April 4, 2005. The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill men’s basketball team defeated the University of Illinois Fighting Illini to win the 2005 National Championship. This date is important because it ignited my interest in college athletics. I religiously watch college football every Saturday, I was a college athlete at Coastal Carolina University, and completed my Bachelor’s degree at the real USC in Columbia, SC as an athletic training student. Despite always being around the college athletics scene, I did not come to appreciate this field until I started completing scholarly research about the student-athlete experience. As a second semester MA student, I can confidently say that I believe in college athletics and invested in the student-athlete experience. This belief was further solidified this week after attending the 2018 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar.

ELS Sign

The NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS) is a three-day annual program that “provides effective leadership, educational and transitional programming for more than 200 current graduate assistants and interns from NCAA membership schools, conference offices and affiliate organizations.” This year, there were 227 phenomenal student leaders, including students from international countries such as Finland, Canada, and England. I learned so much from my colleagues, especially those at Division 2 and Division 3 institutions (s/o to Brenna from Coe College!), as my experience as been limited to large Power 5 universities. I also learned about video producing from my man Eric, who did a wonderful job capturing our experience.

Tim with Eric – ELS Videographer

This program was an amazing for several reasons! As an attendee, I had the opportunity to complete the DiSC assessment and discuss how my behavioral leadership styles best collaborates with other people’s unique leadership style. I also learned how to actively listen and effectively communicate how I add value to team in diverse settings. This practice was applied through the team dynamics project, which allowed for all team members to be present and contribute to problem solving an annual issue within collegiate athletic departments. Of course, my group had the best project! 😊 (Yes, I am biased.)

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Tim with the best team at ELS! #CardUp





iven my identity as a Sigma man, it was important that I connected with my NPHC family who are all invested in enhancing the student-athlete experience.





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am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have attended the 2018 Emerging Leaders Seminar. This week was an opportunity to invest in myself so that I can invest in my student-athletes at Ohio State and beyond. Facilitators encouraged us to clarify our values, adopt an attitude of gratitude, and to “be quick, but don’t hurry.” As I left Indy, words from Karen Stromme echoed in my head:

“Make values based decisions and you’ll never make a bad decision.”

There is a lot of work to be done in intercollegiate athletics. I am at peace knowing there are at least 226 other graduate students and interns committed to honoring college sport traditions, but choosing to pivot toward innovation.

We learned a lot the past three days. Now it is time to lead.

Tim with Ashlynn – Graduate Student at the University of Southern California 




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