Athletic Departments

Are Schools Not Hiring Female ADs Because of a Lack of Football Experience?
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Are Schools Not Hiring Female ADs Because of a Lack of Football Experience?

October 9th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
This past week, my alma mater, The College of William and Mary, hired Samantha Huge to succeed Terry Driscoll as athletics director. Huge is the first female AD at W&M since administration of both men’s and women’s sports...
Diversity and Inclusion: Accountability Starts with Transparency
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Diversity and Inclusion: Accountability Starts with Transparency

April 5th, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
In recent months we’ve seen a spike in the hiring of woman Athletic Directors headlined by Heather Lyke the new AD at Pitt. While these are huge wins in the area of gender diversity questions still remain. One is why haven’t...
Who Should You Hire: Crafty Vets or Young Upstarts?
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Who Should You Hire: Crafty Vets or Young Upstarts?

March 20th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
As an athletic department, arguably the most important and challenging task is hiring the correct people. From coaches to trainers to staff, making selections for positions is an imprecise science that has substantial stakes in...
Butting Heads with Boosters
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Butting Heads with Boosters

February 27th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
For big time college athletic programs, boosters are an invaluable and unavoidable resource. When looking at the financial breakdown of top athletic departments, booster donations comprise a substantial chunk of their income. For...
Package Deal? The Sometimes Sordid Practice Of Hiring Recruits’ Friends And Family
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Package Deal? The Sometimes Sordid Practice Of Hiring Recruits’ Friends And Family

December 12th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The NCAA regulates text messages, emails, phone calls, donor contributions, and a myriad of other ways for coaches to entice a recruit. Athletic departments host massive recruit-centered weekends, and sometimes the events can...
Is Your Department Truly Aligned For Success?
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Is Your Department Truly Aligned For Success?

December 6th, 2016 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
As the cost of hiring and firing football coaches increases presidents and athletic directors have mounting pressure to pick the right leader to move their programs forward. In a recent New York Times article by Marc Tracy he...
When Is It Best To Leave The Search Firm Behind And Do The Hiring Yourself?
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When Is It Best To Leave The Search Firm Behind And Do The Hiring Yourself?

April 19th, 2016 | by College AD
With the basketball coaching domino season just about over, it will be interesting to look back in a couple of years to see who were winners and who were losers.  When an Athletic Director is faced with the challenge of getting...
Your Third Option Could Be Your Best Choice When Hiring A New Coach
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Your Third Option Could Be Your Best Choice When Hiring A New Coach

March 31st, 2016 | by Javier Morales
It is coaching-search season, which once again reminds us the best candidates are not always the most obvious, and the NCAA tournament provides athletic directors an auditioning stage for prospective coaches. Chris Beard,...