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January 29, 2015
How do you get coaches to remain engaged in their work on a daily basis? Often, it's the small gestures that make the biggest difference.By Dan Cardone Dan Cardone is Athletic Director at North Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a frequent contributor to Athletic Management. He can be reached at: cardoned@nhsd.net. I recently read an article that stated only 21 percent of workers worldwide are "engaged." Being engaged, the author explained, means caring about the organization and your... more
January 29, 2015
Today's high school athletic directors need to be made of patience, confidence, and new ideas. And that's just a short list of what veteran coaches say they want to see in their bosses.By Mike Phelps Mike Phelps is an Assistant Editor at Athletic Management. He can be reached at: mp@MomentumMedia.com. In his 26 years of coaching, Keith Menard has worked with a number of athletic directors. Most of them were top-notch, but one played a role in Menard leaving the school. Currently the Head... more
January 29, 2015
There are many ways for athletes to wind down after games. This article suggests they write in Team Notebooks, which allows introspection of their play and a dynamic learning tool.By Dr. Richard Kent Richard Kent, PhD, has spent over 30 years coaching soccer and skiing at various competitive levels and is an Associate Professor at the University of Maine as well as Director of the Maine Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. Rich has recently authored Writing on the Bus: Using... more
January 29, 2015
No matter what organizing body your school belongs to, it undoubtedly has a big book of rules to adhere to. Avoiding violations requires getting everyone on the same page.By Kirby Whitacre Kirby Whitacre is Director of Athletics for the South Bend Community School Corporation, which includes four public high schools and 10 intermediate centers, and has also served at Mishawaka and Zionsville high schools, all in Indiana. He has written numerous articles and been a guest speaker at state,... more
January 29, 2015
At the University of Tulsa, a unique course on making ethical decisions is helping both student-athletes and local grade school students navigate life's difficult choices.By Lawrence "Bubba" Cunningham Lawrence "Bubba" Cunningham has been the Director of Athletics at the University of Tulsa since 2005, leading the Golden Hurricane to 34 Conference USA championships. He has also served as Director of Athletics at Ball State University and Associate Athletic Director at the University of Notre... more
January 29, 2015
A facility facelift doesn't have to be a big-ticket expense. More and more schools are finding low-cost solutions to upgrading their fields and courts.By Patrick Bohn Patrick Bohn is an Assistant Editor at Athletic Management. He can be reached at: pb@MomentumMedia.com. Like many schools across the country, Towson University has been trying to make itself better known to the public in an increasingly crowded sports landscape. Mike Harris, the school's Senior Associate Director of Athletics for... more

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