Podcast #7, Hank Harrawood (UNC Charlotte ~ Director of Compliance)

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For the first time in our brief podcast history, we are moving to the field of NCAA Athletics Compliance.  Hank Harrawood has extensive experience in athletics compliance.  Here, he speaks to the culture of compliance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as pending bylaws that could have major impacts at your university.


Catch up with Hank’s favorite recording artist here: All the Songs You Know by Heart

Recommended Reading by Hank: Ragamuffin Gospel

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Hank Harrawood serves as the Director of Compliance for the 49ers helping oversee eligibility, recruiting, travel, and other aspects of the compliance program. He began his tenure in Charlotte in July of 2015.

Hank graduated from East Carolina University in 2007 and received his law degree from the Elon University School of Law in 2012. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the American Bar Association.

Prior to Hank’s arrival at Charlotte, he served as Associate Athletic Director/Compliance at Florida International University in Miami during the 2014 and 2015 years. Prior to that Hank served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Hank began his career at Gardner-Webb University where he served as the Compliance Coordinator.

Hank and his wife Tara currently reside in Belmont, North Carolina.

Podcast #6, #N4a2018 Division Director Updates

As we know travel budgets only stretch so far, the Board of Directors of your @Nfoura wanted to provide as much information as possible to our membership.  For the FIRST time this year – you can find the Division Director updates for this year’s National Convention in both video as well as audio format.  For audio, please click on the Podcast.  All Video links will be sent out via N4A’s Twitter account (@nfoura).  Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the N4a Board if you have questions, comments or feedback.  Enjoy the National Convention!



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Podcast #5, Carrie Leger White (NCAA)

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This is why the Podcast #LiveMaas was created!  To provide the listeners with a platform to have access to, and learn from, the leaders in our field.  On today’s podcast, we get to visit with Carrie Leger White, Assistant Director for Academic and Membership Affairs with the NCAA.  We discuss all things related to the Academic Revenue Distribution Plan that the NCAA is rolling out.  THIS PODCAST IS A CANNOT MISS.  You can hear the entire audio content here:


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Podcast #4, Steve Duzan (CLEMSON)

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What an amazing opportunity to visit with Steve Duzan, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Student Services.  After speaking with Jonathan Gantt, I knew I had to learn more about the culture and best practices found at Clemson!  On this podcast, We cover several important areas of working with student-athletes in higher education.  This is definitely a podcast you should not miss!  You can find the audio version of today’s podcast at:

Anchor:  https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/Steve-Duzan-CLEMSON-e1lrp4

Recommended Reading by Steve: Tony Dungy The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge

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Steve Duzan, Associate AD for Athletic Academic Services and Director of Vickery Hall, is responsible for all student-athlete development and academic programming at Clemson University.  Duzan’s responsibilities include oversight of Vickery Hall staff and personnel, educational programming, budget management and monitoring each athletic team’s NCAA and ACC eligibility, along with their GSR and APR progress.  Duzan is also a member of the ACC’s Student-Athlete Welfare Committee, as well as the Initial Eligibility Waiver Committee for Educational Impacting Disabilities with the NCAA.

Duzan comes to Clemson from Florida State University, where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services.  During his tenure as Assistant Athletic Director at FSU, Duzan had direct oversight of all academic services for student-athletes, including monitoring academic progress and eligibility, budget management, tutoring, mentoring, advising and learning specialist.  In addition, he served on various university committees directed towards student success and retention.  Duzan was a member of three University Strategic Planning committees focused on student success and retention.  In addition, he served on the Leadership Advisory Board, Employee Health Benefits Advisory Committee, Staff Benefits Committee, University Enrollment Management Committee, Student Academic Services Center Policy Committee and Staff Council Employee Relations Committee.

Prior to his position at Florida State, Duzan served four years as the Director of Athletic Academic Services at Indiana State University, and nine years in public education as a teacher, coach, athletic director and school administrator.  As a public school administrator, his responsibilities included the professional development, supervision and evaluation for all faculty and staff.  In addition, Duzan oversaw the school’s budget, curriculum, academic programming, athletic facilities and scheduling, data assessment and compliance for all learning disabled students.

