Herschel Walker, winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy at the University of Georgia, will reunite with his former coach, Vince Dooley, and join a group of elite college coaches, sports journalists and professionals at “Leadership Game Changer: Developing Business Champions,” a special professional development event series debuting in Atlanta on May 9.
The day-long training camp at McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus is designed to inspire and train business people to reach their full potential. Leadership Game Changer will mark the first time so many accomplished coaches will assemble under one roof to share their secrets for success. Guided by professional moderators, participants in the training camp will emerge with a personal game plan for improving their leadership skills and performance.
The star-studded lineup for Leadership Game Changer includes:
Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self, who led the Jayhawks to the 2008 National Championship, is a three-time Sporting News National Coach of the Year, and from 2006–2012, posted the best six-year record of any men’s basketball coach in NCAA Division 1 history.
Bill Battle, who as head football coach at the University of Tennessee from 1970 to 1976 was at the time the country’s youngest college football head coach. Battle went on to found The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), revolutionizing the way schools market their brands.
College football coaching legend Homer Rice, who coached at Kentucky, Oklahoma, Cincinnati and Rice, and served as Athletics Director for UNC and Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, who has also served as head coach at Navy and Georgia Southern, joined by basketball coach Brian Gregory. Before being named the school’s basketball coach in March, 2011, Gregory coached eight seasons at Dayton, participating in the NCAA Tournament or NIT five times, and capturing the NIT crown, and winning 150 games faster than any coach in Dayton history.
Bill Curry, former head football coach at Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and Kentucky. Curry also had a distinguished NFL playing career that included Super Bowl wins as a center with the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Colts.
Former Ole Miss and current Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe. This past season he took Duke to their first bowl in almost 20 years. At Ole Miss, Cutcliffe led the Rebels to four bowl games in six years. He also has the distinction of having coached both Manning brothers as his starting quarterback.
Jim Grobe, head football coach at Wake Forest University, where in 2006 he was named ACC Coach of the Year, as well as Bobby Dodd and AP National Coach of the Year. Grobe has led the Deacons to more bowl games, eight win-seasons and bowl victories than any other coach in school history. He also served as head coach at Ohio University.
Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin, who has guided Vanderbilt from the depths of the SEC to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history, and was recently named by Bleacher Report as the Top Motivator in college football.
Rod Olson, former coach at Oklahoma State and Appalachian State and founder and CEO of the Coaches of Excellence Institute.
Herschel Walker, recipient of the 1982 Heisman Trophy at the University of Georgia, where he was also on the 1980 National Championship team.
Vince Dooley, Walker’s former coach who led the Bulldogs to 201 victories during his 25 years as head coach and took UGA teams to 20 bowl games. For 15 years after his retirement, Vince remained at Georgia as the school’s athletic director.
Additionally, several major college sports personalities will serve as our masters of ceremonies and the “voices of Leadership Game Changer”:
Jay Bilas, college basketball analyst for ESPN and CBS sports (as well as former four-year starter for Duke under Coach Mike Krzyzewski).
Tracy Wolfson, CBS Sports’ lead college football sideline reporter, college basketball reporter, and anchor of CBS Sportsdesk.
•Wes Durham Voice of Georgia Tech and Atlanta Falcons – one of only four people calling major college football on Saturday and the NFL on Sunday. Wes is the 2013 Georgia Sportscaster of the Year, honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association for the 8th time, including three of the past four years.
Leadership Game Changer is produced by IMG College, a collegiate marketing agency which says it represents over 200 institutions of higher education as well as the NCAA.
The Riverbend Group, an Atlanta-based people development company improving people and their organizations since 2002, is assisting in producing this event series marrying the excitement of college sports with meaningful professional development. For more information on Leadership Game Changer, including the full speaker lineup and how to register, visit www.Leadership-GameChanger.com