May 4, 2020 – College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin/Baker headed the new commissioner search for the Big West Conference. Jeff Schemmel, president of CSS and lead consultant, helped the search committee transition from a traditional series of face-to-face interviews into an all virtual process.
“We had to be innovative, thorough, and detailed in our approach to all interviews. We knew we were blazing a new trail in Division I athletics while facing the circumstances brought about by COVID-19,” said Schemmel. “The willingness of the search committee members and the CEOs to adapt to the Zoom format and participate in the same fashion as in person speaks highly of them.”
About College Sports Solutions
Launched in 2013, College Sports Solutions (CSS) is a leading full-service and integrated provider of collegiate athletic consulting, offering strategies and solutions to universities, intercollegiate conferences, and collegiate organizations. Founder and President Jeff Schemmel oversees all areas of operations.
Uniquely positioned in the college athletics marketplace, CSS provides a myriad of comprehensive and individual services. These include in-depth assessments and analyses of collegiate athletic departments in the areas of organization, staffing, operations, risk management, compliance, investigations and infractions, academics, fundraising, branding and marketing, priority seating, crisis and media management, student-athlete welfare and experience, and Title IX/gender equity. In addition, CSS performs coach and administrator executive searches, championship event planning and execution, and reviews of NCAA reclassification, conference affiliation, and facilities. Our services offer a unique hands-on approach to the philosophies, policies, procedures, and day-to-day operations of athletic departments within the framework of their institutions.
Our team of industry-leading consultants possess vast experience, knowledge, and strong relationships, both on campuses and within the NCAA, enabling CSS to provide all-encompassing services to our clients nationwide. Our analysis and recommendations assist institutions in their efforts to be proactive, competitive and efficient.