Posted at 2:18 p.m., Feb. 9, 2015

PCautilli

Opportunity knocks:

LCCC's former athletic director, Pete Cautilli, accepted a new opportunity with Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Cautilli was LCCC's first full-time athletic director.

Photo by Dalton Lopez

Athletic director embraces
new opportunity in Philly

Laramie County Community College’s first full-time athletic director of two years, Pete Cautilli, has taken flight east to Philadelphia. He took on a new opportunity Feb. 9 as the senior associate athletic director for development at Temple University.

At LCCC, Cautilli was credited with developing renovation plans for the physical education facility and creating the LCCC Sport Institute and youth camps.

When interviewed by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cautilli said: “I grew up two hours away from Philadelphia. My dad and his family grew up in south Philadelphia, and I still have family there. It was a combination of a great opportunity and to reconnect with some family and get back to where I’m from.”

Cautilli may have left LCCC, but his achievements will stay.

After just three days of the LCCC athletic director’s position being advertised, LCCC has received a pile of applications to fill the spot. It has been on websites such as the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Student services' VP provides substitution

In the meantime, Judy Hay, vice president of student services, will fill in as the athletic director. She plans to have a new full-time AD by the beginning of April.

“We have a good pool of people for the position, but selecting the right one will cause many difficult decisions,” Hay said.

The position of AD is the administrator who oversees all athletic and campus recreation programs as well as supervises all coaches and works close by with them to ensure each duty is being completed. The AD is also a fundraiser for sports through the LCCC Foundation.

Cautilli left with unfinished plans that would help LCCC because it will take time to finish them. Renovation of the workout areas is a major plan. This idea is to bring together areas such as the weight room, racquetball, swimming pool and gymnasium so they are more user friendly.

“Part of the plan that Pete put together is to create much more of an effective recreational and workout center so people, students, teachers and the community can come and pursue their fitness goals,” Hay explained.

All LCCC is waiting for is approval from the Legislature and fundraising for it to begin.

Another plan under construction is to develop another women’s sport for LCCC. The sport mentioned opinion is women’s basketball.

A continuing plan is to require the athletes to join in on community service such as helping out with the youth soccer programs so that they can be out and appreciate the community in which they live.