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From the Athletic Director

Joe Pavlow - September 10, 2019

Fall 2019 Welcome Letter From Joe Pavlow

Welcome back, Ravens!

Photo of Joe Pavlow, Director of Athletics.As another summer draws to a close, I would like to welcome all of our faculty, staff, coaches, and student-athletes back to campus for what I expect to be another exciting and successful season at Rosemont for the 2019-20 academic year.

The fall athletic teams returned to campus Aug. 16, and the lead up time to the fall semester has felt like a blur ever since. This fall will be a much anticipated season as we welcome a few new staff members to our department.

Jesse Zafiratos joins Rosemont as our new men’s soccer coach, and the athletic department is excited to see the energy that he is going to bring to his team. Jesse led Penn State Brandywine to a United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championship last season.

Additionally, we would like to welcome Grace Elliott, who takes over as both our head women’s basketball coach and our coordinator of sports information. Grace comes to Rosemont after servings as an assistant coach at Amherst College and Ramapo College of New Jersey. Also, Alex Diggory will take over as our strength and conditioning coach after spending last year at Saint Joseph’s University. He holds CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), USATF (USA Track and Field), and USAW (USA Weightlifting) certifications.

As much as we want to look forward in anticipation of these new coaches taking over, it is always important to reflect and take stock of our recent successes. The 2018-19 academic year was full of wonderful accomplishments by our student-athletes. Three programs (golf, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball) won the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Championship and earned automatic qualifying bids into the NCAA Tournament.

This was the golf team’s second consecutive CSAC Championship. In addition to these programs, women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s cross country had very respectable showings in their respective CSAC Championship competitions. Women’s softball, despite falling just one win short of a playoff berth, set a new program record for wins in a season with 16. The College of Saint Elizabeth officially joins the CSAC this year and will be added to our team’s schedules. As the CSAC continues to evolve as a league, Rosemont’s successes last year will bode well for the future.

Introducing “The 6-1-0”

In an effort to standardize our approach and improve our culture, the department has adopted a new identity. We are calling it “THE 6-1-0.” This plays on our area code and the idea that we want our student-athletes to understand the importance of focusing their energy on things that are within their control. The idea that they are present in the “The 6-1-0” reinforces this conceptually, as you can only control where you are and what is in front of you.

The other significance of “The 6-1-0” is the numbers themselves. With the “6” we are asking for the maximum energy and effort from the student-athletes in the classroom, on the field/court, in the weight room, and at the study tables six days per week. We want the student-athletes to take one day each week for themselves and spend it focusing on rest, recuperation, their faith or spirituality, their family, or whatever centers them and helps them maintain a positive and healthy mental state.

The “1” represents the student’s individual “why.” We want them to identify their reason for being here in college and allow us as educators and athletic professionals to help them attain their goals and objectives. The “0” represents our collective approach of “no excuses” and not allowing others to make excuses for the student-athletes. This is an important lesson for young adults, and we want them to adopt a culture of ownership and personal responsibility.

This is our new standard and we want to invite you as a member of the Rosemont community to join us at a contest, game, or competition this year. I hope to see you soon.

Welcome to “The 6-1-0”


Joe Pavlow, Director of Athletics