Advisory Board

Josh Walker

joshwalker_hsFormer VP of Research at Forrester Research and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at General Catalyst, Josh has successfully launched and grown several venture-backed software and data businesses.

Josh currently runs the Boston Sports Analytics group and helps drive product direction and strategy for the Sports Innovation Lab. He began building the Sports Innovation Lab’s research platform after meeting with owners and operators across professional sports. The opportunity was a familiar one. There were too many vendors selling complicated technology to buyers who wanted to optimize their operations without having to learn technology. The market wants an objective voice to help with these decisions and a way to demystify sports technology. In December 2016, Josh incorporated the Sports Innovation Lab with his partners Isaiah Kacyvenski and Angela Ruggiero to address this global market need.

Isaiah Kacyvenski

isaiah_kacyvenskiNFL veteran turned entrepreneur and investor, Isaiah has been involved in conceptualization, product development, business development, marketing, and sales across a broad range of tech, biotech, sports, and consumer applications.

Mr. Kacyvenski is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sports Innovation Lab. Mr. Kacyvenski has a very deep background in wearable sensor technology as the former Global Head of Business Development and Chairman of the Sports Advisory Board at MC10, a cutting-edge conformal electronics company focused on optimizing objective physiological data capture outside of a controlled setting. Isaiah joined MC10 after graduating from Harvard Business School and remained there for 6 years as he was involved in the ideation, development, sales, and marketing of several different technologies at MC10, including the revolutionary, physiological data capturing electronic patch, the BioStamp, multiple award-winning CheckLight– a sports impact indicator– as well as the first-of- its-kind hydration monitor to name just a few. Isaiah is also an investor in, and advisor to, several companies in technology, sports, biotech, consumer, media, and sports medicine.

 Angela Ruggiero

angela-ruggieroA four-time Olympic ice hockey player, Ruggiero grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, where she was a four-time All-American, as well as an Academic All-American. She also holds an M.Ed. in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Ruggiero currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for the 2024 Los Angeles Olympic Bidding Committee and is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sports Innovation Lab, the leading independent market research and advisory firm delivering insights on the intersection of sports and technology.

Angela Ruggiero was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee of directors and began serving as an International Olympic Committee Member in February 2010, following her election to represent all Olympic athletes on the IOC Athletes’ Commission. She is the current Chair of the IOC Athlete’s Commission and a Member of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee.

Zack Scott
Vice President/Baseball Research & Development, Boston Red Sox

scott_zack-headshotZack Scott was promoted to Vice President/Baseball Research & Development on November 3, 2016. In his new position, he will oversee the club’s analytics and baseball systems development. This department provides decision support to baseball leadership in all areas of the operation and builds software tools to deliver analytical insights and improve workflows. Additionally, Scott will continue supporting the President of Baseball Operations on player acquisition and contract analysis.

The 2017 season marks Scott’s 14th year in the organization. For the previous five years, he worked as Director, Major League Operations. In that role he assisted the President of Baseball Operations and Assistant General Managers in several aspects of baseball operations including major league roster and payroll management, player acquisition and contract analysis, as well as coordinating the department’s statistical analysis.

Scott joined the Red Sox as an intern in baseball operations in 2004, served as an assistant in the department the following year, and spent the next six seasons as the Assistant Director, Baseball Operations. Before coming to the club, he worked at Diamond Mind, Inc., a developer of baseball simulation software, from 2000-03, where he consulted for Boston’s baseball operations department in 2003.

Scott graduated from the University of Vermont in 1999 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He and his wife, Molly, reside in Malden, MA with their daughter, Zoe, and son, Perry.

Dr. Lorena Martin
Director of Sports Performance Analytics, Los Angeles Lakers

Lorena-Martin-1-300x288-300x253Lorena Martin is an applied behavioral scientist, quantitative methodologist, and exercise physiologist. She specializes in the use of statistical methods in health behaviors and sports performance. Dr. Martin is an active researcher and analyst in health and exercise physiology, where she makes extensive use of both traditional explanatory methods and predictive models. She has consulted for the NFL, NBA, and the ATP organizations. An experienced professor of statistics and avid user of the R software environment, she holds a doctorate from the University of Miami and three years of postdoctoral research at UC San Diego prior to becoming faculty at Northwestern University where she currently teaches introduction to statistical analysis, biostatistics and epidemiology, and sports performance analytics. She is the author of the book, Sports Performance Measurement and Analytics: The Science of Assessing Performance, Predicting Future Outcomes, Interpreting Statistical Models, and Evaluating the Market Value of Athletes.

Rob Cooper
Head Coach, Penn State Baseball

rob_cooperThe 2017 baseball season will be Rob Cooper’s fourth as head coach of the Nittany Lion baseball program. Not shy about stating his ultimate goal of returning Penn State to Omaha in June, the Lions have made significant strides under his leadership.

Penn State is not only coming off its best season with Cooper at the helm, but perhaps its most unique in program history, as Cooper, no stranger to international baseball, led the Nittany Lions on a historic trip to Cuba in November 2015.

