Snodgrass Partners Forms Four New Alliances

April 18, 2017 – Executive search firm Snodgrass Partners has formed four new partnerships in an effort to broaden the leadership, recruiting and consulting solutions it currently provides to collegiate athletic programs.

“We are incredibly excited about each of our new allied partners,” said the search firm’s president, Tom Jacobs. “I have had the privilege of working with each one of them over the course of my career as an athletic administrator. These are trailblazers in the world of college athletics. Each of them are well-respected leaders, gifted speakers and motivators whose talents propel coaches and programs to new heights.”

New Partners

Alliance of Women Coaches is dedicated to leading the field of women coaches, at all levels, by providing support, resources, and events and programs for career development. Led by former collegiate athlete, NCAA Division I coach and athletic administrator, Megan Kahn, the Alliance is home to the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA), The Huddle and the Winning Careers in Athletics programs.

Forward Progress provides clients with academic and compliance-related programs to enhance the higher education experience for student athletes. Founder John Shukie is a former director of academic and membership affairs (AMA) at the NCAA national office, where he oversaw various academic and compliance-related programs. Before joining the NCAA, he was employed as an attorney at Bingham McCutchen, LLP in Boston. He has also served as an adjunct professor of sports law at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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Moore Leadership, which is led by Jeff Moore, helps leaders in both college sports and the corporate world to build championship teams using the Striver Quotient Assessment Tool. During his 23-year career as coach of the University of Texas Women’s Tennis Teams, his teams won two NCAA Championships, appeared in two NCAA finals, advanced to the Final Four three times, reached the Elite Eight three times, and won 18 conference titles. He also coached the men’s and women’s tennis teams at the University of Colorado and women’s basketball at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA.

True North Sports is led by Celia Slater, who is a nationally-recognized leader committed to providing professional development opportunities for coaches looking to go beyond the X’s and O’s of the game. Pioneering, forward-thinking and solution-focused, Ms. Slater’s goal with True North Sports is to challenge coaches to “begin within” to find their own internal compass to build a culture that wins. True North hosts the acclaimed Camp Elevate – a summer camp for creative, innovative and “people-first” coaches across all sports who are committed to their personal and professional development and who believe in the power of collaboration and community.

In addition, Snodgrass Partners’ executive recruiting practice has formed a partnership with the award-winning Black & Veatch Business Excellence (BEx) program. Led by global vice president and BEx director José Pires, BEx provides a disciplined approach to innovation, leadership development and value creation that has proven highly successful for more than a decade.

Mr. Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, business transformation and growth acceleration. BEx innovation leader Stefana Saxton helps clients to identify, prioritize, and execute mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, its business partners, and clients globally.

“These partnerships demonstrate our commitment to extending our own line-up of services to include solutions from elite providers who can help collegiate athletic programs and companies learn how to ‘up their game’ and deliver measurable results and a greater impact,” said Steve Snodgrass, founder and CEO.

Snodgrass Partners is a specialized executive search and management consulting firm founded in 2001. Since its inception, the firm has conducted hundreds of recruiting assignments for regional, national and international organizations of all sizes in a variety of vertical markets. The firm also offers comprehensive management consulting services and alternative solutions for talent acquisition, including recruitment process outsourcing (RPO).


In January, Snodgrass Partners named Mr. Jacobs as its president. He joined Snodgrass Partners last year to lead the firm’s new sports division, which recruits coaches for collegiate Olympic sports programs and provides recruiting and consulting advice to tennis and golf resorts and clubs in need of professionals and operations directors.

Mr. Jacobs is a 28-year athletics administration veteran who held leadership positions at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). He also worked as an administrator at the Big Eight Conference (now the Big XII) and the University of California, Berkeley.

The firm also added Lee Dicklitch as vice president of collegiate sports, Larry Bonfante and Dr. Mark Kovacs as strategic partners. Mr. Dicklitch has worked in minor league sports at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the NCAA where he played key roles in the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, BCS National Championships, Ice Hockey (Frozen Four), Soccer (College Cup), the Rose Bowl and other high-profile events. Mr. Bonfante is the founder of CIO Bench Coach, an executive coaching practice for information technology executives. Dr. Kovacs is CEO of the Kovacs Institute, a performance sciences institute focused on elite individuals looking to optimize performance in sport, business and life.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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