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Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker (CMAA), Cobb County School (GA) District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews (CMAA), Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics. These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities. We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests. Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it. Thank you for listening. And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.
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Today we sit down, once again, with author, podcast host and leadership expert Mr. Brian Dodd. Brian serves as the Director of New Ministry Relationships for Injoy Stewardship Solutions where he helps churches fully-fund their mission and vision. Brian’s objective is to add value to leaders and provide perspective, encouragement, and solutions to the issues they face daily and one way he does that is through his blog Brian Dodd on Leadership. Make it a must have for your regular leadership resources and thank us later because it is pure gold each and every time Brian posts. His ability to find leadership lessons in the everyday experience is second to none and we are really excited for Brian to sit down with us for this full episode as his book recommendation special editions are always a huge hit so make sure to go back and check those out.  Let’s settle in and get to know…Mr. Brian Dodd.3:10- Introduction 6:46- Developing Effective, Key Habits15:59- Leading a Position that You Never Served In20:22- Knowing ‘The Why’ of Your People25:01- The Most Lasting, Impactful Thing a Leader Can Do29:21- Assessing Your Capability Gap33:00- Showing Confidence Yet Remaining Humble40:23- 2-Minute DrillBook Mentions: Leadership as an Identity (Loritts)   Timeless (Dodd)   Impact Players (Wiseman)  The Lens (Scott)Social Media Connections: Twitter: @BrianKDodd Website: Brain Dodd on LeadershipAbout Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
Brian Dodd joins us again to review another great list of leadership books for you to pick up this holiday season as you prepare to take your leadership skills to another level in 2022.Leadership As An Identity by Crawford Loritts (character)The Barcelona Complex by Simon Kuper (soccer)Believe Us by Melissa Reddy (soccer)Chumps to Champs by Bill Pennington (baseball)A Season In The Sun by Lars Anderson (football)BE 2.0 by Jim Collins (business/organizational)The Leader’s Greatest Return by John Maxwell (personal growth)Impact Players by Liz Wiseman (peak performance)Raise Your Game by Alan Stein (peak performance)The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership by Tim Elmore (business/organizational)
If you have listened to the podcast of our guest today and noticed some similarities to ours that is not a mistake. Pastor Mike Linch and his podcast Linch with a Leader has served as a template for what Josh and I have wanted to build with our show. Mike leaves every room better than he found it and helps others close their own capability gap and reach their true full potential whether it be at the office or at home. Today we get the great pleasure of sitting down with Mike for a fun and powerful conversation about both life and leadership and we are very grateful that you have decided to join us today. Let’s settle in and get to know Pastor Mike Linch. 4:07- Introduction 6:05- What Makes an Elite Leader7:29- Winning the First & Last Hour of the Day11:45-DISC Training Benefits15:41-Finding Harmony in Life18:56- Leading Through Pain23:07- Developing ‘Thick Skin’ as a Leader29:58- The One Question You Have Never Been Asked34:15- 2-Minute DrillBook Mentions: Leadership Pain (Chand)Social Media Connections: Twitter: @mikelinch  Instagram: @mikelinchAbout Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
Episode # 44…Jamy Bechlar, Author/Speaker/Former CoachToday’s guest sees his second time on the podcast as we once again hang out with Jamy Bechler. Jamy is a professional speaker, leadership trainer and executive business coach who works with teams ranging from major corporations to the NBA.  Before going into full-time leadership work, Jamy served for 20 years as a college basketball coach, professor, and administrator. When he hung up the whistle, he didn’t stop coaching. Jamy just moved from the locker-room into the boardroom. He now travels the country motivating people and “coaching” organizations on how they can build championship teams and cultures. There’s so much great stuff in our conversation today so let’s settle in and welcome back Mr. Jamy Bechler.1;06- Introduction 5:41- Taking Inventory of Yourself 8:22- Great Leaders &The 360-Degree Leader15:42- Focus on the Process to be Fearless19:34- Success is a Choice24:35- Finish-You May be 3 Feet Away32:07- The Butterfly Effect34:49- Being Intentional on Social Media40:17- Value of the Leader’s Word Choice48:29- Why should Leaders be Readers59:24- Understanding the Unsung Heroes1:06:11- 2-Minute DrillBook Mentions:  They Call Me Coach (Wooden) The Cubs Way (Verducci)Can’t Hurt Me (Goggins) Lead for God’s Sake (Gongwer)  Living with a Seal (Itzler)  Calling Up (Nerbun)About Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.   We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.         Don Baker, CMAA....  Josh Mathews, CMAA...
