Gennaro named director of Columbia University sports management graduate program

Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education has appointed SABR President Vince Gennaro as director of its Master of Science in Sports Management.

Gennaro is a consultant to Major League Baseball teams, President of the Society for American Baseball Research, and the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball. He appears regularly on MLB Network’s studio shows including Clubhouse Confidential, a television show featuring leading edge baseball analytics. Early in his career, Gennaro was a pioneering sports entrepreneur, raising capital to purchase and operate a franchise in the upstart Women’s Professional Basketball League, a forerunner to today’s WNBA.

“As a leader in the sports industry, Vince Gennaro embodies the School of Continuing Education’s goal to incorporate senior sector professionals in our students’ experience,” says Kristine Billmyer, Dean of Columbia’s School of Continuing Education.

Gennaro currently teaches a sports research course in the Sports Management program and is Chair of Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation and the Curriculum Advisory Committee.

“I am thrilled to take my work with Columbia’s students to the next level as director. Since joining the program as a faculty member and advisor, I have become increasingly impressed with the quality of our students and the impact that the Sports Management M.S. can have on their careers.”

Gennaro founded the Diamond Dollars Case Competition series, which brings students and sports executives together in a forum that allows students to apply their skills to solve real sports business problems. He serves on the Advisory Board of The Perfect Game Foundation. Gennaro’s work in the sports industry follows a successful business career, which is highlighted by a 20-year career at PepsiCo, where he was president of a billion dollar division. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Originally published: June 10, 2014. Last Updated: June 10, 2014.