CSL Daily

March 28, 2014

Richmond AD Gill Offers Advice to CSL Students

University of Richmond Athletic Director Keith Gill spoke in Dr. LeCrom’s Leadership in Sport to discuss his career in intercollegiate athletics and share his experiences.  photo 1 (9)
Gill has made a significatn impact at UR in just 15 months on the job. Prior to UR, Gill was the AD at American University for five years. He has also worked at Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and done two stints with the NCAA.

Gill shared some unique lessons with our graduate students and offered advice as they embark on their career:

  • “As you think about your career, think about it in a broad sense and not point to point”
  • “Cast a wide net when looking for a job but be thoughtful so you do not get in a situation you do not like”
  • “Relationship with colleagues should be fostered so that you can function as a team and not take things personally or get defensive”
  • “Leverage your network because professionals defer to hiring people they already know.”

Listen to more from University of Richmond AD Keith Gill

March 28, 2014

Dr. Dwyer Interviewed about NLRB/Northwestern Ruling

Dr. Brendan Dwyer appeared on ESPN 950 in Richmond dwyer
to discuss the recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago
that football players at Northwestern University are employees and can unionize.

Listen to Dwyer and host Greg Burton discuss what this ruling means and what the next step is.



March 27, 2014

UNC Charlotte AD Speaks to CSL

by Karise Baxter, CSL graduate student

UNC Charlotte Director of Athletics at UNC Charlotte Judy Rose was recently a featured speaker in Dr. LeCrom’s Leadership in Sport class.  She is considered among the most influential female leaders in collegiate (11)

Rose attributes part of her success to great timing.  In 1975, Rose earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee alongside classmate Pat Summit. The pair were among the first to reap the benefits of Title IX that passed in 1972.

After eight years as a basketball coach at Charlotte, Rose decided to go the administrative route taking the position of Assistant Athletic Director.  When he boss retired in 1990, Rose was nominated by her colleagues to assume the role of Athletic Director.  Judy Rose became the 3rd female Athletic Director for a Division 1 program in the nation.

Since then, Rose has worked to increase opportunities for women in sports.  She has served on the board of U.S. Men’s National Basketball team and was the first woman appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.  She was also instrumental in creating UNC Charlotte’s first football program.

Speaking via Skype, Mrs. Rose shared some thoughts from her long and successful career:

“As females in a male dominated profession it is our responsibility to educate men on how we should be treated and lay the foundation for the women that come after us.”

“Show appreciation for everyone on your staff, from custodians to head coaches.”

“Bosses are in charge of a group while a leader is responsible for inspiring, guiding and leading a group to a common goal.”

The CSL class of ’14 would like to thank Judy Rose for her time and insight. She is a true inspiration for the next generation of leaders in sport.

March 26, 2014

An Investment in Success, In More Ways Than One

by Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D.  lecrom-lg

I’m not normally one to get worked up over the media. I understand that they have a job to do, and often times that means taking a risk and making some waves. I also understand that a lot of what they write is their opinion, and I very much respect people’s opinions, even when they are different than mine. In fact, I think that one of the things that makes this world so interesting and engaging is that we all have different opinions and can share them freely. I thought I would share.

An article came out this week in the Richmond Times Dispatch attempting to link VCU’s early departure in the NCAA Tournament and the significant resources the university has dedicated to the men’s basketball program.  Longtime RTD columnist Paul Woody stated “The return has not equaled the investment in terms of success in the NCAA tournament.” smart This article came less than 36 hours following VCU’s heartbreaking and unexpected loss to Stephen F. Austin in their first game in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The author’s point was that, for the amount that Coach Smart is being paid, not only directly but also in terms of VCU’s investment in the program as a whole, the team should be winning a few more games in the NCAA tournament.

First, let me state that the loss was devastating and I’m sure no one is more disappointed in the result than Coach Smart himself. He expects more. But, this is not about one loss. It’s about the countless wins that have come in the five years that Coach Smart has been at VCU. For those, there could be no better investment of VCU resources. Let’s just start with the wins on the court. In his first year at VCU he went 27-9, ending the season with a CBI Championship. Coach Smart’s team followed that up with the historic Final Four run in 2011, knocking off national powerhouses and making VCU a household name. He’s won no less than 26 games in each of his five seasons and became just the second coach to lead a school from the Commonwealth of Virginia into the NCAA Tournament for four straight years.  This year’s wins came in a conference where five other teams also made the NCAA tournament.  That’s a pretty stellar tenure thus far if you ask me. On top of that, HAVOC is now a brand in and of itself; a style of basketball teams across the country are trying to emulate and one that can’t be mentioned without VCU. We celebrated our 50th straight men’s basketball sellout at the end of this season, and anyone who has been to a game knows that the atmosphere in the Siegel Center on game nights is second to none. Every one of our games was nationally or regionally televised this year, which certainly wasn’t the case before Coach Smart arrived. Talk about a return on investment VCU couldn’t pay for that kind of exposure on a national stage.

Full disclosure for those who did not read the RTD article – many of the above factors weresmart 2 mentioned in the article (though in my opinion, were not given the respect they deserved). But, what wasn’t mentioned in the article, and the part that really prompted me to write this, is the return on investment that VCU is receiving from the things Coach Smart is doing off the court. I’m not sure there’s a way to measure that return on investment and, to be honest, I’m not sure VCU would want to because I have a feeling they’d be the ones to come up short in the equation.

Good coaches aren’t always good people. I’d like to say that they are, but there are too many stories in the national media on a weekly basis that show us otherwise. For VCU, they may have found someone who is a better person than coach, and that’s saying a lot given how good a coach he is. He cares about people, he’s always trying to become a better leader, he’s appreciative of all he’s earned and been given, and he never seems to run out of time and energy to share his talents with others. For an academic institution, whose mission is student success, a better teacher does not exist. I, for one, plan to learn as much from this coach/teacher/leader as I can while he is at VCU, which I hope is a very, very long time.

Dr. Carrie LeCrom is the Executive Director of the Center for Sport Leadership. She can be reached by email at and follow her on Twitter: @cwlecrom

March 25, 2014

New SEED Event a Huge Success

The first annual RVA Run for FRIENDS took place Saturday at Abney Clay Park. More than 70 runners ran through Historic Jackson Ward to raise money for FRIENDS Association of RVA, which offers services and support to children in the neighborhood which borders VCU’s campus.

The event was planned, organized, managed and operated by our students as part of SEED (Sports Entertainment Event Development). Every student in our program is enrolled in SEED and will be part of a smaller group planning a community based sports event.  This was the first SEED event of the year. Four more will follow over the next six weeks.

Congratulations to the students in charge of this successful event: Tiffanie Couts, Kelsey Crawford, Nick Georges, James Lofton, Danish Sadaat and Tiffany Shell.
Watch the highlights below.

March 25, 2014

CSL Alum Rhoades Hired by Rice

Mike Rhoades was one of the first basketball coaches to graduate from the Center for Sport Leadership in 2002. He has always been an advocate for our program, promoting to prospective students and offering advice to young coaches.

Tuesday, Rhoades was named the new men’s basketball coach at Rice. After five years as associate head coach at VCU, we are sad to see him go but thrilled he will get the chance to be a head coach at a prestigous university.

Here’s a profile of Coach Rhoades a local Richmond TV station did last year.