Rob Knox, Associate Media Relations Director at Towson, visits with @TaiMBrown at the 2018 NACDA Convention. Knox, incoming CoSIDA President, talks about the significance of being only the 2nd African-American president in the association's history. He also discusses the title of Sports Information Director (SID) and why it no longer accurately describes the role's functionality. With a demeanor showing how much he is honored, Knox expresses his true appreciation for everything the organization represents.
Eileen Daley, Sr. Associate AD for Academic & Student Services/SWA at San Jose State, chats with @TaiMBrown about her background in admissions and how it helps with her current role in athletics. Daley initially left the department and joined campus admissions to gain experience managing a team and to diversify her profile. In her return to athletics, she brought the department and campus closer in terms of ties between recruiting, admissions, academic advising, and Student-Athlete experiences.
Mark Jackson, AD at Villanova, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss leadership through self-discovery. Jackson speaks to the importance for people in leadership positions to find the quiet time to understand who they are. He talks about his own process of discovering his leadership philosophy and how his mentor, Pete Caroll emphasized doing the "lonely work" as a mandatory growth exercise. On the topic of interviewing staff, the first question asked is, "Can you sum up your leadership philosophy in two minutes?"
Tanner Gardner, Sr. Assoc. AD & COO at Rice, visits @TaiMBrown as the two discuss how Gardner's background as a business management consultant in the corporate world helped land his initial position as Chief Revenue Officer; a role which oversaw most aspects of external operations. As COO, Gardner is responsible for a majority of the department's business operations, traditionally a function of the internal side of the house. A role he says brings strong corporate business practices to college athletics.
Dell Robinson, Lead Search Associate for the Athletic Practice at the Spelman Johnson Executive Search Firm, joins @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast. Robinson, former commissioner for the GLIAC and conference office veteran, discusses how his background and wealth of relationships has proven to be a benefit to Spelman Johnson's athletics practice. He also breaks down the firm's search process from the initial proposal, all the way through presenting candidates and placement checkups later down the line.
Dr. Renae Myles, Sr. Assoc. AD, COO & SWA at Winthrop, visits with @TaiMBrown to discuss the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) events at the upcoming 2018 NACDA Convention. Myles discusses important aspects of the MOAA Symposium including speakers such as Kevin DeShazo and Arne Duncan. She also goes into detail on how convention attendees can maximize their return on investment with emphasis on follow-up notes to speakers and reporting to supervisors on the takeaways from the conference.
Judy Sackfield, Deputy AD & SWA at Texas A&M Commerce, visits with @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast. Sackfield, having been interim AD twice, discusses how time in the Chair has helped her in her current role as the Deputy. She specifically speaks on learning to better package information so the AD can make well-informed decisions. Speaking on influence within the department, Sackfield mentions longevity and stability as assets when it comes to providing direction for Student-Athletes and coaches alike.
Lesley Irvine, AD at Pomona & Pitzer Colleges, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss the process of developing a culture. Hired as the first full-time AD in almost 20 years, Irvine's department has won conference & national championships. She talks about core values and working with different areas on campus to ensure a successful synergy in supporting athletics. Irvine also discusses the unique set up as Pomona College & Pitzer College are two different institutions but have one combined athletics department.
Jo Potuto, FAR & Law Professor at Nebraska, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss concerns currently on the minds of FARs around the country. Potuto touches on ramifications of potential transfer rules and maintaining academic integrity in the process. She also touches on the FAR's position in athletics in terms of being informed and active in vetting potential compliance issues as (or before) they arrive. Finally, Potuto expresses frustration that the faculty voice is somewhat muted in the current NCAA structure.
Dr. Kevin Blue, Director of Athletics at UC Davis, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss his methods of staff development and professional learning. Blue, the "Professorial AD," taught classes while earning his MBA & PhD and talks about how important learning is as a professional considering the ongoing changes in athletics. He also identifies his preferred methods of helping his staff prepare to handle tough situations, enhance their leadership roles, and provide the best possible environment for Student-Athletes.
Ron McKeefery, Vice President of Performance and Education for PLAE Perform, visits with @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast during the 2018 CSCCa National Conference. McKeefery, former S&C coach in the NFL, MLB, on the collegiate level, and with the Army Special Forces shares how S&C coaches can build impactful relationships and an open line of communication with Athletic Directors. He talks about consistency, efficiency, and outlines the importance of having an organized plan when requesting additional resources from the administration.
Patrick Dunkley, Deputy AD & Sr. University Counsel at Stanford, visits @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss how his legal background prepared him for his current role with Stanford athletics. Categorizing his responsibilities as 60/40 non-legal to legal work, he talks about his methods of keeping the university abreast of everything that goes on in athletics on campus and around the country. Dunkley also addresses his priority management methods as he also the top athletics compliance official.
