A Peek Inside McDonough: Part One

September 30, 2005

Three themes for organizational change have emerged in McDonough over the past several months: 1) Supporting student-athletes and coaches; 2) Redefining external relations; and 3) Improving revenues and expense management. This post will look at the first of these.

Support. Around Georgetown, you hear the latin phrase cura personalis a lot, but in the context of intercollegiate athletics, care for the individual means insuring that there is a proper and sufficient support structure for student-athletes and coaches. The ultimate goal is to make the student-athlete experience as good as it can be. To this end, the following objectives should help to achieve this goal:

1. Distributing sport administrator responsibilities among a greater number of senior administrators in order to provide coaches and teams the administrative attention and appropriate care needed to function at optimal levels.

2. Increasing NCAA compliance capabilities in order to protect eligibility of student-athletes and teams as well as to avoid potential adverse publicity.

3. Creating departmental focal point for coordinating personnel practices and providing liaison function with University Human Resources and University Counsel.

4. Continuing to improve access by student-athletes to the best available preventative and rehabilitative health care.

5. Adding strength and conditioning support personnel to help student-athletes avoid debilitating injuries and at the same time, improve performance.

6. Strengthening academic support for all student-athletes.

7. Working toward achieving gender equity in athletics and compliance with Title IX by adding softball to intercollegiate offerings.



CURRENT STATUS OF PLANNED CHANGES:  SUPPORTING STUDENT-ATHLETES AND COACHES

OBJECTIVE PLANNED CHANGE STATUS
1. Sport administrators Increased from 5 to 8 Average of 2.5 sports per administrator: Muir; Thomas; Datcher; Heppel; Battle; McGuire; Swanson; Holm
2. Compliance Doubled staff focus by adding one position Associate AD Brian Battle hired
3. Human resources New focus for senior administrator New Associate AD Jen Heppel has taken over personnel liaison function for department
4. Sports medicine New family practitioner MD New MD will split full-time position between Athletics and Student Health
5. Strength and conditioning Two more staff members to be added TBA
6. Academic support New position within academic resource center Shelly Habel, PhD has begun working with student-athletes
7. Gender equity Added women's softball to intercollegiate offerings Hired head coach Pat Conlon and assistant Kim Staehle



Next: Part Two: A Peek Inside McDonough - Redefining External Relations


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