The Friends of Amherst Athletics invite you to join us for another winning year!

Amherst College was one of the first educational institutions to recognize the benefits of systematic exercise of the body as a complement to the education of the mind. The College established the Department of Physical Education and Hygiene in 1861 and appointed Edward “Doc’ Hitchcock, M.D. (AC 1849) to be its head. It was the first department of its kind in the country. Proudly, for over 150 years and to the present day, Amherst has continued to be recognized for its philosophy rooted in an emphasis on the all-around development of the student-athlete and competition -- whether intercollegiate, club, or intramural -- that is a vibrant part of campus life and tradition. 

Friends of Amherst Athletics (the “FAA”) is an organization whose aim, working closely with the College’s athletics department, is to enrich the experience around Amherst athletics for the College’s alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends  -- through avenues of engagement, support, and community.

Working closely with the college’s Alumni and Parent Programs Office, the FAA gets the word out to these groups of supporters about upcoming key games, matches or contests – whether occurring in the Pioneer Valley or in other areas of the country. The FAA encourages support of our coaches and student-athletes at these venues and oftentimes hosts events in conjunction with the games to bring together former teammates, classmates, parents, and friends. During 2014, the FAA hosted several events including (1) a “meet and greet” reception with some of the Boston Red Sox front office staff prior to a Red Sox game, (2) an on-campus reception during Family Weekend which also included a panel discussion about the baseball team’s experiences from its visit, in August 2014, to Japan as part of a Cultural Exchange Program with Doshisha University, (3) a reception in Alumni Gymnasium during Homecoming Weekend during the evening before the Amherst-Williams football game, and (4) a game-day outing to a Dolphins-Jets football game in Miami.

The FAA seeks to provide, through your and others’ memberships, additional and important financial support for the athletics department and its programs/teams --- supplementing the department’s operating budget -- to help ensure that the department has all the resources it needs to provide a high quality student-athlete experience.

The FAA also seeks to foster a community of shared helpfulness across the broader Amherst campus and, among other student -related activities, sponsors mentoring/educational events.

Not yet a member of the Friends of Amherst Athletics?
Please join the many other alums, parents and friends of Amherst Athletics by becoming a member. You can direct your financial support to the General Fund (which supports athletic department-wide initiatives), Amherst LEADS (a development program that provides a comprehensive and educational view of leadership which can be used both during and after a student-athlete’s experience at Amherst), or to one or more of your favorite programs/team(s). To join or renew your membership, click here:

We remain grateful for all your past support whether as a fan cheering your favorite Amherst teams in person or viewing a game on Northeast Sports Network, mentoring a current student-athlete, or as a member of the Friends of Amherst Athletics. We tip our caps to you—alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends—who so proudly and loyally support the special and enduring Amherst student-athlete experience.

Go Amherst!

With warmest regards and appreciation,

Rick Murphy ’73 P’07 Don Faulstick David Hixon ’75
President  Director of Athletics   Sr. Associate Director of Athletics
Friends of Amherst Athletics     Amherst College    Amherst College




Alumni Representatives on the Executive Committee of the Friends of Amherst Athletics

Rylan Burns '09 Bill O’Malley '84
Sean Clancy '78 Mike Pohorylo '04
Danielle Kowalski (Williams) '03     John Priesing '50
Dan Lalli '02 Brian Schactman '94
Molly Manning (Auth) '97 Jeff Simpson '84
Jesse Mark '96 Bill Vickery '57
Mayo Noerdlinger '89 Mike Wohl '07
Christina Novicki '94 David Wray, Jr. '78