The team at Corrigan Sports Enterprises is probably having alphabet soup for lunch. How do we know? Partnerships with IWLCA, IMLCA and NFHCA have the Maryland-based sports events group on top of the acronym and events game. And while the letters may be hard to digest, you should know they represent coaching associations in women’s and men’s lacrosse (IWLCA and IMLCA) and field hockey (NFHCA). And, as anyone in high school athletics knows, where college coaches go, the top teams are sure to follow. That access allows Corrigan—which also collaborates with the NCAA during its men’s and women’s lacrosse championship weekend—to stand out in a crowded field of event operators. General Manager of Events Matt Cornell and Director of Women’s Athletics Morgan Cook discuss the secret of running A-plus events with Connect Sports.
What does Corrigan specialize in?
Cornell: We’ve done a little of everything. Our main focus is on running events in boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, and, most recently, field hockey. We just picked up two local triathlons in Columbia, Maryland, for the summer. Our biggest running event is the Baltimore Marathon in October.
How do your backgrounds assist you in planning events?
Cook: Both of us have played our whole lives in Maryland and we both played collegiately. I’ve always somewhat had a job in the sport. Now, we administer tournaments. We see it from all sides: the participant side, the sponsor side and the coaching side.
Company President Lee Corrigan is well-known in the events community, but his whole family is a big deal, isn’t it?
Cornell: The Corrigan name is very strong in the lacrosse community. Kevin Corrigan is the head coach at Notre Dame. Gene Corrigan was director of the ACC and athletic director at Notre Dame. Lee’s father is in the lacrosse hall of fame and played at Navy. Lee’s cousin, Booker, works with us and is a radio personality and does games with ESPN.