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CarrSports Partners with Lamar University in search for Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO

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POSITION DESCRIPTION

CarrSports Consulting will be assisting Lamar University in the search for a Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO that will coordinate and supervise all aspects of the Athletics Department Business Office. Strict adherence to established NCAA, Southland Conference, Texas State University System and Lamar University rules and regulations is required. Responsible for preparing the annual proposed budget along with the Director of Athletics. The Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO reports directly to the Director of Athletics and serves on the department’s Leadership and Management Teams. This position will also serve as a sport supervisor for selected teams and other direct reports as assigned.

The Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO monitors budgets for all sports and departments. Submit invoices, requests to travel, contracts, etc. to various campus finance/travel departments. Responsible for distributing monthly budget status and annual status reports to all account managers. Supervises and evaluates ticket office personnel. Submit department revenue and expense data for the annual EADA Report and all NCAA Financial Reports. Serve as the primary contact for the annual NCAA Audit and provide all requested documentation for the auditors. Collect courtesy vehicle mileage logs and submit a quarterly report to the payroll office. Approve all deposits. Responsible for internal control mechanisms within the business and ticket office. Reviews ticket reconciliation reports for all athletics events. Ability to maintain accurate records concerning overall fiscal operations required. Ability to work cooperatively with staff members and supervisors required. Ability to tolerate flexible hours, nights and weekends required. Knowledge of NCAA rules required.

The Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO is the liaison to outbound ticket sales partner, The Aspire Group. Additionally, the position is the liaison to the apparel contractor for all apparel related orders and issues.

The position will work closely with the Assistant Athletics Director for Operations to manage all facility and capital projects as well as game and events operations.

A successful Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO will serve as a strategic and tactical senior leader within the department, possess a keen attention to detail, is data driven, and has excellent written and oral communication skills. The position will represent Lamar University Athletics on various campus committees and collaborate with campus partners surrounding the coordination of relevant projects and events.

The position will also assist with strategic planning and be responsible for drafting internal policies and procedures that enhance operations.

The position takes great pride in delivering exceptional customer assistance. To contribute toward operational productivity and efficiency, s/he will be a clearinghouse for many incoming requests to the department and is a liaison to a variety of stakeholders and interested parties.

Performs other duties and responsibilities as may be required as directed by the Director of Athletics.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree required.

Master’s degree preferred

3-5 years athletics business office preferred

 

PROCEDURE TO APPLY

Candidates should include a cover letter describing relevant experiences and interest in this position and curriculum vitae/resume. Please include names, titles, and contact information for five (5) professional references. To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by September 8, 2022, and the applicant portal will remain open until the hiring process is completed. Click here to apply: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=t9115

 

Please send questions or nominations regarding this search to: LamarSearch@CarrSportsConsulting.com

 

EEO STATEMENT

Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.


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Florida A&M University teams up with CarrSports in their next search

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Florida A&M University teams up with CarrSports in their next search


FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS
Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance Services

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Job Summary:

