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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.

2019-2020 Emerging Leaders

Baseball: Brady Bunten
Men's Basketball: Elochukwu Eze
Men's Golf: Presley Mackelburg 
Men's Soccer: Jack Edwards
Softball: Jade Kranawetter
Women's Basketball: Mikala Hall
Women's Cross Country: Savannah Sullivan
Women's Soccer: Kayla Klipsch
Women's Track: Alexis Hutchins
Wrestling: Sergio Villalobos
Volleyball: Ellen LeMasters

Veteran Leaders

Baseball: Steven Pattan
Men's Basketball: Justin Benton & Brandon Jackson
Men's Cross Country: Landon Skelly
Men's Golf: none
Men's Soccer: Carl Hinkson, Lachlan McLean & Colin Hilpert
Men's Track and Field: Devonte Tincher
Softball: Zoe Schafer, Emily Ingles, Connor Cutright, Kalei Kaneshiro, Bailley Concatto
Women's Basketball: Allie Troeckler
Women's Cross Country: Aly Goff & Emily Ellis
Women's Soccer: Courtney Benning, Lexi Royal & Angel Ikeda
Women's Tennis: Lara Tupper
Women's Track and Field: none
Wrestling: Jake McKiernan, Gage Datlovsky & Tommy Helton
Volleyball: Kiana Fields & Rachel McDonald


Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion
Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Cougar Pavilion