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Stories, Myths, and a New Model for College Sports, Part I

In Part I of a two-part series, University of Georgia Associate Professor Welsh Suggs breaks down the mythology that has grown up around American college athletics and how the NCAA has maintained it, including the reality of college sports shrouded by the NCAA’s story.

Navigating Career Transitions With UIW’s DaShena Stevens

UIW Deputy AD DaShena Stevens joins ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz at the 2023 NCAA Convention for a candid conversation about the student-athlete experience and how to navigate the transitions that come with the end of an athletic career.

Four Essential Leadership Questions With Virginia’s Ed Scott

Virginia Deputy AD Ed Scott joins ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz for an in-depth conversation about his career trajectory and the development of four leadership questions that inform his personal decision-making process and organizational philosophy.

Where Are We With Sport Sponsorship Trends Three Years After College Athletics Shut Down?

Baldwin Wallace College of Education and Health Science Dean Steve Dittmore, PhD, analyzes the most recent data tracking sport programs added or cut at all levels of college athletics since March 2020, providing insight on the trends and growth patterns.

Three Decades Of Leadership Lessons With The Sun Belt’s Keith Gill

Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill joins ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz at the 2023 NCAA Convention to reflect on leadership lessons he's learned from nearly three decades in college athletics, including stops at the NCAA, AD chair and conference office as well as experience as a football student-athlete.

The Connective Role Of An SID With Chicago State’s Jessica Poole

Chicago State Deputy AD/Chief Operating Officer Jessica Poole joins Women Leaders in College Sports Director of Membership Engagement Kyra Kendricks at the 2023 NCAA Convention to discuss the crucial role SIDs play in connecting student-athletes to their athletic department.

Tackling The Work-Life Balance Gap With New Orleans’ Tim Duncan

New Orleans Vice President of Athletics & Recreation Tim Duncan joins Pomona-Pitzer (DIII) Director of Athletics Dr. Miriam Merrill for a concise conversation about the challenges of establishing a healthy work-life balance in college athletics.

Symptoms and Root Causes: An Open Letter to NCAA President Charlie Baker

Former UC Davis Director of Athletics / current Golf Canada Chief Sport Officer Kevin Blue pens an open letter to incoming NCAA President Charlie Baker outlining the symptoms and root causes of issues in today's college athletics landscape.

Access And Opportunity With Delaware State’s Alecia Shields-Gadson

Delaware State Director of Athletics Alecia Shields-Gadson joins ADU's Tai M. Brown at the 2023 NCAA Convention in San Antonio to dive into issues of access and opportunity for women, particularly women of color, in college athletic leadership.

Developing Human Capital With MOAA’s Stan Johnson

Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Executive Director Stan Johnson joins ADU's Tai M. Brown at the 2023 NCAA Convention to share the story of MOAA's founding and how the organization seeks to serve as a catalyst for change by developing a diverse leadership pipeline.

Navigating Change Through The Tuckman Model With The Horizon League’s Julie Roe Lach

Horizon League Commissioner Julie Roe Lach and ADU's Tai M. Brown sit down at the 2023 NCAA Convention to analyze industry changes, the Transformation Committee recommendations and governance structures through the context of the Tuckman Model of "storming, forming, norming, performing."

Amplifying The Student-Athlete Experience With Arkansas’ Derita Dawkins & The Big 12’s Dayna Scherf

Arkansas Deputy AD/Assistant Vice Chancellor Derita Dawkins and Big 12 Vice President for Competition Dayna Scherf join ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention to share their secrets for providing a world-class student-athlete experience on campus and at championships.

Lessons For Leaders With Notre Dame’s Jack Swarbrick & GWU’s Andrew Goodrich

Notre Dame Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick sits down with Gardner-Webb Vice President and Director of Athletics Andrew Goodrich at the 2023 NCAA Convention to share the leadership lessons he's learned from 15 years in the big chair for new and aspiring ADs.

Who You Are Versus What You Do: A Conversation With SAAC Student-Athletes

Division III SAAC Chair Megan Koch of Colorado College and DIII Representative to the NCAA Board of Governors Isaiah Swann of UT Dallas join ADU's Tai M. Brown at the 2023 NCAA Convention for a conversation about navigating the transition out of collegiate sport.

The State Of College Athletics With NIU’s Sean Frazier

Northern Illinois Vice President/Director of Athletics & Recreation Sean Frazier joins ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz at 2023 NCAA Convention to reflect on the state of the industry in the wake of a new NCAA President and long-awaited recommendations from the Transformation Committee.

The Connective Role Of A Commissioner With The Big East’s Val Ackerman

Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman joins ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention to discuss the ways a commissioner connects their member institutions and reflect on the evolving nature of leadership, including how the industry has changed for working moms.

More of A Great Thing: Expansion To 96 Teams In The NCAA Basketball Tournament

Following the release of the NCAA Division I Transformation Committee's report, Loyola Marymount Athletic Director Craig Pintens advocates for the expansion of the men's and women's basketball tournaments to 96 teams.

