Articles

January 29, 2015
There are many ways to honor student-athletes for their accomplishments on the field or court. There are many ways to honor student-athletes for their accomplishments on the field or court. This past spring, Oberlin College and George Washington University were two schools that decided to revamp their traditional postseason student-athlete award ceremonies--with great success. At Oberlin, the event was called the "OBIEs," and its goal was to bring the entire athletic department together. In... more
January 29, 2015
To some people, audit is a four-letter word. It conjures up visions of frowning men with green visors poring over financial records in search of unaccounted pennies. For others, though, audits are an indispensable evaluation tool, which is the reason Steven Wrobleski, Superintendent of La Salle-Peru (Ill.) Township High School District 120, hired a consultant to conduct one of the his athletic department. "I've been in the district for several years, but last year was my first as superintendent... more
January 29, 2015
Few towns are lucky enough to have two colleges with good teams in the same sport. Prescott, Ariz., is one of those towns, yet the men's soccer squads at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), and Yavapai Junior College had never competed against each other. That changed on Saturday, March 31, when the squads met at ERAU for a contest called "The Mayor's Cup," which started at midnight. Despite the unconventional start time and chilly temperatures, the game was a great promotional tool... more
January 29, 2015
Augustana College (S.D.)Augustana College (S.D.) has always had a solid athletic department. In the last three years, however, the Vikings have become an NCAA Division II powerhouse, thanks to the leadership of Athletic Director Bill Gross. Augustana finished fourth in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, led by a Division II national title in women's cross country and a trip to the women's softball championships. This came on the heels of a third-place cup finish in 2010-11... more
January 29, 2015
It's not the glory part of coaching, but teaching athletes skills is critical for reducing injury risk.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 Merion, Pa. He has recently authored the book, Game Plan for Sport Safety, and can be reached at: drbork@nc.rr.com. To be successful, coaches need to teach skills. For example, how to throw a perfect... more
January 29, 2015
In developing a new vision statement, this NCAA Division III athletic department decided to measure success in a unique way.By Diana Cutaia Diana Cutaia has been Director of Athletics at Wheelock College since 2005. Her teams have earned 17 league sportsmanship awards and a Jostens community service award. The former Head Women's Basketball Coach at Curry College, she can be reached at: dcutaia@wheelock.edu. When I became Director of Athletics at Wheelock College seven years ago, I was given a... more

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