A combination of factors brought Clay Palmer, '12, to the University of Richmond as a transfer student. The lacrosse player narrowed in on Richmond because he saw that the opportunities here were multidimensional — meaning he could pursue all of his passions.

"I knew I wanted to be a part of a liberal arts school, and Richmond seemed to be an obvious choice because of how much it had to offer in such a small package," says Palmer.

"I came in very interested in the Robins School of Business and the Jepson School [of Leadership Studies], and I knew I wanted to be part of Greek life, continue my passion for lacrosse, and hopefully gain valuable relationships with my professors," he explains.

The lacrosse player had been an athletic and academic standout at Severn School in Maryland — he was captain and MVP of the school's varsity basketball team and competed on the varsity lacrosse, football, and swim teams in addition to being recognized with an athletic service award.

At Richmond, the 5'11" midfielder is president of the men's club lacrosse team, which is currently transitioning to a varsity club. Palmer kept the team going this semester by coaching its 45 athletes and scheduling tournaments.

"I am very impressed with the young talent in the team right now, as well as the level of interest the school community has had for growing the program," says Palmer. "I understand that the biggest hurdle will come from within — maintaining the commitment and passion from each player on the team is vital toward the future successes of the program."

This fall, Palmer had a unique opportunity to shape the program's future by being part of the committee that carried out a nation-wide search for the team's first full-time coach. In November, their hard work paid off as the University hired Glenn Carter, a veteran in the collegiate and professional worlds of lacrosse.

Balancing lacrosse, a major in business administration, a minor in leadership studies, and Sigma Chi fraternity isn't easy, but Palmer embraces the opportunity to do everything that he loves.

"Richmond has surpassed my expectations and I have been able to accomplish all [that I'd hoped] and more," he says. "I do not regret my decision to transfer here at all."

As for the team's outlook heading into its first season as a varsity club, Palmer is optimistic.

"Richmond sits in a perfect position, geographically and athletically, to be a competitor at the next level of men's lacrosse," he says. "I am looking forward to what the future holds for the team."