Sept. 20, 2001
Welcome to ESPN.com's moderated chat room. On Friday, Stanford athletic director Dr. Ted Leland hits the chat room to discuss Cardinal athletics.
Leland, a former assistant coach at Stanford, was named Director of Athletics on June 7, 1991. Leland directs the department that includes 33 intercollegiate varsity teams- 15 men's, 17 women's and one coed- plus the physical education department, intramurals, club sports, open recreation and the Stanford Golf Course.
Stanford has won 38 national team championships since Leland's arrival, including an NCAA record six national titles in 1996-97 and has won the prestigious Sears Director's Cup, emblematic of the top athletic program in the nation for the past seven seasons. In 2000, Leland was honored by the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) and the Street & Smith's Business Journal as the Athletic Director of the Year. The award recognizes an Athletic Director for demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes, continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence, and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to higher levels of accomplishments.
Leland recently concluded his two-year term as Chairman of the NCAA Management Council. He was a member of the Management Council for eight years. Also, Leland is currently a member of the NCAA Executive Committee, and serves on various other Pac-10 and NCAA committees.
Dr. Leland won't hit the chat room until Friday at 11 a.m. PT. Feel free to drop him some questions now and we'll save them for his arrival.