The organizational culture of successful athletic departments


Duane AagaardDuane Aagaard, Professor of Sport Management at Pfeiffer University, focuses his research on mission-oriented colleges and universities that successfully integrate spirituality and faith into their athletics culture. In this special series, which ran on our blog from January to March, 2016, Duane offers best practices on everything from Athletic Director leadership strategies, to recruiting tips, to ministry opportunities that come along with coaching.

Access this 9-part series via the links below:



Part 1: The organizational culture of successful athletic departments

Part 2: The role of the Athletic Director: Everything rises and falls on leadership

Part 3: Athletic success & spirituality: Uncovering the #1 myth in Christian athletics

Part 4: The intercollegiate hiring process: How to get the right people

Part 5: Spiritual leadership: The ministry of coaches

Part 6: We are family: The power of developing a close-knit atmosphere

Part 7: Recruiting: the process of finding talented mission-fit athletes

Part 8: Fish out of water? The relationships with non-believers at Christian universities

Part 9: Leadership development: If everything is leadership then nothing is leadership