Becoming a champion in any sport, at any level of competition, takes highly effective and strategic leadership. In the demanding field of Interscholastic Athletic Administration, winning truly begins off the field. A skilled athletic director and a team of administrators are needed to carefully craft and develop successful sports programs within the school and the community. The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrations Association (NIAAA) and the Canadian Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (CIAAA) strive to develop current and future athletic directors who can lead wholesome, value-added athletic programs. Grace College joins with the NIAAA and CIAAA to utilize the content of their LTC’s as part of its graduate offerings for Athletic Administrators. This Master’s degree will a) extend the content of the LTC modules through higher-level thinking and learning activities, and b) enable Athletic Administrators to receive degree credit for their mastery of the content and recognize learning through their employment.
Examples of courses in this major:
This course will present a philosophy of the leadership and organization of interscholastic athletic programs, principles, strategies and methods of athletic administration, frameworks to identify and unify the athletic community through character-based standards, and best practices in fundraising, marketing, and promotion of athletic programs and events.
Incorporates NIAAA LT Courses: LTC 501, 502, 608
This course will guide students in utilizing institutional and established legal guidelines to consider all aspects of liability related to athletic performance, and creating and maintaining a strategic plan for managing risk and maintaining safety, equity, and integrity in the context of interscholastic athletic programs.
Incorporates NIAAA LT Courses: LTC 504, 506, 508
This course will assist students in understanding athletic finance and budgeting. It will also guide students in the development of an athletic marketing plan.
Incorporates NIAAA LT Courses: 511, 611, 618
This course is the capstone course for all students in the Athletic Administration Concentration. The capstone is a special project conducted within an existing athletic setting. It may be arranged within the organization in which the student is employed or in another organization which agrees to work with the student on a project of mutual interest. The capstone experience affords each student an opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge, and abilities gained through the leadership core and concentration-area content courses in a process that will generate a solution(s) to or facilitate substantive consideration of a current interscholastic athletic need or issue.
Incorporates NIAAA LT Courses: LTC 710A , 710B, 723
This course will guide students in the development of an athletic facility master plan. Further, it assists students in understanding the role the athletic director plays in management of the athletic physical plant.
Incorporates NIAAA LT Courses: LTC 621, 622, 707
This course presents opportunities for students to analyze best practices and challenges to securing, maintaining, and managing safe, resilient, and attractive indoor and outdoor athletic facilities and equipment that is readily available to students for athletic preparation and interscholastic competitive events.
Incorporates NIAAA LT Courses: LTC 621, 622, 707
This course will assist the athletic leader in developing an athletic operational manual. Further, this course will guide the athletic leader through the organizational and administrative policies and procedures of a typical interscholastic athletic department.
Incorporates NIAAA LTC Courses: LTC 625, 630, 719
This course outlines the policies and procedures in operating and administrating sport medicine and strength training programs. Further, the course will guide the athletic leader through the development of policy and procedural manuals for each area.
Incorporates NIAAA LTC Courses: LTC 617, 620, 627
This course guides the athletic leader through the development of policies and procedures related to the educational aspects of sport programs.
Incorporates NIAAA LTC Courses: LTC 703, 705, 720
A review of methods used to collect information to support business decisions, such as surveys, focus groups, competitive studies, and benchmarking. Topics include designing procedures to obtain unbiased data, scaling methods, and analysis and interpretation of data to produce credible results and recommendations. Emphasis is placed on intelligence necessary to support strategic planning activities and initiatives. Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to discern when to use qualitative techniques and the limitations of qualitative studies, design a study around research questions, choose appropriate samples from the population, and prepare the research instruments, prepare to conduct in-depth interviews and focus groups, analyze data and correlate results of qualitative studies.
Incorporates NIAAA LT Courses: LTC 707, 709, 718
In the NIAAA/CIAAA partnership programs these courses will be “Previous Work Experience” (PWE) courses. The athletic administrator will provide two-years of successful formal position evaluations.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Physical Education, Grace College; M.A. in Physical Education, Kent State University; Ed.D. in Sport Sociology, The University of Alabama
Dr. Darrell Johnson is the Director of the Sport Management Program. He is an active member in many professional organizations including AAHPERD, NASPE, AAPAR, IAHPERD, and NASSM. He has presented at numerous State and National Conventions and Meetings on different sport management and physical education topics. Dr. Johnson is very active in major sports events by volunteering himself and encouraging his students to also be involved. Some of his recent experiences include the 2013 President’s Cup, the 2012 Super Bowl, the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship, the 2012 PGA Senior Championship, and the USGA Senior Open. He regularly leads a group of students on a one-week trip to Atlanta, Georgia to study African-American culture and the rich history of African-American athletes. As a student, he was a pitcher on the Lancer's baseball team and currently holds the record for the most wins in a career and the most wins in a season. Dr. Johnson has 23 years of experience as a coach and athletic administrator at the interscholastic and collegiate levels. In 2009 he was inducted into the Grace College Athletic Hall of Fame.