CSL Daily

July 28, 2015

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. 


Chaney Manganello (’15) has been hired as the assistant field hockey coach at Longwood University. A recent graduate of the CSL, Chaney was a graduate assistant with VCU Field Hockey last season. Prior to coming to VCU, Chaney played field hockey collegiatelly at William & Mary.


Dana Slater (’12) has been hired as the director of compliance at Longwood University. Most recently, Dana was the assistant director of compliance at Radford since August 2013. Prior to entering collegiate sports, Dana worked in the law & public safety sector, serving as a law enforcement officer, law clerk for the U.S. Immigration Court, law clerk for the U.S. District Court in New Jersey and a trial attorney.

July 17, 2015

Five CSL Students Complete Summer Seminar

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Congratulations to the five Distance Learning students who completed the week long Summer Seminar on Sport Sponsorships taught by Greg Greenhalgh. It was great having James Weiner, Brad Foster, Leslie Anderson, Maddie Coleman and Sydney Campbell with us all week. We enjoyed  working with you and getting to know you better.

July 16, 2015

CSL Grad Dykstra to Start for DC United


VCU Center for Sport Leadership graduate Andrew Dykstra (’08) will start in goal for first place DC United starting Saturday night vs FC Dallas.  Dykstra was needed to step into the starting role after United keeper Bill Hamid suffered knee and hand injuries that will keep him out of action for the next four to six weeks.

Dykstra has started five games for D.C United this season, posted a 1-2-1 record with a 1.29 goals against average. A native of Germany, Dykstra is in his third season with DC United and his seventh pro season overall.

Dykstra had a remarkable career at VCU, playing for the Rams from 2005-2008, earning ALL-CAA honors twice.

Hear what Dykstra had to say about his new role in this interview with Comcast Sportsnet Washington


July 15, 2015

Summer Seminar Underway

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Each year, the Center for Sport Leadership offers a Summer Seminar: a one week, three credit class focusing on a highly focused area of sport.  This year, the course is Sport Sponsorship taught by Dr. Greg Greenhalgh.

“The Sport Sponsorship class will provide students with an opportunity to investigate and evaluate the sponsorship relationship within a variety of sport sectors,” says Greenhalgh.

The class offers graduate students enrolled in our Distance Learning program to fulfill the requirement of taking at least one class on campus before they graduate. seminar 2

Specifically, the class will uncover the importance of sponsorship to sport properties of varying size and scope. Also, the class will evaluate how sponsorship can benefit both the sponsoring organization and the sport property. This class will discuss the inventory sport properties can provide potential sponsors and how each piece of inventory should be matched with one or more of the potential sponsors’ marketing/communications/or public relations objectives. Finally, sponsorship fulfillment and evaluation will be covered.

Among the guest speakers scheduled to speak to students: Carolyn Center, general manager of Spider IMG Sports Marketing for University of Richmond Athletics and Aaron Montgomery, co-founder of CarLotz.

The class will meet with the marketing staff of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The class will work on a sponsorship activation project for the local minor league baseball team.

If you are interested in earning a master’s degree in Sport Leadership or would like more information on our graduate program, please contact Maggie McFadden, Academic Coordinator at 

July 14, 2015

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. 

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Casey Cegles (’13) has been hired as Deputy Athletic Director at Kent State. Previously, Casey had been the Director of Major Gifts for the Old Dominion Athletic Fund since 2012. Casey’s role at Kent State will focus on assisting the Director of Athletics with the day-to-day operations of the athletic department and helping lead the administrative team. He will also provide oversight of external relations units, and assist with the oversight of the football and men’s and women’s basketball programs. Here’s the official announcement from Kent State.

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Mike Paulus (’13) has been hired as the Director of Development for Major Giving at Ole Miss Athletics Fund. Previously, Mike was senior director of athletic development at mount Saint Mary’s University.  At Ole Miss, Mike will be responsible for advancing fundraising efforts through philanthropic major gifts to the Vaught Society in support of the Forward Together campaign – a $150 million facilities initiative for Ole Miss Athletics.