CarrSports Consulting is assisting Florida A&M University in the search for a Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance, working under the daily supervision of the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer with a dotted-line reporting to the Athletic Director.  The Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance is charged with executing the daily management and operation of the athletics compliance office for Florida A & M University.  The individual will monitor and enforce matters related to NCAA, SWAC, and University rules and regulations; educate and interpret the applicable rules for staff, coaches, and student-athletes on various matters; and foster an atmosphere of compliance and institutional control with all internal and external constituents mitigating risk for the University and the Department.  The Senior Associate Director of Athletics must stay current with the ever-evolving NCAA environment to include initiatives such as Name, Image and Likeness, Transfer Portal, and the outcomes of the NCAA Transformation Committee.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Administer ongoing comprehensive rules and educational programs for the institution’s student-athletes, coaches, staff, faculty, administrative divisions of the University, and alumni/donor groups to ensure compliance with NCAA, SWAC and University rules and regulations at all times.
  • Provide accurate and timely NCAA, SWAC and University rules interpretations for coaches, staff, student-athletes and parents, alumni, donors, prospective student-athletes and parents, University personnel, community groups, and all other inquiries and requests.
  • Participate in the timely and accurate investigation, resolution and self-reporting of NCAA and SWAC rules violations, as they may occur.
  • In collaboration with the appropriate University personnel such as the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance, Registrar, Academic Support of Student-Athletes, determine term-by-term eligibility for athletics aid, practice, and competition for all student-athletes in accordance with SWAC and NCAA rules.
  • Maintain documents such as athletic compliance office records, including interpretations, compliance actions, investigations, eligibility related documents, participation reports, financial aid and other historical data.
  • Complete and submit SWAC and NCAA annual reports, such the NCAA Division I Membership Requirements Certification, and NCAA Demographics and Sports Sponsorship Report. In conjunction with the appropriate campus office, provide the data for the Academic Progress Rates (APR), Federal Graduation and Graduation Success Rate reports.
  • Manages and maintains ARMS (or similar software programs) and social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, etc.
  • Annually updates the FAMU Athletics Compliance Policies and Procedures manual.
  • Shares responsibility of promoting an atmosphere of compliance while facilitating institutional control over athletics programs in order to ensure consistent adherence and behavior with NCAA, Conference, and University rules and regulations.
  • Oversees the management of initiatives that promote institutional and departmental culture of integrity and compliance as it relates to intercollegiate athletics.
  • Maintains an environment that promotes the highest level of integrity and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  • Serve as the department’s liaison to the SWAC and NCAA for matters dealing with NCAA compliance. Attend and participate in relevant SWAC and NCAA (such as annual NCAA Regional Rules Seminars) meetings.
  • Represent the department on a variety of campus committees as deemed appropriate.
  • Supervise the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Coordinator of Athletics Compliance.
  • Potential future opportunities for sports administration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in the appropriate area of specialization and eight (8) years of related experience; or, Master’s Degree in an appropriate area of specialization and six (6) years of related experience.

Recommended Competencies:

  • Knowledge and ability to interpret and apply NCAA, SWAC and Division I rules and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply University-related policies, procedures, principles, and practices.
  • Ability to educate diverse groups of individuals about NCAA compliance issues.
  • Experience managing staff and coaches through clear communication and a cooperative attitude.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment and manage stressful situations.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks at once and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement policies, procedures, goals, and objectives.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles and practices to strategically align tasks and people with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Ability to improve personal and team effectiveness, and foster change and creativity
  • Experience working with Division I football program preferred.
  • Familiarity of the financial aid and admission processes at a university level preferred.
  • Experience with ARMS (or similar software programs) and PeopleSoft (or similar enterprise personnel management platforms) preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to interact with a multitude of constituents.
  • Ability to represent the University as required.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Pay Plan

This is an Administrative and Professional (A&P) position.

Conditions of Employment

Successful candidate is subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks and verification of education. An official college transcript, a high school diploma, or other educational documents must be submitted, where applicable, at the time of employment.

Only United States (U.S.) citizens or aliens who have a legal right to work in the U.S. are eligible for employment. Federal law requires proof of your authorization to work in the United States. You will be required to provide proof of your identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of employment.

Section 110.1128, Florida Statutes, prohibits employment by the State (including re-hire after a break in service) of any male born after October 1, 1962, who failed to register with the Selective Service System, under the provisions of the U.S. Military Selective Service Act, during the person’s period of eligibility (ages 18 through 25). Additionally, if currently employed by the State, this law prohibits the promotion of such person. You may be required to provide documentation.

HOW TO APPLY
Candidates should include a cover letter describing relevant experiences and interest in this position and curriculum vitae/resume. Please include names, titles, and contact information for five (5) professional references. To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by September 6, 2022, and the applicant portal will remain open until the hiring process is completed. Click here to apply: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=t9114

Please send questions or nominations regarding this search to: FAMUSearch@CarrSportsConsulting.com

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CarrSports Assists CoSIDA in naming Erik Christianson as New Executive Director

CarrSports assists CoSIDA in naming Erik Christianson as new Executive Director

erik christiansonChristianson, a nationally recognized leader in strategic communications and advocacy leadership who has served as the NCAA Managing Director of Communications since 2012, will assume CoSIDA leadership duties in June as he replaces retiring Executive Director Doug Vance.

