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Sedberry joins student-athlete development

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Sedberry joins student-athlete development

FAYETTEVILLE – Marcus Sedberry has joined Razorback Athletics as the Director of Student-Athlete Development it was announced by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long on Tuesday. As the Director of Student-Athlete Development, Sedberry serves as a member of the office of student-athlete success leadership team and oversees the day-to-day operation of the student-athlete development program.

Sedberry filled the position previously held by Eric Wood who was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services last summer.

"I am excited about the progress we have made in our student-athlete development program and the addition of Marcus will further strengthen our team," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Our focus is to provide our more than 460 student-athletes with opportunities to learn and grow in all facets of their lives including academically, athletically and socially. Through programs like the Razorback Leadership Academy and various career development and planning programs, we are preparing student-athletes for a successful career beyond the completion of their athletic eligibility. Marcus brings an informed perspective that will help us build on our momentum and continue to make a difference in the lives of Razorback student-athletes."

Sedberry is responsible for supervising the life skills and career development programs. These programs prepare student-athletes for a productive collegiate experience by providing opportunities for leadership, personal growth and development, sportsmanship, community outreach, career development, as well as a successful transition to life beyond graduation. Additionally, he serves as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and serves on the Athletic Department Performance Team.

"I am appreciative of the opportunity Jeff Long, Jon Fagg and Eric Wood have given me to help lead this important part of the Razorback program," Sedberry said. "Throughout my career, I have had a passion for helping student-athletes grow as individuals through intercollegiate athletics. I am excited about the direction of our program and the commitment that has been made to student-athlete development."

Sedberry also collaborates with units in the Division of Student Affairs as the athletics representative on the RAZORCAT team focusing on campus resources, helping student-athletes adjust to campus life and integrating them with the student body. Other responsibilities include coordinating drug and alcohol education and counseling for student-athletes, and assisting with the coordination of community service projects.

Prior to joining the athletics department, Sedberry served as the Director of Student Services with the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. At UCF, Sedberry served as a member of the athletics senior staff and was charged with the creation, development, supervision, implementation and evaluation of life skills programming for all UCF student-athletes. Programs included career panels, networking events, job shadowing, professional mentoring, alcohol and drug education, outreach programs and leadership initiatives. During his tenure, Sedberry was also responsible for the establishment of the New Knights Program designated for incoming student-athletes, the CARE Team organization focusing on student-athlete welfare peer mentors, and the Student-Athlete Leadership Institute preparing student-athletes to be leaders for life. Other duties included serving as the administrative liaison to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, AD’s Captains Council, and the APPLE Team. Sedberry was also the chair of the athletic department’s student welfare committee, coordinated the Bright Knights Program with the UCF Counseling Center, assisted the Faculty Athletic Representative with NCAA and Conference USA Awards and managed the NCAA Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund.

Sedberry has served as a consultant for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports since 2009. In this capacity he serves as a national certified facilitator for Diversity, Mentors in Violence Prevention, and Branded a Leader.

In 2011, Sedberry was selected as a member of the NCAA’s Leadership Institute and became the author of BE YOU! 10 Essential Qualities to Becoming an Exceptional You! He also is a co-author of 100 Pioneers: African Americans Who Broke Color Barriers in Sports with Dr. Richard Lapchick and was instrumental in the creation of the Hope For Stanley Foundation which provides people in sports volunteer opportunities in areas affected by natural disasters.

Sedberry received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Nebraska where he was a letterwinner on the Huskers’ track and field team. He attended the DeVos Sports Business Management program at the University of Central Florida and earned a master of business administration degree and a master of sports business management degree. While in graduate school Sedberry was honored with the John McLendon Scholarship by the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics and served as the graduate assistant for Director of Athletics, Keith Tribble.

A native of Texas, Sedberry is married to the former Dr. Tai Burleson, from Omaha, Neb.



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