Today’s guests serve as the Executive Director and the Associate Executive Director of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association or NIAAA, Dr. Mike Blackburn and Mr. Phil Rison. These two leaders took some time out of their busy schedules and planning for the NIAAA Conference in Denver, Co this December to talk shop and leadership with Josh and I and you will not be disappointed as we learn from these two leaders in the industry. Let’s settle in and get to know Dr. Mike Blackburn and Mr. Phil Rison. 3:10- Introduction 6:14- Roles of the NIAAA Executive & Associate Executive Director11:43- NIAAA LTI Courses-Professional Development for ADs12:50- Characteristics of Building a Successful Team17:37- A Leader’s Vision19:59- Learning & Growing as a Leader21:51- Stretching Those That You Lead25:55- National AD Conference-Why is it Beneficial?31:00- 2-Minute DrillBook Mentions: The Servant Leader (James A. Autry)                                      Coach Wooden’s Leadership Game Plan for Success (John Wooden)Social Media Connections: Twitter: Dr. Blackburn @showingtheway  Mr. Rison @philrison10About Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
We had the pleasure to sit down with current NIAAA President Dr. Lisa Langston, CMAA from Forth Worth, TX on two different occasions and have combined both visits into this episode. A lifelong lover of athletics and the benefits that can be gained through both competition and being apart of  a team, Dr. Langston is a leader who looks to bring out the best in those she works and interacts with and is always “in process” herself. Dr. Langston sees it as her purpose to make a difference in other people’s lives and we have no doubt she will make a positive difference in how you lead after today. Enjoy our conversations with Dr. Lisa Langston. 0:50- 8 Months as NIAAA President2:36- Duties of the NIAAA President3:37- 2021 National AD Conference5:53- What do you get out of the conference?10:37- Best Reward of Being the NIAAA President14:00- Introduction 16:55- Why are you involved in athletics?19:32- Books for the Athletic Leader23:01- Building Positive Connections25:42- Difficult Conversations that Lead to Resolutions28:45- Rule #1 in Leadership31:52- Using the Unique Talents Around You35:16- Successful Teams37:38- Inputs that Lead to Better Output41:02- Making Sports Appealing Especially to Girls & Minorities44:28- NIAAA Mentoring Committee46:44- Most Memorable Speaker and Content 52:23- 2-Minute DrillBook Mentions: Deception of Leadership (The Arbinger Institute) Wooden Pyramid of Success (John Wooden) Leading with the Heart (Mike Krzyzewski) 360 Degree Leader(John Maxwell)   Mindset (Carol Dweck)Social Media Connections: Twitter: @AD_DrLisa    Instagram: @langston2127About Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.        
