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Success is a Choice

Jan 12, 2018

Tim Selgo is the author of the book "Anchor Up: Competitive Greatness the Grand Valley Way".  He was the athletic director at Grand Valley State University for 20 years. During that time, the Lakers won the Director's Cup as the top collegiate athletic department an astounding 10 times. Lakers teams won 18 national championships. He was named the national A.D. of the Year three times. He is now teaching part-time at Davenport University and is a Senior Consultant with Athletics Staffing and Consultants.

In addition, GVSU won 18 straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Presidents' Cup titles as the top athletic program in the 16-team GLIAC. The Lakers' 23 all-time Presidents' Cup titles top all GLIAC institutions. Grand Valley State, which won 45 GLIAC titles prior to Tim's arrival, has won 174 GLIAC titles since he was appointed Athletic Director in 1996.

A well respected leader in college athletics throughout his career, Tim served on the NCAA DII Management Council for four years (2007-11), including serving as Chair of the Management Council in 2009. A term on the NCAA DII Management Council is the highest position is DII athletics. He was named the NACDA Division II AD of the Year for the Central Region (2012-13), while also being named the Division II Central Region Astroturf AD of the Year (2006-07). He was also honored as the Central Region AD of the Year in 2002-03. In addition, Tim was President of NACDA for the 2015-16 year. Before getting into administration, Tim served as the head women's basketball coach at the University of Toledo for three years.


In today’s episode, we discuss:

  • The "secret sauce" of building culture
  • Working with great coaches like Nick Saban, Brian Kelly, and Gary Pinkel
  • His new book and why all business leaders need to read it
  • How to surround yourself with the right people

Tim's Twitter: @TimSelgo

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Anchor Up: Competitive Greatness the Grand Valley Way by Tim Selgo 

Tim loves reading John Wooden books ...


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