Tom McMillen oversees 129 Football Bowl Subdivision athletic directors, working on mentoring and advocacy, as president/CEO of LEAD1 Association. The organization has been around since 1986 and has fostered a conduit of growth of athletic directors, as well as giving voice their challenges to legal matters happening in the nation's capitol. McMillen, a former Congressman, shares his insights into the new tax legislation which erases seat donation write-offs and the fall-out that new law can do to Olympic sports programming. Twitter: @LEAD1ACOM
Kenneth "Ziggy" Siegfried was on the podcast back in 2013 (Ep. 15), as the Sr. Associate Athletic Director of Major Gifts for CSU Bakersfield. Now serving in the Athletic Director's chair, Siegfried gets to announce a move for the athletic department to the Big West Conference from the WAC. This is a long time coming for CSUB, as Siegfried explains, and helps bolster the expectations for the school and the community overall. Twitter: @CSUBZiggy
Should NCAA student athletes be paid for their performance? OSKR's Andy Schwarz thinks so, and provides his argument for why they are already being compensated, and why transparency in the overall marketplace for college sports could be a great thing. Schwarz discusses his thoughts on the economics of recruiting for various schools, as well as whether NCAA compliance would go away in a payment-restructure system, and how that would fit with the concerns of gender equity. Twitter: @andyhre
Markus Jennings is considered a rising star in college athletics development, now on the NAADD board as well as running revenue generation for Sacramento State. Jennings discusses the nuances that come with making major gift asks, as well as ticket sales, along with the transition of titles toward Deputy Athletic Director within departments. Jennings presents the current challenges in college athletic administration, as well as how young administrators are facing the peaks and valleys of social media, executive searches and personal branding. Twitter: @MJ_CollegeSport
Bob Peters will fully admit that he is an old school athletic director at Centralia College. Peters talks about his start, as well as how he has avoided the traps of worry about his own legacy and focused more on the student athletes who have come to the campus. Peters discusses finding his own path as basketball coach and athletic administrator, as well as who he still reaches out to for advice when he is still challenged at his job.
Jamy Bechler focuses on personal improvement of leaders, ensuring that those staff and student-athletes they oversee receive the best vision possible for their athletic department. Bechler talks about motivational growth of the individual who is earning that position of leader within the department, as well as why it is important to be challenged by a strong strategic vision, as well as working with staff whom the leader themselves may not have hired. Bechler describes some of the issues surrounding social media, especially with student-athletes, as well as the expectations coaches have for themselves and their programs. Twitter: @CoachBechler
Overseeing 36 community college athletic departments in two states and one Canadian Province, Northwest Athletic Conference Executive Director Marco Azurdia explains why his work is cut out for him. Azurdia talks about some of the challenges of increasing the professional development of his athletic directors, of ensuring student athlete welfare, and building trust between communities. Azurdia also talks about his own experiences in the NWAC, as a long-time women's basketball coach, and how it shaped his view of how to broaden athletic administration as a whole. Twitter: @nwaccommish
Dave Kinard presents one of the biggest challenges, as well as opportunities, that all private institutions face when recruiting student athletes, coaches and athletic administrative staff; ensuring that the core principles of the university, especially when backed by a religion foundation, are understood, followed and permeate throughout that person's tenure with the campus. Kinard discusses how Abilene Christian has moved itself up into the larger Division I conversation with its transition, as well as ensuring that the mindset of success is felt throughout the department beyond tradition. Twitter: @Dave_Kinard
Tamica Smith-Jones brings a wealth of experience to her role as the athletic director at UC Riverside, after being a Division II Athletic Director, a Senior Women's Administrator with UTSA, a former basketball coach, and a former student athlete. Smith-Jones discusses how she delivers a wider perspective to the campus community, her administrative staff, coaching staff and student athletes when strategically planning the department's future. Smith-Jones talks about ensuring that her student athletes have the best experience while being a part of the campus.
Sports supervision in college athletics is a crucial component of administration. Maryland's Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration Tyler Mariucci discusses his passion for the sports monitoring segmentation, which in many ways, helps build future athletic directors by learning how to communicate with program coaches. Mariucci talks about switching over from development to sports oversight, and some of the factors which can help a coach understand where the entire department is headed in a 1-on-1 settling. Twitter: @TylerMariucci