Pfeiffer University leaders and an enthusiastic group of former Pfeiffer athletes have taken steps to increase funding for school athletics through the Falcon Club, the University’s sports booster organization.
Zachary Chilton ’15, who became the club’s director in 2020 – has two main goals:
To support a growing Pfeiffer University Athletics Advisory Council focused on helping the university shape its vision for athletics, including the development of the first endowment fund benefitting athletics at Pfeiffer; and
- To serve Pfeiffer’s student-athletes by giving them the resources they need to excel, both on and off the field through increased Falcon Club membership at all levels.
Additionally, Chilton aims to help promote the successes of Pfeiffer’s student-athletes to alumni and the community. Chilton, who originally hails from Pilot Mountain, N.C., has the ideal background for his current position. He played catcher on Pfeiffer’s baseball team for four seasons. After graduating from Pfeiffer with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, he worked for four years in the University’s Undergraduate Admissions office; in admissions, where he held counselor positions before becoming Assistant Director, he often helped coaches recruit players. He left Pfeiffer to work in sales for 10 months – then returned to his alma mater to become the club’s director.
“I’m thrilled to be back at Pfeiffer,” Chilton said. “I am a believer in – and a beneficiary of – the value that athletics adds to a player’s college experience, and I can certainly attest to what Pfeiffer has to offer student-athletes. I look forward to continuing to connect with alumni who benefited from their experience, and who want to help make that possible for the students who are here now.”
Chilton is already experiencing some early success: The Pfeiffer Athletics Advisory Council has seven committed members toward an initial goal of 10, and financial commitments toward an athletic program endowment currently total $205,000. Chilton says the goal is to eventually grow the endowment to several million to provide funding for the needs of Pfeiffer’s 21 teams, as well as upgrades and enhancements including facility improvements.
Danielle Lafferty ’15 MBA, Pfeiffer’s Director of Athletics, is excited about the early momentum Pfeiffer has seen as the council begins to organize.
“We believe having a Falcon Club Director in place and the partnership of active council members will help the Pfeiffer athletics program achieve several important goals,” she said. “The bottom line is about providing an outstanding athletic experience for our players. We recognize that competition today starts before our athletes ever hit the field, and our ability to compete is connected to the level of alumni, parent and fan engagement and financial support.”