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athletic director

October 2, 2009

Use E-mail to Your Advantage

Even if my incoming phone calls are being screened by the answering machine at my desk, the phone remains the most intrusive part of my day.If used properly, E-mail can be much more effective and efficient. It is my preferred mode of communication. A...


October 2, 2009

Mentoring the coaches in your program

Since mentoring has never been a generic art form, there are several things you may want to consider when implementing or restructuring a mentoring program for your coaches. It must fit into the structure and culture of your program, school, and c...


October 2, 2009

Every Minute Counts

Between meetings, appointments, and perhaps teaching a class – if you still have one – our daily schedules have a number of built-in time restrictions. When you also consider your, “To Do List,” there will be some tasks that m...


October 2, 2009

Controlling Interruptions

Does anyone doubt that the passage of time complicates the Athletic Director position? Almost monthly, it inherits new responsibilities without disinheriting the old.Since many A.D.s, including myself, have neither an assistant nor a secretary, they ...


October 2, 2009

Contingency Plans

Considering the complexity of our positions, the number of participants, coaches, and contests that we direct, and the endless responsibilities we have, something surely has to go wrong sometimes.Even though we plan and have good procedures in place,...


October 2, 2009

What About Bob?

Bobby Cox When it comes to the game’s great managers, Bobby Cox is somewhat overlooked and underappreciated for what he has accomplished on the baseball diamond. Cox is one of the most successful managers in history, having won 14 division titl...


October 2, 2009

Timing is Everything

We often get so wrapped up in our own little world of athletics that we may forget that timing is everything. Years ago, someone pulled me aside and pointed out that it is important to know when to approach your principal, with a request for money or...


October 2, 2009

The three most important qualities for athletic directors

When people ask me to specify the three most important qualities needed by an athletic director, I tend to respond off the top of my head, especially when I do not have the time to sort out all of the possibilities. To be successful and survive, a...