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2019 Athletic Directors Conference | January 27-29
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A professional development opportunity for new and experienced athletic directors from across the region. Learn alongside colleagues as you discuss leadership, communications, and best practices unique to the culture of an independent school athletic department. Take advantage of this focused workshop to discover solutions to current issues and stay informed on the latest trends.

Sessions include:

  • Leadership Skills in the Athletic Department
  • Head of School Expectations for the Athletic Director
  • Legal Issues for Athletic Departments
  • Working with Public School Athletic Programs
  • and more coming soon!

For any questions about speakers or session content, please contact 


Sunday-Tuesday, January 27-29, 2019

  • Welcome reception at 6PM on Sunday, Jan 27
  • First session begins at 9AM on Monday, Jan 28
  • Final session concludes at 12PM on Tuesday, Jan 29


Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067



Member School 



Through October 31
$425 $479
November 1 - December 14
$445  $499
December 15 - January 11
$465  $519
After January 11
$485   $539



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There are several hotel options available. Please visit


  • AIRPORT: Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: The Franklin Marriott Cool Springs is located 20 miles from the Nashville International Airport. Please see the hotel's maps & transportation page.


Your registration fee includes:

  • Sunday: cocktail reception
  • Monday: breakfast, lunch, reception
  • Tuesday: breakfast


Thank you to the members of the advisory group for the 2019 ADC:

  • Fred Eaves, Athletic Director, Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, TN
  • Kelly Fish, Athletic Director, Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN
  • Kent Harrison, Head of School, Christian Heritage School, Dalton, GA
  • Jay Watts, Athletic Director, Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN


  • Being able to network and pick other AD’s brains was very helpful. The fact that all the information was geared towards independent schools was really beneficial. Other conferences I have attended were more geared towards public schools.
  • The conference was very well organized with excellent speakers and relevant topics.
  • The most important part of the ADC was having the opportunity to learn more about the rapidly changing role of athletics in independent schools.
  • I am extremely grateful that SAIS hosted an athletic directors conference. It is incredibly difficult to find quality and relevant professional development for athletics. THANK YOU!
  • Great sessions and excellent chance to network with other ADs.


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Business casual (erring on the side of casual) is always safe with us. We want you to be comfortable. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater in case you find the meeting room chilly. We tend to skew cooler rather than warmer.


If you require special accommodations or have any questions, please contact


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing to 21 days prior to the event will be refunded less a 20% processing fee. After that date no refunds are available, but replacement registrants are welcomed.

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