June 12, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning Jeff Connors is one of 25 invitees nationally to attend the United States Marine Corps Executive Forum (MCEF) on Friday, June 13 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.
The one-day program is one of the Commandant of the Marine Corps' key strategic communication and outreach initiatives that allows senior business leaders and influencers from a variety of industries to familiarize themselves with the Marine Corps' key interests and enterprises. Throughout the day, attendees will meet with senior officials at the Pentagon and Quantico and examine the Marine Corps' operations throughout the world.
"Being involved with athletics, I have always seen a correlation between what we're hoping to achieve with athletes and a lot of the basic concepts and principles seen in the military," Connors said. "The hallmarks of the Marine Corps are discipline and spirit and I think that has a tremendous crossover to collegiate athletics."
Within the first chapter of Connors' 2013 book Strength Coach: A Call to Serve, the text includes the induction speech presented by drill sergeants to all Marine recruits and emphasizes the power of discipline and spirit. Connors has communicated those two principles to East Carolina student-athletes during leadership presentations.
Connors and other MCEF participants will have the opportunity to discuss critical concepts and programs central to the Marine Corps and offer their own insights and perspectives.
"I am anxious to learn about the Marine Corps' approach and I am always looking for ways to develop leadership within our athletic teams," Connors said. "I'm very excited to see what I can take away from this experience."
The forum will begin with a meeting at the Pentagon in the morning before continuing on to Quantico - the Marine Corps' Base - and end with an evening parade at the historic Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. Sessions will include first-hand observations of aviation, martial arts training and participation in a live-fire training exercise.