Letter from LA Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde



Nov. 8, 2011

Dear Louisiana Tech Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for the incredible support that you have given Louisiana Tech Athletics over the last several years. We have seen significant increases in attendance, tickets sales, donations and overall support of YOUR program. All of us are encouraged with the steady stream of support from alumni and friends.

As a Louisiana Tech supporter, you are undoubtedly familiar with our Quest for Excellence capital campaign. The Quest for Excellence encompasses more than just the construction of a new facility; it is a strategic goal for our athletics program, aligned with our mission and core values. As we approach our last home game on November 26 at 3 p.m. against New Mexico State, it is vital that we take the next step in the Quest for Excellence.

Historically, our home games late in the season have posed numerous challenges with our fan base. As the holidays approach, students leave for Thanksgiving break, family priorities take precedence, and attendance at these games has been lower than at other games. Head coach Sonny Dykes and the Bulldog football team have taken major strides throughout the year and will be playing for a postseason opportunity and a potential Western Athletic Conference championship in our last home game; the team truly deserves your support.

Along with the importance of the potential bowl berth, our stake in conference realignment is still on the forefront, and the importance of fan attendance in regard to conference alignment cannot be overstated. With a strong showing by our fan base in the final home game, we have the opportunity to reach the highest single season average home attendance in the history of our football program.

Ruston has a population of over 25,000, Louisiana Tech boasts over 70,000 living alumni, and our local surrounding media market contains more than 400,000 people. In addition, our entire regional market reaches over 2 million. Thus, I am challenging you - our fans - to come out and support our Bulldog football team November 26 against New Mexico State. Bring a friend. Bring the family. Bring someone who has never been to a Louisiana Tech game before.

We have an assortment of promotions and activities planned for the game, and we hope that all LA Tech supporters take advantage of this incredible opportunity to make Saturday, November 26 a day to remember. Support the Quest for Excellence, and make sure you and your family and friends are at the game to cheer on your Bulldog football team.

Go Bulldogs!

Bruce Van De Velde

Director of Athletics