CSL Daily

May 31, 2016

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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Kyle Clark (’16) has been hired as a Recreation Specialist by the City of Fall Church Recreation Department. Kyle will assist with the coordination of recreational activities for all ages. Kyle will also be responsible for coordinating pieces of summer camp programs, youth and adult sport leagues and programs, and will assist program supervisors with the planning of community events.


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Alex Ritter (’16) has been selected as a full year intern for Wake Forest Athletic Development.  Alex will learn fundamental development operations while in the public phase of a capital campaign. Wake Forest interns learn directly from a successful fundraising team led by the 2015 NAADD Fundraiser of the Year, Barry Faircloth, iincluding committee work, gift tables and pyramids, planning of projects, naming opportunity process, and fundraising.



Sean Wheeler (’16) has been hired as a Development Intern-Major Gifts by Colorado State Athletics. Sean will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Ram Club office. In addition, the position assists the Major Gifts Director with all aspects including solicitation and stewardship efforts of current and potential donors. The position will be heavily focused on contributions towards the new on-campus football stadium opening in the Fall of 2017. The position also manages select sport support groups to ensure fundraising success.


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Lucas Jones (’07) was named ODAC Baseball Coach of the Year. In his first season as the head coach at Washington & Lee, Jones led the Generals to a 25-12 overall record and a 13-7 mark in the ODAC, which earned the Blue and White the third seed in the conference tournament. The 25 wins are the third-most in a single season in program history. Jones also led the team to the most home wins (16-4) in W&L baseball history.


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Clark Walker (’10) has been hired as Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Most recently, Clark was a senior project and marketing manager for a national medical technology company while also coaching basketball at The Miller School.


May 24, 2016

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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Ashley Alletto (’16) has been hired as the Marketing & Events Post Graduate intern for University of Minnesota – Duluth Athletics. Ashley will be responsible for strategic marketing and promotional planning for sports programs, collaborating with affiliated groups including boosters, alumni, student groups and other university contacts to help generate awareness and attendance. Ashley will also assist Marketing activities on game day, special event planning and sponsorship sales.


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Nick Michael (’14) has been hired as Assistant AD for Athletic Performance at University of Missouri. Most recently, Nick was the strength & conditioning coach for men’s basketball at Rice University. Click here to read more about Nick’s new role.


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Robby Robinson (’14) was named East Region Rookie of the Year for Learfield Sports. Robby is currently the General Manager of VCU Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holder for athletics at Virginia Commonwealth University.


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Jesse Bopp (’10)  has been hired as assistant men’s basketball coach at New Mexico State. Most recently, Jesse was an assistant coach at Chattanooga, helping the Mocs to a Southern Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Jesse did two stints at VCU, working as a graduate assistant while enrolled at the CSL and then returning as Director of Basketball Operations from 2013-15 under then Head Coach Shaka Smart.

May 23, 2016

Howe in Spotlight as U.S. Open Draws Close

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Photo courtesy of USGA

With the U.S. Open a little more than three weeks away, a Center for Sport Leadership graduate is getting attention for his role in planning the tournament. Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.25.59 AM

Charlie Howe (’07)  is the Championship Manager for the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh. Howe has been on the ground since early 2014 laying the groundwork for this world class event.

Recently, Howe, a Mechanicsville, Virginia native, has been profiled by two publications promoting the event. Virginia Golfer is a monthly magazine produced by the Virginia State Golf Association. Howe was also profiled by Forbes Travel Guide.

Howe has for the United State Golf Association for eight years working his way up to his current role. Howe told Virginia Golfer:  “I’m working on one of the largest sporting events in the world. And what’s not to like about that?”

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May 18, 2016

Alumni Insight: Glenn Gray

May 18 is National Golf Day, the pinnacle event for the “We Are Golf” campaign, designed glenn grayto promote the sport. The man behind the campaign is Glenn Gray, 2008 graduate of the Center for Sport Leadership and Vice President of Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group. Glenn has worked for the Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group for 5 years and in this time has developed strategic communication plans for the World Golf Foundation, “National Golf Day”, as well as creating a global publicity and media relations program for Sport Turf Manager Association. Glenn is also a member of the CSL Alumni Advisory Board. This Q&A was conducted by graduate student Romy Kolzer


Romy Kolzer: What was you biggest takeaway from the CSL program?
Glenn Gray: The biggest takeaway from CSL was to be open and willing to any opportunities that arise in the industry. You don’t want to sell yourself short in terms of your value or accepting a position just to have a job in the sports industry, but you should evaluate activities to volunteer or build your network.


RK: What challenges/adversity have you faced in the workplace and how did you overcome them?
GG: I’ve had a variety of marketing positions in my career so each one has its own challenges. I believe one of the hardest across all of them is prioritizing assignments. At any point, I could have several projects going on at once or juggling several clients but ultimately, it’s up to me to figure out how to best use my time and which activities will have the biggest impact.  I like to set daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual goals to help achieve.


RK: Who is the best leader you have worked for and why?
GG: Best leader I’ve worked with is Giff Breed, during my time at Octagon. CSL still has a very close relationship with him. He is now the owner of Independence Golf Club. He is a visionary and “no idea is a bad idea.” Giff is very friendly and knows how to build deep relationships in the industry. He is unique in finding revenue streams out of areas in the business no one had yet to think of. Overall, he’s a great communicator and understands the value of face-to-face interaction with employees, clients, prospects, etc.


RK: How would you define leadership?
GG: Leadership is best defined as having a clear vision for your team and providing them the tools to work as a group and achieve results. Leaders create a strong culture and allow individuals to blossom in that environment.


RK: What was your favorite moment in the CSL program?
GG: My favorite moment at CSL was the European Model of Sport trip. The students and staff were close throughout the year but we truly bonded on that trip and created lifelong friendships. The hands-on learning environment was exceptional, being able to meet executives and influencers while also touring sports venues.

May 17, 2016

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. 



Scott “Scooter” Renkin (’16) has been hired by the NC State Wolfpack Club as a development intern. Scooter will serve a full year internship with the Wolfpack Club which provides private financial support for athletic scholarships and facilities for NC State University led by the 2007 NAADD Fundraiser of the year Bobby Purcell. Interns rotate every three months working in the development facets of major gifts, annual giving, membership, and special event departments.



Matt Butta (’15) has been hired as an Account Executive for Virginia Sports Properties, a division of OUTFRONT Media.  Matt’s primary focus will be selling corporate sponsorships to businesses in the Charlottesville area and throughout the state, including the Richmond area. Most recently, Matt was a Senior Sales Consultant for Georgia Tech Athletics as part of The Aspire Group.

May 16, 2016

Graduation Day


With broad smiles and high hopes for the future, the Center for Sport Leadership Class of 2016 participated in the VCU School of Education’s graduation ceremony Saturday at the Siegel Center. Led by members of the faculty, cheers from family and friends rained down on the graduates as they filed into the arena.

Interim Dean of the School of Education Leila Christenbury said less than ten percent of the U.S. population has a master’s degree, and welcomed our graduates into a select society.

The ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by the CSL in the parlors. It’s a chance for students and faculty to meet family and friends.