Faculty and staff

Meet the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU's faculty and staff, an interdisciplinary group of the industry's top leaders who are eager to share their knowledge with the next generation.

Full-time faculty and staff 

Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D.

Job title: Executive director
Telephone: (804) 828-6443

Carrie LeCrom has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Sport Leadership (CSL) since 2015, holding various roles within the CSL since joining the staff in 2003. Her responsibilities at the CSL include setting the program’s strategic direction, handling academic matters, expanding the global reach of the program, and teaching courses including Sport Leadership, Research Methods, Global Sports Issues, Sociology and Sport for Development. Under her guidance the program has launched a dual degree program (M.Ed./MBA), a doctoral track in Sport Leadership (Ph.D. in Education), and has seen significant growth in terms of competitiveness and reputation (currently ranked top 10 in the nation among graduate programs in sport business).

Brendan Dwyer, professor in the CSL program.

Brendan Dwyer, Ph.D.

Job title: Director of research and distance learning
Telephone: (804) 827-5131

Joining the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU in August 2009, Brendan Dwyer is the director of research and distance learning. In addition to a bachelor's degree in economics, Dwyer holds a master's degree and doctorate in sport administration. His focus is primarily on the business of sport. He has taught sport marketing, business, analytics and law. He has also taught sport sociology, foundations of coaching, and issues in intercollegiate athletics.

Gregory Greenhalgh, Ph.D.

Job title: Director of student services and outreach
Telephone: (804) 827-5148

Greg Greenhalgh joined the Center for Sport Leadership (CSL) at VCU in July of 2011 as the Director of Student Services and Outreach. Prior to joining the CSL Greenhalgh taught in the Sport Administration Department at the University of Louisville where he attained his Ph.D. He also has a M.A. in Sport Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s of Sport Management from Brock University.

Greg Burton, M.Ed.

Job title: Director of communications and engagement
Telephone: 804-827-7417

Greg Burton has nearly 20 years of sports broadcasting experience. He currently works in Richmond for ESPN Radio 950 hosting an afternoon sports talk show called "Hardly Workin' with Greg Burton."

Abby Bergakker, M.Ed.

Job title: Business manager
Telephone: (804) 828-6278

As business manager, Abby manages the financial and administrative aspects of the Center. She is responsible for direct oversight of the Center’s budget, accounting, fiscal procedures, and student financial aid. She manages the office and oversees the daily operation of the CSL.

Beatriz Ferreira, M.Ed.

Job title: Academic coordinator
Telephone: 804-828-7821

Beatriz Ferreira is the Academic Coordinator, overseeing all the aspects of the application, admissions and graduation process for the Center.

Adjunct faculty

Carrie Blankenship

Job title: Adjunct Faculty

Carrie Blankenship was named Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at Maryland in February of 2016.

Carolyn Center

Job title: Adjunct Faculty

Steve D'Adamo

Job title: Adjunct faculty

Ashley Duguay, Ph.D.

Job title: Adjunct faculty

Peter Dicce, J.D., M.Ed.

Job title: Adjunct faculty

Peter Dicce is the Director of Athletics, Intramurals & Recreation at NYU Abu Dhabi. Since the university's inception in 2010, Dicce has set the vision and provided leadership for the university's athletic and recreational programming. In addition, Dicce is the driving force behind the Abu Dhabi Inter-University Sports League (ADISL), the only university sports league in the UAE. Established in 2011, ADISL has rapidly grown to include 13 universities throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Robert Foley

Job title: Adjunct faculty

Bob Foley has coached boys and girls basketball at every level over the past 40 years. He spent 11 years in the Philadelphia area (1967 - 1978) coaching middle school and high school boys. The next 24 years were spent coaching women at the Division 1 College level where he won over 400 games and coached in 10 NCAA tournaments. His coaching stops included the University of Colorado (1978-80), Penn State (1980-85), Providence College (1985-96), and the University of Richmond (1996-2002). His teams were known for their up-tempo style and won 10 Big East and 4 CAA scoring titles. His 1991 Providence College team still holds the NCAA scoring record for women, averaging 96.7 points per game.

Tanya Forneris, Ph.D.

Job title: Adjunct faculty

Dan Gale

Job title: Adjunct faculty

Kelly McAnally

Job title: Adjunct faculty

Stephen Shapiro, Ph.D.

Job title: Adjunct faculty

Ben Snyder

Job title: Adjunct faculty