Sunday, October 22nd

4:00-6:00 PM

Registration at Embassy Suites

6:00 PM

Buses leave Embassy Suites for Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

6:15-7:00 PM

Tour of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

7:15 PM

Opening Dinner, Memorial Stadium 
Sponsored by OU & Learfield

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Joe Castiglione, VP & Director of Athletics, University of Oklahoma

Opening Dinner Keynote Interview
Sherri Coale, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Oklahoma
Lon Kruger, Head Basketball Coach, University of Oklahoma



monday, october 23rd

All Sessions at Embassy Suites

8:00-9:00 AM

Building a Championship Culture
Troy Dannen, Director of Athletics, Tulane University
Heather Lyke, Director of Athletics, University of Pittsburgh
Tommy McClelland, Director of Athletics, Louisiana Tech University
Gene Taylor, Director of Athletics, Kansas State University

9:00-9:30 AM

Technology that Moves People
John Roberson, CEO, Advent
John Downie, VP of Digital Experiences, Advent

9:30-10:15 AM

The Winning Edge: Hiring the Right Coaches and Helping Them Succeed
Wren Baker, VP & Director of Athletics, University of North Texas
Tom Bowen, Director of Athletics, University of Memphis
Patrick Kraft, Director of Athletics, Temple University
Bill Scholl, Director of Athletics, Marquette University

10:15-10:30 AM 

Break - Sponsored by Real Recruit

10:30-11:30 AM

Authentic Leadership in a Competitive Environment
Greg Brown, CEO, Learfield
Judy MacLeod, Commissioner, Conference USA
Mack Rhoades, VP & Director of Athletics, Baylor University
Hunter Yurachek, VP of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Houston


Sooner Magic: A Conversation on Leadership & Legacy with Bob Stoops
Bob Stoops, Former Head Football Coach, University of Oklahoma
Interviewer: Brad Lomenick, Leadership Author & Speaker

Noon-1:00 PM

Lunch - Sponsored by AECOM

1:00-1:40 PM and 1:45-2:25 PM

CALS Breakout Sessions

Each attendee will be assigned a breakout group and will rotate through two topics
Breakout rooms can be found on the back of your nametag

Managing your Career & the Search Process
Kyle Bowlsby, Korn Ferry
Bill Carr, Carr Sports Consulting
Kevin Goll, Eastman & Beaudine
Daniel Parker, Parker Executive Search
Pat Richter, DHR International
Glenn Sugiyama, DHR International
Katy Young, Witt Kieffer

The AD’s Roundtable
Various Faculty AD’s

2:25-2:45 PM

Break - Sponsored by Real Recruit

2:45-3:30 PM

Lesson’s from the AD’s Office presented by Paciolan
Bubba Cunningham, Director of Athletics, University of North Carolina
Chris Del Conte, Director of Athletics, Texas Christian University
Moderator: Jane Kleinberger, Paciolan

3:30-4:30 PM

Leadership Principles for Modern Athletic Departments
Ross Bjork, Vice Chancellor for Athletics, University of Mississippi
Joe Castiglione, VP & Director of Athletics, University of Oklahoma
Derrick Gragg, VP & Director of Athletics, University of Tulsa
Rick Hart, Director of Athletics, Southern Methodist University
Moderator: Kevin Barefoot, Winthrop Intelligence  

4:30-5:15 PM

A Discussion on Student-Athlete Well-being & Experience
John Anthony, CEO, Anthony Travel
Sean Frazier, Director of Athletics, Northern Illinois University
Joe Karlgaard, Director of Athletics, Rice University
Christian Reed, CEO, Dissinger Reed Insurance

5:30-7:00 PM


DInner on your own


Tuesday, October 24

All Sessions at the Embassy Suites

7:00-7:55 AM


8:00-8:30 AM

A Conversation with Sam Presti
Sam Presti, Executive VP & General Manager
Interviewer: Wes Wilcox, Special Advisor, Atlanta Hawks

8:30-9:30 AM

Current Issues in College Athletics
Keith Gill, Executive Associate Commissioner, Atlantic 10
Jennifer Heppel, Commissioner, Patriot League
Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics, Texas Tech University
Danny White, Director of Athletics, University of Central Florida

9:30-10:15 AM

Strategies for Sustained Revenue Growth
Mike Behan, Vice President, Legends
Pat Chun, Director of Athletics, Florida Atlantic University
Bernie Mullin, Chairman, The Aspire Group
Chad Phillips, Vice President, Omni Channel Commerce, Learfield Licensing Partners

10:15-10:30 AM

Break - Sponsored by Real Recruit

10:30-11:15 AM

Facilities: From Idea to Implementation
Greg Brown, Sports Design Studio Head, AECOM
Chris Nations, CEO, The Nations Group
Will Ellerbruch, National Sales Manager, Daktronics
Nate Pine, Director of Athletics, College of Holy Cross


Navigating Transition and Your Career Path
Darron Boatright, Director of Athletics, Wichita State University
Jon Gilbert, Director of Athletics, University of Southern Mississippi
Allen Greene, Director of Athletics, University of Buffalo
Scott Wetherbee, Director of Athletics, Eastern Michigan University

Symposium Closes