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Leadership Development Academy

In order to develop and inspire a strong culture of leadership within SIUE Athletics, The Leadership Development Academy was born in 2012. Through this program, every year a pair of student-athletes from each team is provided intentional leadership education and training through group discussion, activities, and relationship building. Head Coaches also participate in the program by attending roundtable discussions on pertinent topics affecting the current culture of their team, as well as providing opportunities for the emerging leaders to apply their newly learned skills. Those student-athletes who participated in previous years serve as mentors for the student-athletes new to the program.

The mission of the academy is to help student-athletes develop their leadership potential for the purposes of character development and enhanced team performance.

2018-2019 Emerging Leaders

Baseball: Steven Pattan
Men's Basketball: DJ Jackson
Men's Track & Field: Devonte Tincher
Men's Soccer: Colin Hilpert
Softball: Bailey Concatto
Women's Basketball: Allie Troeckler
Women's Cross Country: Emily Ellis
Women's Soccer: Angel Ikeda
Wrestling: Trent Rakers
Volleyball: Rachel McDonald

Veteran Leaders

Baseball: Dustin Woodcock & Brock Weimer
Men's Basketball: Justin Benton & Brandon Jackson
Men's Cross Country: Matt O'Connor & Landon Skelly
Men's Golf: Kyle Slattery & Conor Dore
Men's Soccer: Keegan McHugh, Carl Hinkson & Lachlan McLean
Men's Track and Field: Nick Matthews
Softball: Zoe Schafer, Alyssa Heren, Emily Ingles, Connor Cutright & Kalei Kaneshiro
Women's Basketball: Nakiah Bell, Cloe Churchill & Sydney Bauman
Women's Cross Country: Aly Goff
Women's Soccer: Courtney Benning & Lexi Royal
Women's Tennis: Ann-Christine Link & Lara Tupper
Women's Track and Field: Brittney Gibbs & Nichyria Byrd
Wrestling: Jake McKiernan, Jacob Godinez, Gage Datlovsky & Tommy Helton
Volleyball: Sami Knight & Kiana Fields


Tuesday, January 22nd at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion