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January 29, 2015
Every school wants to welcome fans with open arms. The Ohio State University men's ice hockey team has been reaching out specifically to its LGBTQ fan base through Pride Nights. "One of our fans is a member of Gay Hockey Ohio, and he spoke to us about starting the event last year," says Marcus Mercer, Ohio State's Assistant Director of Fan Experience and Promotions. "We've worked with them and other organizations to make it a success." Jan. 11 marked the second men's ice hockey Pride Night,... more
January 29, 2015
In putting together a proposal to update its track and field facility, Mt. San Antonio College dared to dream big. Really big. Its goal? Transforming its 65-year-old stadium into a state-of-the-art facility that will bid to host the 2020 Olympic Track and Field Trials. Funded largely by federal and state construction bond monies, the three-year $5 million renovation of historic Hilmer Lodge Stadium--a venue that hosted the 1968 Women's Olympic Track and Field Trials and boasts 20 world records... more
January 29, 2015
"Ten-hut" is not a command typically heard at volleyball training sessions, but it became part of the routine for the squad at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, N.J., this past summer. To start their season with a bang, the players participated in a Marine Corps' Leadership Seminar, putting their physical and mental toughness to the test. "Our administration e-mailed all the coaches in the school about the opportunity, but when I went to the seminar website, I saw that boys' and men's teams... more
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

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