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.

2016-2017 Emerging Leaders

Baseball: Brock Weimer
Men's Basketball: Jalen Henry
Men's Cross Country: Matt O'Connor
Men's Golf: Kyle Slattery
Men's Soccer: Carl Hinkson & Mathias Ebbesen
Men's Track and Field: Nick Matthews
Softball: Zoe Schafer & Alyssa Heren
Women's Basketball: Nakiah Bell
Women's Cross Country: Allie Sweatt
Women's Soccer: Courtney Benning & Juli Rossi
Women's Tennis: Ann-Christine Link
Women's Track and Field: Nichyria Byrd
Wrestling: Jacob Godinez
Volleyball: Sami Knight

2016-2017 Veteran Leaders

Baseball: Keaton Wright & Dustin Woodcock
Men's Basketball: Carlos Anderson & Devin Thornton
Men's Cross Country: Scott Woodard
Men's Golf: Danny Gorman & Brady Dixon
Men's Soccer: Andrew Kendall-Moulin & Keegan McHugh
Men's Track and Field: Julian HarveyMladen HristovBobby Kaluza & Martinus Mitchell
Softball: Allison Smiley & Tess Eby
Women's Basketball: Donshel Beck & Gwen Adams
Women's Cross Country: Erin Kennedy
Women's Soccer: Kassidy Rawdon, Alex JohnsonJorie Clawson & Emily Grahl
Women's Tennis: Mia Frogner
Women's Track and Field: Megan LauzonBrittney Gibbs
Wrestling: Trevor FeagansJake McKiernan
Volleyball: Taylor Held & Carley Ramich


Tuesday, January 24th at 8:00-8:50 a.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Tuesday, February 21st at 8:00-8:50 a.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Tuesday, March 21st at 8:00-8:50 a.m. in Cougar Pavilion


Tuesday, January 24th at 11:00-12:00 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Tuesday, February 21st at 11:00-12:00 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Tuesday, March 21st at 11:00-12:00 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion