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Craig Esherick

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Expertise: Sport history, Basketball and basketball history, US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Athletics, Coaching, parenting and leadership of athletes

While pursuing a law degree at Georgetown University Esherick became a graduate assistant basketball coach for two years. After graduating from law school and passing the DC Bar, Esherick became a full-time assistant coach at Georgetown for the men’s basketball team. His tenure as an assistant lasted 17 and a half years and included a stint as the assistant basketball coach for the USA Olympic team that participated in the ’88 Seoul Olympics. He became the head basketball coach at Georgetown University and held that position long enough to win 103 games.

Esherick will continue to write about sports and basketball as well as serving as a color commentator for college basketball games and being heavily involved with the newly created Center for Sport Management. Professor Esherick is still a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the DC Bar and the Association for TV and Radio Artists.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376, pwilli20@gmu.edu

John Nauright

Professor of Sport Management and History; Director of the Academy of International Sport; CoDirector of the Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure

Expertise: Political Economy of Sports Events, Alternative Models of Social and Economic Development, Sports and International Development, History, Social, Economic, Political and Environmental Impacts of Golf, the Relationship between Sports Fandom, Social Identities and Marketing, Globalization, International Geographic and Cultural Literacy

John Nauright is a professor of sport management and history in the College of Education and Human Development. He is also a visiting professor of cultural studies at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

He is an expert on contemporary and historical issues in sports around the world. He has published 15 books on sport including Sports Around the World (4 volumes); The Political Economy of Sport; and Long Run to Freedom: Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa. His journal articles and blogs have discussed a wide range of issues from the Olympics and soccer World Cup; international soccer; sport and popular music; sport and youth development; politics and economics of sports events; gender issues in sport; and golf among others. He was program consultant and talking head for the BBC Wales series The Union Game, which examined the global history of rugby.

Professor Nauright has been interviewed by media outlets around the world including the British Broadcasting Corporation; the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Caribbean Television; New York Times; Washington Times; Wall Street Journal; Time; ESPN: The Magazine; The Smithsonian Magazine; Semana (Columbia); La Vie (France); The Age (Melbourne, Australia); Sydney Morning Herald; The Australian; The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia); and numerous radio networks around the world. 

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376, pwilli20@gmu.edu