Erik Christianson, a nationally recognized and award-winning strategic communications leader who has served in senior leadership positions at the NCAA since 2004, has been named executive director of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The announcement was made by CoSIDA 2021-22 President Cindy Potter, Columbia College (Mo.) Senior Deputy Athletic Director, and the CoSIDA Executive Board of Directors.

Christianson has significant experience leading integrated and collaborative communications efforts at local, state and national levels. A longtime advocate for and advisor to CoSIDA, Christianson currently serves as the NCAA managing director of communications, a role he has held since November 2012.

With an extensive background in helping guide communication policy and outreach, Christianson oversees NCAA public and media relations, content and engagement, issues and crisis management related to all the core functions of the national organization, including regulatory and legal affairs, academics, championships, inclusion and financial.

Erik Christianson with his wife, Rachel, during the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four in New Orleans in early April.

In his CoSIDA position, Christianson will provide strategic leadership, oversee CoSIDA’s many initiatives and manage the daily operations of the 3,100-plus member international organization. In its 65th year, CoSIDA is the national organization comprised of the athletic communications, sports creatives and media relations professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.

Christianson will assume his CoSIDA executive director duties on June 13. He will succeed Doug Vance, who in October announced his retirement from the leadership position, effective July 2022. In this summer transition, Vance will stay on with CoSIDA through July to complete his eight-plus years of service as executive director.

“We are so pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Christianson as CoSIDA’s next executive director,” noted Potter, who chaired the selection committee. “When Doug (Vance) announced his retirement, the CoSIDA Executive Board of Directors knew it would be a tall task to find the right person to assume Doug’s role. We wanted to find a bold leader to guide the organization through this exciting time of new brand identity and initiatives. The process began back in the fall of 2021 with the hiring of CarrSports Consulting to assist with the process and the goal of finding a dynamic new leader.

“Erik rose to the top throughout the selection process. His passion, dedication and connections to the communications profession, and especially to CoSIDA, is impressive. And his widespread network of respected friends and colleagues is unmatched. We have no doubt that our organization will be in great hands with Erik at the helm. I want to thank the selection committee, as well as the Executive Board of Directors, for their work in finding our next leader, assuring that CoSIDA’s future continues to be bright.”

“I’ve worked alongside CoSIDA for nearly 20 years, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as a strong voice for the organization and its members at a pivotal time for athletics communications and all of college sports,” said Christianson. “The ways we communicate continue to change, and we need to maximize all of them, but the why behind our work remains the same: we are telling the story of the student-athlete and providing communications solutions for college sports.”

Christianson becomes the third executive director of CoSIDA. Vance took the head position in October 2013 as he followed the organization’s first executive director John Humenik. Humenik served from February 2008 through June 2013.

“Erik has been a valued advocate for the profession and staunch proponent of CoSIDA in his role with the NCAA,” Vance stated. “He’s nationally respected and is well versed in the complex issues that are impacting not only communications, but also the overall big picture of college athletics. Erik has the experience and skills to be an impactful torchbearer for the association at a critical time when strong leadership and advocacy are needed.”

Christianson began his tenure at the NCAA as director of public and media relations, serving in that role from April 2004-November 2012.

In 2015, Christianson received the distinguished CoSIDA Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award, presented to an individual who, or an organization which, has made a lasting contribution to intercollegiate athletics, and has demonstrated a long and consistent commitment to excellence and has been a loyal supporter of CoSIDA and its mission.

“Erik Christianson is an outstanding choice to lead CoSIDA as its new executive director,” noted Bob Williams, NCAA senior vice president for communications. “Erik is a dynamic leader, strategic thinker, and seasoned communications professional who will do a superb job leading CoSIDA into the future.”

