Interviews

From there to here: Mike Aresco

Building up a brand is nothing new to American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. The AAC will enter its third year this fall, and Aresco believes the league, which was created amid all the moves in conference realignment, is on pace to hit its stride.

Don’t call him ‘coach’

With a career record of 657-124-61 and two Division III national championships, Jay Martin is the winningest men’s soccer coach in the NCAA. His team plays home games at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, but in soccer, he says, the coach’s job is to stay out of the way.

Coach, counselor, friend

Coppin State University men’s basketball coach Michael Grant has been coaching college for 32 years – long enough to know his relationships with players don’t end when the buzzer sounds. This spring, after the West Baltimore neighborhood surrounding Coppin State erupted in racially charged violence following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, Grant became more than a coach – and his players and other Coppin State student-athletes became something more, too.

Steps forward

I remember every bit of the injury. I was completely conscious, completely with it, so every single thing that happened, I remember like it was yesterday. It was eight weeks into my freshman year at Luther College. I remember wanting to kick off in the third quarter. I wanted to make a play. It was just a freak accident: When I dove across to make a tackle, the ball carrier’s knee struck my neck, and I just was lying there.

All in the same boat

Now the head rowing coach at Barry University in Miami, Boban Rankovic was an assistant when the team was runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Division II Rowing Championships. Ethnic conflict formed the backdrop of Rankovic’s childhood in the former Yugoslavia.

Life after death

University of New Haven volleyball player Ashley Dalton collapsed, and her heart stopped. Then, she came back – to life and to volleyball.

From there to here: Oliver Luck

A few weeks into his new job at the NCAA, Oliver Luck took time to discuss his winding path to the national office and his views on some of the biggest questions in college sports.

One kidney donated, two lives saved

Collegiate Water Polo Association Commissioner Dan Sharadin donated a kidney to save his wife – and saved himself, too.

From there to here: China Jude

China Jude’s résumé has not always pointed toward a high-level career in college athletics administration.

Inside the lines

Before he was a student-athlete, Jason Shuler served four years and three tours in the U.S. Navy as a quartermaster third class, working as a search-and-rescue swimmer.

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