April 28, 2010
Florida State Academic Coordinator Marlon Dechausay, along with track & field student-athletes Bryan Howard and Allyn Laughlin, have been chosen to participate in the inaugural NCAA Career in Sports Forum, May 11 to 14, 2010, at the Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dechausay, in his third year on staff with Florida State University’s Athletic Academic Supports Services, is among 16 collegiate coaches, administrators and sports professionals hand-picked to serve as facilitators for the Forum. Dechausay attended an intense two-day training that offered personalized feedback on each individual’s leadership style, taught the skills of active and engaging facilitation and acquainted individuals with the Forum curriculum.
“I am excited for the opportunity to participate in a program that will not only be beneficial to the student-athletes but to the facilitators as well,” Dechausay said. “I am looking forward to teaching these student-athletes but also learning from them and the other facilitators. We all have different teaching and learning styles and having the opportunity to observe new ways to be effective will not only benefit me but the Florida State athletics department as well as I intend to bring these lessons back with me.”
The facilitators will have an array of responsibilities, including leading color team sessions that cover communication, managing culture, networking, branding, real world transition and many other topics; mentoring participants and serving as advisor to the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs unit.
While more than 1,000 student-athletes covering all divisions applied to participate in the Forum, just 400 were chosen, including Florida State’s Howard and Laughlin. The student-athletes will have the opportunity to explore and be educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on collegiate athletics.
Through the use of dual tracks, participants will examine the key functions of a coach or administrator within sports. Foundational skills such as communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting will also be covered.
The Forum was open to student-athletes who had a desire to coach in the sports of: Basketball, Bowling, Football, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling. The administrator track will cover the areas of: Academics, Compliance, Facilities, Life Skills, Marketing and Promotions and Sports Information.
Personally, participants will:
• Consider how their personal values intersect with opportunities when it comes to choosing a career in sports.
• Better understand how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness.
• Develop actionable plans for personal growth and development.
Organizationally, participants will:
• Learn a realistic view of the role of coach or administrator in collegiate athletics.
• Examine the viability of selecting coaching, athletics administration and/or officiating as a full-time or part-time career.
• Benefit from the opportunity to network with key decision makers from member institutions and the NCAA.
Collegiate athletics will benefit from:
• Marketing of coaching, administration and officiating as viable professions.
• Dispelling myths about careers in athletics.
• Knowing more about the people interested in serving student-athletes.