Leadership Development

NCAA selects athletics administrators for 2016 NCAA Pathway Program

Twenty-three senior-level athletics administrators, committed to becoming directors of athletics, have been selected by a committee from the NCAA membership to participate in the 2016 NCAA Pathway Program, a yearlong experiential learning opportunity.

Tragedy to Triumph

Clemson is in the midst of its best football season in more than 30 years, and the school’s first national championship since 1981 is only one win away. In part because of what he experienced on a Sunday three decades ago, Elliott has been integral to that success.

Follow the leaders: Ian Good, DePauw wide receiver

Ian Good, wide receiver on the Division III DePauw University football team, was selected to participate in the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum after being nominated by DePauw head football coach Bill Lynch.

Leadership Academy Workshop

The NCAA Leadership Academy Workshop (LAW) empowers athletics administrators (participants) with the knowledge and plan to build a sustainable leadership development program.  Not a one-size-fits-all experience, LAW utilizes best practices and lessons learned so participants can tailor their leadership development program to their unique campus needs.

Key Dates

  • Aug. 24, 2020: Application opens (8 a.m. Eastern time).
  • Sept. 14, 2020: Application closes (5 p.m. Eastern time).
  • Oct. 19 to Nov. 9, 2020: Module One – Foundations (Virtual sessions Thursdays weekly 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern time)
  • Jan. 25 to Feb. 15, 2021: Module Two – Applications (Virtual session dates/times TBD)
  • March 22 to April 12, 2021: Module Three – Implementation (Virtual session dates/times TBD)

What You’ll Learn

  • Participants will learn to identify local/campus needs, networks and resources
  • Participants will learn how to measure success for their specific leadership program
  • Participants will develop professional relationships in support of their respective leadership program development
  • Participants will explore best practices, research and theories in leadership development while learning new ways of thinking through “hands-on,” active learning infused engagement
  • Participants will create a framework for their leadership program and an implementation plan

How is LAW structured

The Leadership Academy Workshop is an 8-month commitment and will consist of three learning modules.  These learning modules (Module 1: Foundations, Module 2: Applications, and Module 3: Implementation), will each be comprised of 4 weeks of focused engagement on a critical area of leadership program development.  Participants will meet once weekly during each module and should expect to engage with members of their cohort throughout the program.

LAW will utilize face-to-face virtual trainings, via the Zoom platform, to continue providing needle-moving education. The virtual program will incorporate active learning strategies and high-level participant engagement to replicate the in-person LAW programming experience.  LAW virtual sessions will utilize Zoom features including polling, breakout groups and the chat box to maintain the interactive dynamic necessary to foster a transformative impact. The sessions will also include slide deck visuals and audio and video clips to manage the pace and energy of “the room.”

Who is Eligible

Athletics administrators from any NCAA member institution or conference office. LAW is an institutional partnership, and as such, applicants must apply with one other person from their campus to be eligible. Please note: participants are required to attend all virtual sessions and complete thorough pre- and post-program educational assignments.

How to Apply

The online application for Leadership Academy Workshop is available via NCAA Program Hub during the dates specified in the “Key Dates” box above.

Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a senior-level athletics department member, as well as a commitment letter from your Athletic Director that expresses the department’s intention to support the development and implementation of a leadership development program for student-athletes, coaches, and/or staff. Applicants are required to use the commitment letter template provided here.


For more information, visit the LAW FAQ page where you will find answers to many common questions. If your question related to the Leadership Academy Workshop is not answered on this page, please contact ldevelopment@ncaa.org.

NCAA leadership development announces 2015-16 education programs and resources

The department, operating within the education and community engagement group at the national office, will impact more than 5,000 athletes, coaches and administrators in the membership.

Effective Facilitation Workshop

NCAA leadership development annually offers the Effective Facilitation Workshop, an interactive professional development experience where energetic administrators and coaches receive personalized feedback on their leadership styles and gain skills in active learning and engaging facilitation. With competencies developed at the workshop, participants will be able to apply their elevated facilitation skill levels on campus or within their conference office to create meaningful group discussions with student-athletes and run effective meetings for department staff, all with the awareness of how and when new skills are developed.

Key Dates

The Effective Facilitation Workshop will not be offered in the 2020-21 academic year.

What You’ll Learn

The Effective Facilitation Workshop will provide participants with training that enhances facilitation knowledge and ability while developing confidence and competence to lead large- and small-group discussions and implement engaging activities for college athletes. Led by industry experts in active learning and facilitation, the workshop will present an interactive opportunity to hone an increasingly vital professional skill. Through simulated facilitation experiences, peer and consultant feedback, and engagement with a transformative program curriculum, participants connect with a cohort of supportive peers while learning and developing applicable skills. 

Attendees of the workshop also can practice their newly acquired facilitation skills at the national level. After completing the workshop, participants are eligible to apply to be a facilitator at the annual NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, where they conduct and facilitate detailed curriculums for student-athletes.

Who is Eligible

Current full-time employees at NCAA member schools, conference offices or affiliate organizations are eligible to apply to the workshop.

How to Apply

The online application for the Effective Facilitation Workshop is available via NCAA Program Hub.


The NCAA will cover the cost of hotel accommodations, meals during the programs and all program materials. Participants are responsible for travel to and from the program.


For information about the Effective Facilitation Workshop, email ldevelopment@ncaa.org.

NCAA, N4A to Partner on Life Skills Professional Development

The NCAA leadership development department announced a partnership with the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics for daily oversight and operation of programming for student-athlete development and life skills professionals at NCAA member institutions.

NCAA selects 2015-16 postgraduate internship class

NCAA leadership development and human resources have announced the 2015-16 NCAA postgraduate internship class. Overall, 29 candidates were selected for the 12-month positions at the national office.

Career in Sports Forum connects athletes to sports industry

More than 200 athletes attended the annual forum, exploring careers in sports. Two happened to have started their journey in the same Canadian town.

Advocates for Athletics Equity and NCAA to host Achieving Coaches Excellence Program

AAE and NCAA host a career development opportunity for minority basketball coaches.


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