Alumni from the world of sports return to campus

The Brown Sports Business Club, Watson Institute for International Studies and the Swearer Center for Public Service sponsored the returns of two Brown alumni to speak to current students about their experiences in the world of sports.

On Friday, Reece Pacheco ’05.5 sat down with an intimate group of about 15 students interested in sports and entrepreneurship, providing a brief background of his recent ventures before taking questions for over an hour. The former lacrosse player has been involved in a wide range of activities since his graduation, including journeys across Australia and South East Asia, a position working on the production of The Heartbreak Kid starring Ben Stiller, and a stint as a professional lacrosse player.  Today, Pacheco is the founder and CEO of Overtime Media, a company that provides HomeField, a web service that enables athletic programs to conveniently store, edit, and distribute game and practice video.   Pacheco is also developing, a website billed as “the most amazing way to discover and enjoy web video.”  Pacheco spoke about the challenges facing a young entrepreneur, including the difficulties of raising funds, connecting with investors, and sharing equity.  He outlined the mistakes he made and tribulations he faced, and advised students to be willing to take chances and learn from their mistakes.

Above, Pacheco speaks at the Watson Institute to students. Photos by Sam Rubinroit.  

On Wednesday, Dennis Coleman ’75 addressed a group of over 30 students about his transition from being Brown’s “hotshot quarterback” to becoming a sports lawyer.  Coleman is currently a partner at Ropes and Gray LLP, where he represents individual coaches and broadcasters and athletic institutions and associations. His clients include 14-time Emmy award winning broadcaster Dick Enberg, former head coach of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy, the Colts’ current coach, Jim Caldwell, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  Coleman touched on a number of topics, ranging from the juxtaposition of the impending lockouts in the NBA and NFL to his views on the one-and-done system in college sports.

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