CSL Daily

October 31, 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.


Lindsay Biggs (’13) was inducted into the Manchester High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Lindsay was a standout basketball player at Manchester, receiving multiple honors including  First Team All State and Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year. She scored 1,662 career points, the most in school history, while also setting the school standard for career assists. Lindsay is currently the Spider Club Operations Coordinator for Richmond Athletics.



Hunter Leemon (’09) was named one of Style Weekly Magazine’s 40 Under 40. Hunter is the executive director of Sportable, one of the leading adaptive sport organizations in the country.  This is the second year in a row a CSL alum has been named to this list.





October 24, 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.


Leighann Albaugh (’11) was recognized as one of the best golf instructors in Virginia by Golf Digest. Each year, the magazine honors the most outstanding golf teachers in every state. Leighann is the Director of Instruction at Magnolia Green Golf Course in Moseley.


October 22, 2017

CSL in Baltimore: Day 2

Day 2 in Baltimore began at M & T Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. Matt Little, Marketing & Football Outreach Manager led our group into the Ravens locker room
where several members of the their front office met us for a panel discussion.


  • Cindy Browning, Media & Client Services Manager
  • Dan Condon, Sr Account Executive
  • Dave Lang, Director of Digital Media
  • Rich Tamayo, Director of Guest Experience
  • Kelly Quinlan, Community Relations Manager


The panel shared their insight and experiences from their careers, answering questions and offering advice.

Following the panel discussion, our group was led to the field. Standing on the sidelines, our students were in awe, yet still found the presence to produce a staggering amount of selfies.  Our tour also featured the Press Box and Suite Level, which gave us multiple, unique game day perspectives.

Our final stop was to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Before we toured “The Ballpark That Changed Baseball Forever”, we had the unique chance to enter the iconic brick warehouse that looms beyond the right field wall. The building houses the Orioles front office and it was here that we met our host VP of Marketing & Communications Greg Bader.  He brought our group headed to the fourth floor and the DH Lounge where our students would hear from five members of the Orioles leadership team.

  • Greg Bader, VP of Marketing and Communications
  • Neil Aloise, VP of Ticket Sales, Service & Operations
  • Kristen Hudak, Director of Public Relations
  • Kristen Schultz, Director of Community Relations & Promotions
  • Jason Snapkoski, Director of Advertising

The one hour presentation began with Orioles VP of Marketing and Communications Greg Bader explaining the team’s five pillars of Brand Identity: Fun, Family, Tradition, Partnership & Community. Clearly, the Orioles deliver on their mission whether it’s during one of their 81 regular season home games or hosting graduate students who want to work in sports. Waiting for each student on their chair when they entered was a small gift from the team: an Orioles beanie.

The Orioles understand the need to develop the next generation of sports professionals, according to Kristen Schultz, Director of Community Relations & Promotions. She talked about the innovative Career Opportunities program they developed to offer a foot-in-the-door and game day experience to ambitious young people.

Our graduate students then took a tour of one of the most celebrated ballparks in Major League Baseball. In fact, the Orioles trademarked the phrase “The Ballpark that Forever Changed Baseball” to highlight the impact Oriole Park at Camden Yards has had in both stadium design and fan experience since it was built 25 years ago. A classic design with every modern amenity, Oriole Park is a living monument to the team’s heritage and the game’s romantic past.





October 22, 2017

CSL in Baltimore: Day 1

The Charm City lived up to its name as the Center for Sport Leadership cohort arrived in Baltimore for two days meetings and tours with sports organizations.

The first stop was University of Maryland, where Senior Associate AD for External Relations Carrie Blankenship hosted our visit. We met Carrie for the first time two years ago on this visit. We were so impressed with her we ultimately asked her to be an adjunct professor, which she is, teaching Marketing to our Distance Learning students.  Carrie spoke to the students about her professional journey and then brought it two colleagues: Brian Thornburg, associate AD for development and Mark Sherburne, assistant AD for facilities, operations and events.

Carrie and her team gave us a tour of the Xfinity Center, home to Maryland’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. We also got to see the renovated Cole Field House, Maryland’s historic former basketball arena which has now been converted to an indoor practice facility for football. There is one more phase of work to be completed but it’s an amazing asset for Maryland football.

After our lunch stop, we headed to Under Armour Global Headquarters, located in downtown Baltimore. The massive complex was the former home of Proctor and Gamble and, in a nod to history, all of the Under Armour Buildings are named after famous P & G products like Tide and Joy.

Our tour guide Erin led us through the complex which seems more like a village. We walked through the Innovation Center (no pictures, please) where Under Armour’s cutting edge products are envisioned and perfected. We walked through the commissary and the fitness center that rivals any you have ever seen. The fitness center opens to an outdoor artificial turf field that overlooks Baltimore Harbor. The words “Hungry and Humble” feature prominently throughout the UA complex. It was how founder Kevin Plank signed emails as the company started to gather momentum and grow. It’s clear this company and its workforce lives it and believes it even today.


October 18, 2017

Slavich Becomes First to Earn Ph.D. from CSL

Anyone who has been around the CSL for the past three years knows Mark Slavich. He’s been a fixture in the workroom, doing research and working with the faculty. His hard work culminated last week when he successfully defended his dissertation.

It was the final step before earning his Ph.D.

“You are a product of the people you surround yourself with. Thank you is not enough for (the dissertation committee), and there are so many more. Grateful to have been forever changed by the CSL,” said Slavich, who is currently an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Three years ago, the Center for Sport Leadership began offering a Ph.D. in Education with a track in sport leadership. There are currently five other students currently working towards their doctoral degree.


October 17, 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.


Brittany Hill (’16) has been hired as assistant girls basketball coach at Glen Allen High School. Brittany has previously worked at Richmond Raceway and SMG.


Lauryn Hutchinson (’14) and Breiana White (’15) have co-founded EVLV, a soccer training and youth development program aimed exclusively at young girls and women. EVLV is focused on developing a well-rounded athlete by addressing physical, mental and emotional wellness in addition to leadership training and team building.