Erskine College announced today that athletics director Mark Peeler has been elevated to Vice-President for Intercollegiate Athletics. The announcement comes on the heels of Erskine's finest year in athletics as a NCAA Division II member with record success in the classroom and on the playing fields, along with the largest student-athlete population in school history anticipated this fall.
Erskine student-athletes compiled an average grade point average of 2.95 in 2013-14 with 38 students being named to the NCAA Division Athletics Directors Honor Roll (3.5 or better). None of Erskine's 15 athletic teams had grade point averages below 2.6. On the playing fields, Erskine won four Conference Carolinas championships and had winning records with 11 of its 15 teams. Erskine finished 4th in the Conference Carolinas Joby Hawn Cup, besting a 5th place finish in 2012. The Fleet men's programs finished 2nd in the Hawn Cup standings. This fall Erskine anticipates 360 student-athletes playing intercollegiate athletics. Mark Peeler has been in the leadership role of Erskine Athletics for the past decade. During that time, the Flying Fleet have added five additional teams and seen participation numbers nearly triple. The Fleet's overall competitiveness has increased dramatically over the past few years. The Flying Fleet have won 14 conference championships in the past decade and made 17 NCAA Southeast Regionals. "I am appreciative of this personally but much more importantly I am grateful for the institution's commitment to intercollegiate athletics and to a coaching staff that is superb. This has become a destination for quality student-athletes who want to be in a Christ-centered environment and develop holistically. Like any place, we have areas we need to make improvements. We have a vision for what we want Flying Fleet Athletics to look like over the next five years so we have a lot of work to do. Our best days lie ahead. It's a great time to be soaring as Flying Fleet," remarked Peeler. On a national level, Peeler is currently a member of the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee, overseeing rules for all levels of NCAA basketball. Peeler served on the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee from 2008-2012 prior to being named to the Rules Committee. At the conference level, Peeler will serve as the chair for the next two years of the Athletics Directors Committee of Conference Carolinas. He has been a member of the visitation team for the past four schools that have been invited into conference membership. Peeler is currently a member of the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board of Directors. He is a two-time recipient of rotary's Paul Harris Fellow for his work with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), held each June on the Erskine campus.
Peeler will remain as the Head Men's Basketball Coach where he has led the Flying Fleet to back-to-back winning seasons. This past year, the Fleet led Conference Carolinas in every defensive category in route to a 15-12 campaign. Peeler is currently the second all-time winningest basketball coach in Erskine history behind the legendary Red Myers.