CSL Daily

October 15, 2017

CSL Host RVA Sports Executive Social

The RVA Sports Executive Social brings together the Richmond sports community each year for the purpose of connecting and fostering collaboration.

More than 100 people representing two dozen local sports organizations enjoyed Thursday night’s annual networking event at the Siegel Center’s Tommy J. West Club sponsored by the Center for Sport Leadership.

The event also allows our graduate students to mix with local sports professional, offering them a chance to practice their networking skills and build relationships that could lead to valuable opportunities after graduation.

Members of the CSL’s Alumni Advisory Board were also present, already on campus for a meeting. The sports organizations represented at Thursday’s event included:

  • VCU Athletics
  • University of Richmond Athletics
  • Richmond Raceway
  • Richmond Region Tourism
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels
  • Richmond Times Dispatch
  • Sport Backers
  • Virginia State Golf Association
  • The First Tee of Greater Richmond
  • Special Olympics Virginia
  • Elite Clubs National League
  • Henrico County Sports Tourism
  • RMC Events
  • Colonial Athletic Association
  • Swim RVA


October 10, 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.


Alex Milton (’16) has been hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach at George Mason University. Alex will work primarily with women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse and volleyball. Most recently, Alex spent the past year as a strength & conditioning intern at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.



Mike Murphy (’10) has joined the leadership team of the Montgomery Biscuits, the Double-A affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays . Mike spent the past year as Senior Manager of Business Development for Richmond Raceway. Prior to that, Mike worked 6 years with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, working in a variety of roles including Director of Corporate Sales.

October 10, 2017

Connecting with #CSLnetwork in Dallas

You may have read that CSL Executive Director Carrie LeCrom is in Dallas for the Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention.  She has been able to connect with several alumni who are also in attendance, including Ashley Champigny, Director of Championships for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Carrie got an opportunity to attend last night’s Dallas Mavericks game where she connected with two CSL alumni working in the NBA: Mavs assistant coach Kaleb Canales and Kevin Tiller, Basketball Operations Associate for the Orlando Magic, who played the Mavs last night.


October 9, 2017

#CSLnetwork at Women Leaders in College Sports Conference

Several CSL alumni are in Dallas for the Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention. This group, formally known as NACWA,  brings together the most talented and accomplished female college administrators to engage in professional development, share best practices and support colleagues.

CSL Executive Director Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D. is attending for the first time as are several alumni including Erin Hauser (’15), Athletics Operations Coordinator for Randolph-Macon College, Ashley Champigny (’09) Director of Championship for the Atlantic Coast Conference and Vanessa Moore (’17) Director of Basketball Operations for VCU Women’s Basketball.

Stay tuned for more updates, pictures and thoughts from the attendees on the conference.

October 5, 2017

Banks (’04) Talks Finance & Budgets in College Athletics

“I believe 100% of the decisions made, especially the tough decisions, in college athletics are basically financial decisions.”

Virginia Tech Athletics Executive Associate AD & CFO  Omar Banks (’04) says revenue and expenses are a daily conversation in within college athletic departments.  He shared his years of experience and insight with our SPorts Business class Thursday morning.

Banks also brought one of his colleagues, Bill Lansden, Senior Associate AD for Development and Executive Director, Hokie Club.  “He brings in the money and I manage it,” said Banks.

Both preached the “team first” attitude that must exist in a college athletic department to foster financially health & efficiency.

October 4, 2017

ACC Head of Officials Speaks to Coaching Class

The relationship between coaches and officials can be a delicate and sometime volatile one but it doesn’t have to be according to a longtime college basketball referee.

Atlantic Coast Conference Supervisor of Officials Bryan Kersey spoke to our Foundations of Coaching class Wednesday morning, offering tremendous insight on the relationship between coaches & referees. He told some pretty good stories (off the record) and gave our future coaches some great advice.

“Your actions and words can get you thrown out of this business so think before you talk and act.”

Kersey was invited to speak by adjunct professor John Krikorian, who is the head basketball coach at Christopher Newport and a recent graduate of our Distance Learning program.