Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference

July 13, 2017 | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

The Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is a one-day conference showcasing the latest concepts, research and innovations in the fast-growing field of sports analytics. Featuring speakers and presenters from professional and college sports organizations, the business sector and the academic community, the conference will cover innovations and evolutions in strategy, technology, training and more.

Who Should Attend

  • Students interested in pursuing a career in sports and athletics: competing, coaching, training, management, media.
  • Students interested in pursuing a career in data analytics.
  • Students and faculty interested in presenting research related to sports, athletics, or data analytics.
  • Coaches and administrators looking to gain a competitive advantage by staying abreast of the latest developments in the fast-growing field of sports analytics.
  • Professionals in the sports analytics field interested in new research ideas.
  • Businesses looking for analytics talent to add to their team.
  • Pre-registration is closed, walk-up registration available day of the conference.

NEW! Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference Schedule

NEW! Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference Continuing Education Hours Form

Confirmed Speakers

as of July 9  

Thomas Miller, Northwestern University
Sports Analytics and Data Science
Kevin Pauga, Michigan State University
Using Analytics in Intercollegiate Athletics
Devin Pleuler, Toronto FC
Applied Soccer Analytics
Matt Andre, University of Wisconsin-
La Crosse
Monitoring Recovery in
Collegiate Individual Sport Athletes
Joe Tofferi, Train 4 Your Best
Data Analytics for Sports Performance
and Injury Prevention
Johnny Carver, University of Arkansas
Defeating the Stigma of Analytics
Kathryn Yates, Boston University
Challenges and Frontiers in Adopting Analytics in NCAA Ice Hockey
Andy Felt, Elise Celarier, University of  Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Using Advanced Math to Schedule
Athletic Conference Seasons
Russ Rymut, Nobo
Novel Monitoring Parameters in Sports Analytics
Micah Blake McCurdy, HockeyViz
Skater Impact on Shot Locations
Calvin Torres, Catapult
Building Better Athletes with Wearable Technology
Konstantinos Pelechrinis, University of Pittsburgh
Sports and Fractals
Jesse McNulty, Atlanta Blaze
Opposition Analysis in Major League Lacrosse
Luke Stanke, Slalom Consulting
Fitting and Win-Probability Models Using NFL Data and R
Tyler Bosch, University of Minnesota
Automation of Data Collection to Interpretation
Mélanie Lewis, University of Oklahoma
Integrating Psychology and Basketball Analytics: The Good Soldier Syndrome
Gianni Pischedda, Soccerlogic
Tools for Exploratory Analysis of Soccer Data
Shawn Gerou, Fanalyticsports
A Customer 360 View Applied to the Business Side of the Sporting World
Jared Hottle, Dakota State University
Using Hidden Yardage of a Predictor for Special Teams Success in American Football
Peter Wu, Lynbrook (Calif.) High School
Analyzing Trends in NBA Officiating
E. Cabral Balreira, Trinity University
Using Home Advantage to Improve the Quality of the Oracle Method
Grace Dickman, Macalester College
No "I" In Team: A Network Analysis of Division I Men's Basketball Offenses
Kevin Minkus, Allstate
Improving Long-Term MLS Roster Management with Survival Analysis
Ben Jarvis, Booz Allen Hamilton
Changing the Game with Data: Building a Culture of Analytics and Innovation
Zach Binkley, Lewis University
Changing the Game with Data: Building a Culture of Analytics and Innovation

Eric Eager, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse/ Pro Football Focus
NFL Team Ranking Methods
and Their Abilities to Predict Games
Brad Smith, University of Nebraska
College Baseball Analytics
Rocco Porreca, Newbury College
Sports Analytics 101
Eric Cantor, Johns Hopkins University
Optimal Quantity of Hockey Defensemen
Daniel Litvak, WeightUp Solutions
Innovations in Strength Training: Replace Guesswork with Objective Data
Michael Schuckers, St. Lawrence University
Using Data Analytics to Improve
NHL Player Selection
Diane Bloodworth, Competitive Sports Analysis
College Recruiting Analytics
Jeremiah Bartz, University of North Dakota
Analytical Insights Into the Marathon
Ryan Elmore, University of Denver
Integer Programming and Daily Fantasy Sports - A Winning Strategy?
Dan Hauser, Philadelphia 76ers
Analytics and Sports Science:
The Practical Approach
Kyle Peterson, University of Iowa
Belief Updating in the NCAA
Stephen Shea, Saint Anselm College
Basketball Analytics: Spatial Tracking
Adam Vogel, Bradley-Bourbonnais (Ill.) Community High School
Sports Analytics at the High School Level
Alan Reifman, Texas Tech University
Hot Hand Research in its Fourth Decade
Edward Egros, KDFW Fox 4 News (Dallas)
Sports Analytics in Television Journalism
Philip Maymin, University of Bridgeport/
Vantage Sports

