Mansfield University Athletics hosted student-athletes from a number of local high schools for an Athletic Leadership Seminar last Thursday in Decker Gymnasium.

The seminar was coordinated by Mansfield University interim assistant Director of Athletics Rich Cole and featured presentations by MU administrators, coaches and staff.

"We were very excited about how well the seminar was received by the students and accompanying staff," explained Cole. Participants were presented with experiences and strategies successfully used by college coaches and students to improve leadership skills. The Athletic Leadership Seminar was designed to engage high school students in different concepts of leadership and responsibility in athletics and life.

Presentations were made by Mansfield University President General Fran Hendricks on Group Values: Common Purpose; MU Athletic Mentor Chris Cummings on Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Assistant Director of Sports Information Ryan McNamara did a presentation on Social Media.

Mountaineer head coaches Diane Monkiewicz, Alison Tagliaferri and Edith Gallagher also did a presentation dealing with leadership with Mountaineer student-athletes Tori Malatesta, incoming President of the MU Student Government Association, and All-American softball player Katie Pratt spoke about their athletic leadership opportunities.

Jessi Swingle, a member of the field hockey team who participated in this year's NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, also worked with the group.

The group also engaged in numerous break-out sessions and activities throughout the afternoon.

"The seminar was a great opportunity for our student-athletes to learn about being leaders" said Troy head boys basketball coach Bob Woodward.

More than 20 student-athletes from Northern Potter, Troy and Towanda High Schools participated in the event.