Tom Cantrell Selected As Panelist At Knight Commission's October Meeting

Tom Cantrell Selected As Panelist At Knight Commission's October Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics will hear from a diverse group of panelists that includes University of North Georgia head baseball coach Tom Cantrell on Monday, October 29 in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The topic of discussion regards initiatives USA Basketball, NCAA Division II and other organizations are taking to better prepare coaches for their roles in the development of student-athletes. The meeting will also feature guidelines and other tools designed to strengthen oversight of college sports. 

Following the sessions, media will have an opportunity to interview panelists and Knight Commission leadership. Knight Commission Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Sessions are open to the media and public.

Cantrell will be one of five panelists that speak during the Overview of Coaching Education, Certification Requirements and Professional Development session.

He is in his 20th year at North Georgia and relaunched the baseball program from the ground up in 2000, creating a consistent winner in Dahlonega with 16 30-win seasons highlighted by a 2017 appearance in the NCAA Championship Series.

Overview of Coaching Education, Certification Requirements and Professional Development
Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II, NCAA
Tom Cantrell, head baseball coach, University of North Georgia
Davis Whitfield, chief operating officer, National Federation of High Schools (NFHS)
Dan Schuster, director of educational services, National Federation of High Schools (NFHS)
Danielle Donehew, executive director, Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)

The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 to promote a reform agenda that emphasizes the educational mission of college sports. To preserve the Commission's independence, the foundation continues to be its sole supporter, but does not control, or attempt to control, the Commission's opinions or pronouncements. Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission's recommendations, including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate at least 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason competition.