About Sports Reference
Our Core Purpose
We democratize data, so our users enjoy, understand and share the sports they love.
We strive to work with respect, reliability with oomph, and craftsmanship, and also to promote the democratization of sports data.
The Sports Reference sites first launched with Baseball-Reference.com in April 2000 by Sean Forman, Pro-Football-Reference.com in December of 2000 by Doug Drinen, and Basketball-Reference.com in April of 2004 by Justin Kubatko.
Sean Forman formed Sports Reference, Inc. in October of 2004, and in December of 2007 the three groups joined forces with Jay Virshbo to create Sports Reference LLC (based in Pennsylvania). We currently have 33 full-time employees.
Sean Forman, President, worked for six years as a math and computer science professor at Saint Joseph's University before leaving to work on Sports Reference full-time in May of 2006. He has a PhD. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Iowa and currently resides in Philadelphia. Follow him at @sean_forman.
Mike Kania, Software Engineer, hails from Cleveland and is as sanguine about their chances of winning a title as you might expect. He worked at AOL and TypePad prior to joining Sports Reference in the spring of 2011. He has managed our college and pro football sites since starting at SR and plays a mean saxophone in his spare time. Follow him at @mkania28.
Mike Lynch, Data Director, is a graduate of Boston University. A Philly native, he joined Sports Reference after stints at ESPN Research, the Big Ten Network and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. He'll be happy to talk with you about Lionel Simmons all day long. Follow him at @sportinfo247.
Adam Wodon, Software Engineer, a Long Island native, lives outside Philadelphia. He follows the Jets, Nets, Mets & Isles. He's led work for hockey and stathead. Adam also founded the College Hockey News. Follow him at @chn_AdamWodon.
Jonah Gardner, Product Marketing Manager, joined Sports Reference in 2015. He lives in Philadelphia and is a fan of the 76ers and the films of Brian de Palma,
Jaclyn Mahoney, Director of Operations and Strategic Planning, joined Sports Reference in early 2018. Jaclyn grew up as a Philadelphia sports fan and also roots for the teams in her adopted home city of Baltimore. She’s an advocate for gender equity in sports, volunteering her time as a mentor for women entering the industry and as a leader on the Board of Directors for Leveling the Playing Field. She’s been to a game at 28/30 of the current MLB ballparks.
Jay Hutchinson, Data Developer, joined Sports Reference in early 2018. Jay is a native of Davis County, Utah and currently lives in New Jersey. They began refereeing soccer in 2010 and take special interest in the rules and officiating behind all sports. Jay places a priority on enjoying sport played with skill, integrity, and mutual respect, irrespective of any team loyalties, but has to admit that it would be cool to see the Jazz win a championship. They are an avid traveller and have visited over 65% of U.S. counties.
Alex Bonilla, Project Manager, arrives at Sports Reference from Connecticut. He joined Sports Reference in March of 2018. He follows football closely and has an affinity for unique players like Gardner Minshew and Rodrigo Blankenship. He's on Twitter at @AlexBonilla_Spt (for sports opinions) and @AlexBonilla_OVA (for animation opinions/personal updates).
Dan Hirsch, Software Engineer, joined Sports Reference in September of 2018. Dan founded The Baseball Gauge and has done a great deal to promote Ballpark and Negro League records. He previously worked as a fire fighter and lives with his family in Omaha, Nebraska where he cheers for the Rays and Gators. He's on Twitter at @DanHirsch.
Kenny Jackelen, Software Engineer, joined Sports Reference in October of 2018. Kenny will be working on our baseball site and elsewhere and brings a long history of software development to Sports Reference. He previously worked as a software developer at Epic, and lives with his family in Minnesota where he cheers on the Twins and will be leading the Joe Mauer for Hall of Fame election bandwagon. He's on Twitter at @kennyjackelen.
Charlotte Eisenberg, Data Developer, is a Maine native. She joined Sports Reference in late 2020 on a full-time basis after previously working at SR as a summer intern and also spending a season with the Texas Rangers.
Adam Darowski, Product Director, joined Sports Reference in late 2020 on a full-time basis after a long stint as a design consultant where he worked on our responsive site redesign and Stathead launch. He is a SABR member and created the Hall of Stats in 2012. He's a fan of Borussia Dortmund and baseball history. You can find him on Twitter at @baseballtwit.
Nick Pazoles, DevOps Engineer, joined Sports Reference in late 2020 after working in DevOps/Site Reliability at Cleo. He's a fan of the White Sox and Michigan football. You can find him on Twitter at @nickpazo
Katie Sharp, Customer Success Manager, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2021. She's previously worked as a researcher with ESPN's Stats and Info Group and as a writer, researcher and editor for dozens of books and articles. She's a Yankees, New York Football Giants, & UConn Huskies basketball fan. She's on Twitter at @ktsharp.
