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NACDA Announces Inaugural Mentoring Institute

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Cleveland, OH - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Continuing Education Committee has announced the inaugural Mentoring Institute in conjunction with its Annual Convention, Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando.

The Mentoring Institute will take place at the World Center on Saturday, June 9 from 2:30-5:30 pm and will carry over to Sunday, June 10 from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Cost to register for the Institute is $125 and will be offered to all members of NACDA and its affiliate associations, but is limited to the first 50 administrators that register.

The focus of the Institute is to assist and prepare those individuals in athletics administration who are one step away from becoming an athletics director. The administrators will be able to learn from some of the best ADs in the athletics industry. A certificate, recognizing the completion of the Institute, will be presented to each registered individual.

Featured athletics directors at this time include: (topics are in parenthesis)

  • Mike Alden, University of Missouri
    (How to Properly Prepare for an AD Interview)
  • Joan Cronan, women's AD, University of Tennessee, NACDA Second Vice President
    (Welcome and Opening Remarks, Moderator)
  • TBD
    (The Keys to Successful Fund Raising)
  • Dave Hart, Jr., Florida State University
    (Time Management-Balancing Work and Family)
  • Rick Hart, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
    (Time Management-Balancing Work and Family)
  • Lee McElroy, University at Albany, NACDA President
    (Leadership-What it Really Means as an AD)
  • Jim Phillips, Northern Illinois University
    (How to Prepare for Your First Year Being a Director of Athletics)
  • Debbie Yow, University of Maryland
    (Implementation of Core Values and Ethics into Your Athletics Department)

    Other topics being covered during the institute include:
  • How to Hire and Fire Your Staff and Coaches
  • Dealing with the Media in a New Environment
  • Financial Planning
  • Crisis Management - Developing and Implementing a Plan

    Speakers for the above mentioned topics, along with the Mentoring Institute agenda are available on NACDA's Web site (www.nacda.com).

    About NACDA:
    NACDA, now in its 42nd year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,000 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 10 professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics director. NACDA also operates the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup program, which honors the four all-sports champions in the NCAA Division I, II and III; and the NAIA. The Association has an awards program that includes the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, the highest administrative award presented in intercollegiate athletics; the AstroTurf Athletics Director of the Year Award, honoring the top 29 athletics directors by division across the country; and the Coca-Cola Community All-American Awards, recognizing seven student-athletes by division for their community service efforts. NACDA also provides a bi-monthly magazine, Athletics Administration.

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