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January 29, 2015
Auburn UniversityAt first glance, Auburn University's Jay Jacobs is a classic college athletic director. A former football player, he rose through the department's administrative ranks before taking over in 2004. But Jacobs's background has some uncommon twists. His first job was at his grandfather's funeral home, he spent time as a high school coach, and he began his Auburn career as a strength coach. He has also made time in his schedule to be a foster parent to 10 children over the past... more
January 29, 2015
No coach wants to be sued. But they can benefit from knowing how to prepare for the possibility.By Dr. Richard P. Borkowski Richard P. Borkowski, EdD, CMAA, is a sport and recreation safety consultant and the former Director of Physical Education and Athletics at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pa. His most recent book is Game Plan for Sport Safety, and he can be reached at: drbork@comcast.net. Coaches have a lot to think about. From practice plans to communicating with parents to... more
January 29, 2015
New staff members need more than a tour of the office. An approach called onboarding gets them up to speed and immediately engaged.By Dr. Betsy Alden Elizabeth "Betsy" A. Alden, PhD, is the Founder and President of Alden & Associates, Inc., a national consulting and executive search firm that specializes in intercollegiate athletics. She can be reached through the company's Web site at: www.aldenandassoc.com. Back in 2004 I created a handbook focused on orienting new staff as a "gift" to... more
January 29, 2015
Being an athletic director today means you are ready for the best of times and the worst of times. It also means conquering those highs and lows when you least expect them.By Mary Kate Murphy Mary Kate Murphy is an Assistant Editor at Athletic Management. She can be reached at: mkmurphy@MomentumMedia.com. The saying, "Expect the unexpected," can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who wrote: "Unless you expect the unexpected you will never find truth, for it is hard to discover... more
January 29, 2015
It's easy for bullying situations to arise in athletics. Preventing it can help teams more fully come together.By Randy Nathan Randy Nathan (Coach Randy) is the President/CEO of Project NextGen, a leadership, training, and professional coaching organization. The author of Bullying in Sports: A Guide to Identifying the Injuries We Don't See, he has coached baseball and softball at the middle and high school levels and currently serves as the Mental Training/Life Coach for the Rutgers University-... more
January 29, 2015
Before the grill is fired up, the cheering begins, and the first pass is thrown for a brand-new football team, a recipe for engaging donors is needed.By Brian Gerrity Brian Gerrity has been Executive Director of the Mercer University Athletic Foundation since June of 2012. He helped unrestricted giving jump more than 200 percent during the 2012-13 fiscal year, while donor counts increased by 70 percent. Previously, Gerrity served as an Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations at the... more

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