The rare, once-in-a-lifetime experience helped bring a young Penn State team together, and the Lions went on to earn their first winning record (overall and in conference) since 2012. The starting lineup included at least three freshmen in all but six games and five to six freshmen in 19 games, and took on nine eventual NCAA tournament teams, including a three-game series at home against College World Series participant TCU. The Lions’ 28 wins were a 10-win improvement over the previous season, and its 12 Big Ten wins doubled the 2015 total and was one more than the previous two seasons combined.

Cooper was selected as the 14th head baseball coach in Penn State history on August 9, 2013. He brought an accomplished resume that included three NCAA tournament appearances as a head coach at Wright State and five more at various stops as an assistant coach, including two trips to the College World Series with Miami (Florida). Cooper was twice named the Horizon League Coach of the Year and guided Wright State to three league tournament championships and two regular season championships after the team suffered six losing seasons in the seven years before his arrival.

Lindsay Thornton,
Senior Sport Psychophysiologist, United States Olympic Committee

lindsay_thorntonLindsay Thornton, EdD, is a sport psychologist at the United States Olympic Committee, specializing in performance applications of psychophsiology. She has her Ed.M and Ed.D from Boston University in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in sport performance. Dr. Thornton trained under Dr. Len Zaichkowsky and Dr. Vietta Wilson for her focus in applied psychophysiology. Dr. Thornton’s doctoral work examined the application of biofeedback and neurofeedback training program to create an optimal pre-performance state and improve competitive performance. She received her neurofeedback training from Michael and Lynda Thompson (at the ADD Centre – the Neurofeedback Institute of Toronto), in assessment and application for functional cognitive deficits. She has also received QEEG training from Jay Gunkleman and ERP training from Juri Kropotov. She is licensed as a psychologist, and is board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback by BCIA. Dr. Thornton has developed, advised and provided training for psychophysiology labs in elite athlete training centers domestically and abroad. She has spoken at various national conferences on the influence of the mind and brain on performance and health, and reciprocally, the neurocognitive influence of exercise on cognition and emotion. She is intrigued by the prospect of identifying psychophysiological markers for elite performance and using technology to enhance recovery and performance.

Paul Robbins
Director of Performance, STATS

paul_robbinsPaul is one of the country’s leading experts on cardiovascular programming and metabolic assessments. Currently is the Director of Performance, STATS LLC. Program analysis and design based on live data tracking systems for professional teams. Working with all NBA teams and developing new models for NFL, USTA and college sports as well as military special forces. He got his start developing performance metrics from game data in European soccer. Paul analyzes real time training loads for each athlete, develops performance training based on energy systems demands, works with coaches on performance programming based on game data, and oversees the new wearable tech division.

Paul’s other accomplishments include:

  • Sports Science Committee for the USTA Exercise Physiologist for NHL combine.
  • Developed the cardio programs and VO2 assessment programs for Athletes’ Performance (now EXOS) clients include thousands of professional athletes from all leagues- NFL,NHL,NBA,MLS,MLB and National teams from Germany, Poland, Mexico, China and USA.
  • Cardio consultant for fitness equipment companies, specializing in program design and education.
  • Designed metabolic analyzers and cardio programming and testing protocols
Leonard Zaichkowsky
Sport Science Consultant

ZaichkowskyDr. Zaichkowsky is a widely known sport and performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human performance. For 37 years he was a professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine, until his retirement. From 2010 to 2012 he was Director of Sport Science for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL where he introduced a comprehensive sport science program to the club, including the establishment of a “Mindgym”. Currently, Len is a sport science consultant for a number of sport, medical, military, and business organizations.

Professor Zaichkowsky is a past-president and fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (1997-99), a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and currently section editor on psychology for the International Journal of Health & Sport Science. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for two sport technology companies, CogniSens Athletics, Axon Sports and Co-founder of BIOCAM, L.L.C.

He has authored or edited six books with the most recent being, “Medical and Psychological Aspects of Sport & Exercise”, FIT Publishing (2002). Dr. Zaichkowsky has published over 100 papers on sport and performance psychology, sports medicine, research design, and related topics in scholarly journals or books as well as numerous magazine and newspaper columns. Additionally he has made more than 300 professional presentations world- wide and makes frequent expert commentary on television/radio (e.g.CBC, NBC, ABC, CNN,NESN, TSN, ESPN) , and in the print media such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail, El Pais.

His current research and consulting interests are in applying technology and science to human performance, specifically (1) psychophysiological self-regulation of performance stress using biofeedback and (2) neurofeedback, understanding the neural basis of elite performance using fMRI methodology, and (3) the development of “expert/championship” performance in sport and other domains. He has consulted with the U. S., Canadian, and Australian Olympic Organizations, Duke University Department of Surgery, Stanford Surgery, and High Performance Center, U.S. Military and Special Operations, Boston University Terriers, the NBA (Boston Celtics), Major League Baseball Players Association, Boston Red Sox, NFL, NHL Players Association, New England Patriots, Calgary Flames, Sydney (Australia) Swans, Field Hockey Canada, the Spanish World Cup Soccer Team, and Real Madrid soccer club.