Duzan earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Millikin University in 1999 and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois in 2006.  In May of 2011, he completed his doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership and Administration at Indiana State University.  He is currently writing his dissertation and researching mentoring programs involving post-secondary students with the integration of technology.  He is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors (N4A) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).  Duzan is originally from Marshall, IL.  He and his wife Lisa have three children, Sophia, and twins Vivien and Preston.

Podcast #3, Brenton Sumler (LSU)

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Brenton is our first opportunity to branch out into the area of Life Skills on the #LiveMaas podcast.  The LSU Academic Support unit is one of the finest in the country.  Make sure you tune in to this podcast as it is sure to impress.  You can hear the entire audio content here:

Anchor:  https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/Brenton-Sumler-LSU-e1llcq

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Brenton Sumler
Manager of Shaquille O’Neal Lifeskills Program

Phone: (225) 578-7464
Email: bsumler@lsu.edu

Sumler previously served as the Student-Athlete Leadership and Development Coordinator at Appalachian State located in Boone, North Carolina. There, he managed the athletic department Student-Athlete Development and Leadership program. He also created and expanded mentoring programs in addition to conducting educational workshops for student-athletes.

Prior to Appalachian State, Sumler spent five years as a recruitment counselor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff before working as Graduate Assistant in the Office of Judicial and Ethical Programs at the University of Memphis. He assisted in the creation and implementation of educational programming for the NCAA CHAMPS Life Skills and also spent time as a Student-Athlete Development Coordinator/Compliance Assistant while at Memphis.

Sumler earned a Master’s of Science in Sport Commerce from the University of Memphis and is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Higher and Adult Education Administration. He also received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in general studies with a concentration in computer information systems.

Podcast #2, Jonathan Gantt (CLEMSON)

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What an amazing opportunity to visit with Jonathan Gantt, Director of New and Creative Media at Clemson University.  We dive down into the Rabbit Hole known as the Clemson Vlog – and I strongly encourage you to do the same!  You can hear the entire audio content here:

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/Jonathan-Gantt-Clemson-e1l4cr

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Podcast #1….is LIVE


There is a presentation that I’ve given now… I’d say about 10 times titled ‘Communication with the Modern Student’ (or Student-Athlete).  Specifically, how communication is constantly evolving due to the technology that is evolving around it.  If you follow @GaryVee (https://twitter.com/garyvee) then you are well aware of his thoughts on the next evolution of communication:  VOICE.  See –> http://voicecon.co/

I’ve been debating for months now on starting a podcast.  Constantly planning, thinking about how to get onto the voice platform and what I would do once I did.  More importantly, wondering if I could produce enough content to provide a resource to those listening.  I have decided to stop overthinking this process and start creating content.

Debuting for you Today… is the first (of hopefully Many) #LiveMaas podcasts.  The first session is brief, no more than 4 minutes.  Just a quick introduction to what my intent is moving forward with this platform and a little background for those who are new about me.

For those already in the podcast community, or those looking to get into it….  I’m going as low maintenance as I can to try and provide as much ROI as possible.

In terms of specs:  I’m using an iPhone 7Plus for content, and will be using my MacBook Pro for edits.

In my research, the best podcast microphone for iphone can be found here:   Best podcast microphone for iphone

I’ve already set up several interview opportunities with professionals that I feel can bring a great deal of content to the channel.  I think you’ll be excited to hear from them too.  I hope to put out 20-30 minute podcasts rich with experiences, best practices, and networking options.  The entire concept of this podcast is to provide a service to those listening.  I’ll be reaching out to pro’s in Athletics, Higher Education, N4A, NACADA and even the NCAA.

I hope you decide to follow me on this journey as we dive into Voice.  I’m absolutely excited about these next few months as I hope to engage with current friends – but also, try and reach out to many, many more.  It would be amazing if you could help me by not only subscribing to my Podcast – but also – do me the favor of following me on social media and suggesting someone I should interview for my the next #LiveMaas Podcast!

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By the way – #GaryV is the best in the business right now.  Do yourself a favor, click the YouTube link below.  Who knows, my next step after podcasting might be….  Vlogging??

Until next time – LiveMaas