BATON ROUGE – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA) recently hired Brenton Sumler as a Life Skills Coordinator.
“Being that my passion is collegiate sports and my purpose is to facilitate the positive growth of young adults, there is no greater opportunity to pursue both personal endeavors than here at LSU,” Sumler said. “I am excited and fortunate to join the CCACSA team. My personal and professional experiences have afforded me the knowledge to excel in this role. I am looking forward to working with a talented CCACSA team and facilitating the personal growth of the student-athletes here at LSU.”
In his Life Skills Coordinator role, Sumler will give necessary support to assist student-athletes by providing them with a comprehensive program that will include diversity, inclusion, and civic engagement, career development, and media training.
The goal of the program is to help LSU student-athletes develop into well-rounded young adults while at LSU and also to prepare student-athletes for a smooth transition into life after college and athletics. Aspects of the programming should raise the cultural consciousness of student-athletes, teach the importance of civic engagement, and help student-athletes move forward in their professional endeavors.
“We are thrilled to have Brenton join us from Appalachian State, as he will be a tremendous asset to the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program within the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes,” Associate Director of the Shaquille O'Neal Lifeskills program Jade Bryan said. “He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Life Skills, and we are looking forward to him having an impact on the program and with our student-athletes. This newly created position will allow more focus to be given to the development and well-being of our student-athletes.
Sumler previously served as the Student-Athlete Leadership and Development Coordinator at Appalachian State located in Boone, North Carolina. There, he managed the athletic department Student-Athlete Development and Leadership program. He also created and expanded mentoring programs in addition to conducting educational workshops for student-athletes.
Prior to Appalachian State, Sumler spent five years as a recruitment counselor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff before working as Graduate Assistant in the Office of Judicial and Ethical Programs at the University of Memphis. He assisted in the creation and implementation of educational programing for the NCAA CHAMPS Life Skills and also spent time as a Student-Athlete Development Coordinator/Compliance Assistant while at Memphis.
Sumler earned a Master’s of Science in Sport Commerce from the University of Memphis and is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Higher and Adult Education Administration. He also received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in general studies with a concentration in computer information systems.