Roger Clemens is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four teams. Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.12 earned run average (ERA), and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time. He was an 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won seven Cy Young Awards during his career, the most of any pitcher in Major League Baseball history. Clemens was known for his fierce competitive nature and for his hard-throwing pitching style that he used to intimidate batters.
Clemens debuted in the major leagues in 1984 with the Boston Red Sox, whose pitching staff he anchored for 12 years. In 1986, he won the American League (AL) Cy Young Award, the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award and the All-Star Game MVP Award, and he struck out an MLB-record 20 batters in a single game. After the 1996 season, Clemens left Boston via free agency and joined the Toronto Blue Jays. In each of his two seasons with Toronto, Clemens won a Cy Young Award, as well as the pitching triple crown by leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. Prior to the 1999 season, Clemens was traded to the New York Yankees where he won his only two World Series titles.In 2003, he reached his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout in the same game.Clemens left for the Houston Astros in 2004, where he spent three seasons and won his seventh Cy Young Award. He rejoined the Yankees in 2007 for one last season.
Perhaps best known as a National Basketball Association (NBA) legend, two-time Hall of Famer, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has enjoyed an equally successful second career in business. He is a Major League Baseball owner, an Entrepreneur, a Philanthropist and a Motivational Speaker, successfully parlaying his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world, propelling his company to the status of #1 Brand in Urban America.
Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE), Mr. Johnson’s company provides high quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities through strategic alliances, investments, consulting and endorsements.
The conglomerate is comprised of multiple business entities and partnerships which includes Yucaipa Johnson, a $500 million dollar private equity fund; EquiTrust Financial Services, a fixed annuities and life insurance services company; SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company; ASPIRE, an African-American television network; The Marvel Experience, a virtual 3-D attraction centered around Marvel characters; Los Angeles Football Club, a new Major League Soccer team; and Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies, a high school drop-out prevention program.
In the business world Mr. Johnson is most noted for his unprecedented Starbucks partnership, which served as the catalyst for redevelopment in urban communities and is literally the blueprint for Corporate America’s engagement and success with urban consumers. Magic Johnson is a most requested Dallas Sports Speakers
“I’ve watched Orel Hershiser from the press box since he came up to the majors in 1984. From a distance he seems too good to be true. Now that he’s joined us (ESPN) as a broadcaster, I’m discovering that he’s not. Orel is the real thing.” – Sports Commentator Chris Berman
Orel Hershiser, a former Major League Baseball pitcher and Cy Young winner, returned to ESPN as a game and studio analyst prior to the 2006 season and currently contributes to the network’s Sunday Night Baseball telecasts and Sports Emmy Award-winning Baseball Tonight show. In addition, Hershiser serves as an analyst for ABC & ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series.
Hershiser, a three-time National League All-Star, pitched 18 years in the Major Leagues for Los Angeles (1983-94, 2000), Cleveland (1995-97), San Francisco (1998) and New York Mets (1999).
In 1988, he won the Cy Young Award and was named World Series Most Valuable Player, Associated Press Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. After missing the 1990 season due to shoulder surgery, Hershiser returned to the Dodgers in 1991 and was named UPI Comeback Player of the Year. Dallas Sports Speakers – Orel Hershiser
Dallas sports speakers presents Steve Lavin, a frequently an invited keynote speaker throughout the country for business, community and collegiate events. He addresses a wide range of topics including effective communication, motivation, management, recruiting, leadership, and naturally, college basketball. His riveting speech is very motivational and he touches on how he overcame the many obstacles in his life including with family, competitively and professionally.
Steve Lavin is a Basketball Analyst on ABC and ESPN. Lavin’s coaching perspective was forged over 15 years as a Division I college basketball coach at both UCLA and Purdue University. As UCLA Head Basketball Coach from 1996-2003 Lavin compiled a record of 145-78. In his inaugural season as head coach, Lavin directed the Bruins to the 1997 Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA Elite Eight. During Lavin’s tenure as a head coach, he was one of only two coaches in the country, along with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, to lead his team to five NCAA “Sweet 16s” in six years (‘02, ’01, ’00, ’98, ’97). Lavin guided UCLA to six consecutive 20+ game winning seasons and to six consecutive NCAA tournaments. As head coach, his career record in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament is 10-1.
Steve is known as one of the best recruiters in the history of College Basketball.
Grateful beyond words for a 27 year run associated with college basketball. In particular I’m thankful for being afforded the opportunity to teach young men at institutions with the exceptional basketball heritage of UCLA and most recently, St John’s University for the last 5 years.
Larry Krystkowiak is entering his fifth year as the head coach of the Runnin’ Utes. Krystkowiak was introduced on April 4, 2011 as the new men’s basketball coach at the University of Utah and the man to lead the Runnin’ Utes into the next phase of their storied history. Krystkowiak, who has prior head coaching experience in the NCAA, CBA and NBA, left a position as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets to become the 15th head coach in Utah men’s basketball history.
Creating a winning culture was a key component to turning the Utes program around and Larry Kystkowiak did just that.
Krystkowiak, led the Utes to a 26-9 record, a berth in the Sweet 16 and a No. 15 final national ranking during the 2014-15 season. Utah was ranked in the top 25 for 19 weeks in — its most time spent in the national polls since the Final Four campaign of 1997-98. Utah also had its best finish since joining the Pac-12, placing third with a 13-5 conference mark and reaching the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament for the second time in three years.
The Utes defeated Stephen F. Austin and Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual national champion Duke in the Sweet 16, 63-57. The resurgence of Utah basketball under Krystkowiak has also ignited Utah’s fan base. The Utes averaged more than 12,000 fans to its home games this season, its highest attendance average since 2000-01