Our Team

Ted Shaker

Ted Shaker

Ted Shaker is a 13-time Emmy and two-time Peabody Award winning producer who has created networks, programs and developed talent for broadcast, cable and digital outlets for more than three decades.

As Executive Producer of CBS Sports, Ted was the creative leader behind seven Super Bowls, 10 NBA Finals, nine NCAA Tournaments, 12 Masters Golf Championships, three MLB World Series, eight US Open Tennis Championships and 11 Daytona 500s.

As CNBC’s Executive Producer, Business News, he developed seven new series for the network. At Time Warner, Shaker was founder and president of Sports Illustrated Television where he created branded award-winning programs for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and TNT based on Sports Illustrated’s legendary storytelling and journalism.

Ted co-created the country’s first 24-hour sports news network, CNN/SI and, in conjunction with Time Warner Cable’s groundbreaking Orlando Project, he led the design of the industry’s first Video-on-Demand sports beta test in partnership with the NFL.

Ted was Executive Producer of the ESPN 30 For 30 documentary “Mike and the Mad Dog,” about the radio program that helped create a new genre of radio – sports talk. The film held its world premiere at the 2017 TriBeCa Film Festival.

Ted served on the Advisory Board for the University of Texas Center for Sports and Media, and as an adjunct faculty member of the Tisch Sports Institute for Sports Management, Media and Business at NYU. For his work in advancing opportunities and diversity in sports media, Ted received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Coker College.

Garland Allen

Garland Allen

Garland Allen is a retired teacher, Athletic Director, coach of Basketball, Football and Track & Field, who served more than 35 years in public education. During his tenure as a high school coach, he coached several high school all-Americans with one going on to become an NCAA division I national champion and another who became a Super Bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Fame inductee.

Garland spent more than 20 years as a Director of Athletics in Greenwich CT and Ridgewood NJ, two highly recognized athletic programs. He also spent eight years as the Director of Wellness for the Ridgewood NJ Public Schools.

Presently, he serves on the Advisory Board for the NYU Sports and Society Program, where he is actively engaged in research and programming on issues related to youth sports. He also serves as a consultant to the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference and is a board member to the New Canaan, CT Sports Commission.

Garland was recognized as a Connecticut High School Coach of the Year in Track and Field, and received the Outstanding Service award from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He was the 2016 Coach’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, presented by the Greenwich Old Timers Association.

Garland is a Dr. Nettie S. Smith Lecturer who continues to do presentations on contemporary issues in youth sports, including how to develop healthy young athletes and the appropriate role for parents to play in their children’s sports experience.

Dr. Marianne Engle

Dr. Marianne Engle

Marianne Engle, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a sports psychologist.  Her clients have included professional athletes and teams from the NBA, PGA, and the America’s Cup sailing race in addition to elite athletes in ice skating, baseball, tennis, soccer, water polo, squash, dressage, volleyball, etc.  

Marianne has written a sports psychology program for youth athletes and coaches to enhance commitment, physical and mental skill building, and group dynamics. She is currently on the faculty of the NYU Langone Medical School. She has held faculty appointments at Harvard, MIT, and UCSD in addition to being a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Sport and Society. She is a board member of the NYU Sport and Society program.

Fred Kuntzman

Fred Kuntzman

Fred Kuntzman was a Partner at Ernst & Young for over 20 years and was its Greater New York Office Assurance Leader and Media and Entertainment Industry Assurance Leader for both the Northeast and Southeast Regions. He has more than 35 years of experience, auditing global SEC registrants as well as strategic growth companies, having responsibility for many of the firm’s large and mid-sized media and entertainment companies, particularly in the broadcasting, information, publishing and cable industry sectors.

Fred was a member of Ernst & Young’s Global Accounts Group, which includes the partners serving the firm’s largest multinational clients and a member of the New York Office Diversity and Inclusiveness Council.

Fred holds a B.S. degree in accounting from the University at Albany.

Steve Young

Steve Young

Steve has been a teacher, coach and administrator in public and private schools for 35 years. He is currently in his fifth year as the Director of Athletics for the City School District of New Rochelle for which he oversees an interscholastic athletic program encompassing 76 teams and employing more than 100 coaches.

Steve is a past-president of the New York State Athletic Administrators Association and is currently the Association’s chairperson for leadership training, and  is a member of the national faculty for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Steve has also presented workshops for coaches and athletic directors at the local, state and national levels on enhancing a positive culture in an athletic program and the wellness of the student-athlete.

Steve is an adjunct faculty at New York University’s Tisch Institute for Sport Management and serves on the board of NYU’s youth sports initiative.

Steve received his Bachelor’s degree from Clark University and a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University and his certification in administration and supervision from Manhattan College. He has earned the certificate of a Certified Master Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He is also the recipient of the NIAAA’s “Distinguished Service Award”.

Wayne McDonnell, Jr.

Wayne McDonnell, Jr.

For nearly two decades, Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr., M.B.A. has been intimately involved in sports management education, sports media, and coaching. He achieved the rank of Clinical Professor of Sports Management and served as an Academic Chair. McDonnell was a Co-Director, Program Development and Special Initiatives for New York University’s Sports and Society.

A former financial analyst and accountant at Madison Square Garden, McDonnell is a highly sought-after commentator in the media on issues regarding the game of baseball. He has consistently appeared on television programs on the MLB Network; Bloomberg; Business News Network (Canada); ABC; BBC; NBC; FOX; CNN; Al Jazeera America; SportsNet New York and the YES Network. He is a frequent guest on radio programs such as ESPN 99.1 FM’s “Overtime” with Jeff Thurn, “The Hays Advantage,” “Taking Stock with Courtney Donahoe and Pimm Fox” on Bloomberg Radio, KNX 1070 News Radio in Los Angeles, and National Public Radio. McDonnell is regularly quoted in several periodicals such as the Associated Press; The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; USA Today; New York Daily News; Newsday; and Crain’s New York Business just to name a few.

McDonnell is a Forbes Sports Money contributor with a focus on the business of baseball. He has also written for other baseball-related periodicals such as Maple Street Press’ Yankees Annual 2010, Yankees Yearly 2012, 2013, and Bleacher Report. He was awarded the NYU School of Professional Studies Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011 as well as an Award for Outstanding Service in 2008. McDonnell’s research on the game of baseball has been consistently featured at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.

“By the age of 13, as many as 7 out of 10 kids will quit playing an organized sport, because it is simply not fun anymore.”
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