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Successful Athletic Director-Head Coach Partnerships: UMBC’s Tim Hall, Ryan Odom, and Phil Stern

Analyzing the relationship between coaches and athletics directors, ADU visited with UMBC to speak with AD Tim Hall, MBB Head Coach Ryan Odom, and WBB Head Coach Phil Stern to discuss the aspects necessary for a synergistic environment to exist. While Hall emphasizes the need for AD’s to ask questions to determine what is needed for success, both Odom and Stern emphasized trust in the relationship as a necessary driver for cohesiveness. Moderated by Jason Belzer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Greg McGarity On Organizational Leadership

Greg McGarity, Director of Athletics at the University of Georgia, discusses the traits he picked up from those he has worked for (e.g., Jeremy Foley and investing in people). McGarity also details leadership classes he has for mid-level managers on his staff and although voluntary, participants always want more. The interview was captured at the Collegiate Sports Summit hosted by Evanta.

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Colorado’s Rick George & Syracuse’s John Wildhack on Revenue Generation

From combining non-athletic assets for sponsorships to ideas from professional sports, Colorado’s Rick George and Syracuse’s John Wildhack discuss revenue generation from a number of different angles. The conversation is moderated by Graham Neff, Deputy AD at Clemson.

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Crisis Management: Hartford AD Gillespie & Charlotte AD Rose

New University of Hartford Athletic Director Mary Ellen Gillespie and longtime Charlotte Athletic Director Judy Rose discuss tenants of crisis management with Parker Executive Search's Daniel Parker. In the lengthy conversation, Gillespie highlights the need for full integration with the overall institution, while Rose recounts some situations that shaped how the 49ers document & communicate during tense situations.