The Sport Development Concepts team is made up of the best sport development, coaching education, and academic research professionals in the country. Their passion and expertise and willingness to seek new and bold solutions is what makes SDC unique.
Laurence Chalip is the Brightbill/Sapora Professor and Head of the Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism at the University of Illinois. His work in sport policy has provided the foundation for current theory and practice having to do with the effective design of sport systems and the strategic uses of sport. He is a Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management and the Academy of Leisure Sciences. He has consulted widely to the sport industry, and has won awards for his work from the North American Society for Sport Management and the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand.
Christine Green is a Professor and Director of the Sport+Development Lab at the University of Illinois. Her research on sport development has shaped much of the current research on that topic. Her expertise on the design and management of sport programs and systems has caused her to be sought after as a consultant to sport organizations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. She is former Editor of Sport Management Review, and is current President of the North American Society of Sport Management. She won the Distinguished Service Award from the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand, is a Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management.
Jon Welty Peachey’s research at the University of Illinois centers upon sport-for-development and social change, particularly examining inclusive leadership strategies, program design modalities, and program impact. He applies this research focus by working with community-based and non-governmental organizations that use sport for development purposes, to help determine effective leadership strategies and programmatic and structural design features that are sensitive to cultural contexts and the individuals served by the programs. He also works with these organizations to examine how their programs and events can be leveraged for community impact and development.
Ian Jaray is a sport development professional who brings a “games-mode” approach to the SDC consulting team. Upon graduating from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA with a degree in Business Leadership, Ian accepted an internship at the US Olympic Committee. As a result, he has worked at the past three Olympic Games, gaining an appreciation and passion for the Olympic Movement. He has also gained first hand experience with the development of youth and high school sports in his capacity of Youth Sport Coordinator with USA Rugby. With Ian recently completing his MBA through the San Diego State Sports Business Program, he brings a unique combination of data-driven decision making skills and “boots on the ground” operations know-how to addressing the challenges that face today’s sports organizations.
Ted Burden, founder and director of the Center for Sport and Physical Activity, is a Sport Management PhD graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to starting his PhD, he was a high school varsity coach at various high schools throughout Texas. He has coached youth (interscholastic/community) sports for over 25 years. Mr. Burden earned his M.Ed. in Education Administration, and his B.S. in Composite Social Sciences at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Mr. Burden’s primary research interests include certification for coaches and athletic directors. As a member of NASM, NASSM, AAHPRED, and TASA, Mr. Burden stays active in the effort to bring comprehensive and sustainable physical activity and sport to all school children.