November 19, 2015 – The University of Miami has selected Korn Ferry to lead its search for a new head football coach. Former coach Al Golden was fired last month in the middle of his fifth season, a day after the school was beaten 58-0 by Clemson University. It was the worst loss in the history of the Miami’s football program. Korn Ferry will assist the University in all aspects of the search process, according to University officials.
“We are well underway in our search process,” said Blake James, University of Miami’s athletic director. “As expected, there is already a tremendous amount of interest in The U. Additionally, we are reaching out to a number of UM constituencies to engage in dialogue and to hear their thoughts and vision. We will work diligently to find a great fit for Miami and I want to thank in advance the members of the advisory committee for their dedication to our University.”
Korn Ferry’s sports practice is led by Jed Hughes. His relationships within sports and intercollegiate athletics are extensive, having spent 20 years coaching in professional and intercollegiate football and working for five Hall of Fame coaches.
The sports industry continues to be a growth area for many executive search businesses. Many C-suite focused recruiting firms are now active in the sector, with some specializing only in the sports field itself.
Major League Baseball has been turning to headhunters for recruiting and talent management assistance. In August, MLB tapped Korn Ferry to provide league-wide talent support services, which includes assisting candidates who reach the interview process for baseball operations positions. Korn Ferry remains active in the field, having placed David Stearns as the Milwaukee Brewers’ new general manager. The firm also assisted Major League Baseball in the recruitment of Rob Manfred into the commissioner’s post.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media