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The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Jacksonville State’s John Grass on Whole Person Development

With a 90% win percentage and a 31 game conference winning streak, few coaches have dominated the sport of college football over the last four years like Jacksonville State's John Grass. In this episode of the Dynamic Leadership Podcast, Coach Bob Walsh visits with John Grass, head football coach at Jacksonville State University. Coach Grass goes deep as he talks about minimizing the discussion on winning or losing and maximizing the focus on developing the whole person....himself included.

Why College Football TV Ratings Rest In The Hands Of Gamblers

This article argues that conferences and athletic departments are benefiting from consumer availability to gamble on college football. While conferences and athletic departments do not directly collect revenues from this market, they instead indirectly receive them from the sale of broadcasting rights – a product that sees its value elevated due to the demand for sports wagering and the subsequent consumer interest in viewing the outcomes of these wagers in real time.

Leveraging Men’s Basketball Success: FGCU’s Kavanagh & Belmont’s Corley

Ken Kavanagh, Director of Athletics at Florida Gulf Coast, and Scott Corley, Director of Athletics at Belmont sit down with 2D Consulting's Trip Durham to discuss how success on the basketball court helped their respective athletic programs as a whole. Kavanagh outlines how FGCU’s trip to the 2013 Sweet 16 led to a number of benefits for the relatively new institution, while Corley notes using continued success as a driver to provide ongoing resources for his programs in Nashville.

From The Chair Hosted By Mike Hamilton: Georgetown’s Lee Reed

In this episode of From the Chair, host Mike Hamilton speaks with Lee Reed, Director of Athletics at Georgetown University. Reed explains his motto of “Student-Athlete driven, Coach centered, Administrator assisted.” He goes into depth on the impact of his time spent away from college sports, managing a portfolio of McDonalds restaurants. This wide ranging conversation also touches on recent head coaching hires, making the decision to accept a new position, the reasons he attends the NACDA Convention, and the people in the industry who had the biggest influence on his career.

College Football Coaches And Social Media

And this is where we find ourselves, confronting a reality in which college football coaches have unprecedented opportunity to shape message delivery and create a persona which is less about wins and losses, and more about attracting today’s attention-challenged recruits and deep-pocketed boosters who keep programs vibrant. Yet, many coaches seem hesitant to adopt available social tools. Since they are the public face, or CEO, of their football program, often more recognizable than their athletic director bosses, they have the ability to stand out in a crowded landscape of messages and brands.

Daniel Parker: Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mock Interviews

"The interview" can range from an intimidating pressurized drill session to a personable enlightening conversation. Preparation is what separates those who do well from those who falter. But even with preparation, the fit may or may not be there. In the two videos below, Daniel Parker of Parker Executive Search conducts mock interviews with Bob Walsh, Head Basketball Coach at Maine, and Tavaras Hardy, Assistant Coach at Georgia Tech.

Athletic Director In Residence: Dr. Derrick Gragg – Tulsa

Dr. Derrick Gragg, Vice President & Director of Athletics at Tulsa, goes into depth on a number of topics including the differences in leading a department at public vs. private institutions, the importance of disengaging periodically, and his thoughts on the Vice President title for an AD. On the topic of the future of the AD role, Gragg mentions the importance of engaging and listening to current Student-Athletes.

Crisis in Confidence: Academics In Collegiate Athletics

At the very least, there needs to be a redefining of what constitutes substantial academic assistance. This redefinition should be in terms of how much assistance need be given in an individual case and, more so, in recognizing a systemic failure as constituting substantial assistance without regard to the proofs as to the extent of assistance in individual cases.

Florida’s Scott Stricklin On Servant Leadership

Understanding that great experiences start internally, Scott Stricklin, Director of Athletics at Florida, explains the importance of investing in the people on his staff. Touching on topics such as change and communication, Stricklin gives a quick glimpse of his view on leadership.

By The Numbers: College Football Coach Payouts

At the outset, it is important to clarify that a payout represents a potential, rather than a given or fixed, cost. Therefore, the value of a payout is more appropriately considered not by its potential cost to one party, but instead by the benefits derived by both parties to the contract, net of its likely cost. Before jumping to any conclusion about the reasonableness of these amounts, it is important to consider the context and circumstances that drive many of the decisions about payouts. To provide such context, we reviewed the long-form contracts for the head football coaches at fifty Power 5 institutions. From this group, we analyzed payout provisions for out-years in each contract.

From The Chair Hosted By Mike Hamilton: Clemson’s Dan Radakovich

In this episode of From the Chair, host Mike Hamilton speaks with Dan Radakovich, Director of Athletics at Clemson University. Radakovich talks about how a note on a napkin from his football coach led to a new athletics facility. He also speaks on how important it is for athletic administrators to support coaches by giving the coach the resources needed to be successful. Also, as he serves his final year on the College Football Playoff selection committee, Radakovich identifies what he believes to be the reason why the current system is better than previous football championship structures.

