Hiring First-Time Head Coaches: SMU’s Hart & VCU’s McLaughlin

Rick Hart, Director of Athletics at SMU, and Ed McLaughlin, Director of Athletics at VCU sit down with Katie Young of Witt/Keiffer to discuss the process of hiring and onboarding a first time head coach. Both executives recommend that a first time head coach hire a former head coach as a top assistant on the staff to help guide and give direction on issues that may arise. Of course, they acknowledge this isn’t always possible so the AD may have to serve as the voice of reason in certain situations. The discussions also goes into the thought process of sitting down with someone for the actual interview.

Villanova’s Mark Jackson On The Four F’s Of Leadership

Mark Jackson, AD at Villanova, discusses his Four F’s of Leadership. Family, Faith, Friendships, and having Fun are the drivers that keep Jackson motivated in his role as a leader. He suggests to those coming up in the sports industry or any industry to take time to figure out themselves through self discovery. Jackson also touches on making decisions, and handling annual reviews. The leadership lessons in this brief video are abundant.

Unique Value Proposition: Eastern Illinois’ Michael & Austin Peay’s Ivey

ADU visits with Ryan Ivey (Austin Peay) and Tom Michael (Eastern Illinois) to discuss the process of creating a unique value proposition. The two discuss what it is they do to differentiate their respective institutions from those within their conference and essentially, everyone else in the nation.

Communications, Coaches, & Conference Changes: From The Chair With WKU’s Todd Stewart

In this episode of From the Chair, host Mike Hamilton speaks with Todd Stewart, Director of Athletics at Western Kentucky. Stewart talks on how his background in communications and media relations provided excellent training for his current role leading an athletics department. He also discusses the benefits of the relatively recent conference move and how it has proven to be a successful transition.

A Championship Culture Built On Love

Ryan Ivey, AD at Austin Peay State University, pens on his thoughts on creating organizational chemistry for the Governors as they experience success on and off the field. Above all else, he mentions love as the key component to success.

The Path To The Athletic Director’s Chair

The face of the Division I AD continues to be transformed by the myriad forces reshaping college athletics. From the overwhelming focus on revenue generation, diversity and inclusion to the increasingly litigious nature of collegiate sports, the industry is always in motion. AD hiring trends in Division I reflect this dynamicity, and there is no doubt that the position will continue to evolve as the business itself does.