What do the first two hours of your day look like?
This time of year it is spent assisting incoming commits with their day-to-day questions. Going through their (and their families’) emails and texts about medical & compliance paperwork, where to go for financial aid questions, housing, meal plans, equipment, and everything else you could imagine. First-generation students are especially in need with a lot of these topics and as you know we become like family to these players so it is vital that they feel comfortable with their decision and their new home for the next four years.
If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Start building relationships with people on campus early, I am surprised by how often I have questions for every department on campus including: academic programs for recruiting, dining for pre-season and recruiting, housing, HR to get new coaches set to go, etc.
The more relationships you build early, the easier it becomes to accomplish goals in a timely manner. The more you know the people on campus and are kind to them, the more inclined they are to help you and your program.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish within the next year.
Continuing to push our calendars backwards, the more fiscally sustainable our program becomes, the easier it is to accomplish this. This includes getting our coaches on the road for recruiting earlier, having our team’s travel set by the winter/early spring, outlining what camp will look like in early spring and wrapping up our fundraising as early as possible so we have more time to be ready for the season. This has been a work in progress for the last few years and we are getting more comfortable every season with the timeliness in which we accomplish these goals.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevancy even less.” This is a quote from Gen. Eric Shinseki that I heard from the first head coach I ever worked for. I have never forgotten it.
Talk about a project or effort you’re working on or a group or organization that you’re working with (either inside or outside of your operations function) that is near and dear to your heart.
Our Athletic Department works with a group called One Love every year. “Founded in 2010 to honor Yeardley Love, a former University of Virginia Student Athlete, One Love works to ensure everyone understands the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship.” Supporting healthy relationships and giving student athletes a way to talk about abuse and mental health in a supportive setting is of massive importance on today’s campuses. Student athletes rarely walk onto campus Day 1 with the skills to be able to discuss their own mental health and relationships with each other. This group does a phenomenal job of aiding students with their growth in this area through short workshops that they administer on-campus.
Get more information on One Love.