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Guest speakers

Many notable names in sports have served as guest lecturers or guest instructors at the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU.

From players and coaches to presidents and general managers at the collegiate, professional and Olympic level, the following leaders shared their industry experience to give our students valuable insight into the latest happenings and trends in the world of sports.

  • Professional sports

    • Greg Carney, vice president of marketing, Denver Broncos, NFL
    • Beth Colleton, director of community ventures, NFL
    • Teresa Dickerson, manager of community investment, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA
    • John Dierkes, vice president of corporate partnerships, Detroit Pistons, NBA
    • Riley Fields, community relations manager, Carolina Panthers, NFL
    • Spencer Haywood, former NBA player who legally challenged the NBA's age restriction rule
    • Grant Hill, forward, Orlando Magic, NBA
    • Billy Hunter, executive director, NBA Players Association
    • Peter Jacobsen, PGA Golfer and owner of Peter Jacobsen Productions
    • John Leach, director of game operations, NBA Bobcats Sports & Entertainment
    • Darryl Morrison, former player, Washington Redskins, NFL
    • Ron Oliver, assistant basketball coach, Toronto Raptors, NBA
    • Michael Plant, executive vice president for business operations, Atlanta Braves, MLB; former president, Goodwill Games
    • Jeff Plush, senior marketing director, Denver Nuggets, NBA
    • Chris Powell, general manager, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    • Jaclyn Raveia, former professional soccer player, WUSA
    • Steve Swetoa, vice president for business operations, Charlotte Bobcats, NBA
    • Henry Thomas, director of broadcast administration and events, Carolina Panthers, NFL
    • Humpy Wheeler, president and general manager, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Lowe's Motor Speedway
    • Missy Wycinski, former professional soccer player, WUSA
  • Olympic and international sports

    • Jaume Massons Aznar, assistant director, World Swimming Championships, Barcelona 2003
    • Marc Bakker, Rotterdam TopSport
    • Ronald Buys, former general manager, Amsterdam Admirals, NFL Europe
    • Nuno Delicado, director, Pentalto Moderno, Spain
    • Freek de Wette, marketing manager, Heineken
    • Victor Fonseca da Mota, secretary general, Olympic Committee, Portugal
    • Joop Hiele, goal keeper coach, PSV Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    • Peter Kentie, manager of media and merchandising, PSV Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    • Peter Krusman, former professional basketball coach, Brandt-Hagen, Germany
    • Monique Maks, executive, National Olympic Committee, The Netherlands
    • Jose Vincent Moura, president, National Olympic Committee, Portugal
    • Martin Schimke, lawyer, International Court of Arbitration in Sports
    • John Smyth, director, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • Charles Urbanus, manager, TopSport Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Frans Van Dijk, program manager, elite sports department, International Olympic Committee, The Netherlands
  • Industry professionals

    • Herb Appenzeller, Ed.D., former athletic director, Guilford College
    • John Averett, former Converse representative
    • Glen M. Byrnes, director of golf, Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, host of the 2004 NCAA Golf Championship
    • Peter Coughter, president, Coughter & Company consulting firm; VCU BrandCenter professor
    • Peter Duggan, director of corporate sponsorships, Raycom Sports, Continental Tire Bowl
    • Ron LeGrand, president and CEO, The LeGrand Group LLC and Global Sports Management Inc.
    • Jon Lugbill, executive director, Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers; Olympic TV analyst
    • Greg Hartley, vice president, SGMA International
    • Martin Newton, Nike College Basketball
    • Tom Renedo, licensing manager, EA Sports
    • Peter Roisman, director of golf division, Advantage International Inc.
    • John Schmeider, executive director, Denver Sports Commission
    • Bill Shelton, Andre Agassi's former agent with IMG
    • Fred Tattersall, president, Richmond First Tee
  • Intercollegiate athletic administration

    • Dick Baddour, athletic director, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • Jim Copeland, former athletic director, University of Virginia, College of William & Mary, University of Utah, Southern Methodist University
    • Boo Corrigan, associate athletic director, Duke University
    • Gene Corrigan, former athletic director, University of Virginia, University of Notre Dame; former commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference
    • Lee Fowler, athletic director, North Carolina State University
    • Joe Hull, senior associate director of athletics for external operations, University of Maryland
    • Mike Hummer, executive director, athletic foundation, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    • Jim Miller, director of athletics, University of Richmond
    • Amy Potter, sales and marketing director, University of Virginia
    • Mark Sandy, athletic director, Eastern Kentucky University
    • Norwood Teague, director of athletics, VCU
  • Media and communications

    • David Aldridge, NBA analyst
    • Charles Barkley, TNT basketball analyst; former NBA player
    • Greg Burton, host, ESPN's The Drive (2006 Virginia Sportscaster of the Year)
    • Dave Cummings, writer, ESPN The Magazine
    • Sean Elliot, NBA commentator; former guard, San Antonio Spurs
    • John Feinstein, American sportswriter and commentator
    • Fran Fraschilla, ESPN college basketball analyst
    • Dick Schaap, former ESPN host and commentator
    • Tracy L. Schoenadel, vice president, TNS Intersearch; executive director, ESPN Sports Poll
  • Coaches

    • Beth Anders, head field hockey coach, Old Dominion University (nine NCAA titles)
    • Bobby Cremins, former head men's basketball coach, Georgia Tech
    • Michael Curry, head coach, Detroit Pistons, NBA; former president, NBA Players Association
    • Kevin Eastman, assistant coach, Boston Celtics, NBA
    • Del Harris, assistant coach, Dallas Mavericks, NBA; former head coach, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA
    • Larry Mangino, assistant men's basketball coach, U.S. Air Force Academy
    • Jim Reid, head football coach, Virginia Military Institute; former head football coach, University of Richmond, University of Massachusetts
    • Winfrey "Wimp" Sanderson, former head men's basketball coach, University of Alabama
    • Sonny Smith, former head men's basketball coach at Auburn University, VCU
    • Jerry Wainwright, head men's basketball coach, DePaul University
    • Derek Whittenberg, head men's basketball coach, Fordham University
    • Charlie Woollum, former men's basketball coach, College of William & Mary, Bucknell University
    • Morgan Wootten, basketball hall-of-fame inductee; former basketball coach, DeMatha High School
  • Sport marketing, promotions and public relations

    • Wendy Clancy, partner, QuintEvents (Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning producer)
    • Jeremy Davidson, account director, Coca-Cola, IMG Muhleman Marketing
    • Jeff Fitch, director of development and sponsorships, Richmond Sports Backers
    • Jan Ivey, director of marketing/sponsor relations, Wachovia Championship
    • Ken Kurek, partner, QuintEvents
    • John Randolph Shreeves, president, Jefferson Pilot Television
    • Oliver Smit, director, ABN Bank Sports Marketing
    • Mark Steinberg, IMG agent, represents Tiger Woods
    • Del Wilbur, president, Marketing, Ventures & Properties (MVP), The Martin Agency