Dr. Matthew Raidbard

After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, I decided to pursue my dream of being a college basketball coach. My first college basketball coaching job was at Western New Mexico University, where  I also completed my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. After leaving Western New Mexico I served as a men’s basketball coach at Dartmouth College, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Chicago State University. While working at Chicago State I completed my Doctorate in Educational Leadership, with my dissertation focusing on determining the best leadership style and behaviors for athletic coaches to practice. From my dissertation research, I realized that coaches at all levels of sports were being asked to take on increased leadership responsibilities for their athletes and team without sufficient opportunities to receive leadership education and training. My research also uncovered that a significant gap existed between the leadership style and behaviors that athletic coaches thought they were practicing and the ones they were actually practicing. These findings were the inspiration for my book, “Lead Like A Pro,” where I provide coaches with foundational leadership knowledge and the tools to practice the best leadership style and behaviors that align with their personal values and beliefs. During my last two years at Chicago State I transitioned into athletics administration, and most recently served as the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration, Compliance, and Student-Athlete Success at the University of Hartford.