Having spent eight years with the NCAA’s Horizon League, most recently as the Assistant Commissioner of Competition, Branding, and Sponsorship, Sevastopol graduate Cam Fuller made a hard decision to leave his post at the Division I conference. Recently, the opportunity came knocking to serve as the Athletic Director, overseeing the athletics and physical education departments at St. Norbert College. The more Fuller talked about it, the more he knew it was the right spot for him. One of the things that clicked for Fuller in his pursuit of the position was that he admired President Brian Bruess’ vision for the college.
It wasn’t just athletics that drove Fuller’s decision to return to his northeast Wisconsin roots. Fuller gets to return to the area he grew up in and is passionate about. His wife is also a Sheboygan native, making the move to the area enticing for both. Fuller does have connections to area athletics that go back several years. A former golfer at UW-Green Bay, Fuller is also the son of a former Sevastopol girls basketball coach and his brother played baseball for the St. Norbert Green Knights.
Though Fuller didn’t manage a specific university’s athletic department, he sees the competitive nature of his position with the Horizon League to be similar to the role he’ll step into on June 1st. What Fuller looks forward to as much as anything, is the chance to be on campus interacting with the nearly 600 Green Knight athletes.
One thing that is important for Fuller is the emphasis on academics that he expects the student-athletes to have. He wants to make sure they are focused on being students and graduating with a meaningful degree. Fuller understands the history of St. Norbert athletics and thinks any leader should have respect for the history of where they’re at. He strives to mix his appreciation for the rich tradition with his vision moving forward, through what he calls the four pillars of success.
With family and some of his closest friends being people he played sports with growing up as a Pioneer, he thinks that helped him learn the value of sports and the relationships that come with it.