“Erik is a highly respected leader in the athletic communications community. He brings a trusted career of leadership and advocacy for student-athletes across all sports and divisions,” said Gina Lehe, NCAA managing director of communications – strategy and branding and a 2022 CoSIDA Hall of Fame inductee.

Before coming to the NCAA, Christianson served as director of communications for the University of Wisconsin System, one of the nation’s largest public university systems. Before joining the UW System, he was employed in the main communications office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin system’s flagship campus. At both the campus and system levels, he worked regularly on athletics issues.

His experience also includes serving in state government and working as a print journalist at the Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Indiana) and the Chicago Tribune.

Christianson completed his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern College, now known as the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, where he studied communications and was a baseball student-athlete. He earned his master’s degree in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

He and his wife, Rachel, live in Zionsville, Indiana, and have three sons, Sten, Gunnar and Anders.

Christianson will assume his CoSIDA executive director duties on June 13. He will succeedDoug Vance, who in October announced his retirement from the leadership position, effective July 2022. In this summer transition, Vance will stay on with CoSIDA through July to complete his eight-plus years of service as executive director.

“We are so pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Christianson as CoSIDA’s next executive director,” noted Potter, who chaired the selection committee. “When Doug (Vance) announced his retirement, the CoSIDA Executive Board of Directors knew it would be a tall task to find the right person to assume Doug’s role. We wanted to find a bold leader to guide the organization through this exciting time of new brand identity and initiatives. The process began back in the fall of 2021 with the hiring of CarrSports Consulting to assist with the process and the goal of finding a dynamic new leader.

“Erik rose to the top throughout the selection process. His passion, dedication and connections to the communications profession, and especially to CoSIDA, is impressive. And his widespread network of respected friends and colleagues is unmatched. We have no doubt that our organization will be in great hands with Erik at the helm. I want to thank the selection committee, as well as the Executive Board of Directors, for their work in finding our next leader, assuring that CoSIDA’s future continues to be bright.”

“I’ve worked alongside CoSIDA for nearly 20 years, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as a strong voice for the organization and its members at a pivotal time for athletics communications and all of college sports,” said Christianson. “The ways we communicate continue to change, and we need to maximize all of them, but the why behind our work remains the same: we are telling the story of the student-athlete and providing communications solutions for college sports.”

Christianson becomes the third executive director of CoSIDA. Vance took the head position in October 2013 as he followed the organization’s first executive director John Humenik. Humenik served from February 2008 through June 2013.

“Erik has been a valued advocate for the profession and staunch proponent of CoSIDA in his role with the NCAA,” Vance stated. “He’s nationally respected and is well versed in the complex issues that are impacting not only communications, but also the overall big picture of college athletics. Erik has the experience and skills to be an impactful torchbearer for the association at a critical time when strong leadership and advocacy are needed.”

Christianson began his tenure at the NCAA as director of public and media relations, serving in that role from April 2004-November 2012.

In 2015, Christianson received the distinguished CoSIDA Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award, presented to an individual who, or an organization which, has made a lasting contribution to intercollegiate athletics, and has demonstrated a long and consistent commitment to excellence and has been a loyal supporter of CoSIDA and its mission.

“Erik Christianson is an outstanding choice to lead CoSIDA as its new executive director,” noted Bob Williams, NCAA senior vice president for communications. “Erik is a dynamic leader, strategic thinker, and seasoned communications professional who will do a superb job leading CoSIDA into the future.”

“Erik is a highly respected leader in the athletic communications community. He brings a trusted career of leadership and advocacy for student-athletes across all sports and divisions,” said Gina Lehe, NCAA managing director of communications – strategy and branding and a 2022 CoSIDA Hall of Fame inductee.

Before coming to the NCAA, Christianson served as director of communications for the University of Wisconsin System, one of the nation’s largest public university systems. Before joining the UW System, he was employed in the main communications office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin system’s flagship campus. At both the campus and system levels, he worked regularly on athletics issues.

His experience also includes serving in state government and working as a print journalist at the Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Indiana) and the Chicago Tribune.

