Amherst LEADS Hosts Three Events

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AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst LEADS concluded a busy, eight-day stretch last Monday that included events for each of its three programs. The events consisted of presentations, videos, and exercises designed to stimulate conversation regarding leadership styles and strategies while also featuring a pair of notable guest speakers: Boston Celtics assistant coach Mike Longabardi and Leslie Osborne of the U.S. national women’s soccer team.

Beginning on September 16, LEADS kicked off its Futures programming for the year. After student-athletes spent some time reflecting on a self-evaluation exercise, Longabardi spoke for 40 minutes, sharing with sophomores and juniors his own experience as a Division III student-athlete and the career path he took to become an NBA assistant coach.

Throughout his presentation, Longabardi, who was elevated into coordinating the Celtic defense prior to the 2011-2012 NBA season, stressed to the Amherst student-athletes the importance of authenticity when assuming a leadership position. Following his talk, Longabardi fielded many questions from the inquisitive audience pertaining to the notable athletes and leaders with whom he has worked and coached.


On September 18, LEADS welcomed all first-year student-athletes with its first FYI event of the year, entitled “Celebrate Amherst.” Over 160 first-years were welcomed to the Amherst Athletics family and given an overview of the LEADS program. Throughout the event, the newcomers were educated on the history of Amherst Athletics as well as the expectations and responsibilities that come with being an Amherst student-athlete.

Finally, LEADS concluded the busy portion of the year with its second captains’ event, entitled “Sharing Leadership Experiences.” During this event, captains were able to discuss both successes and struggles that they have experienced while receiving valuable feedback and advice from peers.

Following the discussion, the captains were joined by Osborne, who shared her own experiences with leadership as a professional women’s soccer player. Osborne, who was a three-year captain at Santa Clara University, spoke to the group about her time as both a collegiate and professional captain. Additionally, she discussed at length several of the best leaders from whom she had learned at the national team level, such as previous LEADS guest Danielle Slaton.

The next scheduled Amherst LEADS program is a Futures Program event slated for Monday, October 15 at 8:00 pm.