Todd Wilkinson, Director of Athletics at Barton College, visits @TaiMBrown to discuss searching for normalcy after Hurricane Florence. Barton, largely undamaged by the storm, closed its doors for eight days as students left campus to find safety. Wilkinson discusses the process of keeping track of Student-Athletes while they were away. He also touches on the process of rescheduling games and ensuring Student-Athlete safety be giving a few days of practice before jumping right back into competition.
Eugene Marshall, AD at Hampton, visits @TaiMBrown to discuss Hampton's move from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to the Big South. Marshall discusses the process of explaining the benefits of the change to the University's constituency. He also talks about the innovative mind of Hampton's president, Dr. William Harvey, who has led all of the major changes at the school since 1978. With Harvey's support, Marshall has taken the Pirates to new heights in academics, as well as athletics.
Kenny Boyd, Sr. Associate AD for Student-Athlete Health & Wellness at Baylor, chats with @TaiMBrown about the collective health & wellness leadership position which is relatively new on campuses nationwide. Overseeing the areas of Athletic Medicine, Athletic Performance, Sports Nutrition, & Mental Health, Boyd goes into detail about evaluating the position and communicating with the AD as a part of the executive staff. The emphasis is to protect Student-Athletes by having an independent medical structure.
Jeff "Mad Dog" Madden, longtime Strength & Conditioning coach, joins @TaiMBrown to give insight on the S&C profession and why education and professional development is an important aspect to the health and well being of Student-Athletes. Madden also talks about his relationship with Mack Brown and DeLoss Dodds while at Texas. He recalls that Dodds' would try to spend time with every person that was hired on his athletics staff, making the point to tell them to never embarrass the university.
Jay Moran, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Southern Connecticut State, visits @TaiMBrown to discuss his dual role as AD and Mayor of the town of Manchester. Moran has served the Manchester community for almost 11 years giving back to a town that poured into him during the loss of a daughter. The tough task of balancing priorities between the two very important leadership positions is on full display throughout the conversation. Moran key point is that he has a passion for life and people.
Dr. Nancy Hixson, CEO of Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation (AFAAC), visits @TaiMBrown to discuss the complex setup of the revenue generation arm of Air Force Academy Athletics. As CEO of AFAAC, Hixson works very closely with Air Force AD, Col. Jenn Block, but runs the business side of athletics as a separate entity. With oversight over all revenue generation aspects, the structure and business relationship between AFAAC and the athletics department proves to be very complex yet very beneficial.
Scott Noble, Director of Athletics at Western New Mexico, and @TaiMBrown discuss Noble's four cornerstones for organizational success. Selflessness, Discipline, Work Ethic, and Kindness guide the actions of the athletics staff and Student-Athletes at Western New Mexico. The conversation goes into each value and how it is defined within the organization. Noble also explains how he implements and evaluates the principles on the individual level and for the department as a whole.
Big move in the ticket sales space as former IMG College SVP & current Taymar Ventures Founder/CEO Dyer links up with Elevate Sports Ventures to create Elevate On Campus. First partner: Kentucky. Dyer, of course, oversaw the build of IMG College Ticket Solutions & later ran the IMG Learfield joint venture unit. Elevate On Campus was formed as "a joint venture created to support ticket sales, strategy and service for intercollegiate athletics and university venues."
Mike Williams, former Director of Athletics at Cal, joins 1Q host, @TaiMBrown, as the two rehash Williams' experience leading the Golden Bears. Fresh off of a four-year stint in the chair, Williams discusses the accomplishments of the department during his tenure. Emphasizing mission driven leadership, he celebrates increasing the Academic Progress Rate, winning multiple team championships, and enhancing the overall Student-Athlete experience for those who were under his charge.
Jason Penry, Vice Chancellor for Advancement at Arkansas State, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss the similarities & differences between athletics development and university advancement. During the conversation, Penry offers advice to those who want to work in development emphasizing experience in some form of revenue generation and working closely with the advancement team. He closes the conversation referencing the importance of collaboration between athletics and the university when it comes to fundraising.