Meeting Archive:
Overcoming the Threat of Severe Weather to Student Athletes, Staff and Visitors

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Meeting Description:

The threat of severe weather events such as lightning and dangerous storms is a significant concern for coaches and athletic directors across the country, especially as we head into spring. Last year alone, Earth Networks Total Lightning Network detected 106,348,251 cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning strikes in the U.S. Each one of those strikes is a direct risk to outdoor athletics, which is why an effective weather safety policy is a must for Athletic Directors both at the school and district level. 


In this webinar, we will explore the challenges severe weather poses to athletes and trainers. Hear directly from Dr. David Dolch, Supervisor of Athletics at Carroll County Public Schools in Maryland to find out how his district manages severe weather threats while keeping everyone safe on the field and in the stands with an automated outdoor alerting system. You will also learn about the different elements of an effective weather safety policy from Matt Spencer, Senior Education Manager at Earth Networks.

Date: Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Coach & Athletic Director
 Presenter Information
Dr. David Dolch
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 Dr. David Dolch is the District Athletics Director for Carroll County Public Schools, located in northern Maryland. Dave has more than 40 years of experience in education having started his career both as a teacher and a coach at McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College). His career as an Athletic Director includes roles at Bowie State University, Morningside College, Manchester Valley High School, and his current position. Having coached football and baseball in both the public and private sector at the high school and collegiate level, Dave is an authority on athletics program management and overcoming challenges like severe weather threats to students, athletic trainers, and spectators. Dave has a master’s degree in education, physical education from McDaniel College and a doctorate in education from LaSalle University.

Matt Spencer
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In his role as senior account manager at Earth Networks, Matt Spencer helps K-12 schools, colleges, and other educational institutions develop their weather policies and STEM educational curricula with the support of real-time weather data and automated severe weather alerting. He works with athletic, recreational, and public safety departments at all levels of education. A former competitive sailor with 25 years of experience in technology, Matt is well versed in weather safety policies, state regulations, NATA, NCAA and other guidelines, as well as multifaceted implementations and has a keen understanding of severe weather threats and the benefits of severe weather awareness and automated alerting. Matt’s career includes experience in public policy advocacy, advertising, and public relations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Bates College.