Our Staff and Faculty

Dr. G. Lynn Lashbrook

Lynn Lashbrook Dr. Lashbrook is President and Founder of Sports Management Worldwide, first ever online sports career training company with a mission to educate and train future sports business executives. SMWW trains thousands of students every year for sports business careers from over 140 countries. Dr. Lashbrook has been in sports management for over 40 years and has demonstrated a lifelong passion for helping students strategize and reach their career goals in the world of sports. Dr. Lashbrook has served at the collegiate level as an athletic academic advisor and athletic director. At the professional level he has been an NFL sports agent for over twenty years representing over 100 NFL clients. (Read more about Dr. Lashbrook)


Liz Lashbrook

Liz Lashbrook is the Executive Director of Sports Management Worldwide and a 30-year veteran of the sports industry in sales, marketing, advertising, project management and taking care of what needs taking care of.

Liz has been an integral part of the growth of SMWW since her beginning with the company in 2004 when there was just one course, one conference and one faculty member (her husband and business partner, Dr. Lashbrook). Now, SMWW offers over 25 courses, has 50 faculty members and hosts industry leading sports career conferences 8 times per year at major sports events including the NFL combine, Baseball’s Winter Meetings, the NHL Draft and the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.   

It all started with a one-month sabbatical, where Liz imagined she would take some time to help Dr. Lashrbook grow SMWW. That one-month sabbatical turned into a decade plus of growing the business through her efforts in marketing, advertising, developing the sales force and the businesses online presence. A small ambitious company with 100 or so students has since developed into the most respected online sports skills training company with over 15,000 alumni hailing from over 140 countries.

An expert in advertising Liz has worked with SLAM, Hockey News, Hockey Now, Cricketer, Sports Business Journal, Sports Pro Magazine, Baseball America, WorldSoccer, FourFourTwo, Rugby World, Fox Sports News, ESPN Radio, ESPN, Fight Magazine, Sherdog, National Speedsport News, and National Dragster to help grow the SMWW brand.

Prior to joining SMWW, Liz was the Sales & Marketing Manager for Cascade Athletic Clubs, a small family-owned chain of clubs in Oregon and Washington. Tasked with managing over 20 sales people at five different athletic facilities in the region, Liz handled the marketing efforts for the corporation and was an active speaker in the health club industry at regional and national conferences.

At SMWW, Liz focuses on just about everything, with a mission to improve the student experience while increasing the probability of students attaining a sports job.


Nate Bigelow

(Portland, Oregon, United States) 

A proud SMWW graduate, Nate Bigelow is currently the Tight Ends and Running Backs Coach at Southern Virginia University, a position he advanced to after previously working as the Tight Ends Coach and Video Coordinator at Snow College.

The Brigham Young graduate brings a unique perspective to teaching as he has completed both the SMWW Football GM and Scouting course and the Digital Video Editing with XOS course and applied it to the workplace as a position coach and video coordinator in college.


Mentor for Digital Video Editing with XOS


Robert Brewer

(Portland, Oregon, United States) 

I graduated from Warner Pacific College with a degree in Business Administration and Social Science. I played four years of soccer at Warner Pacific College. I also coach soccer at the high school level. I believe sports are a great vehicle for youth to develop character, work ethic, discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship.
 
In addition to playing soccer I also enjoy tennis, track, snowboarding and ping pong. I do my best to live life to the fullest and believe that Helen Keller says it best: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
 
 


 


Jeff Brodie

(Portland, Oregon, United States)

Jeff BrodieJeff is Vice President of Operations of Sports Management Worldwide. Jeff joined SMWW in 2008, and achieved the status of Director of Basketball Operations in 2009. He became a NBA certified agent in 2010.  Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in Personal Finance from Oregon State University and his MBA at Marylhurst University. Combining his education and professional experience, Jeff has been in the finance industry for over 10 years.  Jeff is widely respected for his relational talents, communication skills and his proven ability to motivate, train, and mentor associates. In 2014, Jeff became an NFL certified agent.

 

SMWW Football Agency 


Dino Caputo 

Dino is the Regional Scout for the Tri City Americans of the Western Hockey League. Based out of Lethbridge, AB, Caputo has been with the Americans for the past 8 years and his hockey experience includes working as an assistant coach at the University of Lethbridge and Head WHL Scout for 5 years with International Scouting Services. He has also been part of Hockey Canadas program of excellence as a former college hockey player for the same University of Lethbridge, he was an Academic All Canadian and was nominated nationally for the Dr. Randy Gregg Award for leadership, academics and community service. In his 5-year junior hockey career, he played for WHL Victoria Cougars, BCHL Prince George Spruce Kings and captained the Trail Smoke Eaters.

 

Dino is also an instructor for SMWW’s Hockey GM & Scouting CourseTwitter: @dcap24


Joel Corry

( Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Joel was a Sports Agent for 16 years, representing NFL & NBA players. In 1992 at Management Plus Enterprises, who represented top-level athletes including Ronnie Lott, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal. Joel left Management Plus in 1995 to co-found Premier Sports and Entertainment, which focused on representing NFL players, college and NFL coaches. He was the primary and co-negotiator of numerous NFL player contracts, including Hall of Famer John Randle's 5-year, $32.5 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings (1998), Patrick Surtain's 6-year, $44.63 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs (2005), which made Patrick the highest paid player in the franchise's history. Randle's contract made him the NFL's highest paid defensive player with unprecedented guarantees that have become the norm in the most lucrative NFL contracts. Other Premier clients included Pro Bowlers Eric Allen, Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith. Joel served as a consultant with Management Plus for several years after starting Premier. As a consultant, he played an integral part in the negotiation of Shaquille O'Neal's Los Angeles Lakers contracts ($120 million over 7 years & subsequent 3-year, $88.3 million extension). 

In 2012, Joel became a contributing writer for the National Football Post. He uses his NFL salary cap and collective bargaining agreement knowledge to provide a perspective on player salaries, contract negotiations and the salary cap that is rarely seen in the media. In 2013, Joel began writing for CBSSports.com on similar topics, but for a larger audience. Joel also appears regularly on radio shows, including SiriusXM NFL Radio. 

Mentor for Athlete Management - Sports Agent and Football Agent Certification Prep


Larry D'Amato

(Portland, Oregon, United States) 

Larry D'Amato has been scouting baseball for over 40 years. He started in 1970 as an area scout and held scouting positions as an Area Scout, Scouting Supervisor, National Cross Checker, Pro Scout, and Major League Scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Major League Scouting Bureau, Texas Rangers and most recently the Houston Astros. The players he personally discovered and signed include Rod Scurry, Fred Breining, Jeff Lahti, Terry Lee, Jim Neidlinger, Steve Cooke. Larry has covered high schools, junior colleges, four year colleges, and the Pacific Coast League, Northwest League, Pioneer League. He has set up and run Free-Agent Tryout Camps all over the USA. He has covered both Arizona and Florida Major League Spring Training, in addition to the National League West, American League West, National League Central, American League East, International League and various Mexican Leagues. Larry is a three time winner of the Topps Scouting Award and he has 4 World Series Rings. 

Mentor for Baseball GM & Scouting


Mark Dominik

(Tampa Bay, Florida, USA)

Mark Dominik joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff at just 24 years old as a pro personnel assistant and worked his way up the ladder to general manager while contributing to seven playoff teams and a Super Bowl championship. He developed the right skills to be hired and advance to the highest operations position, and now he’s teaching them to people like you.
“We’re going to talk about all the little steps you can take to become a scout or a general manager in the National Football League,” says Dominik. “My mindset is to give you anything I can to help you find a way to distinguish yourself from anybody else.”
After leaving the Buccaneers in 2013, Dominik began working for ESPN as an analyst, adding a media perspective to his experience operating a team.
“I’ve seen a lot of ways people try to get openings or opportunities, I know what teams are looking for and I know what works and what doesn’t,” says the University of Kansas graduate. “The Football GM and Scouting course offered by SMWW, helps you learn how to get ahead, the right way. I think that I can help people break through a barrier that they weren’t able to get through before.”
In the Football GM and Scouting course, you will speak directly each week with Mark, an opportunity not many people get.

Mentor for Football GM & Scouting 


Syd Douglas

(Queensland, Australia)

Syd Douglas is the Managing Director of the world's largest rugby player and coach recruitment company, Rah Rah Rugby. Syd has been involved in rugby in almost every facet of the game. 

 As a player, coach, and personally consulting in over 20 countries around the world. Syd has extensive experience with various rugby competitions, the business sides of rugby, and rugby human resourcing. Syd and his dedicated recruitment team at Rah Rah Rugby, (RRR) have successfully been working with the goals of their clients for almost 10 years. RRR was founded to address the needs of the 'up and comer' or 'semi-professional' rugby player and coach. RRR has a team of twelve managers and administration staff strategically located across the world dealing with the recruitment of both men's and women's rugby. Rah Rah Rugby has an unprecedented client database of close to 30,000 members from around the globe made up of players, coaches, clubs and supporters from all levels of the game. RRR network includes over 1500 rugby clubs from over 100 rugby nations.

Mentor for Rubgy Business Management 


Dan Evans

(Boulder, Colorado, United States) 

Dan Evans, former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been in professional baseball for over three decades, and has had decision-making roles with five MLB franchises throughout his career. Including the White Sox (1981-2000), Chicago Cubs (2000-2001), Dodgers (2001-2004), Seattle Mariners (2004-2007), and the Toronto Blue Jays (2013-present). Evans' experience is wide ranging, as he is the only former General Manager of a MLB club who also led a baseball agency. In addition, Evans has been a broadcast analyst for MLB games, is the author of "108 Stitches," a column for Baseball Prospectus, and is a member of the Baseball Prospectus Advisory Board. Evans also evaluates talent for the Toronto Blue Jays, overseeing their entrie Pacific Rim operations. 

Mentor for Baseball GM & Scouting 


Lee Fraser

(Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom)

Lee has been with Newcastle United FC for over 14 years as a Technical Scout, Talent ID & Data Analyst, while also consulting in analytics for many soccer operations, including for the South African "Road to World Cup" in 1998, the UEFA Champions League in 2003, the UEFA Cup from 2003 – 2007 and the Welsh FA in 2007.



Mentor for Soccer Analytics


Bill Guertin

(Boubonnais, Illinois, United States)

Bill Guertin is one of the top sales training authorities in North American professional sports, having worked with over 60 professional teams to dramatically increase their sales representative's performance and crush their sales goals.  As President and CEO of sales and marketing consulting group, The 800-Pound Gorilla, his sales training has improved the operations of iconic sports franchises like the Boston Red Sox, Calgary Flames, Golden State Warriors and San Francisco Giants.

Bill is constantly in the front offices of professional teams, which helps him stay connected to who is hiring, what they need and how they hire. He is your secret weapon!

Bill's partners in success include:

NBA: Celtics, Nuggets, Warriors, Rockets, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Timberwolves, Magic, Suns, Spurs, Wizards, Pistons
NFL: Falcons, Texans, Dolphins, Vikings, Jets, Panthers, Rams, Raiders
MLB: Braves, White Sox, Indians, Tigers, Astros, Brewers, Twins, A's, Pirates, Giants, Rays, Rangers, Nationals, Red Sox
NHL: Flames, Hurricanes, Avalanche, Kings, Flyers, Coyotes, Lightning, Capitals
MLS: Fire, Crew, DC United, FC Dallas, Dynamo, Galaxy
NASCAR: Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway

Mentor for Sports Revenue Management 


Mick Hogan

(Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom)

Mick Hogan has been involved in Rugby League & Rugby Union for his entire 22 year career. A graduate of the Sports Studies degree course at Northumbria University he has worked for both governing bodies (Rugby Football League & Rugby Football Union) as well as CEO/Managing Director for top flight rugby clubs Wigan Warriors, Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons. Mick has also set up three charitable rugby foundations as well as serving on the board of Premiership Rugby on two separate occasions.