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Lucas Jones (’07) has been hired as the head baseball coach at Washington & Lee University. Lucas comes to W&L from Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va., where he served as the head coach for the past two seasons. Prior to PHCC, Lucas was an assistant baseball coach at George Mason University from 2010-13. Here’s the official announcement.

If you or a fellow alum has recently been hired, promoted, or changed employment,
contact Greg Burton




July 7, 2015

Witness to History: CSL Alums Attend World Cup Final


Three recent Center for Sport Leadership graduates Will Bates, Blaze Byrd and Marielle Rando, were part of the packed house at BC Place Sunday night to watch the U.S Women’s National Team claim their third World Cup title, defeating japan 5-2. They told CSL Daily about their experience.


Will Bates (left) with Sara and Colin Dickinson (friends from Seattle), Servando Carrasco (Will’s former teammate & Alex Morgan’s husband)

Will Bates:
What an amazing night for women’s soccer… To accomplish such a beautiful feat in the way that they did, I was lucky to be witness. The first 16 minutes brought a level of excitement only comparable to the likes of Reggie Miller’s 8 points in 9 seconds, Ray Allen’s 3 point dagger in game 6 of the NBA playoffs, or Auburn’s run back TD versus Alabama following the missed field goal to win the game. It felt like a home game inside BC Place, and I’m sure the women playing felt that support and fed off of that.

Marielle Rando:

As a girl who started playing soccer at the age of four, being at the 2015 World Cup finals in Vancouver was a dream come true. As Blaze and I arrived in Vancouver, we marielle at world cupimmediately started seeing thousands of USA fans as we approached the stadium. Being among thousands of excited American fans made me even more excited than I already was.

In the stadium there was most likely 85% American Fans and 15% Japanese fans. There was no way those women didn’t feel the energy from their supporters.

I was so impressed and overwhelmed with happiness at the number of men at the stadium wearing  the names of women on the back of their jerseys. To me, this is so significant for women’s soccer and women’s sports in general.

I’m so grateful to have been able to share such an awesome experience with my classmates and cannot wait to watch more history be made with the U.S Women’s National Team- the BEST team in the world.

Blaze Byrd:

The greatest experience leading up to the game was the American Outlaw parade. Thousands of Americans marched six blocks to the stadium, shutting down the roads and chanting several American Outlaws chants, including the favorite, “I Believe that we will Win” chant. The streets were lined with people taking pictures and then they would join in the parade once the American Outlaw banner passed. During this parade there was red, white and blue as far as I could see behind us. There were television crews jumping on anything they could find on the side of the road to get shots of the crowd.

One we arrived at the stadium, the chants did not fade as people waited to get in the building. We started seeing a few more Japanese fans once we arrived at the stadium but they were grossly outnumbered. We were seated in Row MM, so were definitely up there but we had a great view of the pitch. We were mostly surrounded with Americans and there was a variety of ages, races and genders there to cheer on the USA women. We sat next to a couple from Austin, Texas and had a lot of fun with a group of four in front of us from Massachusetts. As the team warmed up, we all made predictions—none of which were close to correct! Snapchat-7276091329439262465

I think everyone can agree that the first 16 minutes of that game were indescribable! We had a great view of all the USA goals in the first half. In fact, I captured video of the first two goals on my phone! One of the guys in front of me did as well. He also has a video of me freaking out with about 15 “OH MY GOD”s after Carli Lloyd scored her second goal in two minutes. After that first 16 minutes, there was a collective conversation going around about how we couldn’t believe this game and how we were all there witnessing it.

When the whistle final blew, the stadium erupted in USA chants and cheering. I still can’t believe I was there to witness it. We stayed to watch all the celebrations and may or may not have shed a little tear of happiness.

It is still a little unbelievable to me that I was there to see the US Women’s National Team win their third World Cup. The 1999 Women’s World Cup was such an important event in my life and something that influenced me to play soccer at a high level. We walked over 10 miles and sat in the car for 7 hours but it was all more than worth it, and it was one of the greatest experiences and days of my life.

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