Mark Dantonio, Head Football Coach at Michigan State, visited @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast for a quick interview to discuss team chemistry in terms of a family atmosphere. Dantonio believes a family environment has led to his success as a head coach as he emphasizes the importance of developing relationships with players beyond just their time on the team. Constant evaluation has also proven to be an important tool as he critiques everything from how the team traveled to how they won a football game.
Dr. Chris Kimball, President at Cal Lutheran, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss the importance of athletics on campus. Kimball talks about how the connection between academics and athletics is essential at CLU, specifically speaking on the process of educating the whole person academically, physically, and spiritually. Serving on the D3 Management Council, Kimball mentions how this group expands his thoughts on the complexities and importance of operating intercollegiate athletics on campuses around the country.
Markus Jennings, Associate AD for External Affairs at Sacramento State, joins @TaiMBrown on 1.Question during the 2018 NACDA Convention. Jennings talks about his transition from the corporate world to working in development to his current position overseeing external affairs. He discusses his critical follow-up question when on a development visit and how it can help with future cultivation. Jennings also covers his strategy for managing people during his transition to external affairs and sport oversight.
Sherryta Freeman, AD at Lafayette College, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss her evaluation process as she completes her first few months in the chair. Freeman discusses how making connections within the department and on campus allows her to empower those under her leadership to handle tasks more efficiently. She also discusses setting goals and expectations for those on staff, explaining that each person will be evaluated based on the five values which guide the department.
Dr. Ronald Nowaczyk, President at Frostburg State, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss FSU's transition from D-III to D-II. Nowaczyk touches on the feasibility study involving facilities, staffing, Student-Athletes, and the university as a whole to gauge the move beforehand. He details engaging the campus constituency to sell the idea and build excitement. Nowaczyk, a well researched and published psychology educator, also discusses his perspective on the psychological importance of athletics to the campus community.
Kelley Hartley Hutton, AD at Purdue Fort Wayne, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss her role in twice rebranding the department. When she started as AD, athletics was branded as IPFW Athletics. Hartley Hutton discusses the process of presenting the rebrand idea to the chancellor, to bringing on Under Armour to outfit the newly branded Fort Wayne Mastadons. In addition to the initial rebrand, the entire school recently rebranded itself as Purdue Fort Wayne. Hartley Hutton also discusses her role in that process.
Portia Hoeg, Executive Director of Athletics at Rhodes College, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss the transition into her new role. Hoeg talks about what attracted her to the job, and what she expects to bring to the department. She also discusses the importance of her "listening tour" to know the who, what, when, where, and why of how the institution operates. Empowering Student-Athletes to use their voice is at the core of Hoeg's philosophy and she intends to keep that on the forefront as she moves forward.
Dr. Kristene Kelly, AD at Keene State and soon to be Sr. Associate AD/SWA at Dartmouth joins @TaiMBrown to discuss the aspects of her time in the chair that she will bring to her upcoming appointment. Kelly talks about how her department provided creative solutions to campus-wide budgetary problems. She also discusses how making decisions as an AD has helped to sharpen her problem solving and prioritization skills, identifying "expectation management" as a key asset that she'll bring to Dartmouth.
Sean Frazier, Associate VP & AD at NIU, visits @TaiMBrown and the 1.Question Podcast at the 2018 NACDA Convention. Frazier discusses the tumultuous environment in society and its effect on leadership in athletics. He mentions being a constant educator on what's happening, what are the potential outcomes, and what can be done now to prepare for future issues. Emphasizing that there is no substitute for daily preparation, Frazier also talks about athletics continuing to be the on the forefront of social change.
John Shukie, President of Forward Progress Athletic Consulting, visited with @TaiMBrown at the 2018 NACDA Convention. Shukie provides insight into the upcoming NCAA Academic Based Revenue Distribution Initiative. He explains how schools can position themselves to receive the monetary incentive by focusing on the "student" aspect as well as looking at a variety of variables related to APR, GSR, and a host of other academic benchmarks. Shukie also touches on the current conversation surrounding transfers.