Mick originally started his career as the North East Rugby League Development Officer. After this role he joined Gateshead Thunder as Community Marketing Manager for their one year in Super League. In 2000 he crossed the River Tyne to join rugby union club Newcastle Falcons as Head of Marketing for two seasons before moving to Premiership Rugby as Head of Community Development.

Whilst at Premiership Rugby, Mick worked with all twelve Premiership clubs on their community marketing programmes and attracted support from Powergen for the inaugural National Community Rugby Programme. He also worked on the first two Premiership Finals at Twickenham as well as personally developing the London Double Header concept – where over 70,000 fans annually attend the season opening games in London.
In 2004, Mick returned to Newcastle Falcons as Commercial Director where over the next four seasons the club established attendance records and league high levels for both sponsorship and retail sales. In 2008, a move to rugby league’s Wigan Warriors as CEO saw two seasons that culminated in the club’s first Grand Final success in twelve years. Mick then spent two years as CEO of Sale Sharks and led the negotiations for the club’s move from Stockport to a new purpose built rugby stadium in Salford. At both Wigan and Sale Mick set up and chaired both clubs’ charitable Community Rugby Foundations.

In 2012, Mick set up his sports consultancy – MMG Sports Ltd. He worked for two and a half years for England 2015, the organising body for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which will be staged in twelve English cities as well as Cardiff. The work for England 2015 saw Mick head up City Delivery and he managed the process that identified and selected the thirteen host cities for the Tournament.
Now back at Newcastle for a third spell Mick is currently Managing Director at Newcastle Falcons as well as Chairman of the Falcons Community Foundation. The club have also acquired Newcastle Thunder Rugby League and will deliver the official Rugby World Cup Fanzone on behalf of the City Council.

Mentor for Rugby Business Management 


Greg Hylton

(Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) 

Greg Hylton is the Indianapolis Colts Vice President of Premium Seating and Ticket Sales. Greg has been with the Colts for over 18 years. Prior to VP, Greg served as Director of Ticket Sales and Marketing from 2001-05, Director of Ticket Sales from 1998-2000, and Group Sales Manager from 1997-1998. Greg holds a bachelor's degree in communications and psychology from Indiana University. Prior to working with the Colts, Greg started with the Indiana Pacers from 1990-91 and with the Indianapolis Ice from 1991-97. Greg has worked his way up the ladder and is now excited to mentor passionate and hard working individuals to do the same. 

Mentor for Sports Revenue Management 


Ken Jacobs

(Melbourne, Australia)

Ken Jacobs

From 1980 to 2007 Ken Jacobs managed significant growth in Australian Cricket as CEO of Cricket Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Jacobs was responsible for the management of an increase in participation levels from 100,000 to 185,000 across 1,100 cricket clubs in Victoria and a growth in revenue from $500,000 to $25 million. He was also responsible for the implementation of Cricket Victoria's first strategic plan, its renowned local government and volunteer recognition program and the development of the intellectual property and branding program for the Boxing Day Test Match. Jacobs was engaged by the International Cricket Council as Event Manager for the staging of crickets ICC World Cup in the Caribbean region.

Cricket Victoria is also responsible for the staging of international cricket matches in Melbourne at the world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on behalf of Cricket Australia and during his period as CEO Ken was involved in the management and delivery of many international matches involving all of the major Test match playing countries - this included the iconic Boxing Day Test matches played at the venue each, the 1992 World Cup; and a host of one day international matches played at the venue.

Jacobs now manages his own consultancy business and has recently been engaged in the development of a strategic plan for a significant state sporting body, a national sponsorship agreement and equipment review to benefit cricket clubs and Associations throughout Australia, consulting work for one of Australia's leading national sports travel companies, and has also been involved in the development and implementation of a corporate Twenty20 cricket competition in Melbourne.

Mentor for Cricket Business Management Course


Dr. Jim Krause

(Seattle, Washington, USA)

Jim Krause Dr. Jim Krause, President of Winning Sports Programs and Board Chairman of WSE International, brings a wealth of experience toanyone in coaching. Coach Krause has had a 25+ year coaching career with stops at every level, including top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Oregon basketball team under Jim Haney. Dr. Krause’s coaching experience has included basketball, football, softball, baseball and golf at the University level andbasketball, men's and women's soccer and softball at High School.
Jim's diverse background as an athletic director, coach, and professional sports president, general manager, event coordinator and teacher enables him to guide and train you for any situation. If experience truly is the best teacher Dr. Jim Krause is your greatest asset in learning after having worked or consulted for: The University of Oregon, NABC Convention & NCAA Final Four, DGI (Sports Association of Denmark), 1996 Olympics, Alabama A&M University, University of Alabama, GM of the Huntsville Fire (professional sports team), Title IX Consultant, YMCA, and the NAIA National Office.
Dr. Krause has authored three books on the game of basketball including,Guardians of the Game, a Legacy of Leadership, and believes building championship programs is a process that can be learned and repeated regardless of sport or level.

