Tai Brown visits with Dr. Robert B. Sloan, President at Houston Baptist University, to discuss the process of moving the athletics program from NAIA to NCAA Division I, and subsequently, starting a football program. Sloan touches on the variety of benefits of having visibility through athletics.
From Now On President & CEO Sue Thaden checks back in with 1.Q to discuss how her entrepreneurial background allows her to connect with leaders in college athletics. Sue also covers Patrick Lencioni's 'The Ideal Team Player' and how despite all the digital communication platforms available, she still relies upon a healthy dose of face-to-face conversations to effectively communicate with her team.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Executive Director Johnny Williams discusses the prime-time slot his game has this year on the first day of bowl play, the community-wide effort in Montgomery & the uniqueness of Cramton Bowl. Williams, who has plenty of department-side experience on his resume as the former AD at Troy and as a senior-leader at Alabama, notes the history of the city and the value it brings for student-athletes who engage in pre-game activities. "Overall, at the end of the day, these kids are student-athletes & this is part of their learning experience as college students."
The Pac-12 Hotline's Jon Wilner visited with 1.Q again to discuss his recent football oversight framework recommendations for the Pac-12 as the league continues to battle brand challenges. The timing of the conversation worked out quite well with the Pac-12 releasing its 2018 FB slate yesterday morning, allowing Wilner to provide context on his suggestions, as well as analyze improvements he sees in the '18 slate.
Contributing host Tai Brown stepped into the compliance world to speak with David Batson, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Athletic Compliance at Texas A&M. Batson talks about the way to say no to head coaches and athletic directors without suppressing creativity. When developing a culture of compliance, Batson speaks to education and continuously wanting to help coaches to be successful.
Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree, Athletic Director at North Carolina Central University, visits @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast to discuss her success at hiring assistants as head coaches. She identifies empathy as one of the most important skills she looks for when evaluating current assistants for future leadership positions. Dr. Wicker McCree also touches on the importance of professional development experiences for her and her staff.
DePaul AD Jean Lenti Ponsetto covers a bunch of interesting ground on 1.Q in connection to her personal pre- & in-game agenda, some back story on how the new Wintrust Arena came to be, the benefit of driving more students & alumni to games, and how the new building will change her lens of analyzing success for her Men's & Women's Basketball programs.
In this edition of the 1.Q, co-contributor Tai Brown visits with Long Beach State Athletics Director, Andy Fee. Only six months into the position, Fee talks about which aspect of the interview process was the most challenging to prepare for. He also talks about how his transition from working in facilities and events to development helped him prepare for his current position.
In this edition of the 1.Question Presidential Series, co-contributor Tai Brown visits with Youngstown State University President, Jim Tressel. Coach Tressel speaks on how his time as a national championship winning coach helped him when he assumed the presidency. He also addresses the challenges that coaching didn't prepare him for such as the sheer number of people, departments, students, etc. that fall under his leadership.
Turnkey Search Managing Director Gene DeFilippo touches on how the latest MBB-FBI developments could impact search firms and the search process for new Head Coaches in the near future. DeFilippo points to the "team" of leaders who together execute a search, also wonders if new tools will be introduced to the marketplace to more effectively look through the backgrounds of candidates.
Turnkey Search Managing Director, Gene DeFilippo, reviews how he assembled a team to help conduct an AD search when he sat in the chair, the hyper importance of confidentiality for search firms & all parties involved, the growth of firms talking to agents of HCs, the Nebraska hiring of Bill Moos, interacting with university presidents & chancellors, plus more.
Kansas State Athletic Director John Currie is the first ever 1.Q guest as he joins to review the reasons for fundraising and facility successes in Manhattan.
1.Q co-contributor Tai Brown visited with Jenn Strawley, No. 2 in command at University of Miami, to discuss her involvement in hiring new football coach, Mark Richt. Strawley touches on presenting candidates to the search committee, and helping Coach Richt with the on-boarding process.
Conference USA will move their basketball championships to the new Ford Center at the Star sports facilities owned in part by the Dallas Cowboys in Frisco, Texas. 1.Q co-contributor @TaiMBrown caught up with Commissioner Judy MacLeod to discuss the decision to move the game from a Conference USA campus to a third party facility.
Tai Brown visited with Glenn Wong of ASU Sports Law to discuss the state of law in college sports. A leading expert on the topic, Wong covers a number of items including recent happenings and pending cases that could have a tremendous effect on intercollegiate athletics.
Visiting with the constant flow of high-level executives who attend the 2017 Women Leaders in College Sports national convention, 1.Q co-contributor Tai Brown catches up with Kathy DeBoer, Executive Director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Coach DeBoer gives an update on the state of the game on campus, the concerns of those who coach the game (early recruiting), and much more.
The Daily Press' David Teel provides context to the Athletic Director hire of Carla Williams at Virginia. Teel covers comparisons to recent AD selections around the ACC, the challenge of Football and revenue that Williams will soon tackle, how Williams' leadership style may be different compared to former Cavaliers AD Littlepage, and her thoughts on hiring a new #2.
In this teaser 1.Q, Matt Roberts sat down with Neil Mandt, Founder & CEO of MANDT VR. Mandt speaks to how athletic directors and advanced marketing leaders can look to utilize new technology to enhance the fan experience. More to come from this interview!
While visiting the 2017 Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention, contributing host Tai Brown sat down with Conference USA Senior Associate Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer, Keisha Dunlap. Dunlap focuses on her 14 year tenure, and how her longevity has allowed her to rise within Conference USA.
Coach to Cure MD has been the partner cause for the American Football Coaches Association since 2008, most visible via the large patches and other branding worn by coaches around the nation on the fourth weekend of every September. Coach to Cure MD founder Brad Todd joins 1.Q to recount how the alignment came to be, the involvement of some notable current and former FB Head Coaches, and why pushing for advances in the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a total campus effort.
Visiting the 2017 Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention, contributing host Tai Brown sat down with Glenn Wong, Executive Director of the Sports Law and Business Program at Arizona State University. Wong discusses the new collaboration with Women Leaders that will provide data on the demographics and career trajectory of NCAA Division I and Division III directors of athletics.
Visiting the 2017 Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention, contributing host Tai Brown sat down with 2017 Women Leaders Division 1-FBS Administrator of the Year, Nona Richardson, current Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Utah. Richardson speaks about her career and how she made the transition from coaching to administration.
Visiting the 2017 Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention, contributing host Tai Brown sat down with 2017 Women Leaders Division 1 Administrator of the Year, Tamica Smith-Jones, current Director of Athletics at the University of California-Riverside. Jones speaks on creating an environment for success through setting expectations and telling the story of Riverside athletics. She also speaks on how she plans to maintain that success in the immediate and long-term future.
In this quick interview from the 2017 NACDA Convention, contributing host Tai Brown visits with Brittney Whiteside, Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women's Administrator at Appalachian State University. Whiteside speaks on the importance of being selective with who you work for and the importance of having personal champions during career progression.
In part two of his interview, New Mexico State AD Mario Moccia dives into strategies of how to deal with negative media members. Notes Moccia, "I never understood why there'd be animosity with anyone in the media. [...] I always thought, 'I'm going to be friendly with these folks,' and if I screw something up, it deserves to be in the newspaper." Moccia also notes which current and former ADs he thinks do the best job working with their local media.