Coaches and Admin travel around Europe for Global Sports Leadership
Coaches and Admin travel around Europe for Global Sports Leadership
Sunday, May 14, 2017

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.  (May 15, 2017) – As part of the Global Sports Leadership program at East Tennessee State, many ETSU Coaches and Administrators have been traveling across the Europe to gain a global perspective of best practice from highly successful sports executives and dynamic academic faculty.

The ETSU coaches include women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell, women’s soccer head coach Adam Sayers, volleyball head coach Lindsey Devine and football’s wide receiver coach/recruiting coordinator Mike Rader.

Also on the trip are multiple ETSU administrators including associate athletic director for student-athlete experience Dr. Brian Johnson, Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations Matt McGahey and associate athletic director for communications Michael White.

The trip began over the weekend in Milan, Italy where coaches and administrators visited San Siro Stadium and went on a walking tour of Milan. On Sunday, they attended a soccer match between Intermilan and Sassuolo. From May 12th through the 23rd, the group will travel through France and Spain listening to lectures on the economic impact of various sports events. On the final Sunday, the group will attend that FC Barcelona vs. Eibar soccer match that could decide the league championship.

The Global Sports Leadership Program is focused on developing the next generation of leaders and visionaries in the highly competitive world of academic and professional sports. The program is designed to deliver a global perspective of best practices from highly successful sports executives and dynamic academic faculty.

For more information on the ETSU Global Sports Leadership Program click HERE or click the link on the right.

What they are saying about the Global Leadership Program and the trip to Europe:

ETSU Women’s Basketball head coach Brittney Ezell:
“The Global Sport Leadership program is a game-changer for anyone who works in athletics. The experiences, the practitioner-based course work and the relationships that are created through this doctoral program are invaluable to those of us who want to continue learning, leading and giving back to our respective sports and institutions.”

“I have been looking forward to this trip to Italy, France and Spain since we returned from the Netherlands and Germany last spring. We tell our players all the time that “leaders are learners”. I know of no better way to emphasize that manta than to model it for our players through my personal academic pursuit of doctorate in education in the Global Sports Leadership program at ETSU.”

ETSU Volleyball head coach Lindsey Devine:
“I am very excited and fortunate to be able to travel abroad again this summer. I look forward to having the opportunity for onsite observations of sport leadership in other foreign countries. This wonderful experience provides me and many other with the opportunity to further grow as a leader in the sports business industry.”

Associate Director of Student-Athlete Experience Dr. Brian Johnson:
“The class trip in the Global Sport Leadership Program is an amazing opportunity for students to experience how sport affects culture and culture affects sport. This is the only time during the program that students and faculty actually interact face to face. The close interaction throughout the trip allows the students to further develop their leadership skills in an unknown environment.”

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