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Life In Leadership With Elon’s Dave Blank

Guest Dave Blank, Elon
18:11 min watch


Elon Director of Athletics Dave Blank sits down with AthleticDirectorU’s Tai M. Brown to discuss key career inflection points and professional development. Blank details the leadership lessons he strives to pass along to his coaches and staff, helping young coaches and administrators understand balance, how his leadership style has changed and much more.


The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - How do you go about coaching people and helping them become the best they can be?
  • - Was your oldest child being born while you were coaching a basketball game an inflection point for your life and career?
  • - How did you reflect on that inflection point?
  • - How did that inflection point impact your career moving forward?
  • - How do you work with young coaches and administrators to help them understand balance in the volume of work?
  • - How do you help coaches separate who they are from what they do?
  • - What aspects of your leadership style have you tried to pass along to other leaders in your department?
  • - Explain the benefit of having two presidents in your 17 years at Elon.
  • - How has your leadership style changed over the years?