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Being Strategic in Quiet Times: Green Bay’s Charles Guthrie

Seldom in the high-pressure, fast-paced world of intercollegiate athletics do we find ourselves in a quiet period, a period that not only allows for, but arguably invites reflection, learning, relationship building, depth, and uninterrupted attention to detail.

Best Practices For Navigating An NCAA Crisis: Ole Miss’ Bjork

In an accompanying piece to his 'Leading Through A Crisis' conversation, Bjork discusses some of the lessons and best practices other Athletics Directors could employ during an NCAA crisis.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Penn State’s Guy Gadowsky

Guy Gadowsky, Men’s Hockey Head Coach at Penn State, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. The two discuss Gadowsky’s thoughts on developing culture. Gadowsky has found success at a number of different institutions by following the simple phrase, “enjoy what you do.”

Growth As A Leader: Florida’s Scott Stricklin With Baylor’s Felecia Mulkey

Florida Director of Athletics, Scott Stricklin, and Baylor’s Associate AD and Acrobatics & Tumbling Coach Felecia Mulkey visit with AthleticDirectorU to discuss evolution as a leader.

Experts’ Roundtable: Key Fundraising Topics

In the latest edition of the Experts' Roundtable series, AthleticDirectorU chats with a three athletic development professionals on a few key topics related to fundraising in college athletics.

Did The Pac-12 Need A Strategic Partner In 2012? Part II

If you read Part I of this series, you know that I’m building a model to judge the net present value of the 2012 decision for Larry Scott and the Pac-12 to not bring on a strategic partner for the Pac-12 Networks. Crucially, I’m judging this decision based on the time value of money.

Student-Athlete Outcomes: Kevin Blue of UC Davis & Charlie Cobb of Georgia State

Kevin Blue, AD at UC Davis, and Charlie Cobb, AD at Georgia State, discuss Student-Athlete development with Parker Executive Search's Daniel Parker.

Did The Pac-12 Need A Strategic Partner In 2012? Part I

Since this is AthleticDirectorU, I’m going to lay out my process so that hopefully other ADs and leaders in college athletics could learn from my approach. Moreover, I’ll teach a few points about business strategy, that apply as much to college sports as consumer packaged goods.

Inside The Industry Survey: Men’s Basketball – FBI Developments

AthleticDirectorU and Athlete Viewpoint have partnered to develop original opinion research about various issues in college athletics. This inaugural study on MBB-FBI developments gathered data from ADs, Senior level compliance staff and conference commissioners.

Always Be Ready For The Moment: Social Media Strategy With Kentucky’s Peevy

Kentucky Deputy Director AD DeWayne Peevy and INFLCR Founder and CEO Jim Cavale visit AthleticDirectorU to talk social media and branding.

Preserving Your Core While Evolving As A Leader: Wake Forest’s Ron Wellman

Ron Wellman, longtime Director of Athletics at Wake Forest, visits with AthleticDirectorU on the topic of success in consistency. Wellman emphasizes the importance of evolving while remaining consistent within the guiding principles of the organization.

Internet Marketing & Search Engines In Athletics

Katie Thompson, Senior Account Manager at Google's Sports and Live Entertainment Team, joins Trip Durham on the Conversations on College Athletics Podcast to discuss internet marketing and how search engines play an important part of the process.

Leaks Won’t Sink You, But Can Knock You Off Course

Anyone who has led an organization has felt the frustration of leaked information, be it confidential negotiations, planned personnel moves or even informal discussions. More than other setbacks, leaks frustrate leadership because they also trigger an emotional reaction, which is a sense of betrayal

Cultivating A Culture That Affirms Your Values: Washington’s Jen Cohen

Making judgments calls, some about people, some about strategy, and, occasionally, some in times of crisis, requires that we lean heavily on our values and beliefs to steer us in a direction that is congruent with our organizational culture.

Leading Through Intersections: Optimizing Leadership Ability, Growth And Productivity Via Inclusion

Leadership has to ensure that they are including and engaging employees in an experience that the leader is proud to provide, but also one in which if leadership was a member of a marginalized group, they too would value that experience.

Career Insights From Eight Women Who Lead NCAA Division I Conferences

One place where women have seen more success securing senior level positions is conference commissioners. Eleven of the 32 NCAA Division I conference commissioners (34.4%) were women at the time of this study, a much higher percentage than observed in other intercollegiate leadership positions.

Curiosity In Leadership: Georgia’s McGarity, Tulane’s Dannen & Winthrop’s Halpin

College athletics executives, Greg McGarity of Georgia, Troy Dannen of Tulane, and Ken Halpin of Winthrop get together for AthleticDirectorU to discuss the benefits of curiosity in leadership. The conversation covers angles from which the trio have experienced a curious mindset benefit their careers

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Ohio State’s Kevin McGuff

Kevin McGuff, Women's Basketball Head Coach at Ohio State, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. The two discuss McGuff's thoughts on giving Student-Athletes a voice, self-awarenes as a coach, choosing captains, and the importance of defining what's important to an organization.

Athletic Director In Residence: Marquette’s Bill Scholl

There’s certainly a halo effect when men’s basketball is firing on all cylinders, a contagious energy and good feeling that permeates throughout the athletics department and the campus. so it’s only natural that it acts as a motivating force for others to do the same in their own roles.

Why I Chose To Go From DI to DIII: UChicago’s McDermott & St. Thomas (MN)’s Esten

Directors of Athletics, Erin McDermott of the University of Chicago and Phil Esten of the University of St. Thomas (MN) chat with AthleticDirectorU on their respective moves from DI Deputy ADs to the DIII AD chair.

Experts’ Roundtable: Softball Sport Administrators

In the latest edition of the Experts' Roundtable series, AthleticDirectorU chats with a quartet Softball sport administrators on a variety of topics, including what impact the new Student-Athlete Transfer Portal is having within their program.

What The Future Of OTA Television Means For College Athletics

This year is not yet two months old but we can already see hints about the future of sports programming and delivery platforms. Some of these clues involve the continuation of ongoing story lines, while others are emerging.

Self-Care In The AD Chair: Ball State’s Goetz & Rice’s Karlgaard

Directors of Athletics, Beth Goetz of Ball State and Joe Karlgaard of Rice, review how they each manage their own self-health while leading their respective departments. The pair address how they find and use quiet time, as well as responsibilities they struggle to delegate.

Consistency as an Asset: South Dakota State’s Stiegelmeier & Middle Tennessee State’s Stockstill

Longtime head football coaches, John Stiegelmeier of South Dakota State and Rick Stockstill of Middle Tennessee State, discuss how consistency has become a key asset in their respective programs. Both coaches touch on avoiding complacency, staying relevant, and balancing new ideas.