Fairfield AD Paul Schlickmann

Stags VP for Athletics Paul Schlickmann is latest guest on the Higher Ed Athletics podcast. Schlickmann starts the conversation about his new VP appointment over the summer and explains what the new intention of the role is for him from the president. Schlickmann talks in detail about their brand new on-campus arena that is wrapping up construction ahead of this basketball season. The conversation then turns nationally about just rolling off of the D1 Council after a term that was full of incredible challenges and changes to the NCAA governance model. The conversation ends talking about how Schlickmann filters the curated industry news to stay knowledgeable in the local and national conversations about the future of college athletics as we address the challenges ahead in the next 5 to 10 years.

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:15 Adding VP distinction over the summer
  • 3:56 The President and AD strategy from the beginning
  • 8:15 Building an on-campus Arena
  • 12:02 Deciding to build brand new instead of renovating
  • 16:00 Looking back on experiences serving on the D1 Council
  • 21:50 Managing different conference representation on D1 Council in a time of D1 uncertainty
  • 24:10 Thoughts on D1 Transformation Committee as a non-football D1 institution
  • 27:15 How Schlickmann filters the daily industry news to help him in his job for the Stags
  • 30:10 Looking at the next 5 to 10 years

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