Grizzly Leadership Academy


The Grizzly Leadership Academy is a program within BE GREAT designed to provide comprehensive leadership development programming to a select group of high-potential student-athletes. Our high-potential leadership candidates consist of junior student athletes appointed by their head coach and/or peers who have shown promising leadership skills.

The Grizzly Leadership Academy provides these high-potential leadership candidates with advanced leadership training and support through the IDEALS S.A.L.T. (Student Athlete Leadership Team) program.

The program assists student-athletes in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective and vocal leaders as they navigate the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of team leadership. Through on-going workshops and interactive exercises, the Grizzly Leadership Academy provides a strong foundation for student-athletes to develop into effective team leaders and model citizens on and off the field.  



► Women’s Soccer
Nikki LeFevre (Jr. - McDonough, Ga.)
Tiffany Rodriguez (Jr. - Atlanta, Ga.)
Sam Thomas (Jr. - Woodstock, Ga.)

► Men’s Soccer
Callum Mordey (Jr. - Sunderland, England)
Lewis Sharpe (Jr. - Durham, England)

► Women’s Tennis
Chiara Di Salvo (Jr. - Cordoba, Argentina)
Valeria Podda (Jr. - Leiderdorp, Netherlands)
Judith van Fraaijenhoven (Jr. - Driebergen, Netherlands)

► Men’s Tennis
Connor Clements (Jr. - Charleston, S.C.)
Jordan Cox (Jr. - Sarasota, Fla.)

► Softball
Katie Jo Goodwin
Chelsea Palazzo (Jr. - Woodstock, Ga.)
Kodi Ricketson

► Baseball
Tyler Oglesby (Jr. - Savannah, Ga.)
J.P. Rodriguez
Brady Shoppe (So. - Flowery Branch, Ga.)


2015-16 Programming Schedule

  • August– Creating  “I Believe” Lists– developing the principles, values and beliefs that will form who student-athletes are and how they conduct their lives
  • September – Understanding the Definition of Success.
  • October – Leadership Principles– how to take individual athlete’s leadership and their team’s performance to the next level.
  • November – Decision Making– creating a model / process to help make better decisions.
  • January – Team Dynamics– understanding the key principles necessary to create team chemistry and optimize performance.
  • February – Goal Setting– setting goals in the key areas of life, not being discouraged by obstacles.
  • March – Whole Brain Thinking.
  • April – Teamwork– developing the trust, execution, accountability and “mission over me” mindset needed to create a successful team.