UM-Dearborn Director of Athletics Matt Beaudry. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
UM-Dearborn Director of Athletics Matt Beaudry. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
UM-Dearborn Director of Athletics Matt Beaudry. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter

Sports Editor Ricky Lindsay and Staff Reporter Erick Lehman sat down with University of Michigan-Dearborn athletic director Matt Beaudry in November for a monthly update surrounding the athletic department.

One big point Beaudry made was that he wants to strongly improve the attendance and support at UM-Dearborn.

“We need to first create a relationship with the community and understand what opportunities are available here,” Beaudry said.

Beaudry noted that the Fieldhouse has a lot of foot traffic with what goes on for the university, as well as outside tournaments being played there.

Another topic was the addition of intramural sports and what could be expected.

“Additional programming is on (women’s basketball) coach (Dymetrius) Ware’s radar,” Beaudry said. “Something he is taking an assessment of, our current structure and what’s been successful and what we can do to benefit students who are here 24/7.”

Beaudry said Ware has been working with Bryan Earl on the intramural athletics.
“We’re trying to have an understanding of the students and what interests them,” Beaudry said.

The UM-Dearborn hockey team faces Oakland in an outdoor game on Jan. 3. Beaudry is excited for the opportunity the Wolverines have.

“Outdoor game will be tremendous,” he said. “Unique experience for the student athletes, it’s a tremendous and creative marketing tool.”