6 04, 2020

Leading thru the Unknown

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 [...]

4 09, 2017

College Athletics – Our Reflections of 9/11

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 [...]

31 12, 2015

Forrest Gump and the Bucket

This photo inspired my brother to claim that I lead the life of Forrest Gump. In the highly acclaimed movie, the Tom Hanks' character often finds himself in moments that seem too impossible to believe. I am quite fortunate to serve as the public address announcer at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The 2017-18 year marks my eighth season (and my second without a Plumlee on the roster). Between the men's schedule and that of the women, I walk through the front doors of the iconic arena nearly forty times a season. I have a constant opportunity to do what many basketball [...]

15 11, 2015

The Run for the Roses and the Run of Show

I am not a horse racing fan. I don’t dislike it. I just don’t find myself drawn to follow it year round. When I wake up on the first Saturday of May each year, I do have an intention to watch horse racing. When I arrive to my couch at 4p, when I turn on the television and when I purposefully dial in to the telecast of the Kentucky Derby, I find myself curious about the industry connected to this event and interested in the race. I know that I don’t know names of the jockeys, horses, owners or trainers. [...]

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