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From The Chair Hosted By Mike Hamilton: Virginia Tech’s Whit Babcock

Whit Babcock, Director of Athletics at Virginia Tech, joins Mike Hamilton on the From the Chair Podcast as the two discuss Babcock's involvement in the transition of legendary football coach, Frank Beamer, playing a football game at the Bristol Speedway, and advice to those looking to become an AD.

The Visualization Of Women’s Leadership Networks In College Athletics

If organizations are serious about increasing diversity and opportunities for women in leadership positions, they must be cognizant of the gendered biases present in their personal networks, and consciously consider women, most of whom will be outside of their network, for leadership positions.

Early Wins: William & Mary’s Huge & UNLV’s Reed-Francois

Athletic Directors Samantha Huge of William & Mary and Desiree Reed-Francois of UNLV visit with AthleticDirectorU to discuss this importance of early wins for a new AD.

Mike Cragg: A St. John’s State Of Mind

Mike Cragg, the newly appointed Director of Athletics at St. John's University, pens a letter outlining his vision for the future of the Red Storm.

Stakeholder Management: Delaware’s Rawak, Tennessee Tech’s Wilson and Saint Peter’s AD Felt

Athletic Directors Chrissi Rawak of Delaware and Mark Wilson of Tennessee Tech visit AthleticDirectorU to discuss managing multiple constituencies on campus. Brian Felt, Director of Athletics at St. Peter’s University, moderates the conversation.

Experts’ Roundtable: Marketing Strategies For Unbeaten Teams

AthleticDirectorU connected with external leaders at four of the Group of 5 unbeatens to dig in on the tactics and strategies they’re employing to maximize exposure and revenue. Ride the lightning. Crash the party.

Athletic Director In Residence: John Hartwell – Utah State

John Hartwell, Vice President & Athletics Director at Utah State, visits ADU as the current Athletic Director in Residence. Hartwell addresses the process of adjusting to the staff and lifestyle in Utah while emphasizing Student-Athlete welfare through a series of introspective questions.

Coach & AD Communication: Louisiana Tech’s McClelland & Tulsa’s Gragg

Athletic Directors Derrick Gragg of Tulsa and Tommy McClelland of Louisiana Tech chat with Zach Dayton, Senior Associate AD for Marketing & Communications at Fairfield, about effective communication methods with head coaches.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Vermont’s John Becker

John Becker, Head Men's Basketball Coach at University of Vermont, joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast to talk about his evolution as a head coach.

Athletic Subsidies & University Endowments: P5 vs G5

Independent of conferences, institutions with larger athletic budgets are those institutions that have more financial means in terms of academic research and private endowments to support the entire institution, including its athletics department.

Planning For New Athletic Facilities: Milwaukee’s Braun & Towson’s Leonard

Amanda Braun of UW-Milwaukee and Tim Leonard of Towson chat with Kristene Kelly, Senior Associate AD for Varsity Sports/SWA at Dartmouth, about the intricacies of planning for new athletic facilities. Fundraising, balancing revenue vs. non-revenue sports, involving coaches and more.

How Wake Forest Prepares for Five Consecutive Home Football Games

Trip Durham visits Wake Forest to take a deep dive into what it takes to host five consecutive home games during a football season. Big storms aside, this in-depth view includes input from a number of Demon Deacon leaders who make things happen on game day.

Commissioner’s Corner: Larry Scott – PAC-12 Conference

Since the beginning, our rational has not changed – it’s still about supporting the efforts of each university and providing experiences that the student-athletes wouldn’t otherwise have. We continue to seek partnerships that will allow all of our student-athletes to enjoy such experiences.

Executive Cabinet Communication: Virginia Tech’s Babcock & Kansas State’s Taylor

Whit Babcock of Virginia Tech and Gene Taylor of Kansas State sat down with AthleticDirectorU to discuss executive cabinet meetings, presidential communication and building relationships with key campus administrators and departments throughout the institution.

Leveraging The Momentum Of FCS Over FBS Wins

ADU caught up with Nicholls AD Matt Roan and Northern Arizona AD Mike Marlow to learn how the two leaders are leveraging their respective season-opening wins over FBS programs.

From The Chair Hosted By Mike Hamilton: North Texas’ Wren Baker

Wren Baker, Vice President & Director of Athletics at North Texas, joins Mike Hamilton on the From the Chair Podcast as the two discuss Baker’s path to his current position. The conversation also delves into UNT’s recent success and how the department’s momentum can be traced to its strategic plan.

The Leadership Transition of Tennessee’s Phillip Fulmer

Coach Phillip Fulmer, Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics at University of Tennessee, visits with AthleticDirectorU to discuss his transition to the AD chair. Fulmer discusses reasons for accepting the position and why he believes he can create a successful department culture in Knoxville.

Head Coach Roundtable: The First 100 Days

What does it take to have a successful start to a head coaching tenure? AthleticDirectorU sat down with three first-time head basketball coaches to discuss their first 100 days in the seat, including the mistakes they made and the lessons they've learned. 

Carriage Disputes & The Positioning Of Stadium

As the marketplace changes, legacy media networks are frequently finding themselves at odds with distribution systems. How would the ecosystem be different had the conference-branded networks made their content accessible anywhere, rather than putting it in one place and hoping it is distributed?

Performance Evaluation Methods: Alcorn State’s Horne & Lafayette’s Freeman

Lafayette’s Sherryta Freeman and Alcorn State’s Derek Horne visit with ADU to discuss the importance of, and methods for, individual and departmental performance evaluations. The discussion goes into depth on defining roles, expectations, and review processes.

Conference Leadership: America East’s Huchthausen & West Coast’s Nevarez

Conference Commissioners Amy Huchthausen of the America East Conference and Gloria Nevarez of the West Coast Conference visit ADU to give some insight on leadership from the commissioner’s chair.

Experts’ Roundtable: College Football Preseason Camp

With the season's kickoff just a few weeks away, college football teams are deep in camp preparing for their first opponents. AthleticDirectorU sits down with a number of coaches and an industry insider to discuss what teams are doing to get their players ready for their opening match-ups and the lo

Grassroots Marketing: NCCU’s Wicker McCree & CofC’s Roberts

College athletics leaders, Ingrid Wicker McCree of North Carolina Central University and Matt Roberts of College of Charleston, visit with AthleticDirectoru to discuss the importance of leveraging the local community as a marketing asset.

Set the Course, Empower Staff to Steer the Ship: UTRGV’s Chris King

The foundation and culture of the department must be set in order to provide an environment in which audacious thinking, and its subsequent execution, can occur. Core values will ultimately serve as the foundation for an organization’s success.