CSL Daily

June 28, 2016


In honor of one of the greatest coaches and leaders of all time, we remember Pat Summitt by sharing one of our favorite quotes from her. #RIPPatSummitt

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June 28, 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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Jenna Taylor (’15) has been hired as Assistant Academic Coordinator for the Office of Academic Support Program for Student Athletes at NC State. Jenna will assist the staff and gain experience in monitoring academic progress, registration advising, continuing eligibility review, event planning, and teaching an orientation course.  Jenna’s main responsibility will be working with the football team and some of the other Olympic sports at NC State.


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Scott Bacon (’15) has been hired as the Deputy Athletic Director for External Relations at Jacksonville University. For the past five years, Scott has worked at Longwood University, most recently as Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations. Scott earned his master’s degree through our Distance Learning program.


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Graham Bousley (’14) has been hired as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Mount St. Mary’s University. Graham has spent the past two seasons as the director of basketball operations at Rice, where he worked under Head Coach and CSL alum Mike Rhoades.


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Donny Lind (’11) has been hired as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Radford University. Donny has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Mount St Mary’s University. Lind will be working with Head Coach Mike Jones, who he worked with at VCU while Lind was enrolled at the CSL and worked as a graduate assistant for men’s basketball.

June 15, 2016

CSL Alum Howe Talks U.S. Open

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After more than two years of hard work and preparation, Charlie Howe is about to see the payoff. A 2007 graduate of the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU, Howe is the Championship Manager for the 2016 U.S. Open, which starts Thursday at Oakmont Country Club, outside of Pittsburgh. Howe has been on site since early 2014 getting the venue ready for the players and fans who will descend upon this legendary course this week.  Howe has been in the spotlight as the lead for all of the logistics connected to this world class sporting event: from parking & transportation to hospitality and merchandise. Recently, Howe was a guest on Greg Burton’s radio show and talked about this journey.

June 14, 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. 



Alyce Bryant (’16) has been selected as a Communications Intern for the Washington Redskins. Alyce will assist in all media & public relations duties for the team throughout the upcoming NFL season.



Jennifer Nelson (’16) has been hired as the Adult League Coordinator for the United States Tennis Association Northern California. Jen will be responsible for coordinating events and operations for the organization’s members and participants.



Virginia Pham (’16) will be the statistician for the USA Volleyball Men’s Junior National Team  that will compete in the 2016 NORCECA U21 Continental Championships in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada from July 3-11. A graduate assistant for VCU Volleyball , Virginia currently works with TrackMan Golf as a Broadcast Operator, responsible for setting up Trackman’s broadcast technology at various professional golf tournaments including this week’s U.S. Open.


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Troy Austin (’03) was the recipient of the Inaugural 1-AAA Builders Award, presented at the 2016 NACDA Convention in Dallas. Troy is currently in his 10th year as Director of Athletics at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

June 9, 2016

Mrs. Harmon’s Last Day


Danise Harmon’s official role at the Center for Sport Leadership for the last nine years has been Business Manager. Anyone connected to the program knows she is much more than that. She has been an advisor, confidant, cheerleader, surrogate mother, & most of all a loving & caring friend.

Today is her last day at the CSL. She is moving into a new role with the School of Education starting next week. We celebrated her last day by having (what else) Sugar Shack Donuts this morning. At a breakfast earlier this week, we presented her with a plaque, thanking her for nine years of service and a staff picture (so she doesn’t forget us!).

We wish you all the best, Danise. You’ll always be part of our family.

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June 9, 2016

CSL Alum’s Powerful Tribute to a Friend

Ryan Horn loves to talk about Yoram Mwila. The two met while Ryan, a 2008 graduate of the Center for Sport Leadership, worked with the VCU men’s soccer team as the associate head strength & conditioning coach for VCU athletics. There was an instant bond and connection.

Four years ago today, Yoram was killed in a car accident in his native country of Zambia. At the time, Ryan had moved on to work at Tulsa with their men’s basketball team. This video was shot shortly after Ryan learned of Yoram’s death. The tribute is a powerful, heartfelt tribute to Yoram. Thanks for sharing Ryan.