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Illinois Leadership Academy

Setting the Standard in Leadership Excellence
...a groundbreaking program that is both
comprehensive in scope and substantive in depth...

As one of the nation's premier collegiate athletic leadership development programs, the Illinois Leadership Academy would develop, challenge, and support student athletes and coaches in their continual quest to become world-class leaders in academics, athletics, and life.

The program works with both Illini coaches and student-athletes. The student-athletes are divided into three separate phases. Personal Leadership teaches freshmen how to effectively lead themselves and ease the transition to college. The Emerging Leaders group identifies and develops high potential leaders in their sophomore or junior years. The third phase is Veteran Leaders. The Veteran Leaders encourage established leaders to step up and be vocal, as well as serve as mentors for the younger student-athletes.

Another component of the Illini Leadership Academy are the development programs for the head coaches and assistant coaches. Programs focus on developing coaches to be more effective leaders and grooming assistant coaches to become strong head coaching candidates, to name just a few.

Widely considered the nation's top expert on sports leadership, Jeff Janssen, founder of the Janssen Sports Leadership Center, is a consultant for the Academy. He has produced many books, videos, and articles in the field and works with Fortune 500 companies outside of the sports world.

2013-2014 Illini Leadership Academy Rosters
Leadership 360 | Veteran Leaders | Emerging Leaders

Leadership 360
Third Year in Program
Joyce, Luke
Baseball
McDonnell, Rob
Baseball
Bates, Houston
Football
Lankford, Ryan
Football
Margolis, Andrew
M Gymnastics
Valdez, Jordan
M Gymnastics
Varga, Alex
M Gymnastics
Bane, Matt
M Track & Field
Klein, Cody
M Track & Field
Zebe, Zebo
M Track & Field
Porada, Katie
W Cross Country
Calamaro, Jackie
W Golf
Schuldt, Ember
W Golf
Fiedler, Sarah
W Gymnastics
Brown, Kassidy
Soccer
DiBernardo, Vanessa
Soccer
Pope, Courtney
Swim & Dive
Toland, Alyssa
Swim & Dive
Falkin, Allison
W Tennis
Veteran Leaders
Second Year in Program
Kravetz, John
Baseball
Krug, Will
Baseball
Egwu, Nnanna
M Basketball
Rice, Rayvonte
M Basketball
Cooper, Ralph
Football
Ferguson, Josh
Football
Flavin, Pat
Football
Harris, Spencer
Football
Hull, Steve
Football
Neal, TJ
Football
Osei, Miles
Football
O'Toole, Reilly
Football
Teitsma, Austin
Football
Burge, Alex
M Golf
Campbell, Brian
M Golf
Maestas, C.J.
M Gymnastics
Guignon, Ross
M Tennis
Barnett, Ian
M Track & Field
McAsey, Joe
M Track & Field
Stryganek, Brandon
M Track & Field
Ervin, Caleb
Wrestling
Ruettiger, Matt
Wrestling
Hartwell, Sarah
W Basketball
Oden, Nia
W Basketball
Smith, Alexis
W Basketball
Morris, Kierra
W Basketball
Petrey, Britten
W Cross Country
Wynn, Natalie
W Cross Country
Mayer, Michelle
W Golf
Eberly, Kelsi
W Gymnastics
McNabb, Liz
W Gymnastics
Nguyen, Gaby
W Gymnastics
See, Amber
W Gymnastics
Arnold, Shelese
Softball
Booker, Alex
Softball
Flaws, Janelle
Soccer
Weykamp, Aliina
Soccer
Booth, Hailey
Swim & Dive
Howard, Mary Beth
Swim & Dive
Marchuk, Megan
Swim & Dive
Jamieson, Julia
W Tennis
Kopinski, Melissa
W Tennis
Duvendack, Amanda
W Track & Field
Birks, Jocelynn
Volleyball
Viliunas, Alexis
Volleyball
Emerging Leaders
First Year in Program
Kevin Duchene
Baseball
Jason Goldstein
Baseball
David Kerian
Baseball
Aaron Cosby
M Basketball
Jaylon Tate
M Basketball
V'Angelo Bentley
Football
Eric Finney
Football
Ted Karras
Football
Wes Lunt
Football
Joe Spencer
Football
Charlie Danielson
M Golf
Thomas Detry
M Golf
David Kim
M Golf
Logan Bradley
M Gymnastics
Joey Peters
M Gymnastics
Jared Hiltzik
M Tennis
Tim Kopinski
M Tennis
Ben Dodds
M Track & Field
Mitch Mammoser
M Track & Field
Cam Viney
M Track & Field
DJ Zahn
M Track & Field
Isaiah Martinez
Wrestling
Kyle Langenderfer
Wrestling
Taylor Gleason
W Basketball
Kyley Simmons
W Basketball
Sunny Kato
W Gymnastics
Giana O'Connor
W Gymnastics
Nicole Breece
Soccer
Hope D'Addario
Soccer
Amy Feher
Soccer
Reagan Robishaw
Soccer
Allie Bauch
Softball
Kylie Johnson
Softball
Katie Repole
Softball
Stephanie Hein
Swim & Dive
Lori Lynn
Swim & Dive
Callan McDermott
Swim & Dive
Meng, Alison
Swim & Dive
Emily Barretta
W Tennis
Audrey O'Connor
W Tennis
Asia Thomas
W Track & Field
Samone Thompson
W Track & Field
Kristin Wilson
W Track & Field
Kelsay McKenna
Volleyball
Kathryn Polkoff
Volleyball
Katie Stadick
Volleyball

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