Episode # 40…Allen Greene, Director of Athletics, Auburn UniversitySeveral months ago, we had the opportunity to hang out with an original outlaw….well not really but our guest today shares a name with one. Johnny Ringo of Highland Park High School in Dallas, TX.Coach Ringo has built a culture based on a foundation of principles that focuses on not just mental and physical toughness but a commitment to respect all whom his students and coaches meet.A true believer in self-assessment and the benefits that can be gained from it, Coach Ringo strives to serve as a beacon of hope for his students and coaches and we have no doubt he will make you better following our conversation today.Let settle in…and get to know...Coach Johnny Ringo.1:13- Introduction2:37-The Why for Being Involved in Athletics4:16- Evolving Yet Sticking to Core Values9:16- Facilities13:31- Community Impact Award from the Positive Coaching Alliance15:20- Communication is the Most Important Thing We Do17:23- Communication leads to Trust-Communicate!19:38- Benefits of Using Photos on Social Media21:40- #1 Skill for ADs to Deal with Coaches’ Personalities26:18- Challenge of Being a Positive Leader Everyday29:45- Purpose of Having Core Components for Your Athletic Dept.32:58- Leadership Lessons from His Father, Johnny Ringo, Sr.36:11- Coaches Outreach Program in the Dallas, TX area37:44- 2-Minute Drill Social Media Connections: Twitter: @ScotsAth Instagram: @hpscotsathleticsAbout Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
Today’s guest is Allen Greene, Director of Athletics at Auburn University. Allen is a humble, authentic, dynamic, and energetic collaborative leader, who is in his third year at Auburn after being named the program’s 15th director of athletics on Jan. 18, 2018. Allen served in the same capacity at the University at Buffalo prior to his arrival at Auburn.One of the youngest athletics directors in the NCAA Power Five ranks, at 43, Allen is highly regarded by his peers and it will not take you long to see why the Tigers knew he was the one to lead them into a period of great growth for Auburn University and the Auburn community.Grab something to write with and on as we settle in and get to know Mr. Allen Greene.1:06- Introduction3:15- Charisma-Can it be Developed?7:40- The First Day in the Seat as Senior Director of Athletics11:10- Being Uncertain Yet Not Unclear13:45- Using Personal Stories to Instill Your Vision15:34- Building an Athlete’s Brand for Life 18:38- Assessing a Person’s Capacity21:22- Guiding Your Coaches to be more Introspective23:12- Work-Life Structure28:07- Qualities of Two Championship Coaches32:03- Attributes of a 360-Degree Leader34:24- Seeing More Minorities & Women in Athletic Leadership39:09- ‘Is the Color of the Tie Important?’-Dress for Success45:18- 2-Minute Drill Book Mentions:  How to Lead (Rubenstein)About Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
In today's Special Edition we sit down with Dr. Curt Miller. Curt serves as the Athletic Director at Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, GA and is the Vice President of the Georgia High School Association’s Board of Trustees. Curt also serves as the committee chairman for the GHSA Reclassification Committee and he wraps up the first meeting of the reclassification process held on Monday, August 23rd at the GHSA offices in Thomaston, GA.
Today we wrap up our coach’s series with a conversation with one of the most successful high school baseball coaches not only in the state of Georgia but in the nation. Coach Micky McMurtry, retired head baseball coach of Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA. Coach McMurtry helped establish Lassiter as a state power during his tenure and retired after the 2009 season with a total of 445 wins over 17  total seasons.He was inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame in 2008 and led the school to two state titles in 1999 and 2006 with the 99 team being named National Champions.It won’t take long for you to get an understanding of Coach Mic‘s mantra of “it isn’t about me…it’s about us” and how it helped shape his life as a successful teacher and coach whose influence is still helping those he has taught in coached along the way as they take on the world. Let’s settle in…and get to know Coach Micky McMurtry.
The NIAAA has taken on TUNNEL TO TOWERS as their initiative this year. I would like for each school to raise $100.00 for this needed charity. This September 11 will be the 20 anniversary of 9-11.  Having some type of program at school during the anniversary might be a good time to get donations. Getting our athletes involved makes this a learning opportunity as our athletes were not born 20 years ago. The deadline is October 15. For more info on TUNNEL TO TOWERS go to, t2t.org. 
