Athletic Departments

The NCAA Career In Sports Forum:  A Commitment To Core Values
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The NCAA Career In Sports Forum: A Commitment To Core Values

June 21st, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
According to its website, the NCAA is “a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes.”  One of many examples of the NCAA’s commitment to those principles is the Career in...
The Virtues of Self-Promotion
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The Virtues of Self-Promotion

April 21st, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
“Can I ask you a question?” “Sure,” I tell the senior level athletics professional. “Don’t get me wrong. I love the recognition, but how did you guys even hear about me? I mean, I usually...
Don’t Underestimate the Value of Good Interview Skills
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Don’t Underestimate the Value of Good Interview Skills

March 3rd, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
It seems ridiculous. You’ve been working in college athletics for years. You’ve helped raise tens of millions of dollars. The people you led were successful, and you rarely if ever missed a goal. Your references are...
Swapping Jerseys With Career Champions
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Swapping Jerseys With Career Champions

January 31st, 2017 | by Will Baggett
Have you ever witnessed the ritual of players swapping jerseys at the end of an athletic contest? It is by far the most outward display of mutual respect, especially since the exchangers often find themselves on opposing ends of...
The Young Professionals Personal Development Plan
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The Young Professionals Personal Development Plan

January 25th, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
This week the NCAA will be hosting their Emerging Leaders Seminar starting today,  January 25th, through the 27th at its headquarters in Indianapolis. This three-day program is an opportunity for more than 200 graduate...
Understand The Difference Between Giving Up And Moving On In Your Career
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Understand The Difference Between Giving Up And Moving On In Your Career

November 3rd, 2016 | by Erick Taylor
Just before my senior season of high school football, I left the team because of an injury. I decided to move on, reasoning that I would rather enjoy free afternoons and a chance to focus on college admissions. My decision could...
For Your Career In College Sports LinkedIn Can Be A Valuable Tool
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For Your Career In College Sports LinkedIn Can Be A Valuable Tool

October 28th, 2016 | by Erick Taylor
Networking, a word I’ve heard so many times in my career that I could only dream of being on a game show and networking being the answer to the question sending me home with a million dollars. How about actually having...
CALS16 Creates Great Opportunities To Build Relationships, Hone Leadership Skills
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CALS16 Creates Great Opportunities To Build Relationships, Hone Leadership Skills

October 21st, 2016 | by Erick Taylor
The CALS16 interns, including College AD’s own Erick Taylor (third from right). College athletics is a business of relationships, but the Collegiate Athletics Leadership Symposium (CALS) is not just in the business of...
New AD Hires Show There Is No Single Path to the Job
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New AD Hires Show There Is No Single Path to the Job

October 17th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
I was thinking the other day about the disparate ways athletic directors take to get to their eventual positions as leaders in higher education and thought it would be a fruitful enterprise to look at the backgrounds of a few new...
Keeping Balance Throughout Career Ebbs And Flows
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Keeping Balance Throughout Career Ebbs And Flows

October 4th, 2016 | by Erick Taylor
Coffee is for closers. Sleep when you’re dead. The idioms about getting the job done at all cost done go on. That said, a hard worker can easily become a stressed worker. A stressed worker can easily become a bitter worker. Can...
Understanding And Taking Charge Of New Roles Throughout Your Career
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Understanding And Taking Charge Of New Roles Throughout Your Career

September 28th, 2016 | by Erick Taylor
When I think of leadership I’m brought back to my childhood and instantly think of learning how to play basketball. The game may have seemed simple, but each time you are passed the ball you have to dribble, pass, or shoot,...
Focusing On The Process Can Help You Fall In Love With Your Career All Over Again
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Focusing On The Process Can Help You Fall In Love With Your Career All Over Again

September 13th, 2016 | by Erick Taylor
In honor of football returning, I write this piece in homage to the legend that spent his career as a role model for how the game should be played. As a lifelong Indianapolis Colts fan, I speak of no other than Peyton Manning...
Don’t Bog Down Your Career With A Narrow Focus
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Don’t Bog Down Your Career With A Narrow Focus

September 9th, 2016 | by Erick Taylor
I have quickly learned so far in graduate school that smart people are not very good at learning. In the same way, many athletic departments and administrators are not very good at learning throughout their career....