CSL Daily

November 16, 2017

Brown (’15) Featured for Work with VCU Basketball

Within the #CSLnetwork is a growing collection of talented and respected strength & conditioning coaches working in college athletics. Don Brown (’15), VCU Director of Sports Performance for Men’s Basketball is among them. He was recently featured by the Richmond Times Dispatch for his innovative techniques and thoughtful but effective approach to  training. 

Don was a strength & conditioning graduate assistant for men’s basketball when he was enrolled at the CSL. He was hired at East Tennessee State after graduation where he worked for a year. When an opening popped up at Rice, where Mike Rhoades was the Head Coach, Brown got the call to join him. When Rhoades returned to VCU, Brown did too. he’s thrilled to be back working with the Rams and we’re glad he’s back.

November 16, 2017

CSL Alum Elected to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

Many of our alumni were outstanding student-athletes at their undergraduate institution. Several have been inducted their school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, Megan Silva-Schultz (’07) was elected to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. She becomes the first Division III Student Athlete to receive this honor. 

Prior to earning her master’s degree from VCU, Megan compiled an incredible four year career at Randolph-Macon College, establishing herself as one of the most decorated college basketball players in state history.  Megan was a three-time All-American, leading R-MC to the National Championship game in 2005. In 2006, she was named NCAA Division III National Player of the Year and the Division III Female Athlete of the Year. Megan also won the 2006 Jostens Trophy, which honors excellence in Division III basketball, academics and community service.

You can read more about her accomplishments here. 

Megan is currently Event Director with SportsBackers, Richmond’s award-winning sports commission.

November 14, 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.


Marie (Davis) Swepson (’16) has been hired as a Product Success Specialist with Teamworks. Marie is a 2016 graduate of the CSL’s Distance Learning program.


Elizabeth Smith (’14) has been hired as Senior Assistant Director of Academic Success for UMass Athletics. Previously, Liz was Tutoring Coordinator for VCU Athletics.


Megan Silva Schultz (’07) has been selected for induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Megan was the 2006 Division III National Female Athlete of the Year and the National Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, capping an outstanding four year career at Randolph-Macon College. Megan was a three time All American and remains the second all-time leading scorer in state basketball history. She will be inducted in April.


November 10, 2017

CSL Alum Rhoades Ready for First Game as VCU Head Coach

For a guy who is proud of his deep Pennsylvania roots, Mike Rhoades considers Richmond home. He’s called VCU his dream job.  Rhoades returned “home” this spring and his dream becomes reality tonight when Rhoades takes the flooor as VCU’s Head Coach in the Rams season opener against Grambling State. A 2002 graduate of the CSL (then the SportsCenter), Rhoades talked this week about want the moment means to him. Thanks to NBC 12 for the video.


November 10, 2017

A Veteran’s Perspective on Veterans Day

For the third consecutive year, the VCU Center for Sport Leadership has a military veteran enrolled in our graduate program. Former Staff Sergeant Tony Lee served in the United States Army for 20 years before retiring in June 2016. He was deployed twice to Iraq and also Korea.  He is currently enrolled in the VCU Center for Sport Leadership, scheduled to graduate with a M.Ed in 2018.

by Tony Lee, CSL Graduate Student

Growing up, I never saw a great example of true leadership. I entered the Army at 18 years old, not knowing what the future held for me. I did know, above all else, I wanted to be a leader. I wanted to be the person that everyone looked up to and had the knowledge to give back. I have taken what I have learned from others over the twenty-plus years in the military and put it in a kit-bag for the next chapter of my life.

My passions in life have lead me towards sports, leadership and helping young adults discover and develop into their full potential. During my service in the military, I realized the powerful impact positive and thoughtful leadership has on young adults.  There is true and unlimited potential when combining-  leadership with sports. With a Master’s Degree in Education/Sports Leadership, I will cultivate the tools necessary to implement those ideals at the high school and/or collegiate level.

After 20 years of military service and fighting in two wards, I don’t look at myself as a hero. I feel that I have done my job and what was intended for me to do in life.  There is not one thing that is special about me being a retired Army veteran. Veterans Day is a special day for all of us to recognize the hard work, suffering and dedication that our armed forces, active and retired, living and deceased, gave to our country. I do believe all veterans should be continuously recognized and honored for their strength, determination, character and courage to defend this great nation of ours.

Tony Lee is scheduled to graduate with a M.Ed in 2018.

November 7, 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.


Ryan Leary (’19) has been named one of just 12 recipients of the 2017 Coaches 4 Coaches Scholarship, which provides the opportunity for up-and-coming volleyball coaches to attend their first AVCA Convention with the scholarship money used to pay for convention registration and hotel costs. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to interact with successful coaches from all levels and explore the limitless networking and educational opportunities available at the Convention. Ryan is currently a graduate assistant for VCU Volleyball.