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What’s On Your Bucket List?

2019-01-13T20:39:17-05:00September 17th, 2018|

I’ve been blessed to have a career in education and sports. Recently, I designed and began teaching a women in sports leadership class. Teaching at the college level and writing have always been two of my goals. Today, I’m putting the final touches on a third book chapter. The last two years have literally flown by [...]

Engaging Coaches in Athlete Development Initiatives

2018-09-17T13:41:24-05:00September 3rd, 2018|

Coaches play a significant role in both the experiences and success of athletes. Yet, when I consult with athlete development professionals, it’s always interesting to hear how little, if at all, they engage coaches in their work. Sometimes this is out of fear, discomfort or differing philosophies. Despite the reasons, it’s beneficial to get to know [...]

Athlete Development Hot Topics

2019-01-13T20:41:46-05:00August 20th, 2018|

If you work in athlete development at any level, summer is usually the time when you get a break. This is when most of us refresh, engage with colleagues and participate in professional development activities. Professional development conferences I recommend attending are the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), NCAA Accelerating Academic Success [...]

Remember to Take Care of You

2019-01-13T20:43:27-05:00August 6th, 2018|

My first job was the summer after my senior year in high school. I worked 4pm-12am on an assembly line making manila folders at a plant just outside my hometown. My second job that same summer was cleaning the office buildings of an insurance company with my mom on the weekends. I had jobs every summer [...]

The Top Five Challenges of Athlete Development Professionals

2018-08-06T09:12:34-05:00July 23rd, 2018|

I frequently consult with athlete development professionals regarding the challenges of their role. As I thought about this blog entry, I decided to ask some of them to share their thoughts. The responses I received included a lack of buy-in from administrators, student-athletes and coaches; limited professional development opportunities; little access to decision-makers; minimal recognition; work/life [...]

Where are the Athlete Education and Development Resources?

2018-07-23T09:36:03-05:00July 9th, 2018|

While athlete development is a popular and ever-growing area in the sports landscape, the term itself is interpreted in many ways. Recently, I discussed the term and how it is often associated with physical, not personal development. Check out the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists podcast. Another challenge of the athlete development term is that [...]

Essential Components of Athlete Development Programs

2018-06-11T11:06:43-05:00May 28th, 2018|

When consulting with athletic directors and other sports leaders, I’m often asked to define the key components of the best-in-class athlete development programs. I’ve identified three elements: Curriculum-based Programming, Staff Professional Development and Integration. Athlete development programming should be developed from a curriculum of topics that reflect the athletes’ developmental levels, identified needs [...]

What is the Skill Set of an Effective Athlete Development Professional?

2018-05-28T10:16:01-05:00May 14th, 2018|

Every week I career coach people who aspire to athlete development positions at the college or professional level. These individuals range from graduate students in sports administration programs to professionals already in the position to former college and professional athletes who are passionate about helping others be successful during their sports career and beyond. I’m [...]