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ERIC Number: EJ1004362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Why the Athletic Director Wept
Aicinena, Steve
Academe, v99 n1 Jan-Feb 2013
For days and months, the author had experienced a crisis of faith. Because he had believed sports were beneficial for the university and the young athletes who participated in them, he had willingly invested seventeen years of his professional life in the administration of the athletics program. In 1988, he accepted a position as an an assistant professor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The university has no athletic program, no campus spirit and no campus life. Through the dedication and hard work of coaches, staff members, administrators, and athletes, the program they built has grown from its modest beginnings with one sport to thirteen today. Remarkably, during that time the institution has grown from 2,000 to more than 4,200 students. Athletics have been only a part of the recipe for growth, but arguably an important part. His involvement in this story certainly has been gratifying. But that history is not sufficient to make him endure never-ending challenges coming as a consequence of poor funding, inadequate staffing, complaints based on comparisons to other institutions, regular turnover of staff and coaches, inordinately long hours of work, and unrelenting stress.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas