While its certainly convenient now during the fourth quarter to recall my childlike enthusiasm for 2020 within the first fourteen days of January, I find that I’m at a place where I need to take stock. There is no apt way to put emotions or logic into a neat little box, or pack them into tidy paragraphs. What has happened has happened and, like most everyone on the planet, I mentally toil with how to move forward. As though I'd slammed a full pot of high-octane coffee a few days after the start of the year, I was bouncing with [...]
I’m fond of saying, “While I haven’t seen it all yet, I’m getting pretty close.” Seems like a flippant comment during these troubling times, but it does provide a bit of a reminder. We can’t lose sight that there are many days ahead of us and, if we are fortunate to live long, there will be things we experience that are expected, surreal, pleasantly surprising, dumbfounding, and outlandish. We will see a great deal and the adventure will take decades to unfold and the notable moments will take years to reveal themselves. Having been fired three times in my career, [...]
Trip is comfortable behind a microphone. Given his experience (dating back to his sophomore year in high school), it's understandable that he is at home when standing at a podium or inside a recording booth. On this page you will find just a few examples of Trip's work. To hear (and see) more, jump to 2D's YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmdMSqcter0ATrjJrzgKh1Q?view_as=subscriber) and Trip's LinkedIn page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tripdurham/). Also, be sure to check out Trip's on-going podcast series, "Conversations from Soundstage 2D." https://conversations-from-soundstage-2d.buzzsprout.com/ One final example can be found on the AthleticDirectorU site: https://www.athleticdirectoru.com/video/grassroots-marketing-wicker-mccree-roberts/ Public Address Announcement, Sportsmanship (dry) [...]
When I graduated Williams High School (NC) in June of 1986, my class rank was 144 of 288. The definition of “average,” academically, socially, and with just enough aspiration to put me in the middle of the pack. College was simply the next step for me, and I certainly had yet to think about the rest of my life. 34 years later, with miles of experiences behind me, I now find myself the description of “entrepreneur.” Dictionary.com interprets the meaning as, “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.” In the [...]
Leadership is key in college athletics. This we know, and have known. We called upon our brethren throughout the industry and asked them to share their philosophies of how to lead given the circumstances of difficult times. Brad Wurthman - Virginia Tech Michael Thompson - Texas A&M Kyle Keller - Head Men's Basketball Coach - SFA Jamie Grodecki - Head Softball Coach - Georgia College Mike Kennedy - Head Baseball Coach - Elon Mary Pink - Iowa State Marcus Manning - Centenary Mary Northcutt - National SAAC representative - Carson-Newman swimmer Devin Crosby - Lynn Danielle Dillahey - The Citadel [...]
August 1, 2019 This annual tradition is believed to be the only one of its kind in the United States Durham, NC – On the campus of North Carolina Central University on Thursday, August 1, college athletics administrators from around the state gathered for the 5th Annual North Carolina College Athletics Marketing Summit, a forum designed to share best practices and to learn from some of the best in the industry. Over 70 professionals registered for this free event. 23 schools of varying sizes and divisions were represented, as well staff members from two conference offices. This no-cost summit [...]
Join Chuck White (UCLA), Patrick Whitmer (Kentucky), Jim Bachman (Villanova), and myself (Duke) as four public address announcers for these high profile basketball programs go "behind the mic." If video doesn't load correctly, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq9-mgPLH1Q Audio for those who just want to listen.
On June 24th (and 25th) in 1988, I experienced something that very few have had the opportunity. From my seat in the dugout of the Burlington Indians of the Appalachian League affiliate, I was part of history; history, to this day, that is unmatched. Here is - part - of my story.
On a late summer’s day in 2017, I peddled my bike around the Elon University campus. I circled the fountain at Scott Plaza and I was struck by a memory. It was on these bricks, where I stood as an Assistant Athletics Director, at 9:40 a.m. on September 11, 2001 that I learned of what had happened in New York. Those events unfolded as our campus had come together to celebrate the opening of the brand-new football stadium. I was moved to engage this memory even more, so I climbed from my bike, and my eyes drifted to where the [...]
I stood at the urinal and, looking to my right, I noticed the Executive Chef. “Nice job tonight,” I offered gently. Turning over his shoulder he said, “Thank you. Wahdyah have?” I am in Boston. I stared at the porcelain tiles ahead of me and, at that moment, I realized that everything I had heard 74 hours ago – all that I had been struggling with – finally made sense. My wife and I come here every eighteen months or so, just to change our scenery and to visit our old haunts, to eat good food and to share the [...]