4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Registration Carolina Foyer
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Reception Carolina AC
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast Buffet Governor’s Foyer
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Speaker: Andrew Reiner, Full-Time Lecturer, Towson University
Room: Carolina DE
We live in a time when the toolkit needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world looks far different than the one many of us grew up with. Classrooms at all educational levels and workplaces now require boys and men to be far more self aware, empathetic, curious, compassionate, collaborative and to practice strong communication skills (especially good listening!).
The rub: These aren’t typically the skillsets many of us practice with our athletes or encourage in them. Which means they might be getting mixed messages in parts of their lives that matter most to them (sports teams) and that could limit their growth and success off the field and court. Many boys aren’t yet mature enough to ‘flip the switch’ and practice these new behaviors once they leave the game or practice behind.
Through the lens of the wildly popular TV show Ted Lasso, we’ll look at simple, practical ways we can help their athletes learn this new skillset while still remaining competitive.
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Break Governor’s Foyer
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
During this breakout session, coaches will apply what they learned from the keynote to their coaching strategies. Participants will brainstorm techniques for teaching their athletes this new toolkit through both guided suggestions and through developing their own strategies.
Speaker: Jen Brooks, Athletic Director, Ursuline Academy
Join this session to talk about what it looks and feels like to be the only woman in the room. How do we prepare for these situations? We will talk about allyship and the support we need from others sitting in the room. We’ll master this opportunity and support all women as they take their rightful seat at the table.
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Repeats at 1:30 PM
Speaker: Tim Green, Athletics Consultant, Southern Teachers
Athletics are complex and of vital importance to a school, so it is imperative that the head of school and athletic director are on the same page. Explore the results of a study examining the most important things the head of school wants from an effective athletic director.
Speaker: Carolyn Sideco, Founder & Convener, CoachingKapwa Sports Consultants
Emerging and sustaining a successful and robust athletic department culture requires us to confront the challenges and myriad of solutions in how we hire and onboard coaches. This session will engage best practices, creative remedies, and inter-departmental programmatic structures which not only build out the team, but also support the deepening personal growth, sense of belonging, and professional longevity of humans who coach sports in your community. Activities in this session will include community asset mapping, sports relationship storytelling, reciprocal mentoring, and currencies and capital of coach hiring.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch Buffet Governor’s Foyer
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Repeat from 11:30 AM
Speaker: Gabriel Robison, Director of Athletics, Woodlynde School
Picture a typical high school student-athlete. Did you picture a student playing chess? An adolescent gaming alongside their esports team? An archery team perfecting their craft? With athletic departments dominated by mainstream sports such as football, basketball, and soccer, many students miss out on the benefits of participating on an athletic team. Inclusivity in your athletic department can help athletic directors reach and serve a new population of students.
This session will focus on:
1. Alternative athletic offerings to reach more of your student population.
2. SEL benefits of an inclusive athletic department for students with learning differences.
3. Building an inclusive community and positive culture with student-athletes, coaches, and parents.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS
Facilitator: Daniel Russell, Athletic Director, Chattanooga Christian School
Facilitator: Eric Gobble, Director of Athletics & Wellness, The New Community School
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Reception Carolina Foyer
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Speaker: Mike Ellson, Athletic Ambassador, Christ Presbyterian Academy & Executive Director, TIAAA
This session will be centered around lessons learned from growing an athletic program for over three decades of service as the school’s first coach and first athletic director. We will discuss the leadership traits of industriousness, loyalty, and enthusiasm, and the importance of having a mentor you can truly trust. We will utilize the power of story from years of experience, the importance of our examples over our words, and the beauty of leadership in both the seen and unseen.
The goal of the session is for athletic administrators to learn from the past, make each day moving forward a masterpiece, and to value every relationship through the honorable position of athletic administrator.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Small Group Discussions