The University of Illinois Springfield introduced its new athletic director to the public Wednesday afternoon during a press conference in the atrium of The Recreation and Athletic Center, and Jim Sarra mapped out his vision for the university in front of a crowd of 200 or so that included Sarra’s family as well as UIS coaches, athletes, boosters and media members.
Sarra was named June 22 to succeed Kim Pate, who left UIS to become athletic director at Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, North Carolina. His first day on the job was Monday. His parents were on hand along with his wife, Heather, son J.T., and daughter Jordin.
“Our top priority is being student-athletes,” Sarra said. “That will always be our top priority. I will take 90, 100 days to listen and learn what’s going on here.
“No. 2 is having a winning program, establishing a championship program. We will be competitive. I love to win; just ask my family if you don’t believe me. We will set our goals high.
“And third is a community connection. We want to build a lasting relationship with the community. We will be visible in the community.
“We need your support.”
The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on August 4, 2016.
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