353-63-5, 18 region championships, 10 state championships and 4 national championships…if I told you that would be your career record, I think most of us would take it. In today’s episode we have the pleasure of going down memory lane as we learn from the greatest motivator of people I have ever known. My father, Coach Jerry Don Baker of Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Ga. Moving from Texas as a small child he created a life in Valdosta where he still lives today surrounded by those he has influenced and motivated throughout the years. Settle in and let us introduce you to my dad…Coach Jerry Don Baker. 1:15- Introduction9:08- A Story of the Mystique of Valdosta Football13:12- Strategies to Find Success as an AD in a Small Town17:12- Leadership Lessons from Coach Bazemore & Coach Hyder22:03- Managing a Group of ‘Alpha’ Leaders25:36- Winning was a Tradition29:04- How a Vision Keeps You Ahead33:46- Paying Your Dues39:03- How an AD Should Treat His/Her Coaches41:19- Relationships & Loving Your People43:35- Integrity Required to Coach Your Own Children48:20- Keys to Focus on When Hiring Coaches50:55- Preparation!!!55:37- The Ghost Stories from Valdosta Football59:49- What are You Most Proud of from Years in Athletics?1:02:25- 2-Minute DrillAbout Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
Today guest will educate, motivate, and inspire you to be a better leader. Maurice Freeman of Brooks County High School in South Georgia has worn both hats as the athletic director and head football coach for the Trojans and has found great success in both roles. Coach Freeman is a multi-generational leader in a small town that knows the definition of servant leadership and has leaned on his ability to serve and connect with others in both good and bad times as we will discuss today. His philosophy of “bring that hammer” has transformed not only his school but his community and we have no doubt that it will change you after our conversation today. Let’s settle in and get to know…Coach Maurice Freeman.1:10- Introduction4:39- ‘Bring That Hammer’ slogan/motto6:25- Being a Community Athletic Leader in a Small Community8:46- Motivating a Group Around a Singular Goal11:42- Teaching Lessons Beyond the Football Field15:04- ‘Learning’ People17:41- Enacting & Implementing a Vision21:36- ‘The Fish Hawk’24:57- Using Media & Social Media to Promote Your Program31:31- Leading through Tragedy38:46- Incorporating Family into Athletic Leadership44:29- Teaching How to Love Each Other50:43- 2-Minute DrillYou can follow Coach Freeman:  Twitter: @m14free   Facebook: m14freemanAbout Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
In this Special Edition we sit down with some great athletic leaders from the state of Georgia. These athletic directors were named "Athletic Director of the Year" in their respective classifications and they left us with so much great knowledge and will leave no doubt as to why they received this recognition. ·    Class A (Private): Mike Emery – The Paideia School·    Class A (Public): Jason Lanham – Trion·    Class 2A: Kevin Grooms – Northeast Macon·    Class 4A: Henrietta George – Druid Hills·    Class 6A: Eddie Hood – Central Gwinnett - will move to Greene Co. for the 2021-22 school year and serve as the district AD for Greene Co. Schools.·    Class 7A: Brett Phipps – West Forsyth
Today’s guest is Rennie Curran. Rennie is a former high school, collegiate, and professional football star who has used his collective life experiences to become a keynote speaker, author, and the CEO of Game Changer Coaching. He delivers powerful keynote presentations, workshops, and one on one coaching on topics such as leadership, teamwork, overcoming adversity, and performance. His clients include Chick-Fil-A, Coca-Cola, SunTrust, University of Georgia, Associations, Sports Teams, Non-profit Organizations, and many more. Rennie’s unique combination of leadership experiences with the NFL, the Jon Gordon companies and building his own company translates to a powerful and practical coaching style that you will benefit from today. Let’s settle in…. and get to know Mr. Rennie Curran.1:15- Introduction3:10- Leadership Fundamentals for Athletic Leaders7:52- Experiences as a Son of Liberian Immigrants10:45- Author of “Free Agent…”15:03- Building Your Personal Brand18:56- Definition of Leadership23:31- A Leader of Significant Impact30:03- An “Abundance Mindset”32:48- Athlete 2 Athlete Series39:38- Three Powerful Tips for Self-Improvement44:19- Making Tough Decisions as a Leader48:49- Building an Athletic Leader50:57- 2-Minute Drill Book Mentions: https://renniecurran.com/free-agent-book-demo/You can follow Rennie Curran:  https://renniecurran.com/    About Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
In this Special Edition, we speak with Ira Childress, Athletic Director at Gulliver Prep in Miami, FL on the potential impact of the NCAA's decision to allow collegiate student-athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness. Ira has a history with the NCAA serving as the Assistant Director of Leadership Development from 2008-2011.
Today we sit down with Tommy Marshall of the Marist School in Georgia as he wraps up a wonderful and impactful career as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. It's always a pleasure to sit down with Tommy and today is no exception. 
