Staff teamwork

Working together as a student-centered university

Coach Dan Voudrie and his staff Eric Garcia, Leroy Cooper and Trent Tucker
Men’s Head Basketball Coach Dan Voudrie (standing) and his staff (seated from left) Eric Garcia, Leroy Cooper and Trent Tucker

We rarely publish e-mail messages in The Bridge, but we thought we would make an exception by sharing the following excerpt of a message transmitted recently by the mother of a prospective Purdue Calumet student-athlete to Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Voudrie following their visit to our campus.

The e-mail speaks volumes about the “teamwork” of our university staff.

Coach Voudrie, Coach Tucker, Coach Cooper,

I just wanted to thank all of you for the amazing day you gave us yesterday at Purdue University Calumet. You could not have been more generous with your time and consideration, and the information and experiences you provided us (were) beyond measure…

Thank you for everything and for all the time you spent with us…We were so very impressed with, not only what we saw, but what we heard. For me, as a parent, it means the world to see the foundation of principles you have laid out for the players and for the team as a whole. A team should be a family and I can see very clearly that you and your coaching staff provide that foundation…

We appreciated having the chance to meet and talk with the Athletic Director, Rick Costello, and the (Student Athlete) Academic Support Coordinator, Jen Madgiak; also with Tanika House in Student Financial Services…Great thanks to Michael (Patton, admissions recruiter). We appreciate the time he spent with us and the guidance and insight he provided throughout the day…

Great thanks, also, to Coach Leroy (Cooper). He gave us a wonderful tour and he, too, provided much insight and inspiration…(My son) also really enjoyed getting to talk with Professor (Matt) Hanson in the Marketing Department and Professor (Mike) Flannery in Tourism Management. Both of them showed him great enthusiasm and passion for what they do and were very much an inspiration to him. After talking to Matt, (my son) is very excited about marketing, in particular, and the opportunities it holds for him…

Thanks, again, for everything, Coach. You gave us a wonderful day…