UD Partners with PAADS to Offer Leadership Training to Athlete Development Specialists
The Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS) and the Satish
& Yasmin Gupta College of Business will launch the first PAADS Leadership Academy
April 28, 2015. The new program will provide athlete development specialists with
the opportunity to enhance their skills in areas critical to their success and to
the success of their athletes and organizations.
The PAADS Leadership Academy will commence with classroom instruction in New York
City April 28-29, continue with online lessons and group projects involving the practical
application of athlete development programs, and culminate with the presentation of
the projects at the 2016 PAADS Athlete Development Summit. Upon completion of the
program, participants will receive an Executive Certificate as an Athlete Development
The program is being led by University of Dallas faculty members who have extensive
experience in training professionals to enhance individual performance and their contribution
to the success of their organizations. The hands-on, experiential methods they apply
are designed to further the skills of athlete development specialists in educating
and mentoring athletes; communicating with athletes, their support teams and sports
executives; managing crisis situations; enhancing athlete career fulfillment; and
becoming a recognized leader and contributor in the field of athlete development.
We are very excited to partner with PAADS to form their inaugural Leadership Academy,
said Scott Wysong, associate professor in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business
at the University of Dallas. Unlike many other industries, sports is changing so rapidly
and becoming so transparent with its media coverage that athlete development specialists
need the skills taught in the PAADS Leadership Academy to work with athletes today
and in the future.
Enrollment in the PAADS Leadership Academy is limited to 30 participants. Participation
is open to professionals who work in athlete development or a comparable field.
Those interested in participating in the Leadership Academy should contact Tom Livengood,
PAADS education committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (757) 729-9723.