Christianson completed his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern College, now known as the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, where he studied communications and was a baseball student-athlete. He earned his master’s degree in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

He and his wife, Rachel, live in Zionsville, Indiana, and have three sons, Sten, Gunnar and Anders.

About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Furman names Drew Ingraham Senior Associate AD for External Affairs

Furman names Drew Ingraham Senior Associate AD for External Affairs

drew ingrahamGREENVILLE, SC. – Drew Ingraham has been named Furman’s new senior associate athletics director for external affairs, it was announced today by director of athletics Jason Donnelly.

Ingraham, who emerged from a field of high caliber candidates developed through the assistance of Carr Sports Consulting, comes to Furman following four years at Texas Tech University, where he served as associate athletics director for marketing, communications, and creative services.

“Furman Athletics is excited to introduce Drew Ingraham as our new senior associate athletics director for external affairs,” said Donnelly. “Drew brings a wealth of knowledge, experience with several collegiate athletics programs, and a vital skill set that will support the continued growth of our department. We are excited to hire a candidate of Drew’s caliber and appreciate the commitment of the university to continue to grow the Furman Athletics brand by investing in revenue generation, increased fan engagement, and a first class student-athlete experience.”

“I am truly grateful and honored for the opportunity to join Furman,” said Ingraham.  “I would like to thank Jason and the staff at Furman for the opportunity to lead such a talented external team.  I look forward to contributing to the enhanced growth of the Furman Athletics brand locally, regionally and nationally.”

A key member of the director of athletics’ executive leadership team, the senior associate athletics director for external affairs will assist the department in providing strong vision, leadership, management, coordination, and oversight of athletics external operations. These responsibilities will include oversight of athletics revenue generation, marketing, communications, promotions, game day experience, athletics ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, licensing, and branding with a focus on Greenville, Upstate South Carolina, and national growth and recognition.

A large of part of Ingraham’s role will be to build upon the success of Furman Athletics during the past few years. Athletics has demonstrated remarkable growth in external affairs with its Furman Family culture, connection to the community, and emphasis on engagement with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans.

During the past year, Furman Football experienced a 60 percent increase in pre-COVID attendance due to significant changes in the game day experience and facility upgrades at Paladin Stadium. Athletics has focused its strategy on being “Greenville’s Team” by returning men’s and women’s basketball games to downtown Greenville at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for its “Weekends at the Well” series. Furman has increased corporate partnerships though Van Wagner Sports Properties and strategic partnerships throughout the Upstate with partners such as ESPN Upstate Radio, which broadcasts all Furman Football and Men’s Basketball via FM Radio. Furman Athletics, along with the Southern Conference, will also co-host the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Greenville in 2022, 2023, and 2026.

At Texas Tech Ingraham oversaw three operations within the Red Raider athletics department — communications, promotions & fan engagement, and recently created creative services — with a combined staff of 16 full-time employees.

He coordinated the planning and execution of Red Raider football and men’s basketball game day, as well as year-round promotional efforts for all 17 programs.

Ingraham directed marketing efforts in football that generated $16.7M in revenue for the 2018 & ’19 seasons and constructed and implemented marketing/ticket sales plans that added 8,837 new season ticket accounts over those two campaigns.

In 2020 he designed the implementation and education plans for Texas Tech’s transition to mobile ticketing.

For basketball, Ingraham led marketing and outreach that netted a 12 percent increase in student attendance and 16 percent increase in overall attendance for Red Raider hoops during the 2018-19 season, and a 2019-20 basketball campaign that averaged 14,057 fans.  For the 2021-22 season, Texas Tech netted a program record 8,150 season ticket holders.

He also crafted marketing and sales strategies that played a vital role in a four-year, season ticket sellout for Red Raider baseball.

A member of Texas Tech’s senior athletics team, as well as the department’s “Beyond Verified” committee overseeing Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), Ingraham has played a central role in the tremendous growth in Texas Tech’s social media accounts that recently topped 1.3 million combined followers, including the fifth highest TikTok college athletics account in the nation with over 100,000 followers.

