Today’s guest is Vaughn Williams. Vaughn serves as the Director of Athletics at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. A multi-dimensional leader, who has harnessed the power of connection, I believe everyone is better after they are around him and we are very fortunate to have you experience this today.
Vaughn is a relationship builder who is not afraid of challenges and embraces being a life-long learner. He lives by the motto of “Just serve, show up, do your job and help others do theirs.” And that will not be the last piece of wisdom you will need to document as we sit down with him today. So, get something to write with and on… as we settle in and get to know…Mr. Vaughn Williams.
7:03- Called, Opportunity, Serve- Vaughn Williams the Leader
7:37- Following a Beloved, Successful Predecessor
10:48- Being Consistent Fulfilling the Needs of Student-Athletes
14:04- Importance of Being Prompt
18:23- Recognizing the Leader Within You
23:21- Applying Leadership Traits Learned from His Parents
26:57- Assimilating New Student-Athletes During & After Covid
34:04- Strategies to Serve Everyone in Our Communities
40:23- Cultivating People Skills Within a Leader
47:12- Preparing Student-Athletes for What’s Next
54:08- The WHY behind Branding Through Social Media
59:08- Leading the Leader who has Talent but Lacks Experience
1:03:41- One Word from Each Stop in Vaughn’s Journey of Athletic Administration
1:05:50- Partnering with Your Best Friend, Your Spouse, to Lead in Athletics
1:07:32- 2-Minute Drill
About Hangin With The AD Podcast….
Hangin with the AD is an interview style podcast where Don Baker, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics, partners with Josh Mathews, Pope High School (GA) Athletic Director, to discuss hot topics and lessons learned with leaders in the world of athletics. These leaders include high school athletic directors at the district and local school levels; college athletic administrators; leaders in spaces that connect to athletics such as nutrition, wellness, recruiting, student-athlete recognition; current and former athletes; and others, who can help athletic administrators develop themselves and their programs for a better daily experience for their athletic communities.
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Don Baker, CMAA.... Director of Athletics for the Cobb County School District in Georgia. @CCSD_AD (twitter & instagram)
Josh Mathews, CMAA...Athletics Director at Pope High School in Marietta, GA (East Cobb) @jwmathews14 (twitter & instagram)