CSL Daily

May 23, 2017

CSL Alum Unveils Cheese Head Visor

You’re running a new LPGA tournament near Green Bay and need to generate some buzz. That was Kelly McAnally’s mission. The tournament director for the inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic and CSL alum came up with a unique idea: a “cheese head” visor.

Calling it the “Chisor”, Kelly unveiled the unique golf attire at Monday’s Media Day event which featured LPGA players, sponsors and local officials.

The hats were created in partnership with Foamation, the cheese hat company, and will feature the tournament logo on the front.  It will be included in the upgraded party deck ticket package for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic on July 3rd through the 9th in Oneida, immediately west of Green Bay.


May 23, 2017

Hat Tip Tuesday

On Tuesdays, we offer a “tip of the hat” to current students and alumni who have been hired, promoted, recognized for outstanding achievement or embarked on new opportunities.


Alison Zacharias (’16) has been hired as the Sports Director for the YMCA of Austin (TX).
She will oversee all sports at the Hays Community Branch. Alison will also be developing adapted sports program, a passion she developed while working with Sportable in Richmond. 


Don Brown (’15) has been named Director of Sport Performance for VCU Men’s Basketball. Don returns to VCU after serving in the same role at Rice for Head Coach Mike Rhoades. Brown also spent one season as strength and conditioning coach for East Tennessee State Men’s Basketball and was the strength and conditioning graduate assistant for VCU for the 2014-15 season while enrolled in the CSL.


Mike Venezia (’15) has been named the director of student-athlete development for VCU Men’s Basketball. He returns to VCU after working two years as a graduate assistant for University of Texas Men’s Basketball.  Mike was also a graduate assistant at VCU while enrolled at the CSL.



May 18, 2017

The Traits of The Best Team Captains

A recent Wall Street Journal article has received a ton of attention from people who love the topic of leadership in sports. The article, entitled The Seven Leadership Secrets of Great Team Captains, is an excerpt from a just released book written by WSJ deputy editor for enterprise Sam Walker.  The book, The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams, is the culmination of an 11 year journey by Walker, which innocently started doing research for a WSJ feature. It evolved into one of the most comprehensive examinations into the most successful teams in the history of sport, their captains and the traits they possessed that contributed to historical levels of success.

You can listen to Walker talk more about the book and the “seven secreat traits” in this recent interview with CSL Director of Communication Greg Burton (courtesy ESPN 950/WXGI AM).



May 16, 2017

Hat Tip Tuesday

On Tuesdays, we offer a “tip of the hat” to current students and alumni who have been hired, promoted, recognized for outstanding achievement or embarked on new opportunities.


Justin Jannuzzi (’07) has been hired as senior associate athletics director for development at James Madison University. Justin has spent the past four years working as senior director of major gifts at Duke. Read the full release about Justin here.


James Kane (’07) has been hired as assistant men’s basketball coach at University of Dayton. Kane is reunited with Head Coach Anthony Grant, who he served under as a graduate assistant at VCU while he was enrolled at the Center for Sport Leadership. He also worked for Grant as a video coordinator at VCU and Alabama. Kane spent the last 6 years as an assistant coach at Murray State.


Andy Farrell (’09) has been hired as director of scouting and program development for University of Dayton Men’s Basketball. Farrell will be reunited with Head Coach Anthony Grant, who he worked for as a graduate assistant at VCU while he was enrolled at the Center for Sport Leadership. Read more about Andy’s new role here. 


Christopher Parker (’06) has been the Executive Director of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The NJCAA is the governing body of two-year college athletics based in Colorado Springs. When he begins his post in July, Parker will become just the fourth chief executive of the NJCAA since its founding in 1938.  Read the full release about Chris here.


Tim Llewellyn (’02) has been named the new Athletics Director at Powhatan (VA) High School. Tim has been a high school teacher and athletics administrator for more than 20 years, including AD at James River High School and Assistant AD at Clover Hill.

May 15, 2017

CSL ’17: Their Story

We don’t usually post videos longer than a minute or two but when you are trying to tell the story of the Class of 2017, you bend the rules. Enjoy!

May 8, 2017

EMS 2017 Connections to Breaking2

It’s been less than a week since we returned from our 2017 Europe Model of Sport trip and already two of our stops are making international headlines.

Sunday, three Nike sponsored athletes attempted to run a marathon in under two hours. The highly publicized project, called Breaking2, was part long-distance running experiment, part worldwide marketing campaign, slickly produced and broadcast by Nike.

The attempt took place at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the famous Formula 1 track outside of Milan. a venue we visited back on April 25. On our tour of the facility, we rode bikes around Monza’s 1.49 miles, or 2.4 kilometers, the same track used for the marathon attempt.

A few days later, our group visited the IAAF, the world governing body for track and field, who had determined that a new world record in the marathon would not be considered from the Nike sponsored event because its controlled conditions and non-competition format. Our students spoke with IAAF CEO Olivier Gers, who talked about the challenges he faces in making track and field more. They certainly got a boost from Sunday’s event.