Several UCF Staffers to Speak at NACDA

GO KNIGHTS The NACDA Convention is coming to Orlando and UCF will be represented.
The NACDA Convention is coming to Orlando and UCF will be represented.

June 16, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) will be meeting all this week at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center and several UCF administrators will address the nation's largest gathering of college athletics administrators in their areas of expertise.

On Wednesday, Matt DiFebo, UCF Associate A.D. for external services and Brad Stricklin, UCF's Associate A.D. for business and finance are both slated to take the stage. DiFebo will hold an hour-long discussion on maximizing ticket sales revenue at 11 a.m. to a general session of CABMA (College Athletic Business Management Association). Later on, DiFebo and Stricklin will host CABMA round table discussions. DiFebo will talk about issues impacting ticket operations. Stricklin will lead conversations on managing budget challenges created by facility upgrades and expansions, something Stricklin and UCF knows quite well with the unprecedented 2007 construction of both Bright House Networks Stadium and the new UCF Arena, along with the transformation of the old UCF Arena into The Venue at UCF.

On Thursday, UCF head men's basketball coach Kirk Speraw will sit on a panel discussion for the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) discussing the views of coaches on trends and issues in college basketball. Speraw will speak along with Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein, Duke women's basketball coach Joanne McCallie and Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw.

DiFebo will be front and center again on Saturday as he talks to NACMA (National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators) for an hour about ticketing sales strategy and function.

Many other UCF administrators serve on national committees which will be having important discussions this week in Orlando. One of the most noteworthy of those is UCF Director of Athletics Keith Tribble's chairmanship of NACDA's John McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee. The group annually awards five $10,000 scholarships to minorities who are looking to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. In addition, the McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame annually honors some of the legends of athletics administration.

This year's reception will honor Alvin Attles, Golden State Warriors Legend and Ambassador; Anita DeFrantz, the first African-American and first American woman to serve on the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Dr. Bernard Franklin, NCAA Executive Vice President on NCAA Membership and Student Athlete Affairs and Past President of three HBCUs; Willie O'Ree, the NHL's Director of Youth Development for Diversity Programming and the first black player in the League; Gale Sayers, the first black Division I athletics director at Southern Illinois University; Gene Washington, the NFL's Director of Football Operations and first black quarterback at Stanford; and Bob Watson, MLB's Vice President of On-Field Operations and the first African-American MLB General Manager (Houston Astros). The ceremony will also honor former University of Georgia Athletics Director/Coach and NACDA Past President Vince Dooley who was voted the recipient of the 2008 Selig Mentoring Award.

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