Mission Statement

The University of Puget Sound Department of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation is dedicated to providing quality programs and athletic experiences which assist in complementing and fulfilling the University's educational objectives of academic excellence.

Committed to the liberal arts philosophy, the department strives to educate and promote personal growth and physical well-being through its intercollegiate, Physical Education, and recreation sports programs.  The department subscribes to high standards of ethical conduct and fair play to achieve athletic prominence and to safeguard the health and welfare of its students.

The department encourages an atmosphere of respect for self and others by fostering sportsmanship, leadership, and citizenship.  The department appreciates its responsibility to provide knowledgeable coaches and instructors who can serve as mentors to enhance the learning environment and prepare students for the challenges ahead.  We further acknowledge the competitive aspirations of the participants and seek to provide the support necessary to be successful.

The department supports the University's objective of creating a community enriched by men and women of diverse backgrounds.  It does so by offering opportunities for participation and providing support for students without regard to gender, race, national and/or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

The department is mindful of its role to provide occasions where students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the community can come together to express their loyalty to and spirit for the University of Puget Sound.

Nate Backes
Seattle, Wash.
Bishop Blanchet HS

Nate Backes went on a tear last week, tallying at least one hit in all four games the Loggers played en route to a 3-1 record and a series sweep of Lewis & Clark. Backes had multiple hits in three of the four games and went 3-for-4 in the series finale against the Pioneers on April 13. In that contest he ripped a double and legged out a triple, falling just a homer short of the cycle. With the base knocks he brought in three RBIs for the Loggers while scoring two himself, accounting for five of the Loggers' 11 runs on the day. In all he tallied eight hits, five runs, and eight RBIs last week, hitting for an even .500 average. Thanks to the hot bat, he leads the Loggers in batting average, RBIs, doubles, homeruns, and is tied for the lead in hits. Backes and the rest of the Puget Sound baseball squad travel to Forest Grove, Ore., for a three-game series at Pacific this season.