Jason Grooms, Assistant AD for Football at Vanderbilt, visits with @TaiMBrown to discuss how the admin-level football operations role benefits the athletics department as a whole. He notes the growth from team travel manager, to being the bridge between the AD and the primary revenue generator. With tentacles in the biggest roster, budget, staff, and marketing projects, Grooms notes that the Football Operations Admin has to translate all aspects of the program down to one voice in senior-level athletics decisions.
Kenneth Miles, Asstistant Vice Chancellor & Executive Director for the Cox Communications Center for Student-Athletes at LSU, visits with @TaiMBrown on 1.Question to discuss his unique role reporting to the Vice Provost of Academic Support & Review, as well as a dotted line to the AD. Miles notes that this setup helps everyone focus on recruitment and retention for all students. He also talks about how this structure has helped LSU athletics raise its Graduation Success Rate from 69% to 90% since he and the AD arrived on campus.
Continuing his visit with @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast, Dave Hart talks about trust in communications saying that most, if not all, major decisions in athletics should be communicated with the President well before those decisions are actually made. He also talks about his new venture, Athletics Legacy Partners, and its leadership development mission. When discussing his current role as Special Advisor to the Chancellor at ECU, he says it is exactly what he wants to do as he winds down his career.
Dave Hart, long time leader in the college athletics industry and current Special Advisor to the Chancellor at ECU visits with @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast. In the first part of the conversation, Hart talks about the leadership challenge of making tough decisions. He mentions the influence of mentors in providing direction when a potential decision could go against the values leaders have established for themselves. Hart goes on to say that values based decisions can be, at times, very unpopular.
Garrett Rowland, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Lee University, visits @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast during the 2018 CSCCa National Conference. Two years ago, Coach Rowland was asked to build Lee University's first strength & conditioning program as the school was completing the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. Rowland discusses the process of getting coaches and administrators on board as he implemented the new program. He also touches on the intricacies of organizational structure.
Coach Andrea Hudy, Asst. AD for Sports Performance at Kansas, visits with @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast during the 2018 CSCCa National Conference. Coach Hudy was an integral component to multiple national championships at UCONN and most recently, in 2008, with Kansas Men's Basketball. Assessing her current post with KU, Hudy discusses leadership and creating a successful culture in the Athletic Performance role; specifically as it relates to and complements the head coach's style in leading the team.
Scott Wetherbee, VP & Director of Athletics at Eastern Michigan University, joins @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss his progression from a ticketing intern to Athletics Director. He recalls his exposure to alumni, marketing, development, and much of the external side of athletics as the foundation for his experience leading to the AD chair. Wetherbee also mentions the challenge for those in tickets is to avoid being pigeonholed as just a ticketing person by being active in as much as possible.
Devin Crosby, Director of Athletics at Lynn University, joins @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss his approach to leadership. He discusses his philosophy on the fundamentals of C.A.R.E. (Cultivate, Absorb, Rest, Excellence). Crosby also talks about his process of running meetings using Design Thinking. During those meetings, he puts his title as AD to the side, a process which he says allows free-flowing problem solving and creativity without everyone looking to him for all the answers.
Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports (Women Leaders) joins @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss the changing narrative around women in leadership roles within the industry. As of the recording, 26 women have been hired to positions such as Director of Athletics, Commissioner, etc. in 2018. Phillips talks about the Women Leaders mission of taking a proactive role in advancing women into positions of influence; specifically through its leadership institutes, membership, and national convention.
Harry Stinson, Athletics Director at Lincoln (Pa.) University joins @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss the process of moving a portion of the Lions athletics portfolio to a different conference. A member of the CIAA (NCAA DII), Lincoln University moved the Baseball & Women's Soccer teams to the East Coast Conference (ECC) in early 2018. Stinson touches on his leadership relative to the Student-Athletes and coaches during the transition time before officially joining the ECC.
Kevin Hurley, Sr. Associate AD for Facilities & Construction at Texas A&M, visits with @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss the process of coordinating multi-million dollar facilities projects. Hurley specifically talks about one of (if not the) biggest renovation projects in college athletics, the $450 million upgrade to the football stadium-Kyle Field. He notes that the biggest challenges those in facilities face are budgetary concerns, scope of the facility, and time to completion.
Mike Hill, AD at UNC-Charlotte, visits with @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss executing a basketball search within the first month of accepting the position. Hill, a first-time AD, talks understanding the expectations from the moment he was hired. Empowered by the 49er leadership, he leaned on his experience with Florida Athletics to execute the search in a high-level fashion. The conversation also touched on the challenges of priority management that come with being new to the AD chair.
David Wright, Assistant VP, Development Officer, & AD at Gettysburg College (PA) visits @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss his unique responsibilities reporting to the Enrollment & Educational Services Division. In this role, Wright has had a hand in bringing the coaches on staff to the table to understand the admissions process beyond just athletics. He also has been very active in fundraising for the school and touches on how that has proven to be beneficial for all parties involved.