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Non-Traditional Career Growth: San Francisco's McDermott

Guest Joan McDermott, University of San Francisco
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Summary

San Francisco Athletic Director, Joan McDermott, joined AthleticDirectorU’s Steph Garcia to discuss McDermott’s unique path to the chair. The pair broke down McDermott’s start in coaching, her jump to being a DII AD, the move to DI at her alma mater and much more.

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

  • - Why did you make the leap from being a DII AD to the DI level?
  • - How did you deal with uncertainty of the jump to DI as well as not knowing if you would get the chair at San Francisco?
  • - There's something special about being back at your alma mater?
  • - Why did you jump from coaching to administration?
  • - Do you have any advice for someone trying to make a similar jump?
  • - How did you find your footing when you first became an AD?
  • - At what point as the AD at San Francisco did you think "ok I've got this."
  • - How crucial is alignment with the rest of campus?
  • - Should an AD be really good at one thing and "stay in that lane", or have broad based approach across entire dept?
  • - Advice to AD's (that don't have experience as a coach or athlete) in their dealings with coaches.
  • - Insight in to relationship with Todd Golden
  • - Do you set personal goals? Professional goals?
  • - Is the path you took to being a DI AD, still a viable one for people starting their careers?

 

 

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