Alumni

At least 225 graduates of Rice University are employed full time in the sports and entertainment industry.

As of Spring 2021, these graduates include:

Pro Sports Teams

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Aston Martin Team Tal Moriah '10 Global Business Development
Baltimore Orioles Chad Tatum '17 Scouting Analyst
Baltimore Ravens
OJ Brigance '92
Senior Advisor of Player Development
Baltimore Ravens Corey Frazier '12 Pro Scout
Carolina Panthers Frank Okam (MLS '16) Defensive Line Coach
Chicago Bulls Jimmy “JJ” Polk ‘97 Assistant General Manager
Cincinnati Bengals James Casey '11 Tight Ends Coach
Cincinnati Bengals Justin Hill '11 Running Backs Coach
Dallas Cowboys Klein Kubiak '13 Area Scout
Dallas Cowboys
Will McClay '89
Senior Director of College & Pro Scouting
Detroit Pistons Sergio Santamaria '18 Basketball Data Analyst
Detroit Tigers Jose Cruz, Jr. '13 Assistant Hitting Coach
Houston Astros Jimmy Comerota '10 Director of Corporate Partnership Sales
Houston Astros Kyle McLaughlin (MBA '21) Player Operations Assistant
Houston Dynamo
Frank Arnold '08
Vice President of Administration
Houston Rockets Dylan Jones (Masters '19) Assistant Video Coordinator
Houston Rockets
Scouting Coordinator / GM of RGV Vipers
Indiana Pacers Nick Fleder '17 Senior Basketball Data Analyst
Jacksonville Jaguars Julian Duncan '99 (MBA '06) Chief Marketing Officer
Los Angeles Dodgers
Danny Lehmann '15
Game Planning and Communications Coach
Maine Red Claws
Dajuan Eubanks '94
President
Minnesota Timberwolves Joe Branch '04 (MBA) Assistant General Manager
MSG (NY Knicks, NY Rangers, etc.) Matthew Weingast '10 Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs
New Orleans Pelicans
Somak Sarkar '13
Basketball Operations Strategic Analyst
Oklahoma City Thunder / Blue Amalya Lewinson '17 Community & Lifestyle Services Coordinator
Oklahoma City Thunder Mike Wilks Assistant Coach
San Diego Padres Mario Paciuc ‘20 Baseball Research and Development Analyst
Seattle Seahawks Larry Izzo '96 Assistant Coach - Special Teams
Texas Rangers Austin Kubitza '19 Account Executive - New Business Development
Toronto Blue Jays David Aardsma Rehab Pitching Coordinator
Washington Nationals Cody Staab '19 Area Scout
Wisconsin Herd Arte Culver '06 President of Basketball Operations

Sports Apparel and Manufacturers

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Academy Sports + Outdoors Jason Bozic '13 (MBA) Senior Community Relations Manager
Academy Sports + Outdoors Hy Hoang ‘09 Manager, Webspace Commerce Development
Academy Sports + Outdoors Leo Lucas '09 (MBA) Senior Analyst, Strategic Pricing
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Mary Mikell Lampton '14
Replenishment Analyst
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Lilly Marrow '14
Space Planner Camo Apparel Department
Academy Sports + Outdoors Scott Smith (MBA '09) Director of Brand and Content
Athleta Christine Lo '19 Social Media Marketing Coordinator
BSN Sports Ryan McCarthy '15 Territory Sales Manager
Columbia Sportswear Booth Babcock '94 Senior Real Estate Manager
Deckers Brand
Wendy Yang '86
President, Performance Group (Hoka, Teva, Sanuk)
Earnest Sports
Travis Hancuff '92
National Sales
Fanatics Christina Fangos '07 Associate General Counsel
Fitbit Mike Lytle '11 Product Manager
Haldeman-Homme Brian Smith '14 Florida Territory Manager - School Sports Facilities
Hobie Cat
Bill Van Vooren '99
Director of Operations
Johnson Outdoors
Cherry Rafferty (MEE '99)
Senior Software Engineer
Kettlebell Kings
Chad Price ’07
Co-Founder/Managing Partner
Luke's Locker
Jerry Fuqua '82
Footwear Specialist
Markwort Sporting Goods
Glenn Markwort '75
Vice President
Nike Alex Cameron '04 Strategy Director: Footwear Innovation
Nike Gabrien Clark '14 Director, Nike Direct Inline Stores Analytics
Nike
Carly Frennea (MBA '07, Ph.D. '15)
Director of Strategic Planning (Global Consumer Direct Sciences)
Nike Matt Geiger '07 Retail Designer, NA Retail Design
Nike
Florence Hahn ‘91
Senior Business Process Manager
Nike Christine Jeon '12 NBHD Sales Manager
Nike Jennifer Judy '93 Heritage and Culture Program Manager: WHQ Meetings & Events
Nike Robert Mardock (MBA '07) Business Ops & Planner Manager - Global Brand Imaging
Nike Marielle Morris '18 Machine Learning Engineer
Nike Madison Nasteff '19 Shoe Design Engineer
Nike Torsten Nullmeier '82 Finance Director, Northern Europe
Nike
Carlo Quinonez '03
Business Operations Director, Marketplace Operations
Nike Jason Petro '17 Senior Analyst - Launch Operations
Nike Jarvis Sam '13 Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Nike Jesse Tsu '11 Nike Sportswear Integrated Marketplace Director - Japan
Sperry Christian Villescas '16 Product Developer 1
TaylorMade Adidas Golf Company
John Lukin '00
Director of Legal Affairs
TenCate Grass Troy Squires ‘77 Vice President of Business Development
Under Armour
Armour MVP (Field Experience Specialist)
Under Armour
Daniel Pessing '05
Merchandising Lead - Sport Performance Footware
Under Armour Britany Williams '10 Sr. Account Manager
Waterford Precision Cycles
Johanna Heller '03
Sales & Customer Service Account Manager

