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The 1.Question Podcast is designed to highlight executive leaders in college athletics and features interviews with athletic administrators from around the country. 1.Question is hosted by @TaiMBrown, Matt Roberts, and Jacob Gill. Subscribe here: 1quest.co/itun
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The 1.Question Podcast is designed to highlight executive leaders in college athletics and features interviews with athletic administrators from around the country. 1.Question is hosted by @TaiMBrown, Matt Roberts, and Jacob Gill.

Sep 18, 2019

Coach Gary Goff, Head Football Coach at Valdosta State, visits the 1.Question Podcast to discuss the organizational approach he used to turn around the football program at Tiffin, which was ranked 165 out of 168 in NCAA Division II when he arrived. He follows that by explaining the approach he is using now as he takes over at Valdosta State, which was the NCAA Division II national champion last year.

Sep 17, 2019

Tom Burman, Director of Athletics at University of Wyoming, visits the 1.Question Podcast on the topic of creating a successful organizational culture. Burman discusses an ADs feelings a few years after hiring a successful coach and the unique hiring process he used for his current basketball coach. The conversation also touches on expectations and sharing leadership advice with coaches on staff.

Sep 5, 2019

Devon Thomas, Sr. Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at Eastern Washington, visits @TaiMBrown and the 1.Question Podcast on the topics of tying previous experiences together and the challenges faced during career growth. Thomas talks about his experience in marketing and the innovative ways he and his crew would test upcoming promotions. The conversation wraps on the topic of delegation and leadership.

Sep 3, 2019

Rick George, Athletics Director at University of Colorado, visits @TaiMBrown on 1Q to discuss the weight of tradition. George was on the football staff when Colorado won the National Championship in the early 90's and talks about the importance of understanding the expectations that a successful history can bring. He also talks about the importance of expecting success when bringing on new coaches.

Aug 26, 2019

Samantha Huge, Director of Athletics at William & Mary, stops by the 1.Question Podcast to visit with @TaiMBrown on the topic of making major changes to her staff over her two and a half years leading the department. She talks about her charge from the president for athletics to help raise the profile of the institution. Huge also discusses some of the books she gives to the staff as she emphasizes professional development for everyone in the department.

Aug 19, 2019

Tommy McClelland, Athletics Director at Louisiana Tech, talks with @TaiMBrown about taking on a leadership role at a young age. McClelland was named interim AD at McNeese State at 25 years old, and named the permanent leader at 26. He talks about some of the challenges that come with being in an influential role at that age, such as experience and being perceived as immature. McClelland also touches on his leadership growth now that he has been in the Chair for over a decade.

Aug 12, 2019

Beth Goetz, Director of Athletics at Ball State, joins @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss the process of searching for and hiring a Deputy AD. Goetz discusses her recent hire of Haven Fields and how she had to redefine the position prior to developing the profile of the person to fill the position.

Aug 8, 2019

Craig Pintens, Athletics Director at Loyola Marymount University, visits @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast on the topic of coach evaluations. Pintens includes each sport's national ranking metric as an evaluating factor as opposed to just wins and losses. Recruit, teach, win, and graduate are the four pillars of the evaluation focus with winning being the quantitative measure. 

Aug 1, 2019

Bloom where you are planted is the focus of this quick clip from the 1Q cutting room floor. Dr. Mónica Lebrón, Deputy AD & COO at Tulane, talks about changing jobs just as she was making waves in her previous role at Georgia.

Jul 29, 2019
Lamarr Pottinger, Assistant AD at Texas Tech, visits @TaiMBrown to discuss how the Red Raiders focus on career and professional development for Student-Athletes and staff. Pottinger describes the unique setup at the Talkington Leadership Academy where the emphasis of career and leadership development includes options for department personnel, as well as Student-Athletes. He also covers the ongoing process of creating a "scoreboard" to evaluate quantitative and qualitative measures for success.
Jul 22, 2019

Jen Baker, Sr. Associate Director of Athletics at Johns Hopkins University, visits @TaiMBrown on the topic of consulting for leadership development. Baker moonlights as a leadership development consultant for other athletics departments, corporations, and coaches. Emphasizing that leadership must be practiced, she helps coaches define what it is they want their Student-Athletes to learn during their experience on campus.

Jul 18, 2019

Craig Ricks, Sr. Vice President for Marketing at Paciolan, visits @TaiMBrown and the 1.Question Podcast on the topic of diminishing game day attendance in college athletics. Ricks, who has been with the company for 16 years, talks about Paciolan's use of data, social media, and digital marketing campaigns to customize and personalize the experience of fans and potential fans. He gives insight into the process of developing messages to people through stories that help articulate the value and vision of each organization.

