South Dakota Athletics Launch Strategic Plan

South Dakota Athletics Launch Strategic Plan

Athletic Director, David Herbster and the University of South Dakota athletics commissioned CarrSports Consulting to assist in the development of a Strategic Plan titled We Are South Dakota! The plan redefines and prioritizes goals to achieve USD Athletics’ vision and mission.

Thank you to University of South Dakota Athletics and all those who were involved in the creation of We Are South Dakota!

View the Strategic Plan here

Join Us in Welcoming Mike Thomas to CarrSports

Mike Thomas
Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

“I’m excited to join CarrSports Consulting, and I’m looking forward to working with leaders of athletics programs across the nation to further understand their challenges and determine how we can help support their efforts to build programs that compete and succeed at the highest levels,”

CarrSports Consulting names veteran athletics director as vice president and chief operating officer

CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) has named Mike Thomas vice president and chief operating officer.

Bill Carr, CarrSports founder and president, announced the appointment today. “We are extremely pleased to have Mike Thomas join us in this key leadership position focusing on our firm’s internal operations and business development,” said Carr. “He brings outstanding experience, knowledge and achievement in every aspect of college athletics current trends, issues and challenges.

“Mike is well-known and respected across the entire nation. Further, Mike has already displayed his capability by assisting in executive search with us, and we have collaborated with him in strategic planning. We expect great things from Mike and look forward to the impact of his significant productivity.”

Thomas brings 35 years of experience in collegiate athletics, including 17 years as the Director of Athletics at four NCAA Division I schools, where he has hired coaches who then led teams to conference championships and national prominence, achieved historic levels of fundraising, managed capital projects totaling nearly $400 million, raised student-athlete academic achievements to conference-leading levels, instituted cultures of strict NCAA compliance, negotiated multi-million dollar media sponsorship and marketing contracts, and revamped staffing and financial systems. He also has served in leadership positions at both the conference and NCAA level, most recently on the NCAA D1 Council.

As an AD, Thomas has served at the University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Cleveland State University. He also served in various athletics administration roles at the University of Virginia, University of Denver and the University of Iowa.

Over the past two decades, the name CarrSports Consulting has become synonymous with integrity, effectiveness and excellence. I am honored to be affiliated with Bill Carr, Gerald O’Dell and all team members at CarrSports Consulting.”

Thomas began his new role on June 5, 2019.


CarrSports Consulting is the true pioneer in presenting executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of excellence includes the successful completion of over 120 leadership searches and more than 50 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

Congratulations To Our Previous Clients!

CarrSports Consulting LLC declares, “Congratulations For A Job Well Done!” to its previous clients who comprised 11 of the 24 teams who advanced to the 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship:

  • Eastern Washington University
  • Elon University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • James Madison University
  • Montana State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of San Diego
  • Southeast Missouri University
  • Stony Brook University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Towson University

The Right Mix CarrSports Consulting

The Right Mix

CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) brings to this project the unique combination of first-hand knowledge and successful experience required to complete this critical initiative.

Credentials include:

  • More than 25 years of successfully developing strategic plans for intercollegiate athletics programs and conferences.
  • A proven project team strengthened by the leadership of industry respected practitioners skilled in addressing trends in intercollegiate athletics, higher education and expertise in fund-raising dynamics.
  • A record of 40 years of athletics experience in campus leadership, problem-solving and consulting service roles.
  • Extensive knowledge of current events, developments and best practices of NCAA Division I Athletics (Division I) and within the Power 5 Conferences.
  • An exemplary profile of respect among the Atlantic Coast Conference and Division I.

CarrSports Teams Up with Clemson and James Madison

“CarrSports Consulting, LLC congratulates Coach Dabo Sweeney and Coach Mike Houston for leading their teams to this season’s college football national championships.
We are honored to have assisted in the searches that placed them in their respective positions at Clemson University and James Madison University”.