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OLIVER LUCK | XFL CEO & COMMISSIONER 

Keynote Speaker | Monday, April 1 | 6:00 PM

The development of the XFL has been entrusted to the experienced hands of Oliver Luck, a former NFL and NCAA executive and quarterback, the league's first Commissioner & CEO. Luck came to the XFL from the NCAA, where he served as Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Strategic Partnerships.

Prior to the NCAA, he spent five years as the Director of Athletics at his alma mater, West Virginia University. Before his position at WVU, Luck served as the first president and general manager for Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and led the organization to two MLS Cup titles. He was also Harris County-Houston Sports Authority CEO.

Earlier in his career, Luck served as President of NFL Europe and General Manager of the league’s Frankfurt Galaxy and Rhein Fire. Selected in the second round of the 1982 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers where he played until 1986, Luck earned his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, graduating cum laude in 1987.


JEREMY CAPO | IOWA WESTERN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Developing Facilities and New Opportunities | Monday, April 1 | 2:00 PM  

Jeremy Capo is entering his third year at Iowa Western as the Director of Athletics. During his tenure, Capo has guided the department through unchartered waters that have included strategic planning, a thorough rebrand, facility expansion, athletic excellence, and record breaking academic success.  Capo has created an emphasis in the department, and on campus, that focuses on the student athlete experience which creates a firm foundation for a culture of excellence and success in the classroom, community, and the playing field.

During his three years as the Reivers leader, Iowa Western student athletes have set the standard for classroom excellence by leading the NJCAA in Academic All-Americans each year. The Reivers set the record of 62 during the 2016-17 academic year and broke it during the 2017-18 year with 74.


KERRI-ANN MCTIERNAN | NJCAA BOARD OF REGENTS SECRETARY, RREGION 15 REPRESENTATIVE, NASSAU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Promoting Equity and Inclusion | Monday, April 1 | 4:00 PM 

Kerri-Ann McTiernan is Director of Athletics at Nassau Community College where she oversees a 60-person team responsible for overseeing and developing all aspects of the intercollegiate athletics program and the Physical Education Complex.   
 
Currently, McTiernan also serves as an Executive Board member of the National Junior College of Athletics (NJCAA) Board of Regents, the athletics governing body for more than 520 two-year colleges and universities. McTiernan is the Region XV, Women’s Region Director; in this capacity she represents and liaisons with the NJCAA on behalf of 18 member colleges from NYC, Upstate NY and Long Island.  


TOM HESS | THE PLAYBOOK LAB FOUNDER & CEO

Leadership Training for Student-Athletes | Monday, April 1 | 5:00 PM 

Tom's career includes working with companies and individuals. It has allowed him to serve people and to build trusting relationships to inspire, create and realize great thinking.

His work spans companies like Disney, Time Inc./Sports Illustrated, Saatchi & Saatchi,  IMG, and smaller, more entrepreneurial companies like My Sports Dreams.

These experiences help him see opportunities to enhance personal, professional and organizational leadership. Through collaboration and engagement, he inspires a learning mindset of empathy, creativity, and acceptance.


JAKE HIRSHMAN | MANAGER OF PARTNERSHIP SERVICES - PURDUE UNIVERSITY

20 Secrets to Success for Student-Athletes Who Won't Go Pro | Monday, April 1 | 5:00 PM 

Jake Hirshman is a former student-athlete at the University of Redlands and Ohio University, and now co-author of “20 Secrets to Success for NCAA Student-Athletes Who Won’t Go Pro”. After finishing his undergraduate degree in 3 years, and bouncing back from a career changing injury, Hirshman pursued two masters degrees at Ohio University. One in Sport Sciences and Recreation, and the other as a member of the Sports Administration Program.

After leaving Athens, he worked in Player Development for the Seattle Mariners, as a coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks Academy, and as Special Events Coordinator for Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League. As a young professional, Hirshman’s goal is to positively impact student-athletes and help prepare them for life after sport.                                                                                                                                       


DOUG SPIWAK | NATYCCA PRESIDENT, NJCAA REGION 4 ASSISTANT WOMEN'S DIRECTOR

NATYCCA - Why You Should Join | Tuesday, April 2 | 9:00 AM

Student-Athlete Support | Tuesday, April 2 | 11:00 AM

Doug Spiwak has been the Director of Athletics and Fitness since 2007. Prior to this position he served as the Athletic Coordinator for Harper from 2004-2007. Spiwak began preparing for his career in athletics as a student trainer/manager at Maine East High School where he lettered seven times while working with the football, basketball and track teams. He attended the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana where he graduated from the School of Life Science with a major in Biology and a second major in Athletic Training from the Department of Kinesiology. During this time, Spiwak served as a student trainer for the Fighting Illini which included trips to Big Ten championships and the 1985 Peach Bowl.  After graduating from Illinois and completing his certification, Spiwak was accepted into the Physical Education Department at Northern Illinois University where he served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Athletic Training Program. He was responsible for setting up the first athletic training room at DeKalb High School where NIU student trainers were able to gain clinical experience under his supervision.


