Executive Search Process

CarrSports has an exemplary history of assisting clients in preparing for and conducting successful leadership searches. Led by Bill Carr, Mike Thomas, and an excellent team of Associates, CarrSports provides expert support specific to each clients’ needs.

Assessment & Strategy

  • Adopt priorities and timeline
  • Authorize and conduct SWOT activity
  • Establish search process with Search Committee

Define Ideal Candidate

  • Use SWOT data to define Ideal Candidate Profile
  • Identify desired outcomes from position during intended contract period

Recruit & Evaluate Candidates

  • Utilize secure Candidate Portal
    • Receive and manage candidate credentials
    • Review documents and rate candidates
  • Identify candidates who best fit the Ideal Candidate Profile
  • Communicate details of position requirements for review and response by each candidate
  • Ensure quality and diversity of candidate pool

Screen & Select

  • Select best candidates for initial discussion and rating, followed by interviews of semifinalists
  • Search Committee ratings identify group of finalists for on-campus interviews
  • Conduct appropriate background checks on all finalists

Negotiate &

  • Make offer of position and compensation
  • Sign Memorandum of Understanding for future contract
  • Prepare for press conference
  • Assist with contract negotiations and onboarding (optional)

Heather Lyke
"CarrSports, and in particular Bill Carr, was invaluable to me and our University during the search for our head football coach at Eastern Michigan University and I highly recommend their services”

Heather Lyke, Director of Athletics University of Pittsburgh


CarrSports presents several search format and fee options. Each search is open to further adjustments to meet each client’s special requirements.

Search Services



Backed by over 150 years
of Intercollegiate Athletic Director experience.

Members of the CarrSports Team include former Division I Directors of Athletics, whose unmatched experiences, skills and knowledge as proven practitioners have enabled our clients’ well-informed decisions regarding appropriate solutions. Our ongoing commitment is to build on this legacy.