From Noob to Smurf: Advanced Analytics for League of Legends
Charlie DeCleene, Bellin Health
Using Quantitative Data to Make Return to Sport Decisions and Prevent Injuries
Liz Wanless, Ball State University
New Applications of Survival Analysis Modeling: Examining Intercollegiate Athletic Relationship Dissolution
John Clark, Robert Morris University
Incorporating University Athletic Programs Into an Applied Sport Analytics Curriculum
Zachary Hass, Purdue University
Division of Credit Modeling for Team Sports
Ronald Yurko, Carnegie Mellon University
NFL Player Evaluation Using Expected Points Added with nflscrapR
Ethan Young, OaSIS
Slaytics: Optimizing Measurables in the NFL Draft
Jonathan Judge, Baseball Prospectus
Multilevel Modeling in Baseball: Deserved Run Average and Other Applications
Bob Teofilo, Synergy Sports Technology
Changing the Game with Data: Building a Culture of Analytics and Innovation

Poster Presenters

Jordan Stiefel, Philip Rhodes, Anne C. Marx, Loras College
Basketball Analytics: An Opportunity for College Internships
Renee Herbers, Central College
An Analysis of Successful MLB At-Bat Outcomes in Context of the Ball and Strike Count
Collin Kannenberg, University of

Hendricks vs. Scherzer: A Comparable Analysis using Spin Rates and Pitch Tunneling
Marschall Furman, Nicholas Kapur

North Carolina State University

The Signal and the Voice: Why So Many Sports Clichés Fail but Some Don’t
Stephanie Budzisz, Oakland University
Horizon Volleyball League Wallflower Schedule

Mark R. Ludorf, Stephen F. Austin State University
Run, Bike, and Swim Performance Reliably Predict Overall Triathlon Performance
Christopher Atwater, Pfeiffer University
Factors Associated with Performance in the Annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Learfield Director's Cup
Alan Reifman, Texas Tech University
Outshooting Opponents in Scoreless First Periods and Game Outcomes in NHL Playoff Hockey
Liz Wanless, Ball State University
Bass Model Application to the Sport Industry: Forecasting Sales Technology Diffusion

Research Presentations

The conference will feature an opportunity for students and faculty to present posters or oral presentations on sports analytics topics in fields as diverse as mathematics, athletic training, business, psychology, biology, computer science, GIS, technnology, journalism and data visualization.

Submission to Journal of Sports Analytics

Research papers resulting from these presentations will be submitted for a special issue of the Journal of Sports Analytics. Authors are encouraged to incorporate feedback and comments from the GLASC and submit their final paper at the          JSA website, noting in the cover letter that it is for the GLASC Special Issue. Submissions should be made within three months of the GLASC, though please contact the editors-in-chief of the JSA if you need additional time: Philip Maymin and Eugene Shen.


Registration fees for the Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference are:

  • $29 Student
  • $79 Non-student

Discounts are available for groups of 3-5 or 6 or more attendees.

Professional Development/Continuing Education

The Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference is pleased to offer 7.5 Continuing Education Units/Hours for attendees’ professional development. Information on obtaining these credits will be available at the GLASC. Please contact the event organizer for more information in advance.


The conference will be held at the Dreyfus University Center at UW-Stevens Point. UWSP is a four-year comprehensive university in the acclaimed University of Wisconsin System, home to approximately 9,000 students enrolled in more than 120 undergraduate programs.

UW-Stevens Point fields teams in 20 intercollegiate sports, including more than 500 student-athletes. Pointer teams have won national championships in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey, and softball, in addition to individual national championships in cross country, track and field, and swimming and diving. The university competes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, considered one of the top Division III conferences in the country.


Stevens Point is home to 20 parks, as well as the Green Circle biking and jogging trail and Ice Age Scenic Trail. Other attractions include SentryWorld, a Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course, and the adjacent Schmeeckle Reserve nature reserve, part of the UW-Stevens Point campus. Major Stevens Point employers include Sentry Insurance, Skyward (school software), Travel Guard/AIG, Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection and Delta Dental. The area is also home to several renowned craft breweries, including Point Brewery, Central Waters Brewing Company and O’So Brewing Company.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is located in Central Wisconsin, an easy drive from Madison (2 hours), Milwaukee (2.5 hours), the Twin Cities (3 hours), and Chicago (4 hours). Airports servicing Stevens Point include Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee (CWA), Outagamie County Airport in Appleton (ATW), Dane County Airport in Madison (MSN), Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee (MKE), and Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP).


A block of rooms is reserved at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson and the Comfort Suites in Stevens Point until June 12, 2017. Please make sure to indicate you are with the Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference (GLASC)/UWSP room block. Room rate is $82 per night (subject to change).

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson: 301 Division St. North, 715-345-7000
Comfort Suites: 300 Division St. North, 715-341-6000


Scott Tappa
Assistant to the Dean
College of Letters and Science

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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