GARY BROADHURST | NJCAA BOARD OF REGENTS - REGION 3

What it Takes to Be a Region or Assistant Region Director | Tuesday, April 2 | 10:00 AM

Gary Broadhurst is in his 40th year at Mohawk Valley Community College and is currently the Associate Dean of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation.  He directs one of the most extensive, diverse, and successful two year college intercollegiate athletic programs in the country.  Under his leadership the Hawks have captured 20 NJCAA National Championships while finishing second an additional 18 times; 68 Region III Championships with 58 runner-up finishes; and 124 Mountain Valley Conference Titles.  Under his guidance MVCC student athletes have been selected as NJCAA All-Americans 448 times, 1,149 have been recognized as All-Region and an astounding 160 have been individual NJCAA National Champions.  Six student athletes have been selected as NATYCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year; more than any other institution in the nation and thirty-four have been chosen for the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete of the Year.  The Hawks won the inaugural NATYCAA Cup in 2004 in the non-scholarship division and have never finished lower than eighth in the history of the national award recognizing excellence at the national level of competition in comprehensive athletic programs.

Broadhurst represents Region III on the NJCAA Board of Regents.  He previously served as both the Men and Women’s Regional Director and Chair of the region’s Executive Committee for over ten years.  He is the primary author of numerous policy statements, documents, and procedural operations during his tenure on the Board.  Among these was the creation of the Region III Director’s Cup; an award that recognized excellence and diversity in broad based intercollegiate programs.  The Hawks have won the award twice and never finished lower than third place in the region.  He has also has served as the treasurer for the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference since 1998.


CHRISTINA HUNDLEY | NJCAA REGION 1 MEN'S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

What it Takes to Be a Region or Assistant Region Director | Tuesday, April 2 | 10:00 AM

Christina Hundley became PVCC's third Athletics Director in October 2015.  She joined the Athletic Department in June 2008.  Christina grew up in San Francisco, California and came to Arizona in August 1996. She attended Arizona State University where she studied Journalism and Public Relations at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. While attending ASU, Christina worked for Sun Devil Athletics in the Sports Information Department.

After graduating from ASU, Christina spent time with the San Francisco Giants, Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Suns and the Harlem Globetrotters. Currently Christina is involved with The Pat Tillman Foundation and their annual fundraiser Pat's Run. These funds are awarded as scholarships for Tillman Military Scholars who strive to make a significant impact for our country and communities through their studies in medicine, business, government, education and the arts.

Christina earned her Master's in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University in August 2013.


DR. DAN KINNEY | NJCAA BOARD OF REGENTS PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL - CENTRAL DISTRICT

What it Takes to Be a Board Member | Tuesday, April 2 | 10:00 AM

Dr. Dan Kinney has served as the President of Iowa Central Community College since 2009. Kinney previously had been vice president of student services at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, NE. His interest in community colleges started early. He decided to pursue a community college career rather than follow a path at the University of Kansas, where he had earned his master’s degree and worked as assistant director of admission and scholarships. 

Kinney is one of six presidential representatives to serve on the NJCAA Board of Regents where he serves as the PAC Central District rep which covers Regions 4, 11, 16 & 24.


MICK McDANIEL | NJCAA BOARD OF REGENTS CHAIR

What it Takes to Be a Board Member | Tuesday, April 2 | 10:00 AM

Mick McDaniel is in his second year as the NJCAA Board of Regents Chair. McDaniel has served the NJCAA for 13 years and has been at Tompkins Cortland Community College for 22 years.  He is very passionate about student-athletes nationwide and looks to build on that passion by serving everyone within the organization. 

Before taking over as President, he served as 1st Vice President for Men under former President Bryce Roderick, as well as 2nd Vice President for Men.  He has chaired a number of NJCAA committees, most recently Division III Sport Districting and also served as a Region Director for Region 3.  His tireless efforts led him to be named the Northeast Under Armour AD of the year in 2010-11 and under his leadership TC3 captured the 2009 DIII Women’s Softball Championship.  In addition to his duties as President and Athletic Director, Mick is the men’s and women’s golf coach at Tompkins Cortland and he loves getting out on the course whenever possible.

