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SIUE's Coomer Selected for TopConnect AD Symposium

SIUE's Coomer Selected for TopConnect AD Symposium

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE Deputy Director of Athletics Jason Coomer has been selected to attend TopConnect AD 2021, a leadership symposium for aspiring Division-I Athletics Directors sponsored by TEAMWORKS/#INFLCR.

The second annual symposium hosted by TopConnect, a subsidiary of Connected Media, LLC, will be held virtually on June 24th and June 25th. The 2021 program is headlined by Jeremy Foley, Athletics Director Emeritus at the University of Florida.

TopConnect AD is designed for senior level athletics administrators who are committed to taking the next step in their careers. Attendees will benefit from panels with current Presidents of Division-I institutions, with NIL professionals Kevin Barefoot from TEAMWORKS/#INFLCR and legal expert Darren Heitner, panels focused on translating moment into action and the A to Z of Hiring a Head Coach. 

TopConnect has revolutionized the connections within the world of collegiate athletics by connecting future leaders with current leaders through an educational forum. Initially launched over fifteen years ago as Villa 7, the TopConnect program has evolved into a valuable resource for coaches, athletics administrators, and other industry leaders. Since TopConnect's launch in 2018, fourteen attendees have been hired into their dream position as an Athletics Director, Head Men's Basketball Coach, or Head Women's Basketball Coach. This includes Randale Richmond, Director of Athletics at Kent State, who will be presenting a session on how to prep for the big interview.

TopConnect is sponsored by TEAMWORKS/#INFLCR and works in conjunction with East Tennessee State University's Doctoral Program in Global Sport Leadership. For more information, please email Dr. Richard Sander at or Kay Lennon-McGrew at TopConnect is on all social media platforms @TopConnectLead.

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