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Oliver Luck On Leadership In College Athletics

ADU visits with Oakland University's Jeff Konya and Greg Kampe to discuss the synergy between coaches and athletic directors. Konya, AD at Oakland, discusses taking a job where the basketball coach has been in place for three decades. He emphasizes trust through vulnerability and specifically treating the head coaches as the CEO of each respective program. Men's Basketball Coach Kampe talks about coming together regarding scheduling, accountability, and perception of the program.

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N.C. State’s Yow On Leadership Paradigms: Athletic Directors vs. Head Coaches

ADU visits with Oakland University's Jeff Konya and Greg Kampe to discuss the synergy between coaches and athletic directors. Konya, AD at Oakland, discusses taking a job where the basketball coach has been in place for three decades. He emphasizes trust through vulnerability and specifically treating the head coaches as the CEO of each respective program. Men's Basketball Coach Kampe talks about coming together regarding scheduling, accountability, and perception of the program.

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The Athletic Director-Coach Partnership: Oakland’s Jeff Konya and Greg Kampe

ADU visits with Oakland University's Jeff Konya and Greg Kampe to discuss the synergy between coaches and athletic directors. Konya, AD at Oakland, discusses taking a job where the basketball coach has been in place for three decades. He emphasizes trust through vulnerability and specifically treating the head coaches as the CEO of each respective program. Men's Basketball Coach Kampe talks about coming together regarding scheduling, accountability, and perception of the program.

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Fan Development In Crowded Markets: St. John’s AD Goff & NJIT AD Kaplan

ADU visits with Anton Goff of St. John's, and Lenny Kaplan, of NJIT about developing a fan base in crowded markets such as New York and New Jersey.

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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.

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Thoughts On Leadership: Auburn’s Allen Greene

Allen Greene, Director of Athletics at Auburn University joins Athletic Director U to discuss being in the chair. He credits his father for helping to instill attributes such as respect and other core values that guide his leadership philosophy. Greene identifies finding time for himself as his biggest challenge and also addresses some of the other challenges he faced during his first year and a half as an Athletics Director.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.