CSL Daily

September 30, 2016

Wizards Front Office Shares Experience, Knowledge with CSL


It’s been a fun and educational week for our graduate students, having the Washington Wizards on campus for their preseason training camp.

Friday, two members of their front office spoke in Dr. LeCrom’s Leaadership in Sport class, sharing their knowledge and experience.

Tommy Sheppard is the Wizards Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations. He’s been with the team for 12 years and has worked in the NBA for 21 years. His responsibilities include salary cap management, negotiations, draft preparation and talent evaluation of collegiate athletes and professionals, both domestically and abroad.

Rebecca Winn is the Vice President of Marketing, overseeing all of the internal and external promotion of both the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics of the WNBA.

Both Sheppard and Winn shared their professional journey which led them to the Wizards. They talked about what they believe it takes to be successful in the sports industry and what they look for when hiring new employees and interns.

We appreciate Tommy and Rebecca spending time with our students today.


September 29, 2016

Guest Speaker: Megan Hazzard, Richmond International Raceway


Richmond International Raceway hosts two major NASCAR events each year but the real challenge is luring additional events to the massive complex outside of the Spring & Fall race weekends.

In today’s Facility & Event Management class, instructor Jerrine Lee invited Megan Hazzard, senior manager of event sales and services, to talk about bidding for events. While sporting events would seem like a natural draw, Hazzard says they have to be open to just about anything. She discussed the importance of working with local and regional partners, all of who have the same goal: increase tourism and economic impact.


September 29, 2016

Duke Football Coach Quotes Aristotle, Talks Grit


Duke’s David Cutcliffe has been coaching football for almost 35 years but even he admitted his team’s come-from-behind win at Notre Dame last Saturday was one of the most thrilling and satisfying of his career. Down two touchdowns early in the game and trailing 35-28 in the fourth quarter, Duke rallied for the win at South Bend. The win ended a two game losing skid for the Blue Devils, who host Virginia this Saturday.

On Thursday, Cutcliffe appeared on Greg Burton’s local radio show and the conversation turned to Duke’s rough start of the season, where they dropped 2 of their first 3 games. Burton asked Cutcliffe how he get players to block out early season criticism and stay focused. Cutcliffe’s proceeded to reveal lessons learned over 35 years of coaching, including a 2,000 year old Aristotle quote, his fondness for grit and why the last 30 minutes of your practice should be the best.

You can listen to the entire interview courtesy of ESPN 950 here.

September 28, 2016

Wizards VP of Communications Talks to CSL

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The Washington Wizards are holding their preseason training camp at VCU’s Siegel Center this week, giving our graduate students multiple opportunities to learn from and work with the NBA team’s front office.

Wednesday, Wizards VP of Communications Scott Hall addressed the cohort, talking IMG_2684about his professional journey, what he looks for when he is hiring and what he believes it takes to be successful in the sport industry.

Hall told our students to have a general idea of what area of sports interests them and advised against telling potential employers, “I just want to work in sports.” He encouraged them to gain as much practical work experience as possible, and later praised the CSL for offering year-long graduate assistantships that provide hands-on learning.

Two of Hall’s colleagues with the Wizards front office will be speaking later in the week. Senior Director of Basketball Operations Tommy Sheppard and Director of Marketing Rebecca Winn will share their experiences on Friday.

Also on Friday, CSL graduate students will be working with the Wizards to stage an open practice at the Siegel Center from 6-7:30pm Friday night. It’s free and open to the public.

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September 27, 2016

LeCrom Presents at Service Learning Conference


Anyone who has taken Dr. LeCrom’s Leadership in Sport class knows the emphasis she puts on service learning. It’s a vital component in learning to lead and something she has studied and researched to validate its impact.

This week, Dr. LeCrom is presenting at the International Association of Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement in New Orleans. The study is called “Hearts on our sleeves: Emotions Experienced by service-learning faculty”.

She was joined by members of her CSL family, her VCU family and her actual family. Co-authoring the study was CSL doctoral student Tiesha Martin, VCU Associate Vice-Provost of Community Engagement Lynn Pelco and Jill Lassiter. associate professor of health & human science at Bridgewater College. Lassiter is Dr. LeCrom’s sister.




September 27, 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.


liz french

Liz French (’15) has been promoted to assistant coach for the VCU Women’s Lacrosse team. Liz has been a member of the lacrosse staff as both a volunteer coach and a graduate assistant and helped the program launch its inaugural season in 2015-16.


jerrine lee

Jerrine Lee (’07) has been hired as the Convention and Sports Services Manager for Richmond Region Tourism. Over the last seven years, Jerrine worked with the Richmond Flying Squirrels Minor League Baseball Team, most recently as Director of Suite Sales and Client Relations. With Richmond Region Tourism, Jerrine will work with clients and event professionals as well as RRT staff, local tourism, and business community members to strategically plan and provide service support to make assigned conventions, events, and sporting events successful and to maximize the economic impact for the Richmond region.


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