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Success Beyond Winning: NIU’s Frazier & Utah State’s Hartwell

Success Beyond Winning is the topic of conversation between Sean Frazier, AD at NIU, John Hartwell, AD at Utah State, and Learfield/IMG Executive VP and former AD, Mike Hamilton. The three touch on defining success beyond the easy evaluation points of wins and losses.

Sports Creatives Podcast: Miami (FL)’s Tim Brogdon

Tim Brogdon, Assistant AD/Digital Strategy at the University of Miami, joins Jay F. Hicks on the newly co-branded AthleticDirectorU and Sports Creatives Podcast. The two discuss internal creative agencies and being the top advocate for social and digital to senior leadership in order to innovate.

Who Am I Without My Sport? Addressing Student-Athlete Transitions

It is inevitable that, at some point, every student-athlete will leave their sport. Numerous research studies have repeatedly demonstrated the difficulties student-athletes face when they are no longer competing in intercollegiate sport.

Merging With A Purpose: Teamworks’ Maurides & INFLCR’s Cavale

Teamworks Founder & CEO, Zach Maurides, and INFLCR Founder & CEO, Jim Cavale, sit down with AthleticDirectorU, following their recent merger. The duo discusses the mutual interest in each others’ organizations, the synergies between the two companies, and how their mission and core values align.

NCAA Hearing Operations With Naima Stevenson Starks

Naima Stevenson Starks, the NCAA’s new Vice President of Hearing Operations gives AthleticDirectorU an update on the position and the new enforcement structure.

What Will The Next Round of Sports Media Rights Deals Look Like?

As live sports rights prices have gone through the roof, it has lifted all boats And not just in the biggest sports, but in other sports such as college baseball, softball, gymnastics and more. Today, I’m going to use the future of media rights as a lesson in making predictions.

Athletic Department Power Index: America East Conference

The AthleticDirectorU Athletic Department Power Index, powered by Athlete Viewpoint, continues with a look at the West Coast Conference. Approximately 80 sitting Athletic Directors and executive-level administrators who currently are or could soon be a WCC AD were invited to share feedback.

Higher Ed Athletics Podcast: Indiana’s Fred Glass

Smith and Glass cover a number of topics, including how and why IU has spent approximately $300 million on facility enhancements in the past decade, the relationship between an AD and a university's board of trustees, how the Hoosiers remain self-sufficient financially and more.

Parents of NCAA Student-Athletes: How Are They Involved And Does It Matter?

While frequent provision of emotional support is commonplace, our findings caution that more parental support is not always better for student-athletes’ independence.

Understanding The NCAA Eligibility Center With Felicia Martin

For an in depth look at the Eligibility Center, NCAA Vice President Felicia Martin visits with AthleticDirectorU on a variety of topics, starting her view of the unit prior to arriving in Indianapolis.

How You Can Help Your Student-Athletes Cope With Negative Social Media

While college athletes might have an economic motive to maintain an active social media presence, particularly as mainstream media access to athletes may be shrinking, active engagement on social media carries potential risks to the athlete’s well-being.

Building Strategic Alliances As A New AD With Cal’s Jim Knowlton

Jim Knowlton, Director of Athletics at Cal, discusses building strategic alliances as a new leader. Knowlton touches on his meticulous process of deliberate listening during the first 90 days on campus and how it ties in with creating alliances with the campus community.

Sport Oversight: USC Upstate’s Feig & UCF’s Wood

USC Upstate Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics, Daniel Feig is joined by Dr. Eric A. Wood, Deputy AD for Competitive Excellence at UCF, in a discussion on sport oversight for AthleticDirectorU. Jamaal Walton, Associate AD for External Operations at College of Charleston Moderates.

From The Court To The Athletic Director’s Office: Lafayette’s Freeman & Samford’s Newton

Athletic Directors, Sherryta Freeman of Lafayette and Martin Newton of Samford, join Zach Maurides, Founder and CEO of Teamworks, for a conversation centered on leveraging skills developed as a former athlete in their current roles leading an entire athletic department.

Leading From Behind: TCU’s Mike Sinquefield

TCU Deputy Athletics Director, Mike Sinquefield, provides insight on his leadership style. Going from support positions such as Equipment Manager and Director of Football Operations, Sinquefield still sees himself as a leader who is on campus to support and serve coaches and Student-Athletes.

Athletic Department Power Index: Atlantic Coast Conference

The AthleticDirectorU Athletic Department Power Index, powered by Athlete Viewpoint, continues with a look at the Atlantic Coast Conference. Over 75 sitting Athletic Directors and executive-level administrators who currently are or could soon be an ACC AD were invited to share feedback.

Managing Expectations: Rice’s Bloomgren & Vanderbilt’s Mason

Head Football Coaches, Derek Mason of Vanderbilt, and Mike Bloomgren of Rice visit with AthleticDirectorU to discuss managing expectations. The conversation centers around working at “high-academic” institutions and how to balance athletic and academic expectations.

Developing Your Staff: Glenn Caruso, Mark Farley, Lance Leipold, And Kevin Sumlin

Football head coaches in Arizona's Sumlin, Buffalo's Leipold, Northern Iowa's Farley & St. Thomas (MN)'s Caruso discuss developing their staffs while also leading a program.

Higher Ed Athletics Podcast: Oregon’s Rob Mullens

Travis Smith sits down with Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens to discuss how philanthropy from Nike's Phil and Penny Knight have helped the athletic department innovate and build the “Decade of the Duck.”

The Importance Of Game Atmosphere In Improving Football Fan Perception Of Game Experience

Among spectator groups, single-game purchasers revealed that game atmosphere, opponent ranking and a competitive game had a significant impact on their perceptions of the event’s quality.

The Talent Equation: Mark French, Lara Juras, and Jacqueline Williams-Roll

A dynamic discussion on talent & its inherent influence on culture is led by The Learning Leader Podcast’s Ryan Hawk. Serial entrepreneur & The Players’ Tribune board member Mark French, General Mills Chief HR Officer Jacqueline Williams-Roll and Minnesota Vikings VP of People & Culture Laura Juras.

Making More With Less: Morgan State’s Scott & DePauw’s Baker-Watson

Athletics leaders, Ed Scott of Morgan State and Stevie Baker-Watson of DePauw join Jason Fein, of Bates College, on AthleticDirectorU to discuss work-life balance while leading a small staff. The trio discuss identifying professional fatigue, schedule flexibility, and advice to new leaders.

College Head Coaches Are Blowing Media Opportunities

By adopting a few easy habits and investing an additional hour or two per week, a smart coach can exponentially increase the program’s success, professional reputation, and increase his or her value to the entire athletic department and university.

Managing College Athletics At The National Level: NCAA’s Stan Wilcox

NCAA Executive VP for Regulatory Affairs, Stan Wilcox, visits with AthleticDirectorU on the nature of his role and provides perspective on managing an array of challenges facing college athletics. Wilcox also provides an overview of the decision making structure within the organization.