Wednesday, July 6 2022

5-18-22, Omar Banks, AD, Campbell University

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Omar Banks, Director of Athletics at Campbell University. Banks oversees Campbell’s 21 Division I varsity programs and more than 400 student-athletes. He was the former executive associate athletics director at Virginia Tech. In his role at Virginia Tech, Banks served as chief financial officer for two years in the 44th-largest collegiate athletics department in the nation. In 2018, Virginia Tech saw an $11 million increase in total revenue over the previous year and generated a surplus for the first time since 2015.

Prior to Virginia Tech, Banks served as the executive senior associate athletics director for the University of Cincinnati for eight years. At Cincinnati, he oversaw all aspects of a $61 million budget and provided strategic advisement to the athletics director on contracts, capital project financing, revenue agreements, personnel planning, departmental policies and procedures, and scholarship support for 19 sport programs. He also handled oversight for football, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, facilities, information technology, athletics equipment operations, and he managed human resource operations for more than 300 coaches, staff members, graduate assistants, and volunteers.

Banks earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Richmond before earning master’s degrees in business administration and sports leadership from North Carolina Central University and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively. Banks played football at the University of Richmond in 1993 to 1997 and once participated in the NCAA’s Leadership Institute.


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6/1/22 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night Banquet – 5:30!!!!

5-4-22, Nina King, Athletics Director, Duke

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Nina King, Duke’s Vice-President, Director of Athletics, and Adjunct Professor of Business Administration. In her former role within the Duke Athletics leadership group, King facilitated daily operation and oversight of the department, had oversight responsibilities for the Human Resource operation, Recreation and Physical Education program, and all legal matters, including the development and execution of department contracts while serving as the liaison to the University Legal Counsel Office. She led the senior staff/sport administrator group that is responsible for administration of Duke’s 27 varsity sports. In addition, she assisted with oversight and planning for special projects within the department, coordinated strategic planning initiatives and is the primary contact between Duke Athletics and the university administration, including the Board of Trustees, President’s office, and senior administration. She also handled the primary administrative duties for Duke’s women’s basketball and football programs.

This year, King served as the Chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee for the second consecutive year. The 10-person group’s charge, among many duties, is the selection, seeding, and bracketing for the annual NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.

King is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, Sports Lawyers Association, University of Notre Dame National Monogram Club and the Florida Bar Association. Additionally, King serves on the Arizona State University College of Law Sports Law and Business Program Advisory Board as well as the Durham Academy Board of Trustees.

King and her husband, Rick, reside in Durham and are the parents of Connor Stephan and Austin Casey.


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5/18/22 – Special Guest Speaker to be announced
6/1/22 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night Banquet

4-20-22, Larry Gallo, Exec Assoc AD, UNC

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Larry Gallo, Executive Associate Athletic Director at UNC.  Over the course of his career, Gallo has served as an academic instructor, chair of an academic department, assistant and head baseball coach, and at every level of athletic administration. Immediately before coming to UNC, he spent three years as Director of Athletics at Indiana State. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Wake Forest University in a variety of roles.

Gallo earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1973. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, Health and Recreation in 1977 from URI. He played baseball for the Rams and was selected to the Yankee Conference All-Academic Team. In 1999, Gallo was elected to the University of Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame.

He started his coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant baseball coach from 1974-79. He also was an instructor in the Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation.

Gallo spent 1979-1987 at the University of Notre Dame and was the head baseball coach for the Irish from 1980-87. He also chaired the Department of Physical Education from 1984-87. While at Notre Dame, Gallo spent his summers coaching the Cotuit Kettleers in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. In that role, he coached a number of players who went on to Major Leagues careers, among them Joe Girardi, Will Clark, Greg Vaughn, Terry Steinbach, Ruben Amaro Jr., Ken Howell, Derek Lilliquist, Chris Carpenter, Joe Hesketh, Jeff Innis, Tim Naehring, and Tim Teufel.




Mark Your Calendar

5/4/22 – Nina King, Athletic Director, Duke
5/18/22 – Special Guest Speaker to be announced
6/1/22 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night Banquet

4-6-22, Brad Allen, NFL Referee

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be NFL Referee Brad Allen. Allen, a 1991 graduate of UNC-Pembroke, has been officiating games for more than 35 years. On March, 21, 2014, Allen reached the pinnacle of his career, receiving a call from Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, asking him to “come work for me on Sundays.” He was originally going to be an umpire, but when long-time referee Mike Carey announced his retirement on June 24, 2014, Allen was given the referee position instead – this was the first time since 1962 that an NFL official in his first year of officiating was given that honor.

Allen’s journey to becoming a referee started well before his days at UNCP. In 1986, he became an official with the Southeastern Athletic Officials Association. He continued to call local games after advancing to the college ranks as an Atlantic Coast Conference official. Among his biggest games are the 2012 Rose Bowl, the 2014 Sugar Bowl and the Army-Navy game.