Sports Governing Bodies

Organization
Alumnus
Position
ATP Tour
Kon Haerle '06
Director of Player Relations
Canadian Forces Morale / Welfare Svcs. Scott Mitchell '11 Fitness and Sports Instructor
College Football Playoff
Ryan Hall '02
Director of Public Events
International Yacht Racing Federation
Michael Bond (Vuitton) '97
Associate Director
Mexican Football Federations
Decio Demaria '84
President
MLB Justin Wolin '15 Senior Analyst, Club Analytics
MLB Advanced Media Ben Jedlovec '08 Director of Engineering-Data Quality
MLB Player's Association
Ian Penny '85
Senior Labor Counsel
National Football Foundation
Matthew Sign '92
Chief Operation Officer
NBA Timon Chiang '08 (MBA) Director, Digital Product Management
NBA Derek Liang '16 (MBA) Senior Marketing Manager
NFL Ryan Glassman '13 Manager, Events
PGA Tour
Ian Knight '87
Director of Championship Management
Special Olympics North America Tony Wylie '07 (MBA) Regional President and Managing Director
UFC Kristian Stengel '21 Sales Coordinator
US Anti-Doping Agency Adrian Jones '16 Doping Control Officer
United Soccer League (USL) Lauren Tribble Mehta '05 Associate General Counsel
United States Equestrian Team Foundation Sparky Frost '07 Strategy Officer
United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Evangeline Rivera '10 Sr. Counsel, Operations and Director of Ethics

Sport and Entertainment Media

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Amazon Studios Farhaad Virani '01 Associate General Counsel
CBS Sports Ben Schragger '19 Podcast Producer
ESPN
Jeremy Mills '97
Statistics Manager
ESPN
Jonathan Yardley '05
Play by Play Broadcaster
Fox Sports / NWSL Jen Cooper '90 Soccer Broadcast Production Researcher
MGM Milinda McNeeley '79 Sr. Vice President Legal and Business Affairs
NBCUniversal Media Sarah Lyons '11 Digital Media Researcher
NEP Broadcasting
Kevin Rabbit '95 (MBA)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sports Talk 790
ND Kalu '97
Sports Show Host
The Athletic Amy Czyz '15 People Business Manager
Walt Disney Company Michael Dobson '89 Sr. Tech Support Engineer
Walt Disney Company JP Lopez '96 Senior Manager, Human Resources

Sport and Entertainment Analytics, Sport Marketing, and Sponsorship Activation Firms

