CSL Daily

March 30, 2010

CSL Students Make VHSL State Basketball Tournament a Success

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Richmond, VA – For five days this March, the Siegel Center was home to the finest Virginia has to offer in high school basketball. The VHSL boys and girls State Championships were under way, with tens of thousands of fans filing through the doors of VCU’s flagship athletic facility to watch 30 games in five days. Ten championships were ultimately awarded to schools large and small from across the Commonwealth.
Four students from the CSL were involved with certain aspects of the tournament as part of their project for the SEED class. Prior to the event, the group worked to develop a parking plan for fans attending the tournament. A map was distributed to competing schools during media day and was posted on the VHSL website so that fans new to Richmond and VCU would have a useable guide to enhance their game-day experience. During the tournament, the group was involved with game operations, which included coordinating bands and cheerleaders, playing music during timeouts and intermissions, and developing half-time entertainment for fans.
The half-time entertainment included a variety of events, such as “Knock-Out”, musical chairs, a three-point shoot out, and a free throw contest, which involved students from the competing schools. One half-time featured a full court race for a layup between the Brunswick High School “Bulldog” and a Cave Spring High School cheerleader. However, there was one event in particular, that truly captivated the fans in attendance. The “Kids Dance-Off” featured four or five children, under the age of seven, dancing for 15 seconds to a popular song. Fans enjoyed this immensely, as judged by their levels of laughter and applause.
The 2010 VHSL basketball championships were once again a tremendous success at the Siegel Center on the campus of VCU. From energized crowds to last second heroics, it was an exciting week of basketball. For the CSL students, it offered a valuable learning opportunity for planning and coordinating a major sporting event that extended beyond the traditional classroom setting. And, maybe most importantly, they learned that everyone loves to see little kids dance!

By: Trey Eggleston, CSL Class of 2010

March 25, 2010

CSL Student Andrew Dykstra Earns Starting Nod for Chicago Fire’s Opener this Weekend!

CHICAGO, Ill. – In the mid-late 90s, SportsCenter hosts Keith Olberman and Dan Patrick would open the show with a catch of “Welcome to the Big Show.”

That’s kind of how Monday felt for former Virginia Commonwealth University men’s soccer standout Andrew Dykstra as he learned he would be the starting goalkeeper for the Chicago Fire in the season opener against New York Red Bulls, Saturday night on ESPN.

“It was just a big shock, that’s the only word for it,” Dykstra said. “I know these opportunities are very rare for young keepers. It usually takes a few years to break into a starting role, so I’m very excited right now and ready to help my team in any way possible.”

Dykstra is the true testament to what hard work and dedication can do for someone as he arrived in training camp in February of 2009 knowing that a spot on the Fire roster would be unlikely. However, at the end of camp, the team decided that they liked his potential and kept him on as the third-string keeper.

A couple months later he was promoted to number two and his hard work finally paid off on Monday when first-year Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos called him into the office and told him he would be the starter.

“It’s a tough situation, but I really owe a lot to Jon Busch, our former keeper,” Dykstra said. “He was my mentor. That’s how I viewed him. He taught me how to be a professional, things like the day-to-day business that makes somebody good, and I used his example to get to where I am now.”

For the Black & Gold, Dykstra was a four-year starter from 2005-08. He played in 73 matches and over 6500 minutes between the posts. He earned All-CAA honors twice and finished his illustrious career with 18 career shutouts. Dykstra is in his final semester and will complete his CSL degree and graduate with his master’s in Sport Leadership in May.

Dykstra and his Chicago Fire teammates take on the New York Red Bulls live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

March 11, 2010

CSL Alum Acknowledged for Coaching Success, Extraordinary Path

The hyperlinked article below is of Tim Redding, a 2002 graduate of the Center for Sport Leadership and current head coach of the aptly-named District 3 Class AAAA champions Reading (PA) Red Knights. The article discusses Redding’s most recent accomplishments as well as his “winding” ascent to a head coaching position at age 31. It is a true testament to hard work, perseverance, and making the most of his opportunities. Congratulations Tim and good luck at the PIAA State Tournament.


