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Nevada Smith invited to TopConnect Basketball Symposium 2024

SarahAssistant coach for men’s basketball at Marquette University, has been selected to participate in the prestigious TopConnect Basketball Symposium 2024, taking place on Monday, June 10, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and presented by Teamworks and VanWagner.

TopConnect, developed by ETSU Athletic Director Dr. Richard Sander, identifies the best assistant basketball coaches in the country and matches them with athletic directors from mid-sized companies, providing tremendous networking and leadership development opportunities for both sides.


In its seventh year, TopConnect develops educational programs that allow these top assistant coaches to hear from a variety of successful leaders and speakers. The 2024 symposium will be led by Kristi Dosh of College Sports Solutions and Dan Poneman of Poneman & Naiditch Representation.


Panel discussions include:

  • Head coach in the first and second year
  • Looking back: If I had known then what I know today
  • New realities in university sports: NIL
  • Sports directors: who, why, how and what
  • Search companies

Topics of the breakout sessions:

  • Manage upwards
  • NIL & Collectives
  • Creating and preserving culture
  • Roster management / personnel management

The three-word mantra “Connect. Prepare. Lead.” describes the purpose of TopConnect.