"I greatly enjoy making others feel appreciated for the work they do on and off the field of play. As an officer of the NJCAA I have the opportunity to see our student-athletes in action at championships and feel blessed to be able to celebrate with them in their successes. In addition, through attending tournaments, meetings and special events, I have a great time thanking all of the folks who do the behind the scenes work to make each event so special for our students and families."                                                                                                                  


DR. TIM DRAIN | NJCAA BOARD OF REGENTS VICE-CHAIR

How to Be an Outstanding Athletic Director | Tuesday, April 2 | 10:00 AM

Drain has served as the NJCAA Region 14 Women’s Director and chair of both the Service and Recognition and Women’s Tennis committees for the NJCAA. He is also a voting member in the football, women’s basketball, softball, and women’s soccer national polls and has been the tournament director for 23 NJCAA National Championships, including men’s and women’s soccer (12), baseball (8), and women’s tennis (3). In 2017, Tim’s peers elected him to the NJCAA Executive Committee. 

Tim also served as the President of NATYCAA in 2014-15. He was selected in 2016 to represent NATYCAA on the NCAA Two-Year College Relations Panel and the American Association of Community College Coalition of Affiliated Councils (COAC). In 2010 he was awarded the George E. Killian Award of Excellence from the NJCAA. He was inducted into the NJCAA Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013 for his contributions to the sport. He has been honored as an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year in 2012 and 2015, and 2018.


MICHELLE RUBLE | COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

How to Be an Outstanding Athletic Director | Tuesday, April 2 | 10:00 AM

Ruble serves as the co-chair for finance and budget for the NJCAA board of directors and is a member of championship events and sports districting Division 1 committees.

She is the current Maryland JUCO Volleyball Liaison. In 2011, Ruble was named to the executive committee of the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) and in 2014 she was elected to a two-year term as second vice president for women of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Locally, she has served on the board of the Zonta Club of Charles County. She graduated with the 2014 class of Leadership Southern Maryland.


DR. LORETO JACKSON | NJCAA ATHLETIC TRAINERS & SAFETY COUNCIL CHAIR

Athletic Training, Safety, & Health | Tuesday, April 2 | 11:00 AM

Dr. Loreto Jackson, entering her second year as Director of Athletics at Bunker Hill Community College was formerly the Associate Athletic Director at Clemson University responsible for student-athlete wellness and development – a position that she created 10 years ago, with a legacy she handed off for further development and growth - encompassing a holistic approach to student-athlete development including nutrition, stress management, mental health, sports psychology, substance misuse, decision making, personal and professional development, conduct and behavior.

As the Director of Athletics of Bunker Hill Community College, Jackson strives to provide a superior student-athlete experience where participation and competition on the field and classroom illustrate lessons to student-athletes on life and personal growth and development.


JIM ABBOTT | OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Guest Speaker | Tuesday, April 2 | 12:00 PM

Jim Abbott has left his mark in 16 years as Oklahoma City University athletic director. The focus of Abbott’s tenure has been on providing a championship experience for all student-athletes athletically, academically and socially and establishing a culture of excellence throughout the department.

Abbott serves as the chief development officer for OCU Athletics. Under his guidance, OCU has completed more that $17 million in athletic facility construction and renovation projects including the Ann Lacy Softball Stadium, the Devon Boathouse, the Knight Strength and Conditioning Facility and the Jim Wade Athletic Office Suite.

Abbott’s tenure has also seen new facilities and renovations for OCU baseball, soccer and wrestling. Abbott spearheads efforts of the Champions Club, OCU’s athletic booster club, and the department's largest annual fundraising event, the Sports Spectacular dinner and auction.

Abbott earned a master of science degree in sports administration from the University of Oklahoma and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and physical education from Huntingdon (Ala.) College.


DR. LENNY KLAVER | PRESIDENT, NORTH CENTRAL MISSOURI COLLEGE

Academic Integrity - Maintaining the Academic Core | Tuesday, April 2 | 1:45 PM

Dr. Klaver earned his doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. His first degree was earned from Iowa Central Community College. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Previously, he was the Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Advancement and tenured faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Dr. Lenny Klaver began his professional career as an instructor and coach at Mormon Trail Community School in Garden Grove, Iowa. Dr. Klaver is an Iowa native.  

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