Dean’s Lecture Series & Reception “Game-Changers: Unleashing the Power of Sports Informatics in Athletics”

Event Start Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 5:30 pm

Event End Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 7:30 pm

Location: Gossett Hall (UMD College Park Campus)

Damon Evans (Left)

All UMD faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, as well as members of the community, are invited to this free, in-person event (registration required). A complimentary reception with hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5:30 PM, followed by the panel discussion at 6:30 PM.

In the ever-evolving landscape of athletics, the fusion of sports and data has become a game-changer, revolutionizing the way athletes train, compete, and excel. Panelists will explore the dynamic intersection of sports informatics and athletics, delving into the transformative impact of data analytics, technological innovations, and performance metrics on athlete development.

Join us for this discussion of groundbreaking approaches to understanding, analyzing, and optimizing athletic performance through the lens of sports informatics. From wearables and biomechanics to predictive analytics and training methodologies, this session will unveil the cutting-edge strategies reshaping the future of sports, providing valuable insights into the synthesis of data and athleticism, while also exploring tensions, concerns and future directions in the field. Discover how informatics is redefining the boundaries of human potential in the world of sports.

This event is brought to you by the UMD College of Information Studies and UMD Athletics.

Moderator: Tamara Clegg (INFO Associate Professor & Program Director of the BA in Tech & Info Design)


  • Damon Evans (UMD Athletics Director)
  • Derek Willis (UMD Journalism Lecturer – Sports Data)
  • Erianne Weight (UNC Professor of Sport Administration)
  • Ben Hoffman (UMD Athletics – Strength and Conditioning Coach Men’s Soccer and Men’s Lacrosse)
  • Chad Wells (UMD Athletics – Director of Football Technology)
  • Eli Logan Dross (InfoSci Senior, Sports Science Intern UMD Athletics)


Additional Information:

Paid visitor parking is available in the Stadium Drive Garage (parking map), which is located near Gossett Hall (campus map).

Please contact at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

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Speaker(s): Damon Evans, Derek Willis, Erianne Weight, Ben Hoffman, Chad Wells, Eli Logan Dross, Tamara Clegg


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