April 6, 2019
  Peer leadership has a great impact on a team's chemistry and competitiveness--and ultimately a coach's job security--yet a coach may place this responsibility in the hands of one or two young people who may or may not be ready to full reign of team leadership. This dichotomy got Philip J. Willenbrock, EdD, thinking when he was a college football coach at the University of Puget Sound. After some research and experiments, Dr. Willenbrock found an exciting new concept: "shared team leadership... more
April 6, 2019
  Note: This is the third part of a series on Preparing Against the Threat of an Active Shooter at Your Sporting Events.  Here's a link to read the first article, and a link to read the second article. by David Stern and Nicole Sorce It’s easy to believe that gun violence won’t happen at one of your sporting evens, or that your security system can handle all emergencies. But no school is immune. In today’s environment, athletic departments need new and better protocols to prepare for an active... more
April 6, 2019
  By Dr. David Hoch, CMAA, CIC There should be little doubt that e-mail has played a huge role in the way that athletic administrators communicate. It is quick, efficient and much of the daily details and athletic department business are handled with this medium. However, there may also be some situations and reasons that a personal conversation would actually be better and more appropriate. When, why and how should you use each vehicle? The following considerations should help. Use e-mail to... more
Progressive Programs
April 1, 2019
  By Sarah Stackhouse If you ever find yourself in the small, rural border town of Limestone, Maine, you might just spot a penguin. Not the black and white aquatic bird found at the South Pole, but a high school student attending the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM), where the penguin is our mascot. The sighting of penguins is a recent occurrence. Traditionally, student-athletes at MSSM participated in sports with the nearby Limestone Community School (LCS) Eagles. It was a... more
March 30, 2019
It's officially spring, and even in the Midwest and Northeast, there are signs of spring-like weather, so all teams can finally be practicing and playing outdoors. In many parts of the country, the playing fields at schools are thawing out and in need of attention before they are going to be used non-stop for practices and games. In an article for the the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), Thomas Serensits of Penn State University, provided many tips for athletic departments to follow in... more
Progressive Programs
March 29, 2019
Note: This is the third part of a series on Emory University's program to denote achievement within its athletics department.   The first article focused on program as it relates to the Emory coaches and other atlhetic dpartment staff. The second article focused on the initiative from the student-athlete perspective.  By Amy Bryant One more prong of the integrity initiative at Emory includes recognition. While most athletic awards focus on performance, “Elevated Eagles” are spotlighted solely... more