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Excelling In The Deputy AD Role: Georgia’s Brooks & Ball State’s Fields

Guest Josh Brooks, Georgia; Haven Fields, Ball State
14:39 min watch


Georgia Senior Deputy Athletic Director Josh Brooks and Ball State Deputy Athletics Director Haven Fields sit down to discuss transitioning to the Deputy AD role overseeing external operations, from their backgrounds and beginnings in internal operations, communicating your department’s unique value proposition, continuing to find new innovations, prospects or diamonds in the rough at established institutions and more.


The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic). There’s also a full audio file at the bottom if you’d prefer to listen to the discussion.

  • - How was the transition from your upbringing in internal operations to overseeing external operations as Deputy AD?
  • - How did you get to know the various key players in the marketplace to make sure they understand the department's unique value proposition? (Fields)
  • - What was the transition back to Georgia like after your time as the AD at Millsaps? (Brooks)
  • - How are you pushing to be innovative and make a change at established institutions?
  • - Since your scope of responsibilities has expanded, how are you avoiding micromanaging, particularly in areas or tasks you formerly handled?
  • - How involved are you with other campus constituents in terms of finding success on campus and finding athletic success?