Jennifer Williams, Interim AD at Alabama State, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss development at HBCUs. Williams, the 2018 Women Leaders in College Sports FCS Administrator of the Year, discusses the similarities in fundraising at Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Predominantly White Institutions. Explaining two traditional approaches to development, she praises both methods as effective. Williams also discusses how her philosophy on Student-Athlete experience has expanded since assuming the chair.
Noreen Morris, Commissioner of the Northeast Conference, joins @TaiMBrown as the two discuss the process of creating the NEC Front Row network. Morris, eight years into her tenure, discusses how she made technology a priority in her initial strategic plan. The NEC Front Row as the digital network for the conference has been considered one of the biggest assets of the league. Morris also talks about the newest technological initiatives which include implementing instant replay with better camera angles.
Kevin Anderson and @TaiMBrown get together for part 2 of their leadership conversation. Anderson, former Maryland & Army AD, talks avoiding assumptions when interviewing for leadership positions. He also defines vulnerability in terms of its benefit to leadership with regard to sharing true feelings and receiving advice on overall direction. Anderson rounds out the discussion on the critical importance of staying focused on Student-Athlete well-being amid the many distractions within the college athletics industry.
Kevin Anderson, former AD at Maryland & Army and veteran of the college athletics industry, visits @TaiMBrown as the two discuss leadership. In the first of a two part conversation, Anderson touches on preparing for leadership and the traits needed to be successful prior to and during any leadership role. He stresses the importance of being authentic and vulnerable. On the topic of developing company culture, Anderson mentions that those who listen and observe are usually more successful.
Callie Dale, Associate Director of Football at Stanford, joins @TaiMBrown as the two discuss managing personalities among football coaches, providing support to the athletics department, and being the head coach's point person. Dale, a woman in an industry dominated by men, talks about onboarding new assistant coaches while learning their individual communication styles. With regard to her role assisting the head coach, she says it helps with football operations as a whole because of the immediate access.
Josh Gordon of the Sports Conflict Institute joins @TaiMBrown to discuss the process of building a successful organizational culture. Gordon, consultant to multiple athletic departments, corporations, and sports teams talks about the importance of going beyond stating core values, but communicating them in terms of behavior to avoid misinterpretation. He emphasizes being deliberate in developing culture similar to strength training and game planning, stressing the importance of discipline and structure to be successful.
Glenn Caruso, Head Football Coach at University of St. Thomas, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss the intricacies of helping a team focus on the upcoming season without being weighed down by the challenges or success of the previous season. Coach Caruso talks about being process oriented vs focusing on results and how that helps his teams recalibrate each year. The conversation rounds out with Caruso's philosophy on F.A.M.I.L.Y. and how it applies to his players passing on the legacy of the programs overall culture but maintaining their individual identity as each team is different.
Woody McCorvey, Associate AD for Football Administration at Clemson, joins @TaiMBrown as the two discuss McCorvey's 46 years in the game. In his current role, MCorvey works with football operations and athletic administration on a staff with a number of colleagues that he coached during his career on the sidelines. He discusses his concerns for Student-Athletes being recruited as the amount of money involved has grown tremendously. He also mentions some of the player development tools used in the program.
Vince Volpe, Deputy AD & COO at University of Texas at Rio Grand Valley, joins @TaiMBrown as the two discuss Volpe's specific role in creating the department's strategic plan. Emphasizing how valuable the experience was for him and his colleagues, Volpe expresses appreciation for Vaqueros AD King for creating a culture of inclusive leadership. He also touches on core values, measurable outcomes, and even relates his contribution to creating the plan to a transformational experience from early in his career.
Charles Guthrie, Director of Athletics at Wisconsin Green Bay, joins @TaiMBrown as the two discuss Guthrie's first six months in the chair. A former two-year college and Division II AD, Guthrie discusses how his previous experience helps him with his current role. He also talks about his process of calling the campus community stakeholders prior to arriving on campus to establish key relationships early-on. To round out the conversation, Guthrie touches on his methods of engaging Student-Athletes.
Jamie Zaninovich, Deputy Commissioner & COO at the Pac-12, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss leadership from the conference perspective. Zaninovich, former Commissioner of the West Coast Conference, discusses the decision making process when weighing concerns from a multi-layered constituency. Communication plays a strong part in finding the collective interest when dealing with 12 different institutions - each with its own President, AD, FAR, sport Coaches, Compliance office, and of course, the Student-Athletes.