Athletic Departments

Focus on the Whole Team: Finally Beat Your Rival…The Holidays!
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Focus on the Whole Team: Finally Beat Your Rival…The Holidays!

October 31st, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
In college athletics, every team has a dreaded rival. That team from across the state. A longtime conference foe. And the rivalry sees no limits. The rival college administrations may compete for the same employees. They often...
Focus on the Whole Team: Fix Your Posture, Fix Your Health
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Focus on the Whole Team: Fix Your Posture, Fix Your Health

October 17th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
In an earlier article “Improving Work-Life Balance,” I spoke about sitting well at your workstation and ergonomics. Ergonomics is about neutral posture. And much like how you dress, your posture says a lot about you. There...
Focus on the Whole Team: Staying Healthy During the Fall
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Focus on the Whole Team: Staying Healthy During the Fall

October 3rd, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
As with the football season, fall is in full swing. September 22 marked the first day of autumn. And with the change in season, comes differences in daylight hours, activities, weather, and food. Subtle changes sometimes throw...
Focus on the Whole Team: Change Behaviors, Change Outcomes
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Focus on the Whole Team: Change Behaviors, Change Outcomes

September 19th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
In college athletics, success comes from formulating a plan and executing that plan. Every plan has an objective and a process to meet that objective. Every process is powered by positive behaviors done over and over. When trying...
Focus on the Whole Team: Staying Healthy and Fit during Times of Distress
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Focus on the Whole Team: Staying Healthy and Fit during Times of Distress

September 5th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
While watching the Hurricane Harvey news coverage, I thought back to 2005 when my family dealt with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. I realized that everyone handles situations of distress differently. Now, I’m not in any...
Focus on the Whole Team: Improving Work-Life Balance
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Focus on the Whole Team: Improving Work-Life Balance

August 8th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
The “Dog Days of Summer” are in full swing. And many within college athletics, this means a few things. 1. It is hot. 2. The fall semester is fast approaching. With the summer vacation almost over, the understanding that busy...
Focus on the Whole Team: How to Choose Your Workout Partner?
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Focus on the Whole Team: How to Choose Your Workout Partner?

July 25th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
College athletic departments are always looking for ways to strengthen their brand. Universities find partners such as sales providers, broadcast networks, and apparel companies in their efforts to service their fans and reach...
Focus on the Whole Team: Surviving Your Summer Vacation
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Focus on the Whole Team: Surviving Your Summer Vacation

July 11th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
College athletic road games are inevitable. Unfortunately, they often involve quick meals of unhealthy options and busy schedules that may limit exercise time. In an earlier article, I spoke about overcoming setbacks. I prefaced...
Focus on the Whole Team: “It’s Never Too Late!”
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Focus on the Whole Team: “It’s Never Too Late!”

June 27th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
Sports sometimes gets the best of us. Competitors experience losing and heartbreak. There are times when one lacks focus or commitment. There are moments of self-doubt. In comparison, so does life. But sports and life also...
Focus on the Whole Team: Quit Making These Four Mistakes at Work
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Focus on the Whole Team: Quit Making These Four Mistakes at Work

May 31st, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
Everyone can relate to making mistakes at work or partaking in habits that they know are harmful to their success. In the college athletics industry, things are no different. The high pace semesters and social events can lead to...
Focus on the Whole Team: Stress Management at Work
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Focus on the Whole Team: Stress Management at Work

May 16th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
Most employees deal with work-related stress in an athletic department. The Athletic Director. The Academic Counselor. The Film Coordinator. The Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. And so on. They all encounter deadlines...
Focus on the Whole Team: Look Past Wellness, Think Wellbeing
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Focus on the Whole Team: Look Past Wellness, Think Wellbeing

May 2nd, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
In college athletics, fans see the wins and losses. Quite often, fans only see the wins and losses. As an athletic department, several aspects prove success. Many wins or loses happen far from the public’s eyes. Wellness is...
Focus on the Whole Team: Overcoming Setbacks
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Focus on the Whole Team: Overcoming Setbacks

April 18th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
In life, as in college athletics, there are setbacks. Things don’t always go as planned. There are bumps in the road, busy days at work, family issues, and unforeseen health problems. Quite often, life makes its own schedule...