2019 Game Changers: Anthony Holman, NCAA

Anthony Holman, NCAA

Anthony Holman, MSS, MBA, is managing director of Championships and Alliances – Playing Rules and Officiating at the NCAA in Indianapolis. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion for sports tourism.

*Connect with Holman on Instagram and Twitter. How I got here: I am an experienced operations, marketing and event management professional with 20 years combined experience in sports marketing and event management. Responsibilities have included strategic planning, business development, operations, development of marketing plans, event management, sponsorship sales, creation of promotional materials, media relations, presentations, negotiations, development and management of quarterly/annual budgets. Why I am Game Changer: I oversee the Division I Wrestling Championships that has had nine consecutive sell-outs and brought millions of dollars in economic impact to hosting communities. Greatest career accomplishments: I’m proud of helping develop the inaugural Quad Cities Marathon and fostering a partnership between NCAA Division III and Special Olympic.  Big-Time Event: 2016 Division I Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden.  Impressive stats:  By elevating the profile of NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, we’ve increased potential bidders from five to 22. What I am working on now:  NCAA will be hosting the NCAA Division, I Wrestling Championships in a football stadium for the first time in 2020 at U.S. Bank Stadium. What’s next? Management of bid process for NCAA championships. What I do outside of work: I am a board member of USA Wrestling and coach youth sports. SportsPittsburgh