student athletes.

Every varsity sport also has one or two faculty mentors for its teams.  These faculty mentors are another resource/support person available to student athletes on their particular team.  Faculty advisers should feel comfortable contacting a particular student’s faculty mentor who also can serve as a liaison between the athletic and academic departments.

The ATTIC is a resource available to all Lafayette students. Athletes are encouraged to utilize the ATTIC’s individual and group tutoring services in addition to attending Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions  that may be offered in many introductory courses. The ATTIC works with a number of Lafayette students including students with disabilities, student athletes, and peer tutors.


Please advise student athletes to speak with the Coordinator of Academic Support for Student Athletes when making any scheduling adjustments or changes throughout the semester (drop, add, withdraw).  It is necessary for the coordinator to monitor  the student’s academic status with respect to eligibility and progress toward degree when satisfying NCAA rules and regulations.

Faculty Advisors for Varsity Teams

Baseball: Bud Martin

Men’s Basketball: Alan Childs

Women’s Basketball: Chris Ruebeck

Fencing: TBA

Field Hockey:  David Sunderlin

Football: Roger Ruggles and Susan Averett

Golf: TBA

Men’s Lacrosse: Larry Malinconico

Women’s Lacrosse:  Scott Hummel

Men’s Soccer: David Shulman

Women’s Soccer: Dan Weiss

Softball: David Stifel

Swimming/Diving: Chun Wai Liew and Leonard VanGulick

Tennis: Bob Weiner

XC/Track and Field: Tom Bruggink and David Veshosky

Volleyball: Rosie Bukics


Lafayette College reserves the right in its sole judgment to amend any policy or program described herein without prior notice to persons who might thereby be affected. At its sole option, the College may suspend or eliminate courses, academic departments, or degree programs; change curricular offerings, graduation requirements, and regulations on standing of students; alter its class schedule and academic calendar; or make changes of any nature whenever in its judgment such changes are desirable for any reason. The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the College and the student. Payment of tuition or attendance at any classes shall constitute acceptance by the student of the College's rights as set forth in this paragraph.