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 035 - University of Texas Athletics Director Christine Plonsky
6 days ago
Chris joins us to talk the early days as a sports information director, building the Big East Conference, USA Basketball and of course, the University of Texas athletics juggernaut. Bio: Today we are joined by someone who has quite literally done it all in athletics administration. Christine Plonsky is the Women’s Athletic Director and the Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Services at the University of Texas. Chris has worked in collegiate athletics for 40 years, spending 28 of those years with the Longhorns. She holds (or has held) leadership positions with numerous organizations including the NCAA, USA Basketball and the National Association for Collegiate Directors of Athletics or NACDA, an organization for which she serves as the 2016-17 chair. Interview: You have such an interesting background with so many leadership positions to your credit, I thought it would be fun and useful to spend the majority of our time weaving through those roles and having you share a leadership moment or lesson you recall from each. Very fortunate. Blessed with parents who encouraged her to pursue her passions. Sports was one of those, along with education. Title IX opened up opportunities at the time she was getting going. You got your start working in sports information at your undergraduate institution Kent State; what do you most recall from those early days and is there anything you learned then that you still rely on today? First behind the scenes look at athletics programs Her coach sent her to the Sports Information office to offer to help with stats and publicity for her team; learned about media coverage too Dave Gavitt was a mentor; Providence basketball coach and Big East founder – learned from him that a publicist must know everything but not talk about everything; must be ahead of the media; build confidence and trust with coaches and student athletes; be honest with people Enjoyed melding journalism training with publicity training; she really wanted to be a sports writer, and sort of fell into writing for the sports teams instead of a newspaper (Daniel asking about quick pace of change in communications) – She still misses the print days, but now truth is more valuable, viral and un