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RisingADs Book Review: Washington’s Cohen & SMU’s Hart on Stillness is Key

In this RisingADs book review, Washington AD Jen Cohen and SMU AD Rick Hart provide insight on personal application of key concepts from Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday and discuss the importance for leaders to strive for stillness in thought, contemplation, and life.

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The Inequality Of Coaching College Basketball

AthleticDirectorU presents the most comprehensive analysis ever on the inequalities faced by minorities making their way through the college basketball coaching profession.

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2020 Autonomy 5 Baseball Head Coach Compensation Survey

Spencer Fane reviewed all forms of compensation for the head baseball coaches at Autonomy 5 institutions. The review included coaches’ employment agreements and related documents. In conjunction with this analysis, the research considered applicable biographical and performance data.

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Letter To My Former Self: Rice’s Karlgaard

Rice Athletic Director Joe Karlgaard writes to his former self about his advice for a new AD to lead, develop their leadership style, understand workplace politics and conflict and more.

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An Analysis Of College Basketball Return On Investment

AthleticDirectorU presents the most comprehensive analysis of college basketball program spending and return on investment over the last two decades.

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The Designation, Stigmatization, and Marginalization of SWAs

Two studies of the Senior Woman Administrator role found that the SWA designation has caused marginalization, workplace incivility and more. The studies review SWA's recommendations for the designation moving forward.

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Navigate’s College Football Playoff Predictions (Part I, II, III & IV)

AthleticDirectorU has partnered with Navigate to present a rich prediction model for this season's College Football Playoff. 

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Athletic Department Power Index: Mountain West Conference

The AthleticDirectorU Athletic Department Power Index, powered by Athlete Viewpoint, continues with a look at the Mountain West Conference. Dozens of sitting Athletic Directors and executive-level administrators who currently are, or could soon be, a Mountain West Conference AD shared feedback.

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Experts’ Roundtable: Inside the Current Challenges for Athletic Training

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, AthleticDirectorU chats with a trio of athletic trainers about dealing with COVID-19, the demands on leadership, mental health of student-athletes and staff, communicating up the ladder in their department and more.

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Letter To My Former Self: UNLV’s Reed-Francois

UNLV Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois writes to her former self advising to not hold herself to a strict timeline, listen to understand, and embrace humility on the scenic route of her career path.

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Ensuring Real Diversity And Inclusion In College Athletics

In collegiate athletics, it is our job as educators to provide the most inclusive environment for our student-athletes, which includes having diverse representation in our department's coaches and administrators.

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The Influence Of Search Firms In College Athletics

Growing in popularity in recent years, search firms assist universities with selecting coaches, athletic directors and other leadership positions. ADU analyzed 217 different instances since 2008 of universities using a search firm to aide in hiring an athletics director or football head coach.