Our faculty has both a diverse and unique wealth of experience in the sports, technology, marketing, and business fields. Each have differing roles including developing, curating and teaching courses, providing course content, and / or delivering updates on new emerging digital sport technologies via webinars and symposia.
Managing Partner, U.S. Sports Practice at Odgers Berndtson
Andy Dolich brings over four decades of experience in the professional and collegiate sports industry, including COO of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and President of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors. Andy also served as Executive Vice President of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, taking the team to three World Championships. He is an editorial contributor to Sports Business Journal and is the “Sports Business Insider” for Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. His sports business column appears weekly on CSNbayarea.com.
Andy is our Director of Career Development.
Chairman and CEO, Circle Media
Randy Eccker is one of the most well
respected digital and sports media professionals in the industry. He has spent
the past 25 years involved in sports technology and media, working with and helping
to launch three different industry-renowned companies, Sports-Tech
International, Avid Sports, XOS Digital and S3i Digital. His current company,
Circle Media, is the combined entity of S3i Digital, a sport marketing and
digital agency, and Circle Media, a software-as-a-service platform that
measures audience engagement for brands and properties.
Senior Counsel, Minami Tamaki LLP
Derek Howard has more than 25 years of experience in complex litigation, including litigation and counseling expertise in class actions, antitrust practices, corporate ethics and sports law. He has served as co-lead counsel in nationwide class action cases and obtained substantial awards through both jury verdict and pre-trial settlements. For the last six consecutive years, he has been honored as a “Super Lawyer” in Law & Politics Magazine, representing the top three percent of practitioners. As a result of previous verdicts and settlements, Mr. Howard qualified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Director, Collegiate Athletics Graduate Program
Jeremy Howell teaches and publishes on sport, culture and commerce and has been a professor in USF’s on-campus Sport Management Graduate Program for the past seventeen years. He has extensive sport industry experience specifically in the realm of corporate giving and philanthropic initiatives. Currently, he is USF's NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative and sits on the Executive Council of the West Coast Conference. Jeremy is also the recipient of the USF St. Ignatius Award, the highest University award given to the faculty person that best personifies the meaning of service to his community, profession and university.
Vice President of Business Development, CrowdOptic
Jim Kovach received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky while simultaneously playing in the National Football League. Following a seven year NFL career with the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers, he obtained a law degree from Stanford University. He has built his career at the intersection of technology, elite athletics and clinical medicine. His current company, CrowdOptic uses real-time sensor data from Google Glass and other wearable and/or mobile devices to identify and track where devices are aimed (focus) and to identify groups of people with the same focus (clusters).
Former Head of of Global Sponsorship Marketing, Visa Inc.
Michael Lynch is among the most influential voices in the sports sponsorship industry. He led Visa's global sponsorship strategy and execution, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games, FIFA World Cup and NFL from 1995-2012, during which time he was referred to as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports by The Sporting News. Visa's innovative sponsorship marketing was renowned for differentiating and building the Visa brand, driving revenue, increasing ROI, and providing value to clients and cardholders. Michael also selected, secured and managed Visa's athlete portfolio.
Senior partner, SME Branding
Ed O'Hara's name is synonymous with great branding and his extraordinary success in the field has made him the field's noted expert, appearing on ESPN's "Outside The Lines", CNN, CNNfn, MSG Network and The New York Times TimesCast. In addition, he is regularly quoted in various leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, SLAMOnline, Inc.Magazine and BrandWeeek. Based in NYC, SME Branding also has offices in Tokyo and London.
Director of Athletics, University of San Francisco
One of the top young collegiate sports executives in the nation, Scott Sidwell has been the director of athletics at the University of San Francisco since 2011. Prior to that Scott was the Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director at Syracuse University, raising over $100 million in campaign funds during his tenure. Before his successful career in collegiate athletic administration, Scott made an impact in professional sports in New Orleans as the director of marketing operations for the New Orleans Saints.
Founder and CEO, Body Brain Performance Institute
A former British Navy Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare Officer with rigorous combat survival and resistance-to-interrogation training, Paul Taylor has a proven track record in leadership, management and dealing in high-pressure situations. He currently assists organizations to maximize their psychological capital through resilience and neuroscience-based training. He delivers Executive Performance and Leadership workshops to large multi-nationals such as SAP, Google, NAB and Accenture.
Commissioner, West Coast Conference
Jamie Zaninovich is on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee and the Collegiate Commissioner's Association. In 2010 he was named one of the prestigious "40 under 40" honorees by the industry leading Sports Business Journal. Without doubt he is regarded as one of the top young professionals in the collegiate athletics industry. Zaninovich has his MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
Jamie is our Advisory Board Chair.
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