Fifth Annual HBCU Coaches Retreat - May 31st - June 2nd, 2019

Purpose: To encourage, enrich and build strong relationships to support you as the leader.

Theme: Though Times/Tough Choices/True Wisdom

The Presenters

  • Cazzie Russell - 1966 College Player of the Year, Three Time All-American- U of Michigan, 1st player taken in NBA Draft, NBA All-Star, NBA Champions New Your Kicks 1970. Long time Coach.
  • Clark Kellogg - Ohio State All Big Ten and MVP, 1982 drafted in the 1st round by the Indiana Pacers, NBA All-Rookie Team averaging 20 and 10 his rookie year. Knee injury took him out of the NBA. Received the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award 2003
  • Thom Sneed - Over 30 years in the Oil and Gas industry, former V.P. with Marathon Oil Corporation. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Committee a prestigious team of current and former Fortune 500 Senior Corporate African American American Executives.
  • LeRoy Matticks - The Mind Gym: Battle for the Mind
  • Others TBA

Our Topics will include:

  • Leading up and leading down
  • Gaining Wisdom
  • Small group breakouts
  • Stories of Coaches living well in tough times
  • X’s and O’s

Golf - Come early for a round of Golf starting at 11:30 on Friday the 31st (this is included in the registration fee). 4-6:00 is check in and 6:30 Welcome. See schedule below for further details.

Quotes from past attendee’s:

  • Open, honest dialog from people going through like experiences.
  • It’s an open forum for coaches to open up.
  • Retaining useful knowledge from veteran coaches.
  • Taught me to not be afraid to open up to my team.
  • Breakout groups- very impactful.

All to help you have the impact you desire!

Clark Kellogg on HBCU Coaches Retreat

We guarantee your time in Xenia, OH will help you grow as a leader and a man both in the locker room and out. Call for more details or register today!


  • 4:00 Check In
  • 6:30 Welcome – Eric and Donnie
  • 6:45 Dinner
  • 7:25 Who is AIA? Who is in the room? - Donnie
  • 7:35 Leadership Journey Story - Cazzie Russell
  • 8:15 Breakout Groups – Talk about Tough Times/Tough Choices
  • 9:15 Reception and Hang out time – Wings/Snacks – Chalk talk
  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 Living in a world of compromise – Why convictions matter – Clark K
  • 9:00 What are your convictions? - Personal Time to process
  • 10:00 Gaining True Wisdom – Thom Snead
  • 10:30 Small groups – Convictions and Wisdom
  • 11:30 AIA Story
  • 11:50 Something Fun – Afternoon Preview
  • 12:00 Group Photo
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 1:30 Leroy Matticks – Battle for the Mind/Gaining in Wisdom
  • 2:30 Head Coach/Asst Coach Break out – Sound Mind and Leading Upward
  • 3:15 Chalk Talk (Optional) – Willis/Robert McC
  • 6:00 Optional Golf Cart Tour of Campus and story of Orphanage
  • 6:30 BBQ Dinner
  • 7:00 Panel discussion
  • 8:00 TBD – Breakouts
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:45 Closing – Wisdom and Choices - Cazzie Russell
  • 9:30 Sharing time
  • 10:15 Evaluations
  • 10:30 Closing comments
  • 11:00 Depart


AIA World Training Center

Xenia, OH

The HBCU Coaches Retreat will be held at the Athletes in Action World Headquarters in Xenia, OH. Food, lodging, materials, and recreation will all be furnished and done on campus as part of registration. Participants will stay on campus in our dormatories, and will also eat at our cafeteria for meals. Registration for the HBCU Coaches Retreat is $50 and the registration can be completed at the bottom of the page. If you have additional questions, please call Eric Nelson at 937.352.1247 or email him at


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