Coaches and Athletes Participate in Leadership Workshop
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Coaches and Athletes Participate in Leadership Workshop


NASHVILLE --- For the second consecutive year the Tennessee State University athletics department welcomed Dr. Becky Bedics to campus to conduct a seminar as a part of the Ohio Valley Conference’s leadership initiative.

The event, which took place over a span of two-days, was designated for student-athletes and coaches. Each group met in the multipurpose room of the Indoor Practice Facility.

On Tuesday night, Dr. Bedics met with the student-athletes while Wednesday morning was reserved for the members of the coaching staff.

The workshop featured a number of topics that were relevant for today’s college athletic experience. One of the main items of discussion was how to establish a positive team culture. The coaches also shared their thoughts on what challenges they face with student-athletes and had small table discussions on various issues before expressing their ideas with the larger group.

The student-athletes had a more interactive workshop as they participated in a number of activities that highlighted the importance of trust, communication and leadership.

The night included a number of activities that required the participants to showcase their verbal and non-verbal communication skills. The student-athletes also had discussions on other helpful topics.

Senior Woman Administrator Valencia Jordan thought that the leadership workshop provided a wealth of knowledge to the student athletes and coaches.

“The leadership seminar is initiative started by OVC Commissioner DeBauche to be sure that each of our OVC schools had an opportunity to bring to their campus an accomplished consultant who has mastered the art of leadership. We’re given an opportunity to not only have a workshop for our student athletes to help them in their development but also to have something for the coaches. By having two separate sessions, you can maximize both opportunities.”

Dr. Becky Ahlgren Bedics is the President and Owner of Ahlgren-Bedics Consulting, LLC and serves as the Director of Leadership Development for Collegiate Sports at Janssen Sports Leadership Center Foundation. Ahlgren-Bedics works toward the goal of offering customized programs and workshops for Student-Athletes and Administrators.