Intentionally Preparing For Leadership With UNCW’s Tiffany Tucker & Stanford’s Heather Owen

UNC Wilmington Deputy AD/SWA Tiffany Tucker and Stanford Deputy AD/SWA Heather M. Owen join ADU's Tai M. Brown at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention to talk about the intentionality of preparing for a leadership role through self-evaluation, peer review, purposeful breaks and strategic thinking.

Cultivating A Leadership Mindset With Maryland’s Colleen Sorem & Kansas City’s Ursula Gurney

Maryland Deputy AD Colleen Sorem and Kansas City Deputy AD/SWA Ursula Gurney sit down with ADU's Tai M. Brown at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention to discuss cultivating a leadership philosophy as a Deputy AD, channeling a growth mindset and implementing strategic thinking strategies.

Serving As A Stabilizing Force With Texas’ Chris Plonsky & MTSU’s Diane Turnham

Texas' Exec. Senior Assoc. AD/Chief of Staff Chris Plonsky and MTSU's Deputy AD/SWA Diane Turnham join ADU's Tai M. Brown at the Women Leaders Convention to look at the shifting landscape through the lens of longevity, offering the perspective of their combined 88 years in college athletics.

Leading A Historic Rivalry With Harvard’s Erin McDermott & Yale’s Vicky Chun

Harvard's John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics Erin McDermott and Yale's Thomas A. Beckett Director of Athletics Vicky Chun set their differences aside to join ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz at the Women Leaders Convention for a discussion about leading one of the country's oldest rivalries.

Creative Leadership In Times Of Change With UTSA’s Lisa Campos

UTSA Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos joins ADU's Tai M. Brown at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention in Kansas City for a conversation about creative thinking and how using one's intuition can enhance leadership in times of change.

Two Decades Of Culture Building With Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart

Kentucky Athletics Director and 2022 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient Mitch Barnhart sits down with ADU's Bryan Fischer at the 2022 SBJ Intercollegiate Athletics Forum to reflect on his decades in the industry and the importance of building culture as the foundation of departmental success.

Recruiting & Retaining At A Service Academy With Army’s Tricia Brandenburg and Navy’s Loretta Lamar

Army West Point Exec. Assoc. AD/SWA Tricia Brandenburg and Navy Sr. Assoc. AD/SWA Loretta Lamar go head to head with ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz at the annual Women Leader's Convention to discuss the intricacies of recruiting and retaining at a service academy.

Athletic Department Power Index: Colonial Athletic Association

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

Building A Personal Brand With Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson

Michigan Men's Basketball student-athlete Hunter Dickinson sits down with Advance Managing Partners Courtney Altemus and Luke Fedlam at the inaugural NIL Summit to discuss the "big bang" of NIL in its first year and how he's built an authentic personal brand.

What I Learned With Penn State’s Sandy Barbour, Southern Utah’s Debbie Corum & MIT’s Julie Soriero

ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz hosts a panel of recently-retired female leaders, including Penn State's Sandy Barbour, Southern Utah's Debbie Corum and MIT's Julie Soriero, to reflect on their decades in college athletics and look to the future of the industry.

What Year One As An AD Is Really Like With Drexel’s Maisha Kelly

Drexel Director of Athletics Maisha Kelly sits down with ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz to celebrate her first year leading the Dragons. Kelly reflects on her early administrative wins and shares how she's adjusted to the pace of being an AD by establishing key organizational relationships.

Approaching NIL From A Business Perspective With Fordham’s Ed Kull

Fordham Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ed Kull joins ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz at the inaugural NIL Summit to discuss the first year of NIL from his perspective as a non-traditional AD and the resources and programming his department utilized to set Rams student-athletes up for NIL success.

Maintaining Organizational Stability With Kansas State’s Gene Taylor

Kansas State Director of Athletics Gene Taylor sits down with ADU's Tai M. Brown at the annual Women Leaders Convention in Kansas City for a conversation about the strategy behind his career path and the power of departmental brand stability.

Telling Your Story Through The Business Office With Georgetown’s Sharon Brummell & Yale’s GoEun Lee

Georgetown Exec. Sr. Assoc. AD for Business & Finance/SWA Sharon Brummell and Yale Senior Assoc. AD, Business Operations GoEun Lee join Michigan State Assoc. AD/Chief of Staff Epiphany Clark at the annual Women Leaders Convention to discuss how athletic departments can use data to tell their story.

The Push And Pull Of Leadership With LEARFIELD’s Kim Damron

LEARFIELD President for Digital & Technology Kim Damron joins ADU's Tai Brown at the annual Women Leaders Convention in Kansas City to discuss the push and pull of leadership, from a personal, professional and organizational perspective.

Reflecting On Year One Of NIL With Arkansas’ Terry Prentice

Arkansas Senior Associate AD for Athlete Brand Development and Inclusive Excellence Terry Prentice joins ADU's Steph Garcia Cichosz at the inaugural NIL Summit to reflect on Year One of NIL, including how athletic departments can staff up for NIL, how NIL intertwines with DEI efforts and more.