Meet the USOPC Think Tank

Chaired by University of Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin, the USOPC Think Tank pulled leaders and athletes from across the collegiate and national team landscapes to explore efficiencies in the areas of sport economics, partnerships and regulations. The USOPC greatly appreciates the following individuals for serving on the USOPC Think Tank.
Scott Stricklin Florida headshot

Scott Stricklin/Chair
University of Florida
Director of Athletics

Sarah Hirshland USOPC CEO headshot

Sarah Hirshland
Chief Executive Officer

Sport Structure Roster

  • Jennifer Fraser, NCAA director of division I governance
  • Robin Harris, Ivy League executive director 
  • Martin Jarmond, University of California, Los Angeles director of athletics
  • Joe Karlgaard, Rice University director of athletics, recreation & lifetime fitness
  • Adam Krikorian, USA Water Polo women’s senior national team head coach  
  • Max Siegel, USA Track & Field chief executive officer
  • Gene Smith, The Ohio State University senior vice president and athletic director
  • *Kendall Spencer, national team member (track and field) and University of New Mexico student-athlete
  • *Kyle Snyder, Olympian (wrestling) and former Ohio State University student-athlete
  • *Stephanie Wheeler, two-time Paralympian (wheelchair basketball) and University of Illinois women's wheelchair basketball coach



sport sustainability roster

  • *Jeremy Fischer, USA Track & Field national team coach
  • Pat Kelleher, USA Hockey executive director 
  • Rob Mullens, University of Oregon athletic director
  • *Maddie Musselman, Olympian (water polo) and University of California, Los Angeles student-athlete
  • Chris Plonsky, University of Texas chief of staff and executive senior associate athletics director
  • Jamie Pollard, Iowa State University director of athletics 
  • *Jamie Redman, former national team member (rowing) and Yale University student-athlete
  • Lee Reed, Georgetown University director of intercollegiate athletics
  • *Daria Schneider, former national team member (fencing) and Harvard University fencing coach
  • Stan Wilcox, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs 

Vertical partnerships roster

2021 Focus 
  • Ray Anderson, Arizona State University vice president for university athletics 
  • Don Bruce, University of Tennessee professor in the Haslam College of Business 
  • Bubba Cunningham, University of North Carolina director of athletics
  • *Lauren Crandall, three-time Olympian (field hockey) and former Wake Forest University student-athlete
  • *Brett Gorman, USRowing director of coaching education and USRowing national team coach 
  • Jim Knowlton, University of California, Berkeley director of athletics
  • Erin McDermott, Harvard University director of athletics
  • Kathleen McNeely, NCAA senior vice president of administration and chief financial officer
  • *Sho Nakamori, former national team member (gymnastics) and Stanford University student-athlete


  • Val Ackerman, Big East Conference commissioner
  • Sandy Barbour, Pennsylvania State University vice president for intercollegiate athletics
  • Rich Bender, USA Wrestling executive director and USOPC board member
  • Greg Byrne, University of Alabama director of athletics 
  • Sean Frazier, Northern Illinois University associate vice president and director of athletics
  • *Jessica Heims, Paralympian (track and field) and University of Northern Iowa student-athlete
  • *Chaunte Lowe, four-time Olympian (track and field) and former Georgia Tech student-athlete
  • Caroline Rebello, Evolution Media Capital managing director
  • *Sierra Schmidt, national team member (swimming) and University of Michigan student-athlete


  • Rick Adams, USOPC chief of sport performance & NGB services
  • Bob Burda, Big 12 Conference senior associate commissioner communications
  • Greg Brown, former Learfield IMG College president and CEO
  • Katie Bynum, USOPC chief strategy & growth officer
  • Joni Comstock, NCAA senior vice president 
  • Julie Dussliere, USOPC chief of Paralympic sport
  • Greg Earhart, CSCAA executive director
  • Chad Hawley, Big Ten Conference associate commissioner, compliance
  • Brad Hostetter, Atlantic Coast Conference deputy commissioner and chief of internal affairs
  • Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey executive director
  • William King, Southeastern Conference associate commissioner for legal affairs and compliance 
  • Gina Lehe, NCAA managing director, brand and strategy
  • Danette Leighton, Pac-12 Conference chief marketing officer