Stony Brook’s Heilbron Talks Hiring Staff With NIU’s Frazier & App State’s Gillin

Doug Gillin, AD at Appalachian State and Sean Frazier, AD at Northern Illinois discuss hiring staff. Peeking inside the mind of fellow ADs, Shawn Heilbron of Stony Brook moderates a conversation with Frazier and Gillin on the intricacies of filling positions within their respective departments. The discussion covers a wide range including advice to young professionals who are applying for jobs in athletics or any other industry.

Experts’ Roundtable: Chiefs of Staff

In general, a Chief of Staff provides a buffer between a Chief Executive and that executive's direct-reporting team. The Chief of Staff generally works behind the scenes to solve problems, mediate disputes, and deal with issues before they bubble up to the Chief Executive. In this Experts' Roundtable, ADU reached out to a few who serve in the unique position of Chief of Staff to find out about the intricacies of holding such a title. This includes insight from the athletics department view, perspective from a president's office, and thoughts from someone who serves in the role within a football office.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Temple’s Fran Dunphy On Success

Fran Dunphy, Men’s Basketball Coach at Temple, discusses taking over for a hall of fame coach including making changes to fit his personality and leadership style. Speaking on success during his time at an Ivy League institution, Coach Dunphy talks about how players who are smart off-the-court don’t always translate to smart basketball players. He has over 200 wins, and has taken two different teams to the NCAA tournament at least six times. Hosted by University of Maine Men's Basketball Head Coach, Bob Walsh.

Arizona State’s Ray Anderson On Positive Leadership

Arizona State University Director of Athletics, Ray Anderson discusses leadership from a number of different angles. As with most successful leaders, Anderson begins with core values, specifically having a family-first mentality within the organization. Negotiations, organizational decisions, positive leadership are only a few of the areas touched on during the conversation. The interview was captured at the Collegiate Sports Summit hosted by Evanta.

The Mechanics Of College Sports Scheduling At ESPN With Nick Dawson

Imagine overseeing college football, college basketball, NCAA championships, and many other college sports for all of ESPN. This includes deciding which games to broadcast (should the chips fall your way), and guessing where consumers will consume the content you do put out. This is a very real position, and the person fulfilling those daunting responsibilities is Nick Dawson, Vice President for Programming & Acquisitions at ESPN

From The Chair Hosted By Mike Hamilton: Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart

In this edition of From the Chair, Mitch Barnhart, University of Kentucky Athletics Director, dishes up insight on working at a basketball powerhouse with a hall of fame coach, serving on the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee, and offers some reading selections for leadership development.

Penn State’s Sandy Barbour: The Importance Of “Why”

Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour covers solid ground on why a leader has to effectively communicate their purpose, or "why," to achieve buy-in and navigate difficult times. Barbour also touches on giving change enough time to set its course, the challenge of collaboration vs. competition in college athletics, advice for women progressing through the industry and more.

Athletic Director In Residence: Bob Moosbrugger – Bowling Green

From the first 90 days, to communication, to mind-reading executive assistants, Bowling Green's Bob Moosbrugger joined ADU as the current Athletic Director in Residence. Answering questions on a broad range of topics, Moosbrugger offers career advice and speaks on one of his challenges in his first year at BGSU.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: South Carolina’s Frank Martin On Being Authentic

Frank Martin, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at South Carolina, speaks on the challenges leading to the best MBB year in school history and the effects it had on him and the staff after the season. Coach Martin also addresses leading with honesty and consistency, and learning to communicate with the current generation of players. Hosted by University of Maine Men's Basketball Head Coach, Bob Walsh.

What’s It Like As A First-Time Athletic Director?

Former Southern Utah AD & current Purdue Deputy AD Jason Butikofer, along with Western Illinois AD Matt Tanney, converse with Tulane Deputy AD/COO Monica Lebron on the challenges of being an AD for the first time. 

Cord-Cutting And The Future Of College Sports Broadcasting

Historically, the value in this transaction, and thus the power, rested with the content producer, but that power may be shifting to the distributor. Companies such as Comcast and AT&T which own both the content and the distribution are uniquely positioned to dictate what content they carry, and at what price.

LEAD1 in the Spotlight: A Conversation with Tom McMillen

LEAD1 Executive Director, Tom McMillen, speaks on the purpose of the organization, relationships with politicians in Washington DC, and his background as a student-athlete. The conversation is moderated by Learfield Executive Vice President/Chief Culture & Communications Officer Roger Gardner.

From The Chair Hosted by Mike Hamilton: UAB’s Mark Ingram

In the first edition of From the Chair, Mark Ingram, Director of Athletics at UAB, talks about his journey from earning a scholarship as a walk-on football player, to being hired as the AD to help bring football back to a school that eliminated it not even a year before. Lots here in this in-depth & intimate conversation.