Through his social media initiatives, the Red Raiders netted over eight million interactions and almost 30 million video views across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

In addition, he managed Texas Tech’s Athletics strategic fundraising relationship with CaringCent College Athletics.

Prior to his tenure at Texas Tech, Ingraham served as associate athletics director of marketing & fan engagement at the University of New Mexico from 2014-17, where he was heavily involved in all aspects of ticket sales, marketing, and social media strategy development and execution.

He spent over six years (2007-13) as associate athletics director for marketing & operations at Montana State University, in Bozeman, his hometown.

He began his collegiate administrative career as an external athletics marketing manager at Colorado College in 2005.

Ingraham majored in English and secondary education at Boston College, from which he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2001.  He added a Master of Science in physical education/sports administration from Springfield (Mass.) College in 2004, and is a 2017 graduate of the Sports Management Institute.

 


About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.


CarrSports Consulting reveals Social Justice program

IN THE NEWS

CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is ready to assist athletic departments looking to create change and lasting action when it comes to addressing social justice issues.

"In light of today’s media and intense public scrutiny, it is imperative student-athletes, coaches and staff establish and uphold the fight for social justice and stop systemic racism, hate and bias on campus. We must create an atmosphere for all student-athletes where they are included within the athletic departments and are seen as more than athletes across campuses."

Kevin Anderson
Vice President CarrSports Consulting

CarrSports Consulting reveals Social Justice Program

ODENTON, Md. (March 22, 2021) – CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is ready to assist athletic departments looking to create change and lasting action when it comes to addressing social justice issues.

CarrSports has established a Social Justice Team led by Vice President Kevin Anderson. Working closely with Anderson in an advisory role will be Dr. Leonard N. Moore the former Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

“In light of today’s media and intense public scrutiny, it is imperative student-athletes, coaches and staff establish and uphold the fight for social justice and stop systemic racism, hate and bias on campus. We must create an atmosphere for all student-athletes where they are included within the athletic departments and are seen as more than athletes across campuses,” said Anderson, who served on the NCAA Ad Hoc Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Inclusion as well as serving as the Director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy West Point. He championed the first LGBT Intercollegiate Summit while he was Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland. While at Stanford University, Coach Bill Walsh and Anderson led the development and management of the “Achieving Coaching Excellence Academy” that focused on recruitment and hiring of black head football coaches.

CarrSports Consulting has developed a Social Justice program that can assist athletic departments who are ready to begin the difficult but necessary conversations on their campuses, plus help those departments get to the next level to create long-term action.

“We applaud CarrSports in their efforts to advance opportunities for Black athletic administrators in our industry. They have proven to be true advocates of our “pipeline” mission and have been fervently committed to issues surrounding equality and justice. We look forward to collaborating with CarrSports in the years ahead,” said Kansas City Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dr. Brandon E. Martin, member of the Black AD Alliance representing 50 black Division I Athletic Directors.

CarrSports will also be able to help develop a meaningful path to address and increase inclusion and diversity.

“Athletic Directors need to be honest with themselves and what they are bringing to their campus every day. I know it can be delicate to talk about race. I understand people have questions and want answers quickly and the CarrSports Social Justice Team can help address those needs in a quick and constructive fashion,” said Dr. Moore. “Athletic Departments need to value student-athlete activism and especially their black student-athletes now more than ever. We need Athletic Directors to step up and be bold and progressive at addressing systematic racism.”

The CarrSports Social Justice program will help athletic departments create an atmosphere where all student-athletes feel included, are seen more than just athletes across campuses, and have meaningful conversations where the student-athletes’ voices are heard and action is implemented through a collaborative effort.

“As athletic departments and campuses come back together there is going to be a greater need to tackle the social justice issues that are right in front of us and those issues that are below the surface that need to be addressed. Departments need to be proactive and open to change to create long-term success for the future of the athletic department,” said CarrSports Managing Partner Mike Thomas.

The CarrSports Social Justice program takes a three-tier approach where immediate, short-term, and long-term action is discussed, strategically designed, and implemented. The CarrSports Social Justice program can be tailored to meet your department’s needs.

“We aspire to help athletic departments embrace diversity, equity and inclusion so there is a welcoming, collaborating and understanding environment for every student-athlete, coach and staff member,” said CarrSports Managing Partner Jeff Hathaway.

The program will help athletic departments embrace social justice issues and be leaders on their campus, in their city, nationally and conference.

CarrSports is confident that if you invest time, thought, open conversation, and resources to addressing social justice issues the result will be an athletic department where all are included and thrive.

For more information about CarrSports’ Social Justice program please visit https://www.carrsportsconsulting.com/Social-Justice.


About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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What others are saying about the CarrSports Social Justice Program led by Kevin Anderson:

“Kevin Anderson has always been a leader and forward thinker who has put comprehensive student-athlete activism, racial equality and success at the forefront while balancing the needs of the athletic department, the University, conference, and NCAA. He brings a wealth of experience to the table having successfully served at some of the top institutions across the country and being one of the leaders in equity and inclusion throughout intercollegiate athletics.” Warde Manuel, University of Michigan’s Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics and 2020-21 National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) President


“Kevin Anderson is one of the most student-athlete-centric Athletic Directors in the country. He is not someone who is a boardroom Athletic Director. That’s really his passion. That’s one of his distinguishing features.” The Honorable Tom McMillen, President and CEO of LEAD1 Association


“Since Kevin Anderson’s presidency of NACDA in 2015-16, he has been very active in a myriad of NACDA activities. Kevin chaired the McLendon Minority Scholarship Subcommittee, chaired McLendon Board of Directors meetings and represented the McLendon Board in creative marketing sessions with Intersport, our consulting company. In addition, Kevin is still very active as a past president of NACDA.” Bob Vecchione, Chief Executive Officer of NACDA


I have enjoyed working with Kevin Anderson. As NACDA Past President and a McLendon Foundation board member, Kevin has been instrumental in advancing minority hiring, social justice and student-athlete activism. In addition, Kevin was one of the first to organize efforts to advance black football coaches for head coaching positions as he worked with Bill Walsh at Stanford University creating “Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE).” The inaugural class had 25 participants and five, including Tyrone Willingham, obtained head coaching jobs that year.” – Adrien Harraway, Vice President of NACDA


CarrSports Consulting, LLC announces transfer of ownership

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CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is pleased to announce the successful transfer of ownership from founder and former President Bill Carr to Managing Partners Mike Thomas and Jeff Hathaway.

“The entire CarrSports Team

looks forward to enhancing and expanding our work while providing high quality solutions to intercollegiate athletics across the country.”

Mike Thomas, Managing Partner
CarrSports Consulting, LLC

Mike Thomas and Jeff Hathaway are successful and accomplished veterans in collegiate athletics and campus leaders who served on numerous NCAA and conference committees over the years. Thomas is the former Athletic Director (AD) at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), University of Cincinnati, University of Akron and Cleveland State University while Hathaway served as AD at University of Connecticut, Colorado State University and Hofstra University.

Founded in 1997, CarrSports is recognized as the go to partner for intercollegiate athletics that require best in class executive search and management consulting services. CarrSports has completed projects for colleges and universities that required the best of the best in leadership and transformational growth.  Vice President/Management Consulting Gerald O’Dell (former AD at University of Cincinnati, Northern Illinois University), a valued colleague for 22 years, will be continuing his important contributions to CarrSports and our clients.

“Jeff and I are grateful for this opportunity to take ownership of CarrSports. Over the years Bill Carr has built, and CarrSports continues to be, a preeminent executive search and management consulting firm,” said Thomas, who previously held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer within CarrSports. “The entire CarrSports Team looks forward to enhancing and expanding our work while providing high quality solutions to intercollegiate athletics across the country.”

CarrSports is “Where Practitioners Practice” as its staff has over 135 years of Director of Athletics experience, which is the most in the industry. CarrSports Consulting Associates include; Kevin Anderson (former AD at University of Maryland, United States Military Academy West Point), Jack McDonald (former AD at Quinnipiac University, University of Denver and University of New England), Judy Rose (former AD at University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Doug Woolard (former AD at University of South Florida, Saint Louis University), and Karl Benson (former Commissioner at Sun Belt Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Mid-American Conference).

“I have always appreciated Bill Carr for his integrity and what he stands for personally and professionally,” said Hathaway, who has been a consultant with CarrSports and previously held his own consulting firm. “Mike and I, along with our CarrSports Team, look forward to bringing great energy and focused expertise to our executive search and management consulting engagements. We are grateful to our past and current CarrSports clients, and look forward to serving them and many other universities and conferences in the future.”

Going forward, CarrSports will continue to focus on executive searches (Athletic Director, Head Coach, Conference Commissioner, Executive Staff) and management consulting (operations review, Title IX assessment, business planning and fiscal management, revenue generation, fundraising, feasibility study and strategic planning).  CarrSports clients and prospects recognized that having access to the Team 24/7 is perhaps the most important factor to have in the midst of change and transformation.

“This is a bittersweet moment for me and my family. For over two decades, CarrSports Consulting has been my life as we started off small and transformed into one of the leading executive search and management consulting firms in the country,” said Carr, who will remain on as Senior Counsel with CarrSports for the upcoming year. “I know CarrSports is in great hands with Mike and Jeff at the helm. I look forward to seeing the future successes CarrSports will achieve.”


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About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Mike Thomas
Jeff Hathaway
Gerald O'Dell
Kevin Anderson
Jack McDonald
Judy Rose
Doug Woolard
Karl Benson

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Morgan Burke

CarrSports Team Member Morgan Burke Passes Away

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CarrSports Team Member, Morgan Burke, Passes Away After Battling Illness

We deeply appreciate the wise counsel provided so graciously by Morgan Burke in our search and consulting assignments during his time with us.

We will miss his uplifting spirit.

Bill Carr, President & Founder CarrSports Consulting

The CarrSports family is extremely saddened to lose a valued and respected member of our team.  Morgan was a true statesmen in the world of college athletics, and he will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kate and their family at this time.

The CarrSports Team

Read more about Morgan’s career at Purdue University. Click Here.


University of the Incarnate Word Retains CarrSports for AD Search

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University of the Incarnate Word Retains CarrSports for Athletic Director Search

National Search Firm Hired to Help Find Leader for Growing Division I Program

San Antonio – Feb. 25, 2020 – The University of the Incarnate Word has announced that it has started its national search for the position of UIW athletic director. The University has retained CarrSports Consulting to assist with the search.

CarrSports Consulting has over 20 years of experience in executive searches and management consulting services for intercollegiate athletics. Their portfolio includes more than 130 successful leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

UIW is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southland Conference. The University is proud to have 23 teams representing 14 different sports. UIW began the reclassification process as a NCAA Division I athletics department during the 2013-14 academic year. UIW completed the process and became postseason eligible in 2017-18.

The athletic programs include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s fencing, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, softball, synchronized swimming and volleyball. Since its transition to Division I, UIW has won conference championships in football (2018), men’s tennis (2018) and men’s swimming and diving (2018 and 2019).

UIW Athletics prides itself in developing the student-athlete as a whole person, promoting excellence in competition, in the classroom and in the community. In addition to success in competition, the student-athletes have completed more than 5,100 hours of community service each year since the 2013-14 academic year. Additionally, UIW’s student-athletes have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in every semester of the school’s Division I history.

UIW’s men’s soccer team is an affiliate member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), while its swimming and diving team is a member of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA). Fencing competes in the Western Conference. All other sports compete in the Southland Conference.

Individuals interested in nominating candidates for the position or applying for the position should contact CarrSports Consulting at uiwad20@gmail.com . It is the goal of the University to have the position of UIW Athletic Director filled by the beginning of the 2020-21 academic school year.

https://www.uiw.edu/news/2020/uiw-begins-search-for-athletic-director.html


college football playoffs

CFP: Congratulations to semifinalists and previous CarrSports clients - Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma.

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Congratulations to semifinalists and previous CarrSports clients -  Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma.