Toledo Athletics Engages Evolution Sports Partners for Continuous Quality Improvement Study

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UT Rockets retain ESP to study strategies for continuous improvement of Athletic Department Operations.

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We are thrilled to be partnering with ESP on this project...The power of having an outside, expert team review, analyze and develop strategies to drive academic, business and revenue outcomes...makes for an outstanding relationship.

Damon Evans, Founder and Managing Director of Evolution Sports Partners (“ESP”), and former Athletic Director at University of Georgia, has announced that the University of Toledo Athletic Department has engaged ESP to conduct a study and explore strategies for continuous quality improvement of the Rockets’ operations.

“My partners and I formed ESP to drive business results in the world of intercollegiate Athletics,” said Damon Evans. “Our team delivers highly specialized consulting, technology and data analytics services that garner insights, capture data and deliver outcomes for college athletic departments. UT is extremely forward-thinking in their approach and strategy for continuous quality improvement, and we’re excited to be their partner.”

ESP’s Consulting Division is a team of highly specialized experts who take an ownership role in the plans and strategies developed for their clients. The team uses technology to manage the engagement process and offers services centered on the four primary metrics of Intercollegiate Athletics: Academics, Strategy, Fans and Revenue.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with ESP on this project, ” said Michael O’Brien, Vice President and Director of Athletics at Toledo. “The power of having an outside, expert team review, analyze and develop strategies to drive academic, business and revenue outcomes, then work with us to ensure our goals are achieved, makes for an outstanding relationship. The study will explore a number of operational areas to garner data insights for our department to operate more intuitively, offering the best academic and athletic experience for our student athletes.”

About Evolution Sports Partners
ESP, founded by Damon Evans, Tracy Howe and Peter Kraft, offers a new breed of technology, data analytics and consulting to Intercollegiate Athletics. The company has offices in Morristown, NJ and Charlotte, NC.

About UT Athletics
The University of Toledo is a member of NCAA Division 1 Athletics and participates in the Mid-American Conference. There are 16 Division 1 sports at UT, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, tennis and volleyball. The University of Toledo's Division 1 athletic teams hold over 60 Mid-American Conference Championships. Recently, the UT Women's basketball team were the 2011 NCAA WNIT Basketball Tournament Champions. In the last two years, UT Athletics has been awarded the Mid-American Conference Academic award as having the highest department GPA in the league. The Rockets also won the Cartwright Award Honoring Top Overall MAC School for 2011-12 Season, among many other accolades.

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