Ben Slingerland is a sports business entrepreneur, administrator and marketer who has worked at such organizations like Nike, the NCAA, IMG/WME, Student-Athlete Showcase and Catapult Sports. Ben has served as the General Manager and Student-Athlete Advisor for the Lacrosse Program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. Over the span of nearly three years as the General Manager, Ben tripled the size of the program and helped develop it into one of the nation’s leading boarding prep school lacrosse programs.
Prior to taking over the lacrosse program at IMG Academy, Ben headed up the sales efforts of the IMG Academy’s $4 million/year soccer camp business. Ben has held past positions at the NCAA Office of Government Relations in Washington, DC where he tracked state and federal legislation on Capitol Hill affecting collegiate athletics. Prior to that, Ben spent a summer in Beaverton, OR working at Nike’s World Headquarters. At Nike, Ben worked in the North America Soccer division where he was a sports marketer for the Nike signed professionals, the US Men’s and Women’s National teams, Nike-affiliated collegiate soccer programs, and Nike-affiliated youth soccer clubs.
From 2015-17, Ben served as the Director of Network Development at an innovative brand marketing technology company called ThirdChannel. Partnering with such brands like Under Armour, Oakley, New Balance, Wilson and GoPro, Ben and ThirdChannel helped optimize brand’s marketability within the retail environment. Since then, Ben has transitioned into the sports science and analytics field with Catapult Sports, heading up the D1 collegiate sales efforts for wearables and video in the eastern half of the country with Olympic sports. Some of Ben’s biggest clients include Michigan St, Penn St, Duke, Pitt, Florida, UVA, Boston College and the Canadian Men’s and Women’s National Soccer teams.
Growing up in Beverly, MA, Ben was an accomplished athlete himself. After being a three sport athlete (soccer, basketball, and tennis) and an Athletic Hall of Fame inductee at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA, Ben went on to play Division 1 college soccer at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, Ben served as a team captain and led the program to win its first ever Big East regular season championship title in 2010. Following Georgetown, Ben had stints playing semi-professionally with DC United’s U23 team and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. After his soccer career, Ben got his Master’s of Professional Studies in Sports Management at Georgetown University.