Mentor for Coaching at the Next Level and Sports Administration 


Bret Kanis

(Pensacola, Florida, United States) 

Bret Kanis is an agent/attorney with the Hightower Law Firm in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Kanis is a certified player agent with the National Basketball Players Association. Mr. Kanis’ agent practice primarily involves representing professional basketball players, both in the U.S. and internationally; however, he also has experience in representing professional baseball, football and hockey players as well as basketball coaches. Mr. Kanis has sports marketing experience, having worked with professional and Olympic athletes with respect to their endorsements and marketing as well as a minor league sports league with respect to league-wide sponsorships. Mr. Kanis’ legal practice primarily involves representing closely-held businesses and their owners in all aspects of general business and tax law (including the formation of business entities, the acquisition and disposition of businesses and tax planning) as well as estate planning. As part of Mr. Kanis’ legal practice, he has represented professional athletes in contract negotiations, contract disputes and their off-the-field business ventures and personal matters; ownership groups in their potential purchase of professional sports franchises; and student-athletes in issues relating to their National Letter of Intent.

Mr. Kanis graduated with a B.S.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis; a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law; and a LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Mr. Kanis received the highest grade in his sports law class where his professors were prominent sports agents, Dan Fegan (basketball) and Barry Axelrod (baseball). Upon graduation from law school, for 2 years Mr. Kanis co-authored a bi-weekly sports law article that was published in the George Washington Law School, Pepperdine Law School and Hofstra Law School Newspapers. Throughout his career, Mr. Kanis has had the opportunity to work with high-round draft picks, Hall of Fame athletes and Olympic Gold medalists in various capacities as an agent and attorney. Bret is a regular speaker at both our Portsmouth Basketball Invitational Career Conference and the Vegas Summer League Games Basketball Career Conference.

Mentor for Athlete Management – Sports Agent 


Ari Kaplan

(Chicago, Illinois, United States) 

In the live interactive weekly audio chats, you will get to know Ari Kaplan. Ari is a leading figure in sports analytics, having worked with over half of all MLB organizations and many global sports media organizations. His baseball career spans 25 seasons, and Sports Illustrated named Ari “Top Ten General Manager Candidate”. He received Caltech’s “Alumni of the Decade” distinction for pioneering groundbreaking sabermetrics used to evaluate pitcher talent. Crain's Chicago Business also recognized Kaplan's work in business, baseball and humanitarian endeavors by including him in their annual "40 Under 40" cover story.

Kaplan is President of Scoutables with Fred Claire, the former World Champion Dodger GM. Scoutables has provided advance scouting and analytics to broadcast and online media and over half of all MLB organizations. In 2010, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts brought in Kaplan to create and lead the organization's analytics department. Kaplan's work included roster strategy, forecasting, advance scouting, player/coach game preparation, Minor League player development, draft analysis, international, arbitration, financial, budgeting, marketing, and community outreach. During his tenure Kaplan led the in-house analytical and technical transformation. Taking this course will be similar to sitting in his office for one hour every week. An opportunity of a lifetime for baseball sabermetricians.

Ari is one of the few long-term baseball leaders with a proven track record at Fortune 500 companies, as well as successfully running several high-profile organizations as CEO or President. On the media front, Ari co-authored five best-selling books on analytics, databases, and baseball. Ari’s work has been profiled on CNN, Chris Matthews, and the Today Show and one of his high-profile analytics project was been turned into a documentary on the History Channel.

Mentor for Baseball Analytics


Hannah Keim

(Portland, Oregon, United States) 

A native of Corvallis, Oregon, Hannah attended Corvallis High School where she lettered in Volleyball and Softball. She continued her studies in Corvallis at Oregon State University, where she graduated Suma Cum Laude with a degree in Communication and minor in Anthropology. Her love of sports continued in college as she was the assistant coach for the Corvallis High Varsity volleyball team. Hannah is also a member of the Chi Omega Fraternity, and as Philanthropy Chair helped raise over $15,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

She found a home at SMWW first as an Intern in the summer of 2015 and returned after graduation as an Administrative Assistant. 


 


Adam Klimek

(Portland, Oregon, United States) 

Adam is a  native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Adam Klimek is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (2000) with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.  Adam is a transplant to Portland, Oregon and was the GM of a restaurant and brewery in Gresham, Oregon for 10 years.  Adam now works personally with NFL Agent Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, assisting him with recruiting NFL prospects.  He also works with NBA agents Jeff Brodie and Brett Kanis in recruiting NBA and European basketball players.  He works very hard at maintaining self-actualization that reflects a person with high moral, cultural and ethical standards. Adam offers assistance in contract negotiations, financial and investment services, income opportunities with appearances, and product endorsements. Adam coached football for 10 years with the Green Bay Eastside Bulldogs. Currently, Adam is a Sports Career Counselor, helping people fulfill their sports dream job.

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Jon LaForce, SMWW Career Advisor

(Portland, Oregon, USA)

Jon has been a Sports Career Advisor with Sports Management Worldwide for two years. He has helped hundreds of students get their foot in the sports industry door, helping to start their careers in the field they love. A true devoted advisor, Jon knows the ends and outs of all our courses, and can help guide you down the direction best suited for you. Jon is a History graduate of University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse, starting his career as a door-to-door salesman in Wisconsin, Jon moved out to Portland and followed his passion in the sports industry. Jon knows who is doing the hiring and what they look for in new hires.
Contact Jon if you would like more information on SMWW Career Course and how they might help you! 


Russ Lande

Russ Lande (Chicago, Illinois, United States)

With over 20 years of scouting experience in the NFL, CFL and XFL, Russ Lande provides great perspective into the ins and outs of professional scouting.

Beginning his scouting career as a part-time unpaid recruiting intern with the UCLA Bruins at just 22 years old, Lande eventually got paid for his hard work, becoming a scouting administrator with the Los Angeles Rams in 1994. After four years with the Rams, Lande began delving into the publishing and media side of scouting, founding GM Jr. Scouting, crafting an annual NFL draft guide, consulting with CBS Sports and eventually writing for the Sporting News, National Football Post and Sports on Earth.

Lande spent four years as the Midwest Blesto scout with the Cleveland Browns and is now the U.S. College Scouting Director for the Montreal Alouettes.

When you take the Football GM and Scouting course, Lande will personally assist you with your scouting reports to ensure you are properly trained to meet the standards and qualifications of the NFL & CFL.

Mentor for Football GM & Scouting


Tom Leip

(Portland, Oregon, USA)

Tom Leip Tom Leip is the Internal Consultant for Avenir Sports and Entertainment. Previously, he was the President of Business Operations at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Baseball, a Short-Season Class A team affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. A former General Manager of FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League, Tom has spent over 30 years working in minor-league sports (baseball, hockey and soccer) in markets like Rochester, Nashville, Eugene, Spokane, the Twin Cities, Kansas City, and Portland. Tom is the former Executive Director of the Northern Baseball League. In addition, Tom has spent four years as an Asst. Athletic Director of a Division 1 University. He has been the top executive for organizations operating multiple teams and broadcast entities, the top executive for a league, a consultant and a collegiate administrator.

Mentor for Sports Revenue Management 


Matt Lindland

(Portland, Oregon, United States)

One of the world's top middleweight athletes, Matt Lindland is a veteran of the UFC, International Fight League and Bodog Fight. Always willing to test his skills against MMA's elite fighters, Lindland, 20-5, has moved up from his natural weight class on multiple occasions, including a split-decision loss to former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and a bout with top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.
A silver medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and again at the 2001 World Championships, Lindland attended the University of Nebraska on a wrestling scholarship. He is currently the head coach of the IFL's Portland Wolfpack, boasting a lineup replete with Team Quest fighters. Matt is also the coach of the USA Olympic Men's Greco Wrestling Team. 
Matt co-owns Team Quest MMA Fitness Centers, with 5 West Coast locations. Team Quest embodies the principles of humility, perseverance and sportsmanship, qualities Lindland and his partner Dan Henderson have cultivated during their tenure as amateur wrestlers and professional MMA fighters. Matt also owns SportFight, Oregon's first sanctioned MMA promotion. Lindland co-founded SportFight with Randy Couture in 2003 and was a leading advocate for the sanctioning of mixed martial arts in Oregon. He also owns the Dirty Boxer, the equipment and apparel brand, which features a proprietary compression-style groin protector.
Matt teaches SMWW's Mixed Martial Arts Management Course.

Mentor for Mixed Martial Arts Management


Matt Martin

(Sacramento, California, United States) 

As the Portland Timbers Director of Domestic Scouting, Matt Martin manages a staff of five MLS Scouts spread across the USA, supervising the collection of scouting data for the Timbers technical staff. Matt covers youth, collegiate, semi-professional, USL, NASL & MLS matches in his region for recruitment and advanced scouting, reporting directly to General Manager, Gavin Wilkinson and Head Coach, Caleb Porter.

Previously Matt scouted for the New York Red Bulls (2008 - 2011) under Jeff Agoos, and for Sporting Kansas City under John Pascarella and Sporting Director Peter Vermes (2011 - 2015) where he was Domestic Scouting Coordinator and a regional scout.

Mentor for Soccer Analytics and Soccer GM & Scouting


Scott McKendry

(Portland, Oregon, United States)

Scott McKendry has been a member at Team Quest since 2005 and is the GM for the Portland, Oregon location. Since the expansion of the Team Quest locations, Scott has helped develop and implement the Team Quest business systems and infrastructure to five new locations. Scott is also a graduate of the Team Quest Instructor's course and since then has gone on to help develop and teach the 200 level of the curriculum for that program.

Read this article about Scott in BreakingMuscle.com


 


Scott Moore

(Destin, Florida, United States)

Scott Moore is a nationally recognized sports talk radio personality, featured writer for Scout.com, and an in-demand guest speaker and entertainer.

Moore primarily focused on the SEC, where he is the host of iTalkSEC, a top-rated sports show reaching over 900,000 households.

Moore has had the privilege of speaking at the National Quarterback Club in Washington, D.C. with General Colin Powell, the NFL MVP Award Ceremony and the ESPN College Football Awards. In addition, Moore served as host of CSTV's 'Coast to Coach' and has been a featured guest speaker at five BCS Bowls, including the Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Sugar Bowl.

Additionally, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, California, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Ohio State have al hired Scott to entertain and motivate their players.

Mentor for Sports Broadcasting


Jen Mueller

(Seattle, Washington, USA)

Jen Mueller pursued a career in sports broadcasting after repeated comments of "talks too much" from teachers and family members. A 14-year sports communications veteran, Jen currently serves as the sideline radio reporter for the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. She is also part of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. In addition to her work on the sidelines, Jen launched Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and teaches business professionals how to improve communication and leverage fandom in business. Jen published her first book Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business, last June. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2000 with degrees in Journalism and Public Policy. Her goal is to assist you with advancing your career by breaking down barriers to entry. Read more about Jen Here.

Mentor for Sports Media & Communications


Michael Oke

(Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)

Mike Oke is the Peterborough Petes' General Manager. Prior to his role with the Petes he worked with International Scouting Services (ISS) as Chief Scout and was promoted to the position of General Manager/Chief Scout in September of 2008. Among his many duties, Oke was responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of ISS as well as the scouting staffs responsible for producing reports on players eligible for the NHL Draft, as well as the WHL, QMJHL, OHL and CHL Import Drafts. Mike was an Assistant Coach in charge of video with Team Pacific at the 2008 WorldUnder 17 Hockey Challenge, worked as the Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Coach with the Oshawa Generals from 2004-2006 and spent four years as Assistant Coach at Wilfrid Laurier University of the Ontario University Athletic Association, where he played a role in the Hawks trip to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Hockey Championships in 2001 as well as four years as Full-Time Head Coach/Manager with the Trenton Sting of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League, winning 
the OPJHL Eastern Conference Championship in 1998. He is a graduate of the Sports Administration program at Durham College. 

Mentor for Hockey Analytics and Hockey GM & Scouting


Dean Oliver

(West Hartford, Connecticut, United States) 

Dean is known as a pioneer in the analytics that help govern many basketball teams, from the NBA to high school. His book, Basketball on Paper, was written at the same time as Moneyball and helped him to enter the NBA in 2004 as the first statistical consultant, working for the Seattle Supersonics. He has since worked with several other NBA teams' front offices and has been part of several very successful organizations. Dean went to ESPN during the 2011 NBA lockout, where he headed up the development of their sports analytics group, working on both basketball and football with on-air talent, producers, and executives at the company.

He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering at Caltech while playing on the basketball team. While serving as an Advanced Scout in college basketball, Oliver received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at North Carolina and Stanford.Dean's work has been published in numerous places, is in regular use on television and radio, and he is often asked to give talks to business and educational groups. His book has been lauded by legendary basketball coach, Dean Smith, and by sabermetrics pioneer, Bill James.

Mentor for Basketball Analytics


Chuck Patterson

(Columbus, Ohio, United States) 

Dr. Chuck Patterson, founder and President of Career Planners, has a doctorate in higher and adult education with over 30 years of experience as an academic advisor, athletic counselor and college instructor at The Ohio State University, the University of Missouri and Miami University of Ohio, along with high school experience as a guidance counselor, teacher, and coach.

Dr. Patterson is a published author and lecturer in the fields of career exploration, student development, academic success and athletic counseling; a member of the National Academic Advising Association and served as an advisor on college athletic policies, regulations and ethics to professional sports management personnel. 

Dr. Patterson consults with SMWW students, helping to make key decisions in the students’ sports career plans.


John Print

(London, England)

John Print photo

John Print is SMWW's Director of Soccer, registered intermediary with the English FA/USSF and a Licensed FIFA Players Agent for over 8 years. As an agent, John has represented clients at all professional levels in England, across Europe and the USA, including the EPL, MLS, and USL. In addition, John also works as a freelance soccer scout for professional teams in England providing opposition analysis and individual player assessments.

Besides working in soccer, John represents Olympic/Paralympic athletes and other sports personalities. Prior to working with SMWW, John worked with UK Sport within their International Relations and Drug-Free Sport Departments. He was also a partner with London based sports agency, SIML before setting up his own agency called Sports Talent, which focused on promoting athletes with promotional and media projects. Highlights include proving talent for Global TV Commercials on behalf of Nike, Adidas, EA Sports, Pepsi and Castrol, and soccer talent for Timbaland's Worldwide No. 1 music video - "The Way I Are".

John has tremendous understanding of what it takes to market a player at every level of the game. His combined scouting and agent experience with teams and clubs at all levels is unique and a huge asset for SMWW clients looking to play at the highest level.

Mentor for Athlete Management - Sports Agent, Rugby Business Management, and Soccer Agent


Alyssa Rutherford

(Portland, Oregon, USA)

Previously an Intern for Sports Management Worldwide, Alyssa was hired full time as the Agency Operations Director in March, 2013. Alyssa helps guide SMWW Agent Advisors as they become an integral part of the SMWW Agency. Alyssa assists over 150 SMWW Agent Advisors through the recruiting and draft process with their clients. This includes updating Agent Advisors on all upcoming try outs for each sport. Alyssa is also the SMWW Student Services Director, helping students successfully complete their sport business courses, and handling all student service needs.  Alyssa has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Portland State University.


Aaron Schatz

(Boston, Massachusetts, United States) 

Aaron Schatz is the creator of Football Outsiders and most of the original statistical methods used in NFL analysis, as well as lead writer, editor, and statistician on the book series Football Outsiders Almanac. He also writes for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and is the main analyst for the ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly podcast.

During the 2011 season, he was a regular panelist on the ESPN2 show Numbers Never* Lie. Before Football Outsiders, Aaron spent five years on the radio at WBRU Providence and WKRO Daytona Beach, and three years as the writer and producer of the Lycos 50, the Internet's foremost authority on the people, places, and things that are searched online. He has written for a number of publications including The New Republic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Slate, The American Prospect, and the Boston Phoenix.

Mentor for Football Analytics


Manny Schmidt

(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) 

Manny Schmidt is the founder and President of Link Management International and has been a key influencer within the Sports and Entertainment Industry for more than 19 years. Based in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and a graduate of the University of Alberta, Manny oversees all aspects of Link Management, its various operational divisions and all members of the Link Management Team. Since first established in 1995 as a leading provider of business and personal market branding solutions for the sports, entertainment and service sectors, Manny has lead Link Management to expand its market presence with the formal introduction of the Link Management International Sports Agency in 2009 and The Link High Performance Athlete Development Division in 2013. The Link Management International Sports Agency is a full-service micro agency that specializes in the development, representation and management of elite athletes throughout North America, with an active and growing client base in its Hockey, Football and Olympic Divisions.

Over the years Manny has had the opportunity to work with and guide the careers of numerous top Professional Athletes, Olympians, and Entertainers and has been called upon as a strategic advisor to many corporate executives both in North America and aboard. As part of his experience, Manny has structured and negotiated multi-million dollar transactions and professional contracts, has lead the design and implementation of numerous specialized brand positioning and marketing campaigns and has facilitated the partnerships of various personal endorsement deals along with a variety of product and property sponsorship deals. As President and CEO of Link Management International, Manny oversees and remains responsible for all contract negotiations and strategic direction of its clients, and to continue to guide the ongoing growth of the firm as one of the leading full-service micro sports agency’s in the industry.

Manny Schmidt is a graduate of the Athlete Management course and has successfully been mentored by Dr. Lynn Lashbrook & met all the requirements of becoming a SMWW Agent Advisor. This includes agent regulations and player association legalities, contract negotiation, endorsements, sponsorships, ethics, collective bargaining agreements, draft preparation, marketing and recruiting. Manny is well adept at preparing you for your sports career and has the ambition to attain the knowledge, skills, and experience needed for a successful professional athlete. He will do whatever possible to represent your interests and help you achieve your goals as not only a sports professional, but also your life after sports as well. Manny takes a fully integrated approach to his clients’ wealth, personal life, career, and post-career challenges with the goal to simplify and enhance your life.   Manny is also a regular guest speaker at the annual Hockey Career Conference at the NHL Draft.

Menetor for Athlete Management - Sports Agent


Harry Sinden

(Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Harry Sinden

NHL Hall of Famer Harry Sinden is a living legend of the game of hockey, his name immortalized on the Stanley Cup twice, once as a coach of the 1970 Boston Bruins championship team, and again as an executive with the Bruins 2011 championship squad.

Over his 50 years as a coach, GM, President and Senior Advisor to the Boston Bruins, Sinden was instrumental in leading the team to a North American major professional record 30 consecutive playoff appearances, which included five Stanley Cup finals. Before getting into coaching, Sinden was an accomplished player, winning the silver medal as a member of the Canadian national men's hockey team in the 1960 Winter Olympics.

To learn the inside game of hockey from someone as experienced as Harry Sinden is a chance unlike any other.

Students speak directly each week with Harry Sinden, and after successful completion of this course you can add him as a reference to your resume.

Mentor for Hockey GM & Scouting


Gladstone Small

(Chester, United Kingdom) 

Born in Barbados, Gladstone Small moved to England at age 14 and qualified to play cricket for his adopted country, competing in 17 Tests and 55 One-Day Internationals (ODI), including two Cricket World Cups.

Small's most famous achievement on the English side was on his initial call up on Boxing Day morning 1986, when he took seven wickets and was named man of the match as England took a 2-0 lead and a hold on the Ashes.

While still in the midst of his playing career in 1994, Small decided to go back to school and study Business Administration and Marketing which helped the right-handed fast bowler in his post-playing career. After retiring in 1999, Small joined the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) and eventually became Director where he was instrumental in growing the association to become a respected stakeholder within cricket.

Since 2008, Small has been primarily an ambassador for the PCA, consulting on various sponsorship and partnering deals, and acting as a motivational speaker, while contributing his time and efforts to various charities including Lords Taverners, Chance to Shine, Prostate Cancer and SPARKS.

Mentor for Cricket Business Management


Tommy Smyth

(New York, NY, United States) 

Irish born Tommy Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie 'A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.  Smyth's list of credentials is extensive.  He was covered the 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Football Championship 2008 (Euro 08), worked on three other FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002 and '06) and the 1998 FIFA Men's World Cup in France. He also provided studio analysis for ESPN2's World Cup 2Night, and ESPN & ESPN2's pre-game and halftime coverage.  He co-hosted Latin Futbol Weekly on ESPN2, seen in more than 200 countries via ESPN International (1993-99). At ESPN, he has called over 2,500 international matches from all over the world.  Leading up to the 2002 World Cup he co-hosted ESPN International's "Road to World Cup 2002," aired in over 150 countries. Smyth has also provided game analysis for Major League Soccer's NY/NJ Metrostars as well as national MLS telecasts on ESPN and ESPN2. Smyth has also worked as an analyst for ESPN's coverage of MLS.

Mentor for Soccer Management & Scouting 


Mike Stoeber

(Jacksonville, Florida, United States) 

As the Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Director of Football Technologies, Mike Stoeber is an expert in the field of digital video editing with XOS Digital.  Prior to Jaguars, Stoeber was the Senior Field Support Representative at XOS Digital, working daily with teams to help them implement the technology into their scouting and coaching departments.

Stoeber’s football career began at the University of Florida where he was Director of Football Operations and Director of Game Analysis.  He also has a Master’s degree from the University of Florida in Sport Administration. Stoeber has his finger on the pulse of the industry and is well aware of what teams are hiring and what they are looking for. He is perfectly suited to teach you.

Mentor for Digital Video Editing - XOS


Oscar Suarez

(Phoenix, Arizona, United States) 

Oscar Suarez is an MLB Certified Agent with over 30 clients. Oscar's retired clients include Elmer Dessens, Juan Castro, Alberto Castillo, Tim Johnson (former MLB Manager), Howie Clark, John Bannister, Jailen Peguero, Arturo Lopez, Edwin Moreno, and more. He also represents a few superstars in Japan including Balvino Galvez, Leo Garcia, and Armando Reynoso - all of whom are retired. He has run Suarez & Associates for over 26 years representing clients mostly from Mexico and other Latin countries. Suarez has a Masters in Accounting from University of Denver. A native of Havana, Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, Suarez is fluent in Spanish.

Mentor for Athlete Management - Sport Agent 


Steve Sudler 

(Winston, North Carolina, United States) 

Steve Sudler, a 25+ year veteran of the motorsports industry, began his career like so many in motorsports,as a crew member for Arciero Racing and driver Randy Lewis. In these developmental stages of his career Sudler discovered a passion for the business side of motorsports, working with sponsors such as Oracle, Samsung, Novell and AMP.

Sudler eventually left the garage behind for the boardroom, working in motorsports marketing for Koni Shock Absorbers, Just Marketing International and Walker Racing. While at Walker Racing,Sudler developed the in-house sponsorship sales and marketing group, and embraced the global nature of the sport by being the first IndyCar team to have sponsorship from China, partnering with Air China in 2003.

Sudler has advised top agencies and brands on their NASCAR programs including Toyota, NTN Bearings, Hershey, Kraft, Pfizer, GMAC and Jim Beam.

In 2009 Sudler launched Sports Marketing Consultants, an organization designed to assist companies with their sports marketing strategies, as well as motorsports properties in the area of business development and sponsorship sales.

Sudler and the SMC team continues to work with top global brands and properties in motorsport while also expanding into other sports such as the NFL and Major League Lacrosse.

Mentor for Motorsport Management 


Mike Tanier

(Mount Ephraim, New Jersey, United States) 

Mike Tanier taught mathematics in the New Jersey public school system for 17 years before embarking on a full-time sports-writing career.

Starting at Football Outsiders while still a teacher, he became the Sunday NFL preview writer for the New York Times, mixing stats and analysis with off-the-wall humor.

After several years at the Times, Tanier spent two years as the primary NFL writer for Sports on Earth. He's now an NFL Lead Writer for Bleacher Report, sometime Football Outsiders contributor, author of two sports books, father of two, and America's poet laureate of Jay Cutler jokes.

Mentor for Football Analytics 


Josh Url

(Portland, Oregon, United States) 

A proud SMWW graduate, Josh works for Synergy Sports in the operations department and is the mentor for SMWW's Digital Video Editing course using Synergy Sports Technology while also acting as the teaching assistant for SMWW's Basketball GM & Scouting course.

Josh is a graduate of the Masters of Sports Leadership degree program from Concordia University Chicago partnered with Sports Management Worldwide. You will love getting to know Josh in the weekly live audio chats. He has a heart of gold and will be a lifelong resource for your career.

Mentor for Digital Video Editing - Syngery 


Mark Warkentien

(Portland, Oregon, United States)

Mark Warkentien is the New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel.

With over 35 years' experience working in basketball, including his current position of Director of Player Personnel for the New York Knicks, Mark Warkentien is one of the most respected executives in the NBA. Prior to the Knicks, Warkentien was the General Manager of the Denver Nuggets where he was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2009 for his work helping the Nuggets reach the Western Conference Finals.

Warkentien has held other executive positions with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was Director of Player Personnel and interim GM for the latter half of the 2004-05 season, and the Portland Trail Blazers, where over a ten-year period he was a Scout, Director of Scouting, Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel. His career in the NBA started as a scout with the Seattle Supersonics in 1991.

Before the jump to the NBA Warkentien had a very successful career in college basketball, coaching several Southern California college basketball teams before joining the staff of UNLV as an assistant coach under the legendary Jerry Tarkanian. During his time with the Running Rebels the team advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight four times, the Final Four three times and won the 1990 NCAA Championship.

Warkentien graduated with his Sports Leadership Master’s degree in May 2014 from Concordia University Chicago, a partnership program with Sports Management Worldwide and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate program. 

Mentor for Basketball GM & Scouting 


Tom Weisenbach

Tom Weisenbach, Executive Director of the Indiana Motorsports Association, (IMA) has over 15 years of experience on the business side of racing. Under Weisenbach's leadership, the IMA represents and has relationships with over 1600 motorsports businesses and racing organizations. Weisenbach and the IMA has created over 300 new internships in the past five years within the racing industry. In addition to Weisenbach's full time work at the IMA, he is partners with two time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart in the International Motorsports Industry Show which hosts over 725 motorsports businesses and 20,000 hardcore racing industry professionals every year. Simply put, Tom's international network in the motorsports business is unprecedented. He knows who is hiring and what they are looking for in a new hire, enabling him to assist you in advancing your motorsports career to the next level. Prior to the IMA, Weisenbach worked as the Senior Director of Business Development with Keystone Marketing in the heart of NASCAR country, North Carolina. His responsibilities included working directly with teams, tracks, and leagues including NASCAR, IndyCar Series, Champ Car and NHRA overseeing public relations, strategic planning, client relations, marketing and promotions. Prior to his stint at Keystone, Tom was the National Sales Manager for IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, working directly with IndyCar teams, ABC & ESPN, and the International Speedway Corporation. Additional experience includes work with Kendal Motor Oil, Sunoco Race Fuels and the NHRA, with his original job out of college as an Account Executive for the Chicago Blackhawks affiliate in the International Hockey League.

Mentor for Motorsports Management


Brian Wheeler

(Portland, Oregon, USA)

Brian Wheeler

Longtime radio play by play voice Brian Wheeler of the Portland Trail Blazers brings his expertise and enthusiasm for sports broadcasting to this one of a kind course.  Wheeler's exciting style and trademark "BOOM-CHAKA-LAKA" dunk calls have endeared him to basketball fans throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The 2007 Oregon Sportscaster of the Year, Wheeler has been active in sports broadcasting since calling play by play soccer, women’s softball and basketball at his alma mater, Loyola University Chicago.

After Loyola, Wheeler jumped to the big time, including radio stints with the Chicago White Sox, Northwestern University, SportsChannel, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, Sacramento Monarchs and Seattle Supersonics, before settling in Portland with the Trail Blazers.

Wheeler has an extensive network of contacts and unparalleled experience in sports broadcasting having worked in so many regions of the country and for so many professional teams.

Listen to a sample of Brian Wheeler's Play by Play of the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks in a play off game. 

Mentor for Sports Broadcasting


John Wooten

(Dallas, Texas, United States) 

John Wooten

When the Godfather of the NFL speaks, people listen, people learn and people change.

Since 1959, the year he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 5th round, John Wooten has been a fixture in professional Football. After retiring from the game in 1969, Wooten has held a multitude of executive roles in player personnel and scouting with NFL teams including the Cowboys, Ravens and Eagles, and currently acts as chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

“Respectfully, professionally and affectionately, John Wooten is known as the Godfather, because of the breadth and depth of his service and what he has meant to the NFL as a player, scout and front office executive,” acknowledges Ray Anderson, former NFL Executive Vice-President of Football Operations.

Wooten has long fought for diversity and inclusion in the sport, helping to establish the “Rooney Rule” requiring teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operations positions in the league. As chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, Wooten has helped establish processes to develop talented minority candidates for NFL positions.

A longtime mentor in our Football GM and Scouting course, John Wooten brings a perspective that not many in the business of sports can replicate.

Mentor for Football GM & Scouting