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Experts’ Roundtable: Telling The Story Of A New Head Football Coach

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.

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Leading Amid Change: Alabama’s Greg Byrne and Illinois’ Josh Whitman

Athletic Directors Greg Byrne (Alabama) and Josh Whitman (Illinois), sit down with ADU to discuss staying abreast to the ever changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics and the variety of stakeholders who depend on its success. Byrne and Whitman touch on the challenges of focusing on (and executing) a strategic plan, while trying not to get caught up in day-to-day operations. People, communication, organization are just a few of the key components necessary to lead while keeping an ear to the ground for changes in the future.

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From The Chair Hosted By Mike Hamilton: Minnesota’s Mark Coyle

In this episode of From the Chair, host Mike Hamilton speaks with Mark Coyle, Director of Athletics at University of Minnesota. Coyle discusses how his experiences working in multiple FBS conferences helped shape his style and leadership philosophy. Having hired three football coaches to three different institutions in a span of six years, Coyle relays a healthy understanding of the uniqueness of every search process. The conversation also delves into the transition from Deputy AD to taking on the responsibility as the Director of Athletics.

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Athletic Director In Residence: Barry Alvarez – Wisconsin

Barry Alvarez, Director of Athletics at Wisconsin, discusses empowering each sport administrator with the responsibility of having a "short list" of viable and qualified candidates in the case of head coaching vacancy. On the topic of the communicating with staff, Coach Alvarez talks about the importance of every role on staff and communicating his expectations in a clear and direct manner, just as he did when he was leading the Badgers’ football program. Additional topics covered include recruiting, an AD’s relationship with his/her President/Chancellor, leadership styles, staff evaluation and advancement, the future of the industry and mor

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Commissioner’s Corner: Jon Steinbrecher – Mid-American Conference

Leading a conference which celebrates it's unique position in college athletics, Jon Steinbrecher has kept the Mid-American Conference visible, as well as stable for the last decade. His combination of creativity, knowledge of social media, financial acumen, and a healthy understaning of the nuances of leadership in intercollegiate athletics have helped to create and maintain a successful environment for the members of the conference. Steinbrecher took some time out of his schedule to contribute to this edition of ADU's Commissioner's Profile

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Issues Of Race In College Athletics

Dr. Leonard Moore, Vice President of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas, reviews the challenging, yet necessary conversation about race in college athletics. Addressing issues ranging from the lack of diversity of senior administrative leaders to the process of recruiting and post-graduation outcomes, Moore provides insight on a perspective of college athletics rarely publicly discussed.