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Bluemedia Mary Claire Danilevics '18 Project Manager
College Sports Consultants
Drew Scott '98
Founder
Columbia Records
Darren Defreeuw '08
Developer, Music Analytics
DocUssist Marsha Frese '94 CEO
Eon Sports VR Robert Brackenridge '06 (MBA) Director of Engineering
Esports One Jesse Roberts '20 Community Manager
EventEllect Asad Lalani '19 Account Analyst
EventEllect Michael Larrimore (MBA '19) Director of Ticket Strategy and Client Service
EventEllect Kevin Reilly '17 Sr. Account Analyst
FastModel Sports D'Frantz Smart '12 Basketball Analytics and Client Service
Gatorade
Jeramy Goodson '10
Market Development Manager - Athletic Channel
Glu Mobile - Tap Sports Baseball Evan Stackpole '14 Associate Data Analyst
Learfield / IMG College Brandon Evans '08 GM of Ticket Solutions, University of Houston
Learfield / IMG College Morgan Laaksonen '20 Talent Acquisition Coordinator
Learfield / IMG College Katie Worden '05 Associate Counsel
The Marketing Arm
Benecia Newhouse '01
US Olympic Properties Executive / AT&T
Portas Consulting Trey O'Neil '10 Project Manager
Professional Sports Partners (PSP) Matthew Rutherford '20 Partnership Marketing Coordinator
Rakuten Kristen Gambetta '05 Director of Sport and Entertainment Partnerships
Risi Competizione
Russell Adams '97
Business Manager
Second Spectrum Heaven Chen '13 Software Engineer
Shanghai Juss Event Mgmt. Wendy Zhang '18 Sponsorship Services
SponsorUnited Trevor Vinklarek '20 Houston Market Manager
SportsTrace Alex Gardner '18 Chief Technology Officer
Teall Sports Properties Jeremy Reiskind '17 Marketing Coordinator
Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment Ashten Gholson '11 General Manager, Jacksonville University
Zelus Analytics Abhijit Brahme '18 Quantitative Analyst

Sport Agencies / Sport Law Firms

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Ballengee Group
Scott Lonergan '07
MLBPA Certified Agent
Bet on Self Sports Tamir Jackson '13 Co-Owner
Bond Schoeneck & King
Richard Evrard '78
Partner - Collegiate Sports
CAA Tori Bennette '12 Legal Assistant, Motion Pictures Business Affairs
GSE Worldwide Eric Barber '20 Associate Agent
Independent Sports & Entertainment Filip Zivojinovic '09 Sports Agent
SPORTFIVE
Matt Baldwin '00
Vice President – Coaching Representation
Trauber Sports Group JT Trauber ‘18 Owner
Wesport Adam Gustaffson '16 Client and Sales Manager

Sport and Entertainment Facilities, Events and Event Management

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Bobby Jones Links Whitney Crouse '80 Founder
Fortress Festival Bailey Douglas '19 Business Development Manager
Houston Marathon Committee Alexa Davidson '19 Marketing & Business Development Coordinator
Live Nation Casey Marchbanks '09 Senior Attorney
Live Nation Clara Tse '10 Privacy Manager
Music City Bowl Scott McGilberry '96 (MBA) Vice President of Finance and Administration
Secession Golf Club
Steve Smith '66
President
WarnerMedia Callye D. Emmons '07 Event Management and Production

College Athletic Administration

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Boston University Athletics
Scott Ellis '04
Associate Media Relations Director
Marshall University Athletics
David Steele '82
Associate Athletics Director of Finance
Northwestern University Athletics Amenemope McKinney '12 Director of Player Development-Women's Basketball
Ono Academic College (Israeli)
Adi Bichman '05
Director of Sports Studies
Purdue University Athletics Lacee Carmon-Johnson '08 Director of Professional Development
Rice University Athletics Trevor Cobb '93 External Relations Assistant
Rice University Athletics William Roberts '17 Assistant Director - "R" Association
Sam Houston State University Athletics
Bobby Williams '82
Athletic Director
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Athletics
Mary Wallace '89
Associate Athletics Director for Business & Finance / Senior Woman Administrator
University of Texas-El Paso Athletics
Nate Poss '78
Assistant Athletic Director of Operations - Football
Wake Forest Athletics
Carol Anne Sowell '92
Compliance Coordinator

College Coaching

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Azusa Pacific University Andrea Blackett ‘97 Assistant Coach, Women’s Track and Field
Florida Atlantic University Athletics Drew Mehringer '10 Co-Offensive Coordinator
Grambling State Athletics Everett Todd '84 Defensive Coordinator
Grinnell College Athletics Brent Barnes '75 Head Football Coach
Louisville Athletics
Vanessa Shannon '99
Director of Mental Performance
Middlebury College Athletics Nicole Wilkerson '93 Head Coach - Women's Track / Cross Country
North Carolina State Athletics Kurt Roper '95 Assistant Coach - Quaterbacks
Rice University Athletics Van Green Jr. (M.Ed '17) Assistant Coach, Men's Basketball
Rice University Athletics Nicole Iademarco '18 Women's Basketball Graduate Assistant
Rice University Athletics Paul Janish '18 Assistant Baseball Coach
Rice University Athletics Ryan Kapustka '20 Director of Men's Basketball Operations
Rice University Athletics
Efe Ustundag '99
Head Tennis Coach
Texas A&M-Commerce Jaylon Finner '14 Safeties Coach, Football
Texas A&M-Commerce Aston Walter '19 Graduate Assistant - Offense
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Athletics
Willis Wilson '82
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Trevecca Nazarene Omar Mance '03 Head Basketball Coach
University of Incarnate Word Athletics Amber Cunningham '06 Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
University of Pennsylvania Athletics Meredith Schamun '11 Head Volleyball Coach
University of St. Thomas Athletics Lance Berkman '15 Assistant Coach, Baseball
University of Texas Athletics Mike Smith '12 Football Analyst
University of Texas San Antonio Athletics Pat Hallmark '02 Head Baseball Coach
University of Texas San Antonio Athletics Kareem Streete-Thompson '95 Associate Head Coach, Men's Track & Field
VCU Athletics
Brent Scott '93
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

High School Sports Administration and Coaching

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Alief ISD
Marla Brumfield Lewis '00
Assistant Athletic Director
Arlington Martin High School
Ryan Pollard '16
Head Track and Field Coach
Birdville ISD
Chris Feris '91
Athletic Director
Burleson High School Cameron Thompson '11 Defensive Coordintaor
Episcopal High School
Matt Fox '01
Head Baseball Coach
Episcopal School of Dallas
Richard Williams '91
Head Football Coach
Glenda Dawson High School Kevin Pool '11 Running Backs Coach
Joshua ISD
Mike Burt '84
Athletic Director
Killeen Ellison High School Jeff Sowells '96 Head Football Coach
Langham Creek High School
Todd Thompson '92
Head Football Coach
The Kinkaid School
Bobby Eggleston '85
Head Baseball Coach
The Kinkaid School
Everett Coleman
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Pontiac Township High School
Buck Casson '07
Head Football Coach
Reedy High School
Malcolm Hill '15
Assistant Football Coach
Ridge Point High School Clint Welch '83 Head Baseball Coach
Sharpstown High School Carlos Quintero '98 Head Coach, Girls Basketball
Shepherd High School
Curtis Fox '86
Head Baseball Coach
Spring Branch ISD
Paige Hershey '84
Executive Director of Athletics
St. Johns School
Steve Gleaves '79
Head Football Coach
St. Thomas High School
Tim Fitzpatrick '91
Head Football Coach
Stafford High School Donald Allen '93 Head Baseball Coach
Stratford High School Michael Sam, Jr. '15 Defensive Line Coach
Westbury High School Greg Wilson '05 Head Football Coach

Sport Performance Training and Instruction

Organization
Alumnus
Position
Alliance Tennis Academy
Gonzalo Anderson '14 (MBA)
Owner
Cap Elite
Eddie Enriguez '91
Owner
College Golf Fellowship Joe Beck III '15 Central Texas Ambassador
EverybodyFights George Foreman III '06 Owner
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lo Hughes '16 Campus Ambassador - HBU
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Daniella Arenas Tesch '14 Area Representative
Harold Solomon Tennis
Harold Solomon
Elite Tennis Athlete Instructor
Houston Hitting Academy Willy Amador '18 Coach / Instructor and Business Development
Lynx Baseball Evan Rutter '15 Head Baseball Coach and Camp Director
Mental Training Inc.
Aaron Williams '11
Sport Performance Psychology
Momentum Sports Academy
Diego Seastrunk '10
Owner
Optimum Sports Performance Connor Teykl '16 Owner / Director
Positive Coaching Alliance Jason Skaer '99 Regional Executive Director
Positive Coaching Alliance
Randy Youngling '78
Partnership Manager / Trainer
Spring Spirit Baseball Michael Kidd '17 Assistant Athletic Director
The Baseball School
Mark Quinn
Owner
The Camp Transformation Ctr. David Diaz '19 Owner & Director
The Kenyan Way Sean Wade '89 Owner
Waite Performance Strategies Lennie Waite '08 Owner
Whitehead Fitness Michael Whitehead ‘11 Co-Owner and Strength and Conditioning Coach