Ladies and gentlemen, you are truly in for a treat today as we sit down with our guest Dexter Wood. As a football coach, Dexter won 3 state championships at Buford High School in Georgia and set the state of Georgia consecutive win streak record at 47 games in 2004. Coach Wood retired from coaching in 2005 with a career record of 257 wins 92 losses and 3 ties. In 1988, Dexter was a charter member of the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association and served as a member of the Executive Board of Directors from 1989 until 1996.   The definition of a humble servant leader, Dexter Wood’s influence reaches far and wide as he never hesitates to work with other leaders to help them maximize their potential. Grab something to write with and on as we settle in and get to know Mr. Dexter Wood.1:19- Introduction4:17- What led you to athletics?6:50- Focusing on the Goals; Overcoming the Noise9:52- Common Truths of Productive Leadership14:09- Lessons from Coach ‘Bear’ Bryant19:51- Learning Leadership from a Losing Season                 -‘Finding a Person who is Hungry for Responsibility’24:07- An Organized, Productive Preseason Coaches Meeting28:27- Taking Care & keeping Your Energy Up                 -Date Nights with Spouse & Kids36:00- Gauging & Shaping the Morale of Your Staff38:08- Importance of Helping Other ADs40:09- Value of the GADA43:45- Not Losing Site of the Ones You Serve47:12- 4 C’s to Hiring Coaches52:34- Be a Better Leader than Coach56:33- 2-Minute Drill Book Mentions: Good to Great (Jim Collins) You can follow Buford Athletics on Twitter @bufordathletics About Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
Today’s guest is Vaughn Williams. Vaughn serves as the Director of Athletics at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. A multi-dimensional leader, who has harnessed the power of connection, I believe everyone is better after they are around him and we are very fortunate to have you experience this today. Vaughn is a relationship builder who is not afraid of challenges and embraces being a life-long learner. He lives by the motto of “Just serve, show up, do your job and help others do theirs.” And that will not be the last piece of wisdom you will need to document as we sit down with him today. So, get something to write with and on… as we settle in and get to know…Mr. Vaughn Williams. 1:09- Introduction7:03- Called, Opportunity, Serve- Vaughn Williams the Leader7:37- Following a Beloved, Successful Predecessor10:48- Being Consistent Fulfilling the Needs of Student-Athletes14:04- Importance of Being Prompt18:23- Recognizing the Leader Within You23:21- Applying Leadership Traits Learned from His Parents26:57- Assimilating New Student-Athletes During & After Covid34:04- Strategies to Serve Everyone in Our Communities40:23- Cultivating People Skills Within a Leader47:12- Preparing Student-Athletes for What’s Next54:08- The WHY behind Branding Through Social Media59:08- Leading the Leader who has Talent but Lacks Experience1:03:41- One Word from Each Stop in Vaughn’s Journey of Athletic Administration1:05:50- Partnering with Your Best Friend, Your Spouse, to Lead in Athletics1:07:32- 2-Minute Drill Book Mentions: The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership (Hunter) You can follow Vaughn Williams and Bentley University Athletics on social media Twitter:  @VW_BentleyAD    @BentleyFalcons About Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.           Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram) Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)  
Episode # 33  … Lesley Broadwell, Cambridge High School (Milton, GA)Today’s guest is Lesley Broadwell. Lesley serves as the Athletic Director at Cambridge High School in Milton, GA.     A Georgia native Lesley has worked her way up the ladder by being a believer in surrounding yourself with good people and then getting out of the way while they work to reach the collective goals established by all parties involved.     A leader through both the good times and the bad as she will discuss today, Lesley has a unique ability to connect with others using the power of a positive outlook that is felt by all who have interacted with her. Let’s settle in…and get to know…Lesley Broadwell.1:03- Introduction3:34- Advise for Females Entering Athletic Administration4:35- Fostering a Strong Principal-AD Relationship8:27- Setting Your Coaches Up for Success10:14- Leading Through Tragic Loss in Your Community13:39- Tough Conversations with Students & Your Community18:38- Balancing the AD Role with Coaching25:10- Ways to Evaluate Yourself as the Leader27:46- The Cambridge Athletic Association30:30- Promoting Females Succeeding in Non-Traditional Platforms32:52- What Brings You Joy as AD?35:10- 2-Minute Drill You can follow Lesley Broadwell on social media Twitter:    @Cambridge_AD About Hangin With The AD Podcast….Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics.  These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.          We hope you enjoy the time we spend with these special guests.  Please leave us a review or rating to help us know how you were benefited from this podcast or how we can improve it.  Thank you for listening.  And until next time, thank you for spending your time, Hangin with the AD.         Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram)Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)       
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