Five Questions in (About) Five Minutes

New Heights recently spent some time getting to know the College’s new director of athletics, Bob Beretta. A native of Newburgh, N.Y., Beretta arrived at Le Moyne this spring following a distinguished career at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He reflected on what he hopes to do in his first 100 days on the job, what greatness and goodness mean to him, and what it was like to grow up playing sports with five older cousins.

What is the first thing you do every day?
Information and technology never sleep, so the first thing I do every morning is reach for my iPhone. I try to answer any text messages or emails that came in overnight, then turn to social media to learn of any late-night or early morning news of note. I’m also fairly active on Twitter and Instagram, so I will try to post a message of some sort early every day.

How do you define greatness and goodness?
In a word, Le Moyne. In my short time as director of athletics, I’ve found a deep passion among the Le Moyne community not only to achieve greatness, but to reach those heights with a genuine care for others. We want to win, but we want to win the right way – excellence with integrity. I love the phrase and it is such a fitting description of the Le Moyne community’s approach to competition and life.

Where would you like to take the department in your first 100 days?
As one of the newest faces on this wonderful campus, I will be taking a ride in the passenger seat these first 100 days. I am in the midst of what I term a “Stop, Look, Listen and Learn Tour.” I am doing my best right now to speak with as many members of the Le Moyne community as possible, both within the Department of Athletics and around campus. After 100 days, I will submit a report to President LeMura that will include my preliminary findings and our proposed way forward. We will work to develop the “Le Moyne Way” of doing things. This process will be centered around excellence and service.

What is your earliest memory of playing a sport?

I grew up with five older cousins, and we were always playing some kind of sport in the back yard. You name the sport and we played it. We even made up a few sports to keep things interesting. But baseball was always my passion and I remember playing Little League very competitively at a young age. I was a pitcher back then and continued on the mound all the way through my college career at St. Bonaventure University. I guess those days in the back yard served me well, even if I didn’t always fare so well as the youngest.

What makes a champion?

I love this question … because in my opinion, it doesn’t always take a championship to make a champion. I’ve often said we, as human beings, control only three things – we control our effort, we control our attitude and we control our energy. Champions consistently put forth high levels of effort and energy, while boasting a burning desire to be the best. It requires championship-style effort, championship-style energy and a championship-style attitude. It doesn’t take a trophy to validate a champion – just a championship mindset.