March 11, 2010

CSL Students Exposed to Varying Shades of Blue


The students at the Center for Sport Leadership were afforded the opportunity to visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University on January 27th and February 25th, 2010. The purpose of these trips was to tour facilities, meet with athletic administrators, and enjoy a Duke Basketball game in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The trips began with a tour of Kenan Football Stadium and a welcome from Joe Hayden, Director of Football Operations. Students then enjoyed a personal break out session with Anson Dorrance, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at UNC. Coach Dorrance, one of the most well know soccer coaches in the country having won 20 National Titles with UNC and having been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, spent valuable time answering questions and discussing his coaching philosophy. Students then toured the newly renovated Carmichael Auditorium before enjoying lunch at Lenoir, one of the main dining areas at UNC. After lunch, the students were treated to a tour of the Dean E. Smith Center, and the basketball museum, thanks to Eric Hoots, Director of Player Relations (Men’s Basketball) and current CSL distance learning student. While visiting the museum, students heard from multiple speakers, including Tim Smith, Assistant Director of Membership (Rams Club), Rick Steinbacher, Associate Athletic Director, and Eric Montross, former UNC basketball and NBA player.

CSL Students then traveled to Durham, N.C. to visit Duke University. Upon arriving, students were ushered through Cameron Indoor Stadium, one of the most recognizable sports arenas in the country, and were given an informational tour by Mike Sobb, Assistant AD for Marketing, before hearing from a line-up of Duke officials in the Michael W. Krzyzewski Center for Athletic Excellence. Speakers included: Boo Corrigan, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs; John Kerr, Head Men’s Soccer Coach; Art Chase, Director of Sports Information; Heather Ryan, Director of Academic Support; Bart Smith, Director of Marketing & Promotions; Robbie Church, Head Women’s Soccer Coach; and Gerald Harrison, Assistant AD for Human Resources. Students were able to gain valuable insights into the daily operations of an NCAA Division I institution and were treated to a Men’s Basketball game in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The trips to the state of North Carolina were packed with potential networking opportunities with individuals in the industry and provided a priceless experience of the Cameron Crazies in action. The CSL is extremely grateful for all the people who helped make these trips possible and hopes to take similar trips in the near future so additional students can benefit from the wonderful universities that exist within such close proximity to VCU.

March 10, 2010

Dwyer’s Research Highlighted in Sports Business Journal

Dr. Brendan Dwyer, the Center’s Assistant Director for Student Services & Outreach, recently authored an article in Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal (see attached). His article, “Research debunks fantasy football’s negative stereotype,” which appeared in the March 1, 2010 journal, addresses the perception versus reality of who fantasy football fans really are. Dwyer’s research line, mainly focusing on sport consumer behavior within fantasy sports, is an up and coming field with little true existing research on this demographic of sports fans. He is the CSL’s first faculty member to appear as an author in the Sports Business Journal.

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March 9, 2010

CSL Students Aid in the Nicole Megaloudis “Make It Happen” 5K Run/Walk

The VCU Women’s Soccer team, along with VCU Center for Sport Leadership, is hosting the 6th Annual Nicole Megaloudis “Make It Happen” 5K Run/Walk. Nicole Megaloudis was a member of the VCU Women’s Soccer team who passed away in 2004. Her mother and friends created a foundation to honor Nicole’s memory and the good deeds she did for others. The Nicole Megaloudis Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in 2004. It was established to assist students who hope to attend and graduate college. Scholarships are awarded based upon leadership qualities and demonstration of financial need. Their mission is to help students realize their dreams and to allow Nicole’s memory to live on.

The “Make it Happen” 5K Run/Walk raises money for this great cause every year and the CSL students are working hard to make this the best year yet, but we need your help! We would like to invite you all to bring your friends and family out to enjoy the day, and celebrate the life of a former VCU Ram! The event will take place at Byrd Park on Sunday, April 11th at 1:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 12 noon. Prizes will be awarded for each category along with a raffle at the end of the run. Early registration is open until April 1st and race day registration is welcome. A registration form is also attached.

We hope to see some of our alumni and friends of the program on April 11th!