The All-Star Leader Podcast
About This Show
The All-Star Leader Podcast is an interview based show where former athletic director, attorney and career development professional Daniel Hare interviews leaders from sports, business, politics, ministry, academics and the media, looking for the best in leadership skills, traits and tips listeners can use to become a better leader. We tie it all together with our shared passion for sports!
Most Recent Episode
Episode 055 - Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Commissioner Chris Graham
5 days ago
Chris talks Division III v. Division II, treatment of officials, and the fastest growing sport. Introduction: Hey everyone and welcome to the All-Star Leader Podcast, where together we learn about leadership from the best and brightest, and keep it fun by connecting it to our passion for sports! I’m your host Daniel Hare, and today we are talking with the Commissioner of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Chris Graham. Chris is in his fourth year at the RMAC after serving 14 years at the Midwest Conference, most recently as its Executive Director. Chris was also an all-conference baseball and basketball player at Ripon College in Ripon, WI, before beginning his journey up the college athletics ladder in the field of sports information. This is Chris Graham. Chris thanks so much for coming on the show! Interview Questions: Tell us first about Ripon College. How did you get there and what was the experience like? Harrison Ford is most famous alum Small/private liberal arts college; in the Midwest Conference Rich athletic tradition; worked on campus there for several years before getting into conference work You’ve now had significant experience at both the Division II and Division III level. What distinguishes the two, and if you were looking to advance in a college athletics career, how would you go about determining which was best suited for you? Very different from D1 where money and legal issues prevail Some anonymity depending on where you are, though Division II more and more has exposure through television and being the largest school in its region. Amateurism works and is special and there’s a place for it. D3 and D2 are secure in that; the partial athletic scholarship model of Division II sets it apart. Tweet which said D3 athletes should stop talking about accepting offers, but in fact that is what they are doing, even though there isn’t athletic scholarship. There is plenty of opportunity for financial aid, including academic. Most parents putting money into summer and club sports for their young kids are not going to see a return on that investment, and would be better off pursuing academic aid. Creates an identity for the young person defined entirely by their spor