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Jun 23, 2023

2023 CUADvance Cohort Graduates

Second Cohort Graduates from Athletics Staff Developmental Program

CLEMSON, S.C.- Clemson Athletics celebrates the achievements and graduation of the 2022-23 CUADvance Staff Development cohort. 

2022-23 COHORT

ASHBY BURTON • Director of Marketing/Fan Experience

STEPHEN CURLEY • Dir. of Compliance Services

ERIN DECHELLIS • Assoc. Dir. of Athletic Academic Services

AUSTIN DILLARD • Asst. AD, Business Operations

SAVANNAH DOOLEY • Dir. of Premium Hospitality and Donor Stewardship, IPTAY

LUKE EDWARDS • Asst. Dir. of Corporate Partnerships

ANDREW FELDMAN • Asst. Dir. of Football Video

CARTER GUSTIN • Assoc. Dir. of Creative Solutions

ALISON HARLAN-SMITH • Assoc. Dir. of Educational Services

KAYLA HENDERSON • Assoc. Dir. of Student-Athlete Development

VALERIE JOHNSON • Asst. Director of Athletic Communications

JEANNIE MURPHY • Director of Operations, Softball

SAM SORRELL • Director of Operations, Lacrosse

JOSH WALL • Assoc. Director of Football Recruiting and HS Relations

“Year two of CUADvance just continued to build upon the success of year one,” said Director of Athletics Graham Neff. “This year’s group was incredibly adaptable, engaged, and their effort showed. The organization of the program, led by Jordy Kirr and Henry Archuleta, really allowed the staff to see behind the curtain and how to become better leaders. We are thankful to all that participated, and those partners that came in to help our team grow.” 

CUADvance is a 10-month program, sponsored by Director of Athletics Graham Neff, which fosters opportunities for an annual cohort of employees who are early in their careers. The program features a core curriculum led by athletic partners AMPLOS and other athletics-centric speakers who can enhance employee skills and create opportunities for growth in collegiate athletics through personal development programs, industry exposure, networking opportunities and more. CUADvance is coordinated by Jordy Kirr and Henry Archuleta.

Program Description

The monthly sessions are designed to take two hours each. The sessions rotated locations at different venues across the Athletic District to expose the cohort to our different departmental units. The first hour consisted of the core curriculum led by Dr. Cory Shaffer. The core curriculum for the first half of the program focused on personal development fostering self-discovery of what drives our talented employees and challenging them to identify their strengths and weaknesses to be able to lead others from the inside out. The second hour was structured as a “lunch and learn” featuring speakers from CUAD, the ACC, and peer institutions to tie in what AMPLOS covered as part of the respective month’s core curriculum. 

This year also included a new final project “A Leader Worth Following,” in which the cohort interviewed leaders from around the country, and presented on their findings. The participants included Dawn Staley, Bill Hancock, Amy Yakola, LaChina Robinson, John Anthony, Jay Hernandez and Sherri Coale.

Clemson Athletics will be launching the CUADvance application for the 2023-24 academic year in early July and will announce the new cohort early August.

The cohort had the chance to be recognized on-field during the Clemson football game against Furman on Sept. 10, which also included a special reception at the 1934 Club, where they were joined in fellowship by members of the inaugural cohort.


  • Lunch & Learn (Graham Neff, Kevin White, Kyle Young)
    Core Curriculum: Introduction – Why Personal & Professional Development Matters


  • Lunch & Learn: Head Coach Growth Mindset and Philosophies (Coach Mike Noonan)
  • Core Curriculum: Mindset – The Foundation for Growth 


  • Core Curriculum: Core Values – Character Strengths & Exploring What’s Important to You 
  • Lunch & Learn: Balancing Decision Making and Authenticity (Jocelyn Gates)


  • Core Curriculum: Purpose – Why and How You Do What You Do 
  • Lunch & Learn: Cohort discussion


  • Core Curriculum: Vision and Legacy – Looking Ahead to What You Want to Leave 
  • Lunch & Learn: Self Awareness and Personal Branding (Jonathan Gantt) 


  • Core Curriculum: Success & Happiness – Choosing Your Path While Enjoying Your Journey 
  • Lunch & Learn: Time Management and Work-Life Balance (Natalie Honnen) 


  • Core Curriculum: Goals and Habits – Setting Yourself Up for Success 
  • Lunch & Learn: Kosha Irby


  • Core Curriculum: Leading Yourself from the Inside Out 
  • Lunch & Learn: Leadership Styles and Managerial Assessment (Coach Dabo Swinney) 


  • Core Curriculum: Leading Others with Authenticity 


  • Core Curriculum: Bringing It All Together – Program Summary & Individual Presentations