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Introduction

Forward from Barbara Schroeder

During the 15 years I served as a Division II athletics director, I had the opportunity to mentor and offer guidance to many young administrators who aspired to become athletics directors.

This responsibility was most important when I was in the position of guiding and preparing an associate athletics director at my own institution, Regis University in Colorado. This task was one that I accepted knowing full well it would demand considerable time and energy from me and the associate if we were to gain the results we wanted.

As a self-proclaimed Division II “lifer,” I recognized the importance of training young people so they had the tools to be legitimate candidates when opportunities occurred. My role as trainer and mentor in such situations meant I had to delegate critical areas of my oversight to my mentees and then had to be willing to guide gently and critique the performance and outcomes.

The work was often time-consuming, and I struggled with relinquishing some of the more “delicate” areas of my job, such as budget oversight and staff supervision. In the end, however, I saw great potential in these individuals and knew the process would be worth the time and effort. I know the information in this collection will facilitate the experience for future generations.

Division II has a wealth of aspiring, talented young administrators who can benefit from the tutelage of current Division II athletics directors. Every effort should be made to identify these individuals and to “raise up our own” by giving them opportunities to develop the skills needed to be leaders at the next level in Division II.

Forward from Kathleen Brasfield

I retired in 2012 after a long career as a Division II athletics director at Angelo State University. Despite all that experience, I did not realize until I began my post-retirement assignments with the NCAA and the DII ADA Mentoring Program for Women and Minorities how helpful it would be to have a “road map” of things athletics directors need to know.

As experienced Division II athletics directors, we have an obligation to encourage our promising young administrators to stay in Division II, to offer experiences that develop their skills to become successful athletics directors and to encourage Division II institutions to give those administrators opportunities to advance.

This book will introduce skill sets and job responsibilities that young administrators can develop in preparation for a career as a Division II athletics director. While this workbook is meant to provide that “road map” for individuals with less experience, we hope it can provide helpful information for veteran athletics directors.

The materials included are real-life examples of what others are doing and are meant to initiate conversation and thought, not to provide the right answer for every situation.

We hope you find this information helpful and, with your help, we look forward to making this a “living” document.