Helping sports organization solve integrity, growth, and development challenges
Bob Frederick, Ed.D.
Deceased
Dr. Bob passed away in June 2009 as the result of a tragic bicycle accident. We greatly miss his wise counsel and as well as his warm friendship. All will miss his real concern and compassion for people and the values he brought to educational sport. We leave his photo and blogs in place.
Don Sabo, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
"SMR is particularly proud of our attention to detail in using surveys and evidence based analysis to make recommendations for approaching problems and issues. We believe in "doing our homework" and quality research."
Connee Zotos, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
"Designing, monitoring and constantly re-evaluating an athletics program model are complex tasks. We try to help athletics directors add structure and clarity while keeping focus on the big picture."
Christine H.B. Grant, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
"We're excited about sharing our knowledge and experience and collaborating with athletics directors to solve specific challenges and implement best practices."
Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D
President
“We're passionate about the benefits of educational sport and helping colleagues build athletics programs that meet the highest standards of integrity and performance excellence.”

Welcome

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.

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If I was an FBS athletic direc...

At the beginning of every new year, I get too many calls from my favorite media folks asking for “predictions” for the coming year.  While I don’t have “predictions”, I do have a list of things that NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision athletic directors should be worrying about.  So I’m sharing the list I keep by my telephone…

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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.