Sports Management Resources (SMR) consultants look forward to helping you take pride in the development of model educational sports programs.  The SMR consulting group focuses on helping educational institutions manage change in the increasingly complex and litigious environment of scholastic and collegiate athletics programs.  We emphasize embracing the highest standards of integrity, solving the challenges of remedying race and gender inequities and building the revenue streams necessary to the achievement of athletics department goals.  SMR consultants are former athletics directors and respected researchers, all of whom have also served as college professors and been recognized for their leadership and administrative excellence.  We have management experience in all competitive divisions as well as scholastic sports and sport-related non-profit organizations.  We believe that the excellence of athletics teams and programs can and must be compatible with academic and ethical integrity.   We’re excited about sharing this knowledge and experience.

More about our philosophy >

Congressional Intervention Required In Order to Achieve Needed Athletics Reforms

Congressional Intervention Required In Order to Achieve Needed Athletics Reforms

December 13, 2014 - Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D

There have been a number of calls for Congressional intervention to achieve intercollegiate athletics reform.  In an August 15, 2014 ‘op ed’ in the Chronicle of Higher Education, former Congressperson and NBA star Tom McMillen called for a Presidential Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Reform.  Representative Jim Moran (VA) actually filed such a bill (HR 5743) during the December 2014 “lame duck” session of Congress calling for establishment of a commission to identify and examine issues of national concern related to the conduct of intercollegiate athletics

Read More

SMR Management Thought

The success of the athletics director lies in five important areas:

(1) informed, ethical and fair decision-making,

(2) hiring and retaining the most competent, passionate and committed employees,

(3) fulfilling the educational, funding and inspirational needs of employees and student-athletes,

(4) by example and action, inspiring excellence in the performance and behavior of employees and student-athletes, and

(5) creating policies and procedures that enable employees to work efficiently and effectively and mitigate the occurrence or repetition of problems.