Justin Chapman | NIAAA
Welcome! Hopefully you’re reading this because you’re a member of the NIAAA. The one and only association dedicated to serving and developing ADs across the country.
But I bet you’re also here to see what this new blog is all about. So, I’ll let you in on the new ADvantage blog here at the NIAAA.
First, back in my high school days I played football for my school in Carmel, IN. This allowed me to see first-hand how the AD role fits into education-based athletics. Fast forward to my post-college job search, and the NIAAA felt like a natural transition because of how my background in education-based athletics intertwined with their mission.
After I settled into my position as copywriter at the NIAAA, I was offered the opportunity to create and manage a blog. I knew I wanted it to stand apart. The IAA magazine already exists with many helpful stories and insights in each issue; however, ADvantage is a place where I want to share personal thoughts and stories from ADs in a way that feels like you gained advice or perspective from a friend experiencing similar things you experience every day.
I may not have much experience in athletic administration – but every day I step into our office, I learn more from Phil Rison, Mike Blackburn, and all members of our association. You all have anecdotes, stories, and learning moments other ADs could really use and I look forward to sharing those with you.
I can see how the role of an AD is a rewarding one, yet tough. Every now and then you might need something to lift you up or a helpful story to bring you through a difficult situation at your school/district. Consider ADvantage the place.
The mission of ADvantage is this:
“Designed to inspire and equip you with practical knowledge by providing growth-oriented stories centered around athletic administration – all in the hopes of giving you a little ADvantage.”
I think a big way we learn in life is by simply listening to others around us.
Yes, we learn from information or highly valuable courses taught by the NIAAA, but anyone from a fresh AD to a seasoned CMAA could benefit from someone else’s experience.
Like I said, I’m not an AD – I’m a writer. So, I’ll gather the perspectives and stories from ADs and put pen to paper, or, fingers to keyboard.
In addition, this will be a great place to find updates from the NIAAA – including NADC updates and highlights, thoughts from Executive Director Mike Blackburn, and anything useful we might want you to know.
Expect a blog post every two weeks. Oh, and after reading, expect to leave with a little ADvantage.
See you next time.