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2020 Athletic Directors Conference | January 26-28 | Atlanta, GA
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A professional development opportunity for 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.

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  • Tools for Assessing Your Athletic Program
  • The Art of Coaching
  • Legal Duties – They Do Matter in Athletics
  • Leadership Development in Student Athletes
  • Best Practices for Creating a Championship Program

Session descriptions available at the orange schedule button above.


Sunday-Tuesday, January 26-28, 2020

  • Welcome reception at 6PM on Sunday, Jan 26
  • First session begins at 9AM on Monday, Jan 27
  • Final session concludes at 12PM on Tuesday, Jan 28


Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346



Member School 



Through November 1
$425 $479
November 2 - December 6
$445 $499
December 7 - January 10
$465 $519
After January 10 $485 $539



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The SAIS block is closed. Rooms may still be available at the regular hotel rate. Visit or call (770) 395-7700.


  • AIRPORT: Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (airport code = ATL)
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Uber/Lyft fares are approximately $36 one way. Cabs are also available to/from the airport ($60 one way).
  • MARTA: The hotel is 1 mile from the Dunwoody MARTA station on the red line ($2.50 one way). To get from the MARTA station to the hotel:
    • Uber/Lyft – $8 estimate
    • Taxi – $6 estimate
    • Hotel Shuttle – Free within a two mile radius
      • When you arrive at the Dunwoody MARTA station, call the hotel at (770) 395-7700 to request the shuttle.
      • The shuttle will pick you up by the elevator on parking level 1.
      • The shuttle operates on a 1st come/1st serve basis and is typically a 5-10 min wait, except between 4-7pm can be 20-25 min due to traffic.


Your registration fee includes:

  • Sunday: reception
  • Monday: breakfast, lunch, reception
  • Tuesday: breakfast, grab & go lunch


Thank you to the members of the advisory group for the 2020 ADC:

  • Kiesha Brown, Assistant Athletic Director, The Galloway School, Atlanta, GA
  • Blake Davenport, CAA, Director of Athletics, Randolph School, Huntsville, AL
  • Scott Dorsett, CMAA, Director of Athletics, The Webb School, Bell Buckle, TN
  • Josh Scouten, Athletic Director,  University School of Nashville, TN
  • Chandler Yount, Assistant Athletic Director, Marist School, Atlanta, GA


  • 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.
  • This has been one of the most informational AD conferences that I have been able to attend for my profession.
  • I have a newfound appreciation for the close-knit independent school community. In one day, I made lifelong connections and was motivated by the experiences, stories, and antics of other colleagues across the region who share common goals and struggles in their 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.



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. Please complete this form to notify us of your cancellation and request a refund:

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Target Audience: SAIS professional development events are designed for those currently employed by K-12 independent schools. Topics are presented from an independent school perspective and discussed based on that unique culture. As such, registration is limited to faculty/staff from SAIS member schools or from non-member schools meeting theSAIS candidacy criteria. Please if you have questions about eligibility.

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