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NEWS: SMU and Snodgrass Partners to Deliver Intercollegiate Athletics Webinar Series

Respected sports industry veterans will lead sessions targeted to the intercollegiate athletics industry and the current COVID-19 environment the need for athletic departments to screen student-athletes.

Begins June 2, 2020 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS. May 28, 2020 – The Southern Methodist University (SMU) Sport Management program is teaming with Snodgrass Partners, an established sports consulting and recruiting firm, to provide the intercollegiate athletics industry with a unique set of industry topics via webinar. Beginning on June 2, 2020, registered guests will have the opportunity to spend 45-minutes each Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET/10am PT with SMU Professor Peter Davis while learning from top industry veterans who lead their own sports-related organizations. Register here.

Registered guests will learn from the guest speakers on a wide variety of topics targeting the intercollegiate athletics industry and the current COVID-19 environment in which we are all living. The webinar subject matter will include niche looks at important issues facing today’s college athletics leaders including Academic Progress Rate (APR), Administrative/Coach relationships, and preparing for talent needs when the future of sports in America (and beyond) gains some much-needed clarity.

The current lineup of topics as SMU Sports Management Presents the Snodgrass Partners’ Intercollegiate Athletics Webinar:

  • Tuesday, June 2 – Navigating APR and Grad Rates in the COVID-19 Environment
    • John Shukie, President of Forward Progress
  • Tuesday, June 9 – Leadership Models for Ambiguous Environments (click to watch)
    • Jeff Moore, CEO of Moore Leadership and former DI National Championship Coach
  • Tuesday, June 16 – New Thinking in Athletic Department Marketing/External Relations
    • David Siroty, CEO of Front Porch Athletics
  • Tuesday, June 23 – Sports Jobs Will Re-emerge…Be Ready!
    • Steve Snodgrass, Founder of Snodgrass Partners Sports Recruiting and Advisors & Ron Prettyman, a 40-year veteran AD and NCAA administrator
  • Tuesday, June 30 – Leveraging Technology for Revenue and Value Creation
    • Larry Bonfante, CEO of CIO Bench Coach
  • Tuesday, July 7 – Building Trust is More Critical Than Ever
    • Celia Slater, CEO of True North Sports

The live webinars are limited to the first 100 guests to register each week. For those unable to attend, all webinars will be recorded and posted via the Snodgrass Partners website.

John Shukie

John Shukie, Forward Progress

The first webinar features John Shukie, President of Forward Progress, a consulting firm that specializes in NCAA-related academics consulting. Given recent announcements surrounding eligibility extensions and numerous other changes that are sure to come, Mr. Shukie will provide insight on the impact such changes will have on athletic departments and academic-based revenue distributions, and how to approach the changes to ensure student-athlete success.

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About the SMU Sport Management Programs
The Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness offers undergraduate and graduate programs and manages research labs that promote academic rigor and the scientific advancement of the field of applied physiology.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Sport Management (APSM) offers concentrations in Applied Physiology and Health Management, Sport Management, and Sport Performance Leadership. The department’s graduate programs include an M.S. in Sport Management, an M.S. in Health Promotion Management, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology.

Sport Management (SM) is a specialization that provides a rigorous curriculum for understanding management principles required of professionals in the industry of sport. Academic coursework and experiential learning opportunities within this program prepare students for a variety of possible career paths including sport marketing, management of sport organizations, representation of professional athletes, public relations, and sport facility and event management.

SMU’s Master of Science in Sport Management degree is a full-time, 12-month program led by sport management professionals with decades of executive experience in a wide range of segments including professional leagues and teams, media and broadcasting, marketing and sponsorship, facilities and sports equipment and apparel. Students learn important business skills from faculty at the SMU Cox School of Business, ranked nationally by leading business journals.

About Snodgrass Partners
Snodgrass Partners is a specialized Sports Consulting and Recruiting, Executive Search and Leadership Development firm founded in 2001. Snodgrass Partners works with college athletic departments, clubs and golf courses on consulting projects and to recruit coaching, director and other sports jobs. Our portfolio of clients includes institutions and domestic and international organizations of all sizes representing a wide range of vertical markets.

The Snodgrass Partners team includes dedicated, uniquely experienced Partners. These professionals have held positions as top-level intercollegiate athletic administrators, head coaches and student athletes. Our efforts are supported by thought-leading Allied Partners who help to extend our consulting services and networking reach.

About Forward Progress
Forward Progress is the industry leader in NCAA-related academics consulting, having assisted 75+ Division I schools and conferences in assessing academic support services, compliance operations, strategic planning for improved academic performance and the navigation of often-complex NCAA processes. Forward Progress has set the standard for improving institutional academic performance and assisting schools in meeting the new academic revenue distribution benchmarks.

Forward Progress was founded in 2013 by John Shukie, former NCAA Director of Academic and Membership Affairs. John oversaw various aspects of the Academic Performance Program during his time at the NCAA and utilizes that experience to provide comprehensive solutions for Forward Progress clients. In all, Forward Progress’ employees have over 200 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, including time spent as student-athletes, coaches, on-campus administrators, conference officers and NCAA national office staff.

In 2014, Forward Progress affiliated with the renowned Collegiate Sport Practice Group of the law firm at Bond, Schoeneck & King. This collaboration offers clients the full breadth of NCAA regulatory and APP services delivered by the leaders in this field.

As experts in NCAA academic policy, Forward Progress is perfectly situated to help institutions with attaining the academic results necessary to obtain the Academic-Based Revenue Distribution. Whether it is working with an entire conference or individual schools, Forward Progress offers real, tangible solutions for improving APR as well as graduation rates. This is accomplished through thorough analysis of school’s data as well as employing our well-honed abilities for APR and graduation rate improvement.


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