`Dogs Attend NCAA Leadership Forum
Fresno State seniors Lisa Beach and Derek Oliver joined hundreds of student-athletes and administrators from across the country at the NCAA Leadership forum.
Fresno State seniors Lisa Beach and Derek Oliver joined hundreds of student-athletes and administrators from across the country at the NCAA Leadership forum.

Nov. 27, 2012

By Theresa Kurtz & Lisa Beach

Fresno, Calif., - Fresno State seniors Lisa Beach and Derek Oliver flew to Dallas, Texas earlier this month and joined student-athletes and administrators from around the nation at the prestigious NCAA Leadership Forum.

"I am so proud to have represented Fresno State in Dallas this past weekend," said Beach, who is a captain on the Bulldog equestrian team. "I met so many great people from across the nation and learned how to be the best leader possible. I can't wait for Derek and I to bring it back to Fresno State and show everyone how to be great leaders."

Beach and Oliver, a track and field student-athlete, attended the four-day NCAA Leadership Forum that focused on empowering student-athletes to make a difference on their campus.

"I learned the importance of leadership in athletics, in the work place and in life in general," Oliver said reflecting on his experience in Dallas. "My goal is to share my experience at the NCAA Leadership Forum with my fellow student-athletes and collaborate ways to incorporate more leadership styles and techniques into our programs."

Upon Beach and Oliver's return, the two are preparing a workshop to put on for their fellow Bulldogs at Fresno State to teach them everything they learned and better the `Dogs as leaders.

"It is always great to have Fresno State represented at the NCAA Leadership Forum. Even more special was to have two student-athletes selected to represent the Bulldogs," said Deputy Director of Athletics Betsy Mosher. "These types of opportunities as well as those provided by the Mountain West Conference and our own SAAC help to hone the already positive leadership skills that we know our student-athletes possess. The NCAA Leadership Conference was a great experience for Derek and Lisa and we have asked them to share some of the programming highlights with their peers here on-campus."

The two had four extensive days of conference meetings learning about leadership, NCAA governance, and the national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee that were lead by profound speakers in the athletic industry.

"I'm super excited. I think it's a great opportunity and it really show cases some of the talent we have on the equestrian team and shows that we are strong leaders," said women's equestrian head coach Collins Daye.

Beach is a three year letterwinner heading into her final season with the Bulldogs. Last year, she earned a season-high score of 78 against Texas A&M. Beach recorded two wins in 2011-12 against Southern Methodist University and Miami of Ohio.

"It was an amazing choice. They could not have picked a better candidate. He is somebody that genuinely cares for people that follow him," said Lisa Misipeka, track and field's throws coach. "Derek Oliver will be someone to watch for the future and I am very proud of him. It was awesome and a great decision."

Oliver is also a three year letter winner and a senior this season. He finished fourth at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships and won the Stanford Invitational with a 60.07m throw. Oliver set personal record mark of 60.52m at the 2012 Brutus Hamilton Invitational.

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