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2013 Dr. Bob Frederick Sport Leadership Lecture Series

written by Pete Van Mullem, Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID

Last month we featured three presenters from the recent Dr. Bob Frederick Sport Leadership Lecture Series. This month, we continue with audio links to the presentations of four additional sport leaders. These include Washington State University Director of Athletics, Bill Moos; Lewis-Clark State College (ID) Athletic Director, Gary Picone; University of Idaho Professor, Sharon Stoll; and Washington State University Professor, Cathryn Claussen.

WSU Director of Athletics, Bill Moos shared his vast experience and expertise in athletic administration in a presentation entitled: Leadership in Collegiate Athletics-Keys to Success. Throughout his presentation he discussed the importance of building your brand and building a blueprint for success. "Get your building blocks and foundation in place and then make sure you hire the right people. At Washington State we hired people that believe they can win at Washington State and want to be at Washington State," stated Moos.

Many students found his presentation applicable to their future career interests. Kelli Rice, a junior in Sport Administration stated, "He has proven that his keys to success really do work. I have learned some very valuable information that I can take with me into my career." Since arriving in Pullman, Moos wasted no time in making his impact felt in Cougar Athletics, spearheading a department-wide rebranding effort with Nike while securing a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College.

In addition he gained Regent's approval for a nearly $126 million addition and remodel of Martin Stadium, featuring a remodeled press box with luxury seating, including suites, luxury boxes, and clubroom. As the Dean of Pac-12 athletic directors, Moos was at the forefront of the conference's procurement of a 12-year, $3 billion television contract with FOX and ESPN, a landmark agreement in college athletics. Moos has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in collegiate athletics, serving as the University of Oregon director of athletics from 1995-2007. While at Oregon, he oversaw a 17-sport athletic department that grew to national prominence during his tenure (WSU Athletics, 2014).

Gary Picone, Athletic Director at Lewis-Clark State College impressed upon the audience the importance of getting qualified for a position in sport and removing roadblocks on your career path. In a presentation entitled "Athletic Administration: What Do You Want to Do? How Are You Going to Get There?" he advised, "If you want to work in athletics you need to force volunteerism, you need to gain the experience."

David Thurmond, a junior in Sport Administration came away from the presentation inspired. He stated, "Gary Picone's presentation helped broaden my mind regarding opportunities in the sports world. It was reassuring that there are so many different ways for me to get started and find work." Gary Picone is in his eighth year of his second term as Lewis-Clark State College's athletic director, and 17th year overall in the position. In 2011, he was named the NAIA West Region’s Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He also received Athletic Director of the Year honors from the NAIA in 2010.

University of Idaho Professor and Director of the Center for Ethics, Sharon Stoll enlightened a packed room on the topic of stress and ethical decision-making. "Keep focused on the people around you and not necessarily on the goal. Stress whether real or perceived can do all sorts of powerful things to good people. Take care of yourself, get plenty of exercise, enjoy life," advised Stoll. Lewis-Clark State College senior, Courtney Druffel considered Dr. Stoll's presentation a life-changing experience. "Sharon Stoll's presentation was extremely eye-opening to me. Not only was I blown away by her professional resume, but also her words of encouragement that I feel I will use to guide me through the rest of my life," stated Druffel.

Sharon Stoll is considered one of the leading authorities in competitive moral education intervention techniques for college-aged students in America. A professor of Physical Education, Dr. Stoll is a Distinguished Faculty Member, a winner in 2000 of a prestigious University of Idaho Outreach Award, and a U of I Teaching Award in 1992. A former public school teacher, coach, and athlete, Dr. Stoll holds a Ph.D. in Sport Philosophy from Kent State University, and is the creator and director of one of the few programs in America that is directed toward moral education with competitive populations.

Washington State University Professor, Cathyrn Claussen spoke with faculty, staff, and students about the challenges of inclusion in athletics and the use of drones for sport security. A junior in Sport Administration, Stephanie Quackenbush stated, “Cathy Claussen’s presentation was educational and interesting, pointing out factors that we are going to have to address as the future workforce in sport.” Claussen, the Director of the Sport Management Program at WSU is an authority in the field of sport law, with particular expertise in the areas of constitutional and civil rights in the context of sport.

Her research focuses on discrimination and First Amendment issues in sport. She has authored several articles and book chapters on these subjects. Recent publications appear in the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, the International Journal of Sport Management, the International Sports Law Journal, and the International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship. Additionally, Dr. Claussen co-authored a leading sport law textbook titled Sport Law: A Managerial Approach.

Learn more about the Dr. Bob Frederick Sport Leadership Lecture Series.

For more information regarding the lecture series please contact:
Pete Van Mullem, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sport Administration
Business Division/Health and Kinesiology
Lewis-Clark State College/ 500 8th Avenue - Lewiston, ID 83501
208-792-2467 (office)/

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