In addition to being a referee, Allen is the Executive Director/President of the North Carolina Senior Games and the regional supervisor of high school basketball officials. He juggles his full-time duties with his “full-time, part-time job” in the NFL, relying on a strong work ethic, support from home and a hunger for improvement to help him maintain a standard of excellence in all three jobs.

Mark Your Calendar!

4/20/22 – Larry Gallo, Executive Associate Athletic Director, UNC Athletics
5/4/22 – Special Guest Speaker to be announced
5/18/22 – Another Special Guest Speaker to be announced
6/1/22 – Scholar Athlete Awards Night Banquet

3-16-22, Dave Odom, College Basketball Guru

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Dave Odom, Former Head Basketball Coach at Wake Forest, University of South Carolina and others. In 1965, Odom accepted a job as the coach of Goldsboro High School while enrolled at East Carolina University in pursuit of a master’s degree in physical education. Odom coached Goldsboro High School for four seasons between 1965 and 1969, he was also a drivers ed instructor during this time. After graduating from East Carolina in 1969, Odom took a job at Durham High School. He coached at Durham for seven years (1969–1976) where he was voted his league’s coach of the year five times.

Odom began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Wake Forest University in 1976 under head coach Carl Tacy. After three years at Wake Forest (1976–1979), Odom became the head coach at East Carolina University, where his squad compiled a 16-11 record, the university’s best since 1965. Odom stayed with the program until 1982, when he was offered a chance to return to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) as an assistant at the University of Virginia. Upon his arrival in Winston-Salem, Odom inherited a team that had suffered four straight losing seasons under head coach Bob Staak. In his 12 seasons (1989–2001) as head coach, Odom compiled a record of 240-132, making him the second-highest winning coach in Wake Forest history, as well as the second highest winning percentage in school history. During this time, Wake Forest earned 7 straight NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT championship. Odom was named ACC coach of the year in 1991, 1994 and 1995.

Odom left Wake Forest to accept the job as head coach of the University of South Carolina in 2001, replacing former coach Eddie Fogler. During his tenure at South Carolina, his team earned one NCAA tournament bid, and made three appearances in the NIT, winning the championship in 2005 and 2006. He was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2004. On January 2, 2008, Odom coached his 400th collegiate victory as a head coach. Later that month, on January 18, he announced that he would retire at the end of the 2007-2008 basketball season, his seventh at South Carolina. He coached his final game for USC on March 14, 2008, in the SEC tournament.


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All Meetings at Croasdaile Country Club
4/6/22 –Brad Allen, NFL Referee
4/20/22 – Special Guest Speaker to be announced
5/4/22 – Another Special Guest Speaker to be announced

2-16-22, Mike Elko, Head Football Coach, Duke

Our Guest Speaker for this meeting will be Mike Elko, Head Football Coach at Duke. He comes to Duke after four years as the Defensive Coordinator at Texas A&M University under Jimbo Fisher. In Elko’s 23 years of coaching, 18 have been spent as a defensive coordinator, including eight at the FBS Power 5 level. He has twice been named a semifinalist for the Frank Broyles Award (2017 and 2021), which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.

Elko, 44, has coached in eight bowl games, helped two different teams to NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinal appearances and been part of four league championship squads. Elko’s bowl games include the 2009 Humanitarian, 2012 Military, 2013 Little Caesars, 2016 Military, 2017 Citrus, 2018 Gator, 2019 Texas, and the 2020 Orange Bowl.

Prior to Texas A&M, Elko spent one season at Notre Dame with Head Coach Brian Kelly where he helped the defense rank in the top half nationally in four major defensive categories. The Irish were 10-3 during his lone season in South Bend, including a 21-17 win over LSU in the 2017 Citrus Bowl.

Elko served three seasons (2014-16) at Wake Forest University as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach for head coach Dave Clawson. His 2016 unit ranked in the top-20 nationally in fumbles recovered (3rd), turnovers forced (10th), sacks (12th), defensive TDs (17th), red zone defense (17th) and scoring defense (20th).

Elko is married to the former Michelle Madison of Franklinville, N.J., and they are the parents of three children Michael, Andrew, and Kaitlyn.


Mark Your Calendar – All Meetings at Croasdaile Country Club

3/2/22 – Special Guest Speaker to be announced
3/16/22 – Dave Odom, College Basketball Guru
4/6/22 – Special Guest Speaker to be announced

2-2-22, Scott Forbes, Baseball Coach, UNC

Our Guest Speaker for this meeting will be Scott Forbes, Head Baseball Coach at UNC. Forbes is entering his second season as the head baseball coach and his 25th season as a college coach and his 21st on the Tar Heel coaching staff. He previously served as Associate Head Coach, Batting Coach, Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.

During his first year at the helm of the program, Forbes guided the Tar Heels to their fourth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. UNC finished the season with a final record of 28-27 against one of the nation’s toughest schedules with one of its youngest teams. Pitcher Austin Love earned Fist Team All-ACC and ABCA All-Atlantic Region honors, while outfielder Justice Thompson received second-team all-conference accolades under Forbes’ tutelage. He helped Love, Thompson and Caleb Roberts develop into 2021 Major League Baseball Draft picks.

