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Nov 27, 2023

1QLeadership Question: What does it take to be a university's first Director of Athletics?

We asked Darnell Smith, Director of Athletics at Texas A&M-San Antonio, about the process of starting an athletics department. The school did not have varsity sports prior to Smith's arrival. 

  • Create a vision
  • Hire coaches and staff
  • Establish a way to fund the department
  • Join a governing body
  • Ensure compliance
  • Create culture

Darnell smith started as the only person in the department and has hired everyone who is currently a part of the staff. Culture and leadership development are major aspects of his process. - One Question Leadership Podcast - Tai M. Brown