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DI coaching contract

Monday, April 7th, 2014

 

 

As an Athletic Director for a Division I school, I am here to set up games and tournaments for sports teams. I havefull responsibility for every sports team both men and women. Another part of my job is to help write coaching contracts which are made to define the coaches’ job and what they will be doing at the university. The coach is agreeing with the terms of the contract and will be making a commitment. The coach will follow the university’s policies about athletics and academics, they will know that athletes are students first.I take these contracts serious where  student athletes are in a safe environment and coaches are not abusing their power.

 

The news and media has shown coaches who were trusted and paid bya school, then abuses student athletes verbally, physically, and sexually. I am making sure that does not happen to anyone in my school. I will be setting up a contract for a head coach position for the women’s basketball team. Many coaches will be applying, the school will be looking for experience and back round checks. The salary of the job will be on the contract and may vary due to the basketball season. if our team gets into the national tournament and wins a championship, they might get a raise. All I want is the coach and their staff is to respect the contract and the school that hired them. If they do not, their contract will be terminated and would be removed from the university.

Love to Work Hard…Associate AD Lynne Andrew

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Fort Lewis College Assistance Athletic Director Lynne Andrew came in to ES 480, Wednesday morning to speak to us about what she does, what she has done prior, as well as her thoughts on how to be a little more successful in our future careers.

 

Upon completing high school, Lynne was offered a scholarship to play college basketball here in the US. After an illustrious playing career which included All-American accolades in college and playing professionally in Germany, Lynne returned to the United States to finish her degree and try her hand at coaching basketball.

 

 In Lynne’s first few years of coaching, she saw action as an assistant coach. After assistant coaching at a couple different colleges, Lynne saw her first opportunity to become a head coach, however, she was not chosen. Her next head coaching opportunity came by way of Fair Banks, Alaska. After the board felt they needed a change, she found herself on her way to Fort Lewis College, first as a compliance coordinator, then as the scholarship budget administrator as well. Eventually, Lynne had more positions added under her, and was then able to become the associate athletic director.

 

One of the things that Lynne said that had the biggest impact on me was when she had said connections are great but a lot of it comes down to how hard you work. I completely and full-heartedly agree with that statement. If I were to take one thing away from her talk and apply it to my career, it would be the statement she made about putting yourself out there. She said “make sure people know who you are. Give people time, and don’t put yourself on a pedestal”.  I feel that this will be very important in a fitness club or gym setting as it will allow for people to feel more comfortable with me and open the door for them to ask for advice. I will make a more conscious effort to give people time when they say hi or ask how I am doing, even if I am busy. Showing people that I have some interest in them can be help make my professional life a lot more enjoyable.

 

The advice that Lynne gave regarding hard work and success was valuable, even though we heard it all the time, it has more of an impact when you hear it in person from someone you can tell has worked hard to get where they are in life.

Canadian Superstarr

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Today Lynne Andrew gave us insight regarding her career accomplishments. Lynne is a very successful woman as seen in her biography here, http://www.goskyhawks.com/staff.aspx?staff=35 .While basketball had been a sport Lynne was very involved in as a child and into her young adult stage, she continued on to be a coach in the sport she so dearly loved. After all of her crazy coaching experiences, she moved on to the administrative side of collegiate sport. Lynne stressed that the most important thing in jobs is to keep connections and do not burn any bridges. She also explained how connections are the reason she is where she is today.

Today I have learned all about Lynne’s career and there are many things I will take away from listening to her experiences. The first and most important thing I am going to do in order to be successful in my career is network and find connections as well as maintain good relationships with others. I will also work hard for my program, not to be seen and awarded, but instead to make the program the best it can be.

Another thing I learned from Lynne that will be helpful for my future is that if there is a task to be done that nobody likes to do, then just do it. Just because you have a higher title then someone else doesn’t mean you do not share some of the responsibilities.

 

The last and most important thing I learned from Lynne that I can apply to my career is to love what you do. If you love what you do, you will be good at it and you will be happy with where you are at. For Lynne, it wasn’t about the money, it was about the students and their success and I want to follow in her footsteps because I agree %100.

 

Thank you Lynne

Lunch with Kerri Walsh?!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Winning their Third consecutive Olympic Medal Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor are sought out to be the best beach volleyball players in the World. So it comes to no surprise when they use that to advertise themselves for “a chance to win sweepstakes” type of publicity. Jennings recently partnered up with Tampax Pearl to give girls the chance to win a private volleyball training session with a trip to California.

Three-Time Gold Medalist Serves up a Winner with “The Kerri Walsh Jennings Active Experience”

Enter "The Kerri Walsh Jennings Active Experience" sweepstakes by visiting awesomelyactive.com from October 19, 2013 until November 3, 2013 (Photo: Business Wire)

When it comes to playing a highly competitive sport Tampax pearl is trying to reach out to those athletes who idolize Jennings and even Treanor whose name just always happen to stick together like glue. Volleyball is the type of sport that is on the rise and becoming a popular competitive sport. If a young girl who is an aspiring volleyball player they will be easily influenced to try and win a trip to California to try and spend it with Jennings and having a private volleyball session with her. That would be a dream, even for me!

I believe that Jennings is trying to gain more publicity as well as trying to gain publicity for USA Volleyball. Trying to reach out to the youth volleyball players all around the world is a great way to gain a fan base from a young age. There are many female athletes that try and promote themselves through feminine products like make-up, deodorant, shampoos and conditioners. Because women have to use these types of products daily and if there is information like this around us at all times there is a higher chance we can buy into it or even try to win that sweepstakes for lunch with Kerri Walsh Jennings.

 

 

Lowering GPA standards: Until you get paid millions of dollars to play a sport you better be reading a book

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Many athletes these days are starting to lose the pride of the term STUDENT athlete. When I hear the term student athlete I think of someone who works just as hard on the field/court as they do in the classroom. Some high schools are beginning to lower the standard for athletes when it comes to the GPA required to compete, going from a 2.5 GPA to a 1.7 GPA. Having lowered the GPA it is okay if an athlete who has 6 classes to have 4 C’s and 2 D’s, that is passing! In these high schools I believe administrators are attempting to keep some athletes off the streets and trying to prevent them from getting into trouble such as joining gangs, selling or doing drugs.

As much as administrators are trying to keep these athletes out of these situations, it does not help them succeed in life because once they graduate high school, will they have a GPA high enough to attend college? If an athlete cannot pass and/or struggles with the subjects Math, English or Science all being the core subjects of standardizing testing and of the ACT/SAT, how can they get a high school diploma? Even more so if an athlete wants to play at a collegiate level will they be able to get their GPA high enough to be accepted into an institution? Will they be able to maintain a GPA high enough to be eligible for playing time?  Al Woods author of “Warning: Student Athletes, Bad Grades Will Make You Invisible to College Coaches!” writes:

“I would guarantee you that one of the first questions a college coach will ask anyone about a particular student athlete is: “What are their grades like?”If the answer to that question is not a good answer, then you can best believe that’s the end of that discussion about that student athlete.” -Woods, Al

Therefore, administrators are not setting up these student athletes to be successful later on in life after high school. And until these athletes can prepare for their studies on a daily basis as they would if they were to play in the state championship game, they are going to have a hard time being victorious.