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.

2017-2018 Emerging Leaders

Baseball: AJ Johnson
Men's Basketball: Justin Benton & Brandon Jackson
Men's Cross Country: Landon Skelly
Men's Golf: Conor Dore
Men's Soccer: Lachlan McLean
Softball: Emily Ingles & Conner Cutright
Women's Basketball: Cloe Churchill & Sydney Bauman
Women's Cross Country: Aly Goff
Women's Soccer: Lexi Royal
Women's Tennis: Lara Tupper
Wrestling: Gage Datlovsky & Tommy Helton
Volleyball: Kiana Fields

Veteran Leaders

Baseball: Dustin Woodcock & Brock Weimer
Men's Basketball: Jalen Henry
Men's Cross Country: Matt O'Connor
Men's Golf: Danny Gorman, Brady Dixon & Kyle Slattery
Men's Soccer: Keegan McHugh & Carl Hinkson
Men's Track and Field: Julian Harvey, Bobby Kaluza, Martinus Mitchell & Nick Matthews
Softball: Tess Eby, Zoe Schafer, Alyssa Heren
Women's Basketball: Donshel Beck, Gwen Adams & Nakiah Bell
Women's Cross Country: Allie Sweatt
Women's Soccer: Emily Grahl, Courtney Benning & Juli Rossi
Women's Tennis: Ann-Christine Link
Women's Track and Field: Brittney Gibbs & Nichyria Byrd
Wrestling: Jake McKiernan & Jacob Godinez
Volleyball: Carley Ramich & Sami Knight


Thursday, February 8th at 8:00-8:50 a.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Thursday, March 15th at 8:00-8:50 a.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Thursday, April 19th at 8:00-8:50 a.m. in Cougar Pavilion