February 8, 2012

2012 Sports Management Symposium

San Antonio - Trinity University will host the third annual Sports Management Symposium on April 18, in the Chapman Auditorium.

The theme of this year's event will be "Doing Sports Right," discussing the NBA and NFL lockouts, sports scandals, and other recent topics in the world of sports.  The event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

There will be three breakout sessions for the symposium, and participants will have the opportunity to select two of those upon registration.  The sessions are "National/International Perspective," "Student-Athlete Experience," and "The Coaches Perspective."

Registration is $25 per person (includes heavy hors d'oeuvre), and is now open to the general public.  Click here for registration. 

Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Lapchick was really looking forward to being at Trinity; however, his doctor has asked him not to travel in the next month.  Replacing Dr. Lapchick as the keynote speaker will be Dr. C. Keith Harrison, an associate professor with the prestigious DeVos Sports Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Harrison authored the Black Coaches Association Hiring Report Card from 2003-09, and continues to assist with the project to this day.  The report studies the equity and diverse hiring practices of NCAA head football coaches in the FBS and FCS.  Dr. Harrison has also created and co-produced a number of educational videos on leadership, race, popular culture, and diversity management in sports. 

Additionally, Dr. Harrison developed the Paul Robeson Research Center for Academic and Athletic Prowess while with the University of Michigan, and that lab continues to disseminate data from Orlando, Florida.  Among the groups supported by these efforts is the Scholar-Baller® movement, which is a non-profit organization that is supported by the NCAA, and works with various levels of education to positively impact team GPA's, APR scores, and graduation patterns.

Also on the panel will be Terris Tiller, a Trinity graduate of 2000 who is working with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC); Jo Anne Hultgren, a well-respected volleyball coach in San Antonio who also spent a number of years as an assistant with the Trinity volleyball team; Dr. Raphael Moffett, Trinity's Director of Campus and Community Involvement (CCI), and a former Division I student-athlete at Washington State; and Trinity student-athletes Nyk McKissic (football) and Elana Edwards (track & field). 

Tiller is currently the resident life coordinator for the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, and has worked with the USOC since 2004.  He has served as a member of the support staff for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics, and the 2011 Parapan American Games.

Prior to joining the USOC staff full-time, Tiller was an elite athlete in the modern pentathlon, winning the National Championship in 2004, and finishing fourth in the 2006 World Championships.  He was also a record-setting track & field athlete with the Trinity Tigers, winning the 400 and 800 meter conference titles, and advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships in 2000.

Hultgren has 33 years experience as an educator and coach in middle school, high school, and club volleyball.  In a span of 22 years at Judson and Churchill High Schools in San Antonio, she earned 16 playoff appearances and won three district titles.  Hultgren was the Express-News Coach of the Year in 1997, and was a speaker at the Texas High School Coaches' Association in 2008.  She helped Trinity to four conference championships and two appearances in the "final four," and won two National Club Volleyball Championships. 

Dr. Moffett is responsible for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of programs in the CCI Office at Trinity, which includes Greek life and student organizations - among others.  His vast and diverse student development experience has given Dr. Moffett ample opportunity to share his expertise as a speaker and a consultant, as well as in conducting workshops throughout the country.

McKissic has thrown for more than 2,500 yards in two seasons with the Tiger football team, and led Trinity to a 10-0 mark in the regular season in 2011.  He won countless awards and honors at Stony Point High School (Round Rock, TX), including being named the 2008 District 16-5A Player of the Year and earning All-State Honorable Mention recognition. 

Edwards was a three-sport athlete at Bowie High School (Austin, TX), running cross country, competing in track & field, and playing soccer as well.  She won two conference championships (high jump, triple jump) for the Trinity track & field team as a sophomore (2011). 

Paul McGinlay will offer the closing remarks for the symposium.  McGinlay is the Trinity men's soccer head coach, and recently completed his 21st season with the Tigers.  He ranks second in NCAA Division III among active coaches in both wins and winning percentage, and he led his team to the 2000 NCAA Division III National Championship - the first NCAA soccer title - in any division - in the state of Texas, finishing with a perfect 24-0-0 record that year.

Trinity offers a 24-hour sport management minor, which encompasses communication, marketing, finance, and management.
 
Courses include management of organizations, sport in society, and legal issues in sport. Students may also take additional classes, some of which are sports officiating, athletics facility and event management, the history of sport, financial aspects of athletics, and ethics of sports.

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