NCHC Tabs Former USOC Chief as First Commissioner
CHN Staff Report
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), the new eight-school, Division I men’s hockey conference that will start play in the 2013-14 season, today introduced Jim Scherr as its first Commissioner.
Scherr spent nine years (2000-09) with the United States Olympic Committee, first as Chief of Sport Performance, then as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he was the head of USA Wrestling for 10 years.
“The selection of Jim Scherr as our first Commissioner is the culmination of a thorough, national search to identify an exceptional sports business executive who will provide the leadership, vision and credibility to make our new Conference the benchmark for excellence in collegiate hockey,” North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison said. “While the position attracted dozens of very impressive candidates, Jim distinguished himself as someone who exceeded the leadership criteria established by our athletic directors. Jim’s depth of experience will serve the Conference well and we are delighted he has agreed to accept this important position.”
Scherr is a one-time NCAA wrestling champ, and was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.
“I am honored to have been selected by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference to become its first Commissioner,” Scherr said. “I am grateful to the athletic directors and coaches of our Conference’s member institutions for their support, confidence and trust. We have just 21 months before we drop the puck to launch our first season and there’s a lot to accomplish. This is a once-in-a-career opportunity and I look forward to leading a Conference, including the eight outstanding hockey programs with their coaches, staffs, student-athletes and fans, that has the potential to become the premier single-sport conference in intercollegiate athletics.”
The eight teams in the NCHC will be Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan. The Conference was assisted in the search for the Commissioner by its consulting team of The Goldwater Group and Stafford Sports.
Scherr said he will immediately begin building a staff and working on several key organizational functions and