March 19, 2021 – DePaul University has selected Chicago-based DHR International for a national search for the school’s next men’s basketball head coach. DHR’s managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama will partner with director of athletics DeWayne Peevy on the search. “We have reached an agreement with DHR International to assist us in our process of finding the next head coach for DePaul men’s basketball,” said Mr. Peevy. “Led by Glenn Sugiyama, DHR will serve as the direct point of contact for any inquiries. The next time I hope you hear from me about our search is at the press conference announcing the new hire.”
“As a young basketball coach, I worked at the Ray Meyer Basketball Camp during the summer and learned from the hall of fame coach,” said Mr. Sugiyama. “Now, I feel honored to have come full circle and be part of helping DePaul find their next great coach. DHR is a global firm headquartered in Chicago and we are proud and honored to work with a local prestigious Big East institution like DePaul University.” In a recent press conference, Mr. Peevy said he understands the importance and significance of this search process. “As I’ve become acclimated to the city of Chicago, I understand the pride that this community takes in DePaul University and our men’s basketball team. It’s multigenerational. It has no regional boundaries,” said Mr. Peevy. “Whether I’m on the south side, the west side or the north side – Chicago wants DePaul to be great. I’m dreaming big dreams of being Chicago’s team again and I know many others are too.” After six seasons in his second stint with the program, Dave Leitao was fired earlier this week.
The DePaul Blue Demons men’s basketball program is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s basketball program. DePaul has played in two Final Fours in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Blue Demons are 0-2 all-time in the Final Four.
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DHR’s sports practice is a global specialty for the firm with capabilities on six continents across all sports-related organizations. These range from Fortune 500 companies and professional sports teams to public and private university athletics. The firm has overseen searches for the University of Pittsburgh, Colorado State University, Fresno State University, San Jose State, Kansas, Syracuse and Quinnipiac University, among others.
Described by Forbes magazine as “one of the most influential men in college athletics,” Mr. Sugiyama places talent for professional sports organizations and for top academic institutions around the world, including senior sports executives and head coaches. He is considered a human capital expert in the sports industry, and is frequently asked to share his opinions and insights in the media and speak about his experiences internationally.
At age 27, Mr. Sugiyama became one of the youngest directors of a major U.S. pro sports team when he was named to the board of directors of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. Prior to the Bulls, he was a Division I college basketball coach. Recently, he was named one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” in the U.S.
“Glenn is professional, he’s thorough and integrity is important to him,” Brian Battle, the former senior associate director of athletics for internal operations at Florida Atlantic University, told the Tallahassee Democrat. “He puts together the best candidate pool for the university to make the decision.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media