The AthleticDirectorU Podcast features interviews with college athletics executives on a variety of topics including leadership and organizational success.
Leadership During Transition: University of St Thomas' Esten & Caruso
University of St. Thomas Vice President and Director of Athletics Phil Esten and Head Football Coach Glenn Caruso sit down with AthleticDirectorU to discuss the Tommies’ historic transition from Division III to Division I. Esten and Caruso discuss the gravity of the move, its impact on the institution, dealing with the challenges and changes, how they have handled the move and much more.
Sports Creatives Podcast: Washington's Brian Bowsher
Brian Bowsher, Associate Athletic Director, Chief Marketing Officer for Washington, joins Jay F. Hicks on the Sports Creatives Podcast. The pair discuss the relationship between the core values of the institutions and the creative and marketing teams, Bowsher’s vision for leading both units and the synergies created through dual leadership, his creative leadership philosophy and “leading with context”, the Fun Dodger Creative rebrand of the internal creative unit and more.
2:54 – What does Washington’s core value of “Experimentation and Innovation” look like within the creative and marketing teams?
7:57 – How does the core value of “People Development” influence how you lead the marketing and creative teams?
13:11 – How does your leadership of creative and marketing allow your team to better tell the UW story?
20:17 – How does your title as Chief Marketing Officer impact your leadership philosophy?
26:07 – What was the creative transition between former Head Football Coach Chris Peterson and new Head Coach Jimmy Lake like?
29:59 – Who is the best either leader or creative leader you’ve been around? And why?
RisingADs Podcast: UNC Asheville’s Cone & UNC Wilmington’s Tucker on Dare to Lead
On this Book Review from the RisingADs podcast, UNC Asheville Athletic Director Janet Cone and UNC Wilmington Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Tiffany Tucker discuss Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown. Cone and Tucker discuss being brave leaders, especially during the current times, being willing to rumble or have uncomfortable conversations to achieve progress, the value of the lessons of Dare to Lead for college athletics and much more.
3:27 – How would you define a brave leader and how have you worked to create a courageous culture?
11:15 – Brown emphasizes rumblings, or conversations where individuals show up vulnerable to serve the mission and each other and not their ego, and identifies it as the heart of daring leadership. For leaders who refuse to rumble with vulnerability, what is the impact on their culture and how can they even be successful?
17:19 – How have those rumblings or uncomfortable conversations helped you improve as a person and leader of your staff and student-athletes?
20:04 – How have you incorporated emotional intelligence into your leadership style?
22:50 – What are your methods in showing intent around being inclusive and supporting your student-athletes and staff around the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion?
31:59 – Brown writes that integrity is choosing courage over comfort. How has integrity influenced your passion as a leader?
34:29 – How has this book increased your value as a leader in college athletics?
Sports Creatives Podcast: Texas' Drew Martin
Drew Martin, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs for Texas, joins Jay F. Hicks on the Sports Creatives Podcast. The pair discuss setting up UT's creative solutions team, how the Longhorns are harnessing analytics to make decisions and drive their business, the importance of mentorship, creating an environment to inspire creatives and much more.
3:41 - When you first got to Texas, what changes did you make to the creative process?
8:34 - What were some of the challenges did you experience early at Texas?
10:40 - What are some of the goals for social and digital? And where does that rank amongst the overall athletic wide goals?
16:43 - Being armed with the analytics, how does that affect conversations with head and assistant coaches, staffs, people and stakeholders within the organization about content?
23:41 - Is Chris Del Conte's Twitter organic or is there a strategy behind it?
28:56 - How has your leadership style been influenced by Chris Del Conte?
37:21 - You are involved in the Creative Plug, which is about connecting, and mentoring, empowering black creatives in sports and media. Why was it important for you to get involved?
45:10 - How are you creating a space that inspires creatives?
RisingADs Podcast: Fresno State's Tumey & Old Dominion's Richmond
On this Book Review from the RisingADs podcast, Fresno State Athletic Director Terry Tumey and Old Dominion Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare Randale Richmond discuss The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact. Tumey and Richmond discuss peak moments and duration neglect in creating athletic experiences, creating sustainable buy-in amidst a leadership change, the importance of transition moments and much more.
4:07 – The book references how individuals focus on peak moments and the ending moments of an experience when reminiscing about past experiences. How have you accounted for this phenomenon in designing athletic events and planning for constituency engagement?
8:00 – What are some transition moments you’ve chosen to implement or create at Fresno State? And why do you think those specific transition moments should be emphasized?
11:32 – How did you come up with the SOLVE acronym (SOLVE stands for Solution-Oriented Leaders Value Everyone)?
12:47 – How did you evaluate creating buy-in when changing the culture?
15:27 – How did you get your staff to understand the concept of duration neglect and start searching for these moments to create in athletic experiences?
19:47 – How do you create sustainable buy-in throughout the department?
24:03 – What is the impact that giving away gear can have for donors?
26:32 – Can you remember a moment or idea that a staff member brought up and subsequently owned?
29:11 – What is one overarching concept that you take when you revisit this book that you pass along to someone else?
Dynamic Leadership Podcast - Arkansas' Eric Musselman
Arkansas Head Men’s Basketball Coach Eric Musselman joins Coach Bob Walsh on the Dynamic Leadership Podcast to discuss his leadership approaches as a professional and college coach, keys to making an immediate impact on a program’s success, maintaining success, creating a partnership with his players and much more.
1:24 – How does your leadership approach differ when coaching professionals versus college?
3:22 – How did you adjust your approach when you went to college and took over at Nevada?
5:47 – Is there something about your leadership style that allows you to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact?
11:59 – How do you maintain that success over a long period of time?
16:35 – How much of your team’s leaders taking ownership is their personalities or natural leadership qualities versus you creating the opportunity to lead?
19:29 – Do you have a definition of leadership for your teams?
21:26 – Who are the coaches who have had an influence on your approach?
25:25 – Who is the best leader you’ve coached and why?