Andrew Chong, Test Engineer, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Andrew previously worked in the finance and healthcare industries as a Software Tester. He follows the Phillies, DePaul basketball, and Korean players across any sport. He's on Twitter at @testthesoftware.
Maggie Walsh Deaver, Marketing Director, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Maggie previously worked at Volo Sports as Director of National Brand and Marketing. She's a fan of Boston sports and Bill Belichick's hoodies. Follow her on Twitter at @maggiewdeaver.
Ryan Passmore, VP of Engineering, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Ryan was previously the Sr. Director of Product Development at Cleo. A Chicago-area native Ryan cheers for the Cubs, Bulls and Bears.
Zoe Surma, Software Engineer, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Zoe is a recent graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in computer engineering. She is a Cubs, Fighting Irish and Formula One fan. Follow her on Twitter at @ZoeSurma.
Chris Wong, Software Engineer, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Chris hails from St. Louis and is a recent graduate from Brown University with multiple degrees in computer science. He is a Cardinals and Blues fan.
Nicolas Westin, DevOps Engineer, joined Sports Reference towards the end of 2021. He previously worked at Redhorse Corporation as a front-end engineer. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a big Wizards fan, and a casual Cubs fan.
Aidan Jackson-Evans, Customer Success Coordinator, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. Originally from the UK, Aidan now lives in New England. He enjoys baseball history and trivia, and has written biographies for the SABR BioProject. He is a fan of the San Francisco Giants and the England national football team. Follow him on Twitter at @ajacksonevans.
Adela Armstrong-Spielberg, Scrum Master, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. She was born and raised in the DC area, and now lives in Los Angeles after attending UCLA. She's growing into a Dodgers and Rams fan, but she would like to reassure her friends and family back east that she will always root for the Nats and Ravens first.
Ryan Walsh, Social Media Coordinator, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. Hailing from the great state of New Jersey, Ryan previously managed social media for Temple University and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, among others. He remains an ardent defender of the 76ers Process, and is also a fan of NASCAR and the WNBA. You can find him on Twitter at @RyanLWalsh.
Sara Halloran, Test Engineer, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. She attended Northwestern University and previously worked as a data scientist for the Milwaukee Brewers, during which time she became a casual Bucks and Brewers fan. Now Philadelphia-based, she is originally from New Jersey and also supports the Mets and NY/NJ Gotham FC, as well as Tottenham Hotspur and the United States women’s national soccer team.
Sam Nipatnantaporn, Digital Marketing Manager, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. She previously worked as a marketing manager at the Boston Red Sox and Worcester Red Sox. Originally from Nantucket Island, she now resides in Cambridge, MA and is a fan of all things Boston sports and mascots. Follow her on Instagram at @wsamnipat.
Rajeev Lekhwar, SEO Specialist, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2022. Having worked for almost 2.5 years in the SEO Industry with brands like VWO, he moved to Sports Reference with a goal of keeping the upward trend moving. He is an avid cricket fan. You can find him on Twitter at @panditrajeev22.
Ashlie Rose, User Experience Researcher, joined Sports Reference towards the end of 2022 with a BSc in Cognitive Science from UCSC. Born in Hawaii and raised in California, she resides in the Santa Cruz Mountains among the redwoods.
Ben Wozniak, Software Engineer, joined Sports Reference towards the end of 2022. Ben lives in Milwaukee and previously worked at Brady Corporation as a Software Engineer. He is primarily a Chicago sports fan, particularly the Cubs and Bears. Follow him on Twitter at @ben_woz.
Jonathan Moore, Software Engineer, joined Sports Reference towards the end of 2022. He attended Illinois State University and Tufts University. Jonathan lives in Boston and previously worked at Left Hook, Inc. as an Integrations Engineer. He is originally from Bloomington-Normal, IL and is a Chicago Sports fan.
Matthew Carr, Software Engineer, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2023. He lives in Toronto, Canada and previously worked as a full stack developer in the healthcare industry. He was in attendance for Joey Bats’ bat flip and is a fan of the Raptors, Jays and Leafs.
Joe Zobel, Software Engineer, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2023 after interning the summer of 2022. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Engineering. He is a Chicago and Purdue sports fan.
Becky Ligon, Test Engineer, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2023. Becky previously worked as a technical business analyst and performance/automated test engineer in the wholesale industry. She is a Virginia native and loves playing volleyball and watching soccer, hockey, and college football.
Kyle Brown, Community Marketing Coordinator, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2023. He has worked at sports media companies such as Bleacher Report and The Athletic. He calls the Bay Area home, but currently lives in Southern California. He is a fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, Warriors, Oregon Ducks, and literally anything that Steph Curry does.
Jay Virshbo, Business Development, served as the president of Howe Sports Data, and has held other positions within the sports business world. He is a Chicago native and currently resides just outside of Boston. Follow him at @jvirshbo.