Alabama Professional Sports Counseling Panel

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OUR MISSION

The Professional Sports Education program provides practical information, learning opportunites, and services to student-athletes interested in pursuing a professional athletic career upon leaving the University. Workshops, resource people, and materials are available to assist student-athletes and their families to be informed and responsible decision-makers as they explore or pursue professional athletic opportunities and prepare for life as a professional athlete. The Professional Sports Education program is a service of the Alabama Department of Athletics in conjunction with the University's Professional Sports Counseling Panel (PSCP). Program initiatives are available to all Alabama student-athletes.

SERVICES

Workshops/Meetings: Student-athletes and their families talk with resource people about relevant issues such as agent selection, entering the professional ranks, contracts and other legal issues, insurance, financial planning, marketing, sponsorships, sports career alternatives, and life as a professional athlete. Resource people are recruited from across the professional sport community and include agents, management and labor representatives, athletes, and business, media, and civic leaders.

AGENT EDUCATION

The Alabama Athletic Compliance Office offers education sessions for student-athletes and their families to educate them about the NCAA rules and University policies as they apply to agents, runners, financial planners, and disability insurance providers. Relevant areas include the following:

                  • NCAA Rules; • Professional Sports Industry; •Player Evaluation Process;
                  • Agent Selection Process; • Interviewing Strategies; • Question to Ask Agents;
                  • Contracts/Negotiations; • Financial Planning/Management; and
                  • Student-Athlete Disability Insurance Program

CONSULTATION SERVICES

PSCP members talk confidentially with student-athletes and their families and provide independent advice and support concerning a future professional career, securing a loan to purchase disability insurance, proposed professional sports contracts, securing team tryouts, agent selection, and potential market value. They are not affiliated with any agent, team, or organization, consistent with NCAA rules.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To learn more about how you can benefit from and participate in this education program, contact any member of the Professional Sports Counseling Panel. The Panel is authorized in accordance with NCAA rules, and members are full-time university employees appointed by the President.                                       

 The University of Alabama Professional Sports Counseling Panel

Name

Email

Phone

David Heggem-
Associate Dean, Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration

dheggem@cba.ua.edu

205-348-4537

Linda Johnson-
Director of Employer Relations and Development

Ljohnson1@sa.ua.edu

205-348-2691

Robert McLeod-
Professor of Finance; Economics, Finance and Legal Studies

rmcleod@cba.ua.edu

205-348-8993

Joe Mendes-
Professional Consultant - Agent Education

JoeAMendes@aol.com

 

Greg Singleton-
Director of Engineering Student Services

gsingleton@eng.ua.edu

205-348-4267

Susan West-
Assistant Dean; Manderson Graduate School of Business

swest@cba.ua.edu

205-348-0954

Liaisons to the Panel

 

 

Mike Ward-
Associate Athletic Director- Compliance

mward@ia.ua.edu

205-348-3615

Mike Vollmar-
Associate Athletic Director- Football

mvollmar@ia.ua.edu

205-348-8756