Forbes has a record of 1,008-431 in 24 seasons in the dugout. Collegiate Baseball named him the National Pitching Coach of the Year in 2008, and Baseball America named him one of the country’s top assistant coaches in 2018.

The Sanford, NC, native began his coaching career with former UNC Head Coach Mike Fox in 1998 at NC Wesleyan and followed Fox to Chapel Hill in 1999. He served as an assistant coach fat Carolina or four years (1999-2002) before a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Winthrop (2003-05). He returned to UNC in 2006 as pitching coach, a position he held for 11 seasons (2006-16) before taking over as hitting coach in 2017.


Mark Your Calendar – All Meetings at Croasdaile Country Club

2/16/22 – Mike Elko, Head Football Coach, Duke
3/2/22 – Special guest speaker to be announced
3/16/22 – Dave Odom, College Basketball Guru

1-19-22, Kim Landrus, Head Gymnastics Coach, NC State

Our Guest Speaker for this meeting will be Kim Landrus, Head Gymnastics Coach at NC State. Landrus was hired in May, 2017, after spending 15 years at Illinois – the last 7 as Head Coach.

Landrus had a stellar first year with the Wolfpack as she was named Southeast Region Coach of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women. She helped lead NC State to an East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship for the first time since 2013.

In 2021, Landrus led the Wolfpack to its highest national finish in 21 years with a final ranking of 15th in the country. Highlights included its first-ever NCAA Regional final appearance, along with being crowned the 2021 Regular Season Conference Champions. In addition to the historic season, the two-time EAGL Conference Head Coach of the Year (2019 & 2020) guided the Pack to earn 11 All EAGL conference honors in 2021. Nine of the 11 honors were first-team All-EAGL accolades, which tied the most in the league.
Additionally, the Wolfpack also continued to thrive academically under Landrus as 18 gymnasts were named to the All-EAGL Scholastic Team.

As a student-athlete at Iowa State University, Landrus was one of the most decorated gymnasts in Cyclone history. She was ISU’s first-ever national qualifier in 1997, a two-time All Big XII Conference pick, the school’s Most Valuable Gymnast in 1996 and 1997, and she recorded the first ‘Perfect 10’ in school history with a perfect performance on the floor exercise at the 1997 Big XII Championships. The four-year letter-winner was named ISU’s Woman Athlete of the Year in 1997 and was inducted into the Iowa State Hall of Fame in 2013, becoming the first Cyclone female gymnast to accomplish this feat.


Mark Your Calendar – All Meetings at Croasdaile Country Club

2/2/22 – Special guest speaker to be announced
2/16/22 – Special guest speaker to be announced
3/2/22 – Special guest speaker to be announced

12-1-21, Paul Haagen, Center for Sports Law & Policy, Duke University

Our Guest Speaker for this meeting will be Paul Haagen, Professor of Law at Duke. Haagen is the Co-Director of the Center for Sports Law and Policy. His principal academic interests are contracts, the social history of law and law and sports.

After graduating from college, he studied history first at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and later at Princeton. He was an editor of Yale Studies in World Public Order and editor-in-chief of the Yale Law and Policy Review. Since law school, he has clerked on the United States Court of Appeals and then practiced law in Philadelphia for two years before coming to Duke in 1985.

Professor Haagen has been a visiting faculty member on the law faculties of the Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany (2005), the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria (2002) and the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, Mexico (1998). He was Chair of the Academic Council of Duke University from 2005-2007, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Law School (1991-93, 2009-2012).





12/15/21 – Christmas Party – Members and Invited Guests only
1/5/22 – NO MEETING (Croasdaile Country Club closed)
1/19/22 – Special Guest Speaker

11-17-21, Que Tucker, Commissioner, NCHSAA

Our Guest Speaker for this meeting will be Que Tucker, Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. A native of Rockingham County, Tucker came to the Association in 1991 after a stint as an assistant coach for the North Carolina State University women’s basketball program. She worked under storied head coach Kay Yow. Among her duties there was to oversee the team’s academic progress.

Prior to becoming Commissioner, Tucker serve as the Assistant Executive Director, developing the Association’s student services program, one of the unique offerings by a state association in the country. The program dealt with substance abuse education, leadership development, academic accountability, and citizenship. She helped organize the Student-Athlete Summer Institute (SASI) programs across the state. To operate this program, she oversaw a budget of over $500,000, state monies from the NC General Assembly.

Tucker was an outstanding athlete at Stoneville High School in Rockingham County and went from there to Mars Hill College. She played basketball and graduated in 1974 with a B.S. degree in physical education. Tucker earned her master’s degree in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1977, serving as a graduate assistant in women’s volleyball and basketball. Her first teaching position was in the McDowell County system, where she taught and coached at West McDowell Junior High in Marion, NC. She finished her public school career teaching at Reidsville Junior High while serving as Varsity Volleyball and Basketball Coach at Reidsville High School.



12/1/21 – Special Guest Speaker to be announced
12/15/21 – Stay Tuned!!!
1/5/22 – Stay Tuned!!!

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