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.

kevin anderson

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


Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson named Vice President CarrSports Consulting

IN THE NEWS

CarrSports Consulting, LLC is pleased to announce Kevin Anderson has been named Vice President

“I am excited to be part of CarrSports. I want to thank Mike and Jeff for this opportunity,”

Kevin Anderson, Vice President CarrSports Consulting

ODENTON, Md. (January 26, 2021) – CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is pleased to announce today that Kevin Anderson has been named Vice President as announced by Managing Partners Mike Thomas and Jeff Hathaway.

The former University of Maryland Athletic Director (2010-18) has been serving as an Associate with the CarrSports team.

“This is a great day for CarrSports as we welcome Kevin as our newest Vice President,” said Thomas. “Kevin is a proven leader with a track record that shows his ability to lead, mentor and guide the different athletic programs he had a chance to be a part of during the 30+ years he has been in intercollegiate athletics. We are extremely fortunate to have Kevin as a member of our team.”

Prior to Maryland, Anderson served as the Director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy West Point (2004-10) and worked as a senior administrator in various roles at three PAC-12 schools including Oregon State University (2003-04), University of California, Berkeley (1997-2002) and Stanford University (1993-95).

“I am excited to be part of CarrSports. I want to thank Mike and Jeff for this opportunity,” said Anderson, a California native that currently lives in the greater Los Angeles area. “We have a lot of work to do and some very exciting ideas in the works that I am passionate about and look forward to sharing those details soon.”

Anderson is a Past President of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as he served as President in 2012-13 while he was a member of the NACDA Board of Directors. Anderson served on several national committees over the years, including the NCAA Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity, NCAA Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, NCAA Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee, NCAA Division I Baseball Committee, NCAA Men’s Basketball Academic Enhancement Group, and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Issues Committee (Chair). He served as Chair of the McLendon Minority Scholarship Steering Committee and was a member of the LEAD1 Executive Committee.

“Mike and I have known Kevin for many years and we are thrilled to have him with us on the CarrSports leadership team,” said Hathaway. “I have admired Kevin for what he has accomplished during his career as an Athletic Director. His personal experiences will add a unique touch to our mission here at CarrSports.”

In 2007, Anderson was recognized as the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award. He was inducted into the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame (2016) and the United Negro College Fund honored him with the Meritorious Service Award. Most recently, Anderson was inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame Class of 2020.


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.


Meet the rest of the CarrSports Team

“Kevin is a proven leader with a track record that shows his ability to lead, mentor and guide the different athletic programs he had a chance to be a part of during the 30+ years he has been in intercollegiate athletics. We are extremely fortunate to have Kevin as a member of our team.”

Mike Thomas, Managing Partner, CarrSports Consulting

“Mike and I have known Kevin for many years and we are thrilled to have him with us on the CarrSports leadership team,”

Jeff Hathaway, Managing Partner, CarrSports Consulting


CarrSports Consulting, LLC announces transfer of ownership

IN THE NEWS

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.”


For more information and bios please visit www.CarrSportsConsulting.com.

 

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

No opportunities available at this time.

Morgan Burke

CarrSports Team Member Morgan Burke Passes Away

IN THE NEWS

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

IN THE NEWS

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.

IN THE NEWS

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


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

IN THE NEWS

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.