LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Athletics Department recently hosted a Leadership Summit for its student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff members. The goal of introducing this new innovative program was to provide strategies and tools essential to developing leadership skills that will benefit both the individuals participating in the seminars, as well as those that they touch throughout their years in college and beyond.
Two sessions were held -- one specifically for coaches and staff and one for a group of student-athletes identified as "emerging leaders" by their coaches and athletics department staff members. A total of 48 UW student-athletes and 28 coaches and athletics staff members attended the seminars.
The focus of the leadership skills being taught is to maximize learning, retention and application of those skills for the student-athletes, and offering leadership techniques and strategies to coaches and staff that can be implemented in their roles as leaders.
Nationally-recognized speaker Jeff Janssen, who is the principal in Janssen Sports Leadership Center, spoke to both groups. Janssen has presented to over 200 schools across the country, including Boston College, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Stanford.
"Our leadership program, called the SADDLE Program, is in full-swing this fall, with a great deal of planning haven taken place this summer," said Julie Manning, UW Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sport Administration and Senior Woman Administrator. "Our student-athletes' total experience will include personal development, service leadership, networking and engagement skill development opportunities.
"Having a world-renowned presenter on leadership, in Jeff Janssen, working with our student-athletes and coaches speaks volumes about the vision and commitment that our administration has to providing our student-athletes with as complete a learning experience as possible while they are at the University of Wyoming."
The University of Wyoming SADDLE Cup Program stands for Student-Athletes Dedicated to the Development of Leadership and Engagement. Each of Wyoming's student-athletes may earn points for their sport team during the year through involvement in: academic activities and community service activities. The sport team with the most points at the conclusion of the academic year is named the SADDLE Cup winner.
The individuals who either attended the initial Leadership Summit or are a part of the "emerging leaders" group are listed below:
Josh Adams - Men's Basketball
Jack Bentz - Men's Basketball
Derek Cooke Jr. - Men's Basketball
Riley Grabau - Men's Basketball
Charles Hankerson Jr. - Men's Basketball
Alan Herndon - Men's Basketball
Jason McManamen - Men's Basketball
Larry Nance Jr. - Men's Basketball
Matt Sellers - Men's Basketball
Trey Washington III - Men's Basketball
Alisha Bass - Soccer
Brooklyn Chambers - Soccer
Kasey Curtis - Soccer
Sammi Dunda - Soccer
Katie Marcheso - Soccer
Mandy Meyer - Soccer
Claire Parker - Soccer
Laurel Ramer - Soccer
Georgia Rowntree - Soccer
Kari Campbell - Swimming & Diving
Molly Coonce - Swimming & Diving
Patrick Jones - Swimming & Diving
Lauren McClure - Swimming & Diving
Ryan Nelson - Swimming & Diving
Kyle Scalise - Swimming & Diving
Emily Stucky - Swimming & Diving
McKenzie Brogan - Track & Field
Scott Carter - Track & Field
Jordan Charles - Track & Field
Aaron Derner - Track & Field
Audra DeStefano - Track & Field
Dylan Morin - Track & Field
Kim Robertson - Track & Field
Mikalah Skates - Track & Field
Kyle Sullivan - Track & Field
Kereston Thomas - Track & Field
Damon Unland - Track & Field
Ali Walker - Track & Field
Coaches and Staff (Listed by Sport Program/Department)
Athletic Department Staff
Matt Whisenant - Deputy Director of Athletics
Julie Manning - Senior Associate Athletics Director & SWA
Joi Thomas - Associate Director of Sports Medicine
Steven Cox - Academic Coordinator
Ewa Szatkowska - Director of UW Tennis Complex
Kristin Belzung - Assistant Coach
Liz Shuyler - Director of Operations