Tyson Jex | Posted: 10 Jun 2023 | Updated: 7 Aug 2023

Cody Fueger selected for 2023 TopConnect Basketball Symposium

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BYU assistant coach Cody Fueger talks with Darling Hall during a break in action in BYU's win over Pacific.

PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball assistant coach Cody Fueger will participate in the prestigious 2023 TopConnect Basketball Symposium taking place on Monday, June 12, in Orlando, Fla.

Fueger, who was named as one of the most impactful assistant coaches in NCAA Division I men’s basketball by Silver Waves Media for a second straight year last month, is entering his fifth season as an assistant at BYU where the Cougars have gone 87-41 including two postseason appearances.  

TopConnect (formerly Villa 7), originated in 2003 by then VCU Athletic Director Dr. Richard Sander, identifies the top assistant basketball coaches in the country and connects them with mid-major Athletic Directors providing tremendous networking and leadership development opportunities for both parties.

In its sixth year, TopConnect develops educational programming that allows these top assistant coaches to hear from a wide variety of successful leaders and speakers. The 2023 symposium is headlined by a panel of prominent, successful, and new head coaches in Brenda “Mock” Brown, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at East Tennessee State Brooks Savage, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at East Tennessee State, Kevin Kuwik, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at West Point and Jordan Mincy, Jacksonville. 

Athletic Directors presenting include, Mark Wharton, Chattanooga; Anthony Henderson, Hampton; Alex Ricker-Gilbert, Jacksonville. Also, joining the lineup are influential speakers Kristi Dosh, founder of Business of College Sports; Colton Houston, HD Intelligence; Jeff Schemmel, College Sport Solutions and Rick Boyages of ShotQuality.

Panel discussions and breakout sessions include First-time Head Coaches, The AD / Coach Relationship, Taking the Reins (of an existing program), NIL and Athletic Director panel.   

The fan-favorite “Speed Dating” returns and allows for rapid networking to take place between the assistant coaches and administrators. 

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

Since the inception of TopConnect in 2018, more than 50 assistant coach and assistant athletic director participants have been promoted to the next chair of head coach and athletic director as well as a conference commissioner.

TopConnect is on all social media platforms @TopConnectLead. If you have questions regarding TopConnect, please contact Dr. Richard Sander at docsander30@gmail.com.  TopConnect works in conjunction with Connected Media, LLC, East Tennessee State University’s Doctoral program in Global Sport Leadership, #INFLCR and Teamworks.

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