Big Ten Names Kevin Warren Conference Commissioner
by Jason Scott June 2019
Former Minnesota Vikings COO Kevin Warren was officially introduced as the new commissioner of the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday, replacing longtime commissioner Jim Delany. Warren will become the first black commissioner to lead a Power Five athletic conference.
Letter from the Editor: Enjoy the Views
by Andy Berg June 2019
When I look out my office window, I can see an approximately three-block stretch of real estate that terminates at the southern shoreline of Lake Mendota — one of two lakes that form the Madison isthmus. The neighborhood is a hodgepodge of turn-of-the-century private residences, a couple of aging yet stately brick buildings that sit atop of the University of Wisconsin's fraternity row, and a few 1960s-era office buildings and churches. It's a scene that represents an amalgam of design trends across time, with the expansive lake acting as a dramatic backdrop to a collection of structures neatly built for function without too much thought given to how they fit within the context of the neighborhood.
Letter from the Editor: In With the New
by Andy Berg May 2019
One of the things I love about this job is seeing how the innovators in our industry — from architects to facility operators — re-envision a space. In some instances that means tearing down the old and building new, but in many situations the best parts of an existing structure can be preserved, and ultimately given a new face and future.
Tharon Drake Explains His Journey to Become the NCAA’s First Blind Swimming Coach
by Tharon Drake April 2019
Growing up, I always dreamed big and knew with hard work I could make things happen. Maybe not on the first or second try, but after attempting something countless times, I knew I could accomplish just about anything. Today, I am a husband, swimmer, coach, 2016 Rio Paralympic medalist, and the first blind coach in USA Swimming and NCAA history.
UNC's Hatchell Resigns Amid Investigation into Remarks
by Jason Scott April 2019
After 33 years at the helm of the women’s basketball program at the University of North Carolina, coach Sylvia Hatchell has resigned. The move was announced Thursday by Bubba Cunningham in an email.
Letter from the Editor: Human Element
by Andy Berg April 2019
This issue renders an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand, we're going to terrify the Luddites among our readership, as we address the many ways that technology is fundamentally changing the athletics, fitness and recreation industries. From our cover story, which details how satellite-guided robots are increasingly tasked with painting field lines, to an article about the software and apps that are revolutionizing tournament hosting, the advancement of technology is very real and will continue as long as there are smart, inquisitive people looking to solve problems.
Amid Fan Ire, Southern Miss Passes on Briles
by Jason Scott February 2019
After news broke that the University of Southern Mississippi was interviewing former Baylor head coach Art Briles for its offensive coordinator job, fans of the program were split. Some were excited that a former Power 5 head coach could potentially help create a strong program at USM. Others were adamantly against hiring a coach who had been dismissed amid an investigation of sexual assaults among players in his program.
How Jordan Marie Daniel Uses Running as a Platform for Advocacy
by Jordan Marie Daniel January 2019
My name is Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel. I am Kul Wicasa Lakota and a citizen of Kul Wicasa Oyate/Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota. I am also Diné (Navajo). I am passionate about many things. However, I want to connect two of those passions that really make life worthwhile: running and activism.
Letter from the Editor: Keep 'er Movin'
by Andy Berg January 2019
It's 2019. Your resolutions have been set, your new diet and workout plans are in place, and you've pretty much stuck with them over the last week (finishing off the leftover cookies from the New Year's Eve celebration is logged on the 2018 ledger, so you're good there). Perhaps the hardest part of these new beginnings lies in our proclaiming them smack dab in the doldrums of winter, which means we have to stay motivated through scarce daylight, heavy eating and some truly crummy weather in many parts of the world (did I mention it's 27 degrees outside as I write this?).
Letter from the Editor: Good People
by Andy Berg November 2018
As we put this issue together and made final preparations for AB Show 2018 in New Orleans, we took time to take stock of the good people in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries we've gotten to know, or at least know about.