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SLU coaches #SetTheExpectation in dealing with violence

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Views: 400

SLU coaches #SetTheExpectation in dealing with violence
HAMMOND---With an increase in reported domestic violence cases nationally, coaches in the athletic department at Southeastern Louisiana University united for a video in October to #SetTheExpectation during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The video, featuring football coach Frank Scelfo, women’s basketball coach Ayla Guzzardo, men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner, women’s soccer coach Chris McBride and baseball coach Matt Riser, aligns the department with the #SetTheExpectation movement.

“Our athletic department is committed to bringing awareness to this topic and to educating our student-athletes as to both the importance and seriousness of the subject,” Director of Athletics Jay Artigues said.

Founded by sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy, the movement’s mission is dedicated to combating sexual and physical violence by supporting coaches, young men and boys to become part of the solution through direct outreach and engagement in high school and collegiate athletic programs.

#SetTheExpectation is centered on three areas:
1. Commitment – Signing the pledge
2. Raising Awareness through Sports – Hosting games and events
3. Education

According to, 16 percent of college students nationwide have been sexually abused in a dating relationship and nearly half (43 percent) of dating college students report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.

The video contains the department’s pledge, as well as campus reporting information, and will air on athletic facility video boards during Lion and Lady Lion contests. It is also available on Southeastern’s YouTube channel (direct video link -

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