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CSL Daily

June 30, 2017

CSL Ranked Top 10 in North America

The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is ranked 8th in North America and 12th in the world in the 2017 Sports Business International Postgraduate Sport Course Rankings. This is the second year in a row the CSL has been included in the definitive list of top sports management programs.  The CSL is also ranked 5th worldwide in graduate satisfaction and 12th in highest average salary.

“We are honored to be ranked among the best sports management programs in the world for the second year in a row. We are particularly excited to be ranked 5th worldwide in graduate satisfaction. Our alumni are our greatest asset and we appreciate their continued support of our program,” said Dr. Carrie LeCrom, executive director of the Center for Sport Leadership.

This is the sixth year Sports Business International has conducted the rankings for sport business and sports management programs worldwide. The publication received a record number of entries for consideration. The methodology of the rankings is based on several factors: graduates employed within three months of graduation; work placement; male/female ratio; domestic/international student ratio; and average salary after three years of graduation. There is also a student satisfaction component, which is based on a survey filled out by a program’s alumni from a designated year.

The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU was established in 1999, developed with the idea of creating an innovative, practical learning environment that would prepare students interested in the sport industry for a successful career in the business.

Modeled after the highly successful BrandCenter, VCU’s nationally ranked graduate advertising program, the Center for Sport Leadership launched as a non-traditional sport leadership graduate program that focuses on experiential learning through hands-on experiences. With full support from the university, the administration understood the unique aspects of the sport industry and placed a high value on practical experience and networking opportunities.

The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU has more than 800 alumni working in all areas of the sport industry including the NFL, NBA, NHL, USGA, and more than 50 Division 1 college athletic departments across the country.

June 29, 2017

Dr. LeCrom Featured on Leadership Podcast

Our alumni are quite familiar with Dr. LeCrom’s philosophy and passion for leadership. Recently, our Executive Director shared her insight with Daniel Hare, host of The All Star Leader Podcast. 

Dr. LeCrom talked about her research and work in sport-for development. She also discussed how the CSL is developing the next generation of sport leaders.

Listen below or check out the full website for more great conversations with leaders in sport.

June 27, 2017

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.

 

Greg Moon (CSL ’16) has been hired as the Assistant Director of the Golden Flashes Club for Kent State Athletics. Most recently, Greg served as an intern for the Wolfpack Club at NC State.

 

Mike Snowden (CSL ’16) has been hired as Strength and Conditioning Coach for University of Buffalo Athletics. Previously, Mike was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at George Mason University, working primarily with women’s basketball.

 

Artis Gordon (CSL ’06) has been hired as the Director of Student-Athlete Development for VCU Athletics. Artis has served as the Director of the Transfer Center at VCU since 2011.

 

 

June 20, 2017

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.

 

Ryan Neises (’11) will be an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Christian University Men’s Basketball team where he already works as a full time student-athlete advisor. Previously, Ryan was the Head Coach and Director of Basketball Operations at Calvary Christian School in Covington, KY. Ryan has also served as the athletic director at Dayton (OH) Christian High School.

 

Duane Aagard (’03) has been hired as Assistant Professor for Sports Management at Catawba College. Previously, Duane has been teaching in the sports management program at Pfeiffer University.  He has also served as the Athletic Director at Southeastern University.

 

 

 

June 16, 2017

#CSLnetwork Connects at NACDA 2017

With the majority of Center for Sport Leadership alumni working in college athletics, we made the decision three years ago to attend NACDA, the annual convention for people who work in college athletics,

Executive Director Dr. Carrie LeCrom and Director of Communications Greg Burton made the trip to Orlando, site of NACDA 2017, and over three days, connected with more than 40 alumni.

We caught up with the majority of alums at a reception hosted by the CSL on Sunday night.  This year’s event featured the largest turnout with more than 75 alumni, colleagues and friends of the program.

Not everyone arrives at the conference in time to attend our reception so LeCrom and Burton spent two more days in Orlando, meeting with alums and networking with college sports administrators.

They were also able to attend the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year luncheon where VCU’s Ed McLaughlin was honored as well as Army AD Boo Corrigan, a CSL alum.

June 6, 2017

Hat Tip Tuesday

On Tuesdays, we offer a “tip of the hat” to alumni who have been hired, promoted, recognized for outstanding achievement or embarked on new opportunities.

 

 

Connor Ford (’16) has been hired as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Richmond Strikers, one of the largest and most successful youth soccer programs in Virginia. Connor will handle all digital and social media for the Strikers as well as work with the staff on advertising and promoting the club’s brand.

 

Kiara McClendon (’16) has been hired as a Learning Specialist with The Ohio State University’s Student Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO). She will be working with both revenue and Olympic sports, working closely with student-athletes to help them navigate college level learning.

 

Scooter Renkin (’16) has been hired as Assistant Director of Development for The Duke Club and James Madison University Athletics.

 

Kelsey Kearney (’14) has been hired as the Assistant Director for Athletic Development for the Gamecock Club & University of South Carolina Athletics. Most recently, Kelsey spent two years as the assistant director of The Catamount Club at Western Carolina.

 

Lucas Jones (’07) has been hired as the Head Baseball Coach at Lynchburg College. Lucas spent the past two years as the Head Coach at Washington & Lee. A native of Lynchburg, Lucas returns to his undergraduate alma mater, where he replaces longtime head Coach Percy Abell.