- Bringing 360-Degree Reviews to Coach Evaluation
by Paul Steinbach January 2018
As a former human resources specialist with a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, Milan Larson is well versed in the psychology of employees in the workforce. When the head softball coach at the University of Northern Colorado asked him about the concept of a 360-degree performance review process and how it might help her team, Larson, now a UNC business professor, looked online for a model specific to sports and couldn't find one. So he wrote one himself — a months-long process that involved talking to hundreds of athletes, coaches and parents at all levels of sport, ultimately yielding a 45-question survey. To date, four UNC coaches have used it to gain feedback on their programs from their student-athletes, as have numerous high schools in Colorado. Other collegiate programs and sports organizations have followed suit since Dare2Coach was officially launched one year ago. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Larson to explain how the review process works.
- George Washington Athletic Director Nero Steps Down
by Andy Berg December 2017
Patrick Nero, George Washington’s athletic director, will step down, bringing to a close a more than six-year tenure.
- Opinion: Home-Run Coaching Hires Tough with Shallow Pool
by Ralph Russo December 2017
Making the home run hire seems to be more difficult than ever when it comes to college football coaches. Silly season moved quickly this year, spinning this way and that over a frenetic couple of weeks. UCLA and Texas A&M both made a splash by hiring Chip Kelly and Jimbo Fisher, respectively.
- Florida AD Talks Emotional Toll of Mullen Hire
by Andy Berg December 2017
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin copped to the fact that shopping for football coaches is stressful, especially when you decide on one currently employed by your alma mater.
- Business Tips for Your Club’s Personal Training Efforts
by Rob Bishop December 2017
As readers of this column know, last year our club revamped our membership structure to better suit the needs of our customers. We also restructured our personal training department.
- Athletic Director John Currie Fired from Tennessee
by Courtney Cameron December 2017
The University of Tennessee finds themselves with neither a football coach nor an athletic director.
Just filed to ESPN: Tennessee has parted ways with AD John Currie on the heels of what has been a disastrous Tennessee coaching search. He met with university officials on Friday morning, and the decision was made then.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 1, 2017
John Currie has been fired from the school after serving only eight months as AD.
The action comes after a turbulent week-long search for a new head football coach to replace Butch Jones, fired by Currie on Nov. 12.
College football insider Brett McMurphy told USA Today that Tennessee officials have been ambushing Currie’s search, saying, “They shoot themselves in the foot, cock the gun & shoot themselves in the other foot.”
The Vols have been repeatedly turned down by potential hires after fans and community leaders publicly protested Currie’s attempt to hire current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.
According to USA Today, Currie's contract, which runs through June 30, 2022, details a buyout that would come to $5.5 million. He will not receive the buyout if he is proven to have been fired with cause.
- Opinion: Bielema's Firing Shows Cutthroat Side of Athletics
by Derek Redd November 2017
Big-time athletics, be it in college or the pros, is a hard business. The millions upon millions of dollars involved in each team make those sports results-driven endeavors. A coach can't win? He might think about renting rather than buying.
- Schiano to Tennessee Deal Unravels Amid Backlash
by Blake Toppmeyer November 2017
A wave of backlash from fans, local and state politicians and local business owners disrupted a deal Sunday that would have made Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano Tennessee's next coach. The blowback caused the deal to unravel, USA TODAY's Dan Wolken reported. Tennessee spokespeople did not return messages. Early Sunday afternoon, USA TODAY reported that UT was finalizing a deal with Schiano. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer confirmed during a Big Ten teleconference Sunday afternoon that Schiano had been contacted by UT about the job.
- Opinion: Fan Social Media Reaction to Coaches Off-Base
by Dan Wolken November 2017
Sunday inadvertently became one of the more hopeless and revealing days in the recent history of college athletics. It was the perfect combination of fan hubris, local media ignorance, mob mentality and unrealistic expectations, a brew that has been simmering for years in the world of coaching searches but finally boiled over on social media as two high-profile Southeastern Conference programs honed in on new hires.
- Why a Former Student-Athlete Will Be Your Best Hire
by Kirsten Dodds November 2017
This past week I engaged in conversation with several other graduates from the University of British Columbia who were also members of the HEAT athletics program. I asked the alumni one question: