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

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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


Former Conference Commissioner Karl Benson Joins CarrSports Consulting

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Former Conference Commissioner Karl Benson Joins CarrSports Consulting

“I am really looking forward to joining the team at CarrSports Consulting and working with many of my friends and former colleagues to navigate the many issues that face intercollegiate athletics in the coming years,”

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – CarrSports Consulting announced today that Karl Benson, a well respected leader in intercollegiate athletics with more than 40 years of experience, has joined the team. Benson joins an already talented and experienced group of Associates at CarrSports who are engaged in all levels of executive search and management consulting.

“I am really looking forward to joining the team at CarrSports Consulting and working with many of my friends and former colleagues to navigate the many issues that face intercollegiate athletics in the coming years,” Benson said.

“We are excited to welcome Karl Benson to our distinguished group of Associates who provide wise counsel and valuable knowledge in our executive search and management consulting projects,” said CarrSports President Bill Carr. “Karl’s exceptional career in the role of Division I conference commissioner greatly expands our breadth and depth of proven, successful experience in addressing conference-related issues. His participation will be quite meaningful.”

“We are very pleased to have Karl Benson join the CarrSports’ team,” said CarrSports Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Thomas. “Karl’s exceptional and diverse career in intercollegiate athletics make him uniquely qualified to provide a high level of service and expertise to our many clients.”

Benson served as Commissioner of three different conferences for the last 29 years, capping a highly-decorated career in collegiate athletics that spanned over five decades. For the last seven years, Benson served as the Commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference where he rejuvenated the conference with his enthusiasm and forward-thinking ideas and initiatives pertaining to branding, membership, student-athlete experience, postseason championships, media partnerships, and the digital media streaming platform.

He arrived at the Sun Belt Conference after a highly-successful 18-year stint (1994-2012) as the Commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). During his time in the WAC, Benson served on the NCAA Management Council from 1999-2002 and on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee from 2002-06.

Benson was also the Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) from 1990-1994 where he implemented several innovative projects and was instrumental in the formation of the Las Vegas Bowl.

Benson began his career as a baseball coach for eight years before entering the athletics administration field in 1979 when he was named the Director of Athletics at Fort Steilacoom Community College where he served until 1984. He moved to the University of Utah as an Assistant to the Director of Athletics from 1984-1986 before joining the NCAA staff in 1986 as a Compliance Representative for two years. He was also the Director of Championships for the NCAA from 1988-1990.

Benson attended Spokane Falls Community College and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Boise State University in 1975. In 2006, Benson received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boise State. He is also a member of the Spokane Falls and Fort Steilacoom Halls of Fame. Benson resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Sarah Glaza. His daughter, Jessica, is a 2014 graduate of the University of Southern California.

 

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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.


CarrSports assists in successful Head Football Coach Search at Mercer

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CarrSports assists Mercer in selection of Drew Cronic as Head Football Coach

"We had the opportunity to interview and vet some tremendous candidates. In that process, one candidate's passion, intensity and desire to win was evident from the start."


Jim Cole, Director of Athletics, Mercer University

MACON, Ga. – Drew Cronic, previously the head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University, has been named Mercer University’s 20th head football coach, Athletics Director Jim Cole announced Tuesday evening.

A native of Sharpsburg, Ga., Cronic is considered one of the more innovative offensive minds across all levels of college football. Driven by the motto “Raise the Bar”, he has posted a 47-6 record in four years as a head coach and has been named the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year all four seasons. He has also helped lead his teams to four straight conference titles – Reinhardt (2016), Furman (2017) and Lenoir-Rhyne (2018, 2019).

“First and foremost, I want to thank Bear Nation and everyone involved in this process for their patience and understanding these last two weeks,” Director of Athletics Jim Cole said. “A special thanks to Sybil Blalock for taking a large role in this process. We could not have done it without her.  We had the opportunity to interview and vet some tremendous candidates. In that process, one candidate’s passion, intensity and desire to win was evident from the start.

“Coach Drew Cronic brought that to the table. I cannot wait to see Drew implement his system and winning culture at Five Star Stadium. We’re so happy for Drew, his wife, Amelia, and his three sons – Noah, Elijah and Isaiah – to be joining our Mercer Family.”

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CarrSports partnered with four FCS top national seeds on strategic planning…JMU, MSU, NDSU and SDSU.

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CarrSports partnered with four FCS top national seeds on strategic planning…JMU, MSU NDSU and SDSU.

INDIANAPOLIS — The field of 24 teams competing for the 2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee. The top eight national seeds will host winners from the first-round matchups.

Two-time defending national champion North Dakota State University (12-0) tops the bracket as the number one seed after winning the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison are making their 10th consecutive and 15th overall appearance in the championship.

James Madison University (11-1) is the number two seed after earning the automatic qualifying berth from the Colonial Athletic Association.  The Dukes are making their sixth straight and 16th overall appearance in the championship.

Weber State University (9-3) is the number three seed after winning a share of their third-straight Big Sky Conference title and the conference’s automatic qualification. The Wildcats will make their fourth consecutive appearance in the championship and eighth overall.

California State University, Sacramento (9-3) is the number four seed after earning a share of the conference title in the Big Sky. The title was the first for the Hornets, who are making their inaugural appearance in the championship field.

Montana State University- Bozeman (9-3) will be the fifth seed. The Bobcats are making their second straight and 10th appearance overall in the championship.

The University of Montana (9-3) is amongst the field for the 24th time overall. The Grizzlies are making their first appearance since 2015 and will be the sixth seed.

South Dakota State University (8-4) captured the seventh seed and will make their eighth consecutive appearance and ninth total in the championship.

The eighth and final seeded team will be the University of Central Arkansas (9-3). The Bears earned a share of the Southland title and will compete in the championship for the fifth time in the last nine years.

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CarrSports Consulting, LLC expands consulting team, enhances services and launches new website

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CarrSports Consulting, LLC expands consulting team, enhances services and launches new website

“It is exciting to participate in restructuring CarrSports looking to the future. Intercollegiate athletics has evolved dramatically in recent years and CarrSports is in step with those changes while remaining consistent in our integrity, expertise and creativity.”

Bill Carr, President and Founder, CarrSports Consulting, LLC

CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) announced today that it has added several experienced leaders to its consulting team, expanded its executive search and management consulting services and restructured its web presence, all to adapt to changes in the complex environment facing leaders in intercollegiate athletics.

“It is exciting to participate in restructuring CarrSports looking to the future,” said President and Founder Bill Carr. “Intercollegiate athletics has evolved dramatically in recent years and CarrSports is in step with those changes while remaining consistent in our integrity, expertise and creativity.”

CarrSports is expanding the breadth, depth and diversity of its team as confirmation of its theme “Where Practitioners Practice.”

Former athletic directors Kevin Anderson, Morgan Burke, Jeff Hathaway, Jack McDonald, Judy Rose and Doug Woolard, have joined CarrSports. They bring significant experience in the NCAA, and they represent a diverse array of perspectives on building successful programs. They will be engaged in all levels of executive search and management consulting. In addition, CarrSports is increasing its highly valued cadre of on-campus specialists and adding an honorary Advisory Council, all to better serve clients.

“Our ability to provide this enhanced counsel with a team of highly experienced and accomplished athletic directors and practitioners will best position CarrSports in assisting our clients to realize their full potential in today’s intensely competitive environment,” said Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Thomas.

CarrSports utilizes a research-informed approach to everything from shaping qualifications for effective athletic directors and head coaches to identifying and recruiting excellent candidates while providing several levels of executive search assistance to meet the precise needs of each client. Their first-hand, in-depth knowledge of an athletics program’s operations enables this tailored approach.

CarrSports’ management consulting projects also are tailored to assist each client in program and personnel assessments, organizational structure, research, strategic planning, feasibility studies, financial planning and fiscal management. “Our clients always benefit from CarrSports’ collaborative, empirical and cutting-edge approach to defining creative solutions,” said Vice President of Management Consulting Gerald O’Dell. “Our reputation for excellence is validated by our passion and proven methodology.”

To learn more about CarrSports’ legacy of achievement and new strategies for sustained success in the ever-evolving industry of intercollegiate athletics, visit their newly released website at https://www.carrsportsconsulting.com.

 


 

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, inclusion and equal opportunity.


Belmont Abbey hires CarrSports to assist with Revenue Generation

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Belmont Abbey Hires CarrSports to Assist with Revenue Generation

"Our affiliation with CarrSports Consulting and association with Mike Thomas elevates our external revenue generation efforts to a whole new level,"

Stephen Miss, Director of Athletics, Belmont Abbey College

BELMONT, N.C. — Belmont Abbey College Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today the hiring of CarrSports Consulting, an intercollegiate athletics industry leader in executive search and management consulting, to review existing revenue generation programs with the goal of enhancing revenue streams with an emphasis in the areas of development, multimedia and capital projects.

Mike Thomas, CarrSports’ Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will take the lead in working with Miss and Crusader athletics. A 35-year veteran of college athletics and a director of athletics at four Division I institutions – Cleveland State, Akron, Cincinnati and Illinois – joined CarrSports in early June and looks forward to working with Belmont Abbey College.

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