June 19, 2018 Volume XXX, No. 04

Thanks to the work of health care professionals and state laws, there are standards to follow before an athlete with a concussion can get back into the game. Some schools are now taking the next step and developing a return-to-learn protocol.


By Chase Paulson


Looking to bring in extra revenue, more and more athletic departments are renting out their venues. The idea only works, however, if checklists are in place and communication is constant.


By Jim Cox

More than 60 colleges and universities have formed varsity esports programs, most in the last 18 months. How do the games fit in an athletic department? And what is involved in their oversight?


By Dennis Read & David Stern


When small high schools face low numbers in football, a co-op team is a solution. Here’s how one program joined with another using a 50/50 shared philosophy.                                                                                    

By Karrie Markezich



Players First

After one of his coaches resigned due to parental pressure, this athletic director re-examined his program’s purpose and policies.


By Charlie Campbell


Looking to engage students and the local community in a unique way, Johnson & Wales University hosted a handful of winter contests at off-campus venues.

By Michael Smoose

Monmouth University may not have the same deep pockets or big-time reputation as some of its NCAA Division I counterparts, but that hasn’t stopped Marilyn McNeil from bringing success to the small campus on the New Jersey Shore.

By the end of the basketball season, John Beilein was heralded as a masterful coach, having led the University of Michigan to the NCAA Division I men’s national championship game. Before the season started, however, he was lauded in a very different way.

This spring, coaches at Madison (Neb.) High School did not hold preseason parents meetings. Instead, they talked to parents one-on-one in their own homes.                                                                                                           

Motivating football players during offseason training can be an uphill battle, as the workouts can start to feel monotonous. Linton-Stockton (Ind.) High School has found a unique remedy—the awarding of blue facemasks to players who reach ambitious strength and conditioning goals.                                                     

At Bettendorf (Iowa) High School, Head Volleyball Coach Diane Lichtenberg has led her squad to two state titles and 27 straight winning seasons. One of the ways she gets the most out of players is through journaling.                                                                                                                                                         

For college football coaches, there may be no resource more valuable than time. Whether it’s precious seconds at the end of a game or the chance to talk with one more prospective player, coaches are constantly looking to stretch the clock.

As Head Baseball Coach at Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC), a two-year school with just four sports, Rodney Velardi has no illusions of winning national championships or mentoring future MLB players. But he does have big dreams of making a difference in young people’s lives. That’s why he began a mentoring program that pairs his players with those from a nearby high school.

With the opioid crisis in America deepening, athletic directors may wonder if they have a role to play in prevention efforts. The Tempe (Ariz.) Union High School District is testing out one possibility.