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Building a Relationship with Your Sports Supervisor

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Chapter 21: Building a Relationship with Your Sports Supervisor

The saying goes “The quality of your communication is the quality of your life.”

One of the most important stakeholders in a college tennis program is the coaches’ sports supervisor. Navigating this relationship from the beginning of a coach’s tenure can be challenging at times as coaches are not always sure how much information to share with their sports supervisor and how big a role they want them to play in day to day operations of the program.

The two Athletic Directors interviewed for this chapter, Marco Born (Lamar) and Dr. Nicki Moore (Colgate), encourage coaches to overcommunicate with their sports supervisor and to always act with integrity. They cover topics such as how to make a great first impression on an Athletic Director; advice for dealing with a difficult sports supervisor; what skills they would like their coaches to possess and/or develop during their tenure; and how to increase the relevancy of the tennis coach and tennis program within the athletic department.

Building a Relationship with Your Sports Supervisor with Marco Born

Marco Born played collegiate tennis at Middle Tennessee State where he captured the ITA All-American Doubles Championship and the 2007 NCAA Doubles title among many other playing accolades. Born was an Senior Associate Athletic Director at Louisana Tech before taking over as the Athletic Director at Lamar University in 2019. He currently sits on the NCAA Tennis Committee. 

Building a Relationship with Your Sports Supervisor with Dr. Nicki Moore

Dr. Nicki Moore has served as a Senior Associate Athletic Director and SWA at the University of Oklahoma and the University of North Carolina. She was named the Vice President and Director of Athletics at Colgate University in 2018. She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology and a MA in Sports Psychology. 

August 11, 2021