Jul 15, 2019

Gerald Harrison, Director of Athletics at Austin Peay State University, sits down with @TaiMBrown to discuss adjusting to the AD job. Harrison, 10 months on the job, talks about his acclimatization to leadership as an Athletics Director. He talks about his process of self-evaluation and his method of release after long workdays. Harrison also addresses his reputation of telling people "exactly what they need to hear in a good way."

Jul 10, 2019

Coach Molly Miller, Head Women's Basketball Coach at Drury University, talks with @TaiMBrown on the topic of avoiding complacency as a winner. Miller, the 2019 WBCA D2 Coach of the Year, talks about explaining the expectations her Student-Athletes can expect from her. With the highest winning percentage of all active NCAA coaches, she also discusses the pressure of expectations when you've won a lot of games.

Jul 8, 2019

Dr. Jamil Northcutt, VP for Player Engagement with Major League Soccer, visits @TaiMBrown to discuss how the league engages with intercollegiate athletics. Northcutt, former executive with the NFL and NCAA brings his vast experience and network to MLS to develop its player development program. With a heavy focus on three core groups, future players, current players, and past players, Northcutt emphasizes that education is the bedrock of Major League Soccer.

Jul 2, 2019

Akilah Laster, Assistant Director for Athletic Communications at Cal, visits @TaiMBrown to discuss  a wide range of topics from knowing how and when to speak up at the office to the importance of storytelling in athletics. Laster, a former high school teacher and journalist, says people need to know you care about what you are doing before they are willing to receive your input. She also notes what it means to be one of very few African-American women who are in a Power 5 sports information role.

Jun 26, 2019

Mark Dyer, Founder & CEO of Taymar Sales U, visits the 1.Question Podcast to give an update on the third-party ticket sales company. In addition to Kentucky, Taymar Sales U adds LSU and Georgia State to its portfolio. Dyer also gives his thoughts on alcohol sales and attendance issues at college athletics venues.

Jun 21, 2019

Shawn Respert, Assistant Coach for the Chicago Bulls, talks with @TaiMBrown about  leading basketball players in the social media era. Respert, with experience in basketball coaching and administration on the college and professional levels, emphasizes the point that social media allows young players to become celebrities before they become stars. He also discusses the importance of celebrating the role player in any organization.

Jun 19, 2019

Taurian Houston, Associate AD for Compliance at Rice, visits with @TaiMBrown at the 2019 NACDA Convention. Houston, with experience as a law school grad and a former intern at the NCAA, tackles some of the intricacies of the name, image, and likeness debate with regard to Student-Athletes starting business while in school. He also gives his insight into the process of submitting a potential new NCAA bylaw.

Jun 13, 2019

Coach Grant Teaff, former Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association and long time Baylor University football coach, talks with @TaiMBrown about the phrase "Be Better Tomorrow Than You Are Today." Teaff, long known as an expert on influential leadership, discusses the inherent meaning of the phrase that Brown regularly uses to close each episode of the 1.Question Podcast.

Jun 7, 2019

Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, AD at Dillard and Interim Commissioner of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, joins @TaiMBrown on the topic of balancing priorities while serving two organizations. Dr. Barnes, in her second stint as Interim Commissioner for the conference while leading Dillard Athletics, discusses her methods of making decisions that need to be objective for one, but subjective for the other. Prioritize, strategize, and organize are the three steps that help keep her operating at a high level.

Jun 5, 2019

Combining Student-Athlete Development with strength and condition, Michigan State's Lorenzo Guess helps the Spartans take the Student-Athlete experience to another level. In this 1.Question Podcast interview with @TaiMBrown, Guess explains the benefit of serving in dual roles within Spartan Athletics. From coaches buy-in to earning trust of the athletes, this unique setup may be a coming trend.

Jun 3, 2019

Dr. Eric Wood, Deputy AD for Competitive Excellence at UCF, visits the 1.Question Podcast to discuss the intricacies of his role as it relates to the function of the athletics department. Primarily housed in the internal operations, Wood discusses his interaction with the other Deputy ADs on staff and his process of gathering information to advise the Director of Athletics on critical issues involving coaches, Student-Athletes, and those on staff with sport oversight.

May 23, 2019

Elliott Daniels, Associate AD for Student-Athlete Engagement at Michigan State, talks with @TaiMBrown about the Student-Athlete Development operation within the Spartan athletics program. Daniels explains how identifying the difference between inviting students to participate in programming versus engaging the students and bringing programming to them helped take the department to new height.

May 20, 2019

Eric Hyman, former Athletics Director at a number of institutions, helps @TaiMBrown define a number of key leadership terms such as purpose, core values, and culture. Hyman and Brown dive into a discussion on how terms such as these relate to leadership in college athletics industry. Hyman brings 47 years of experience to the conversation; serving as AD at VMI, Miami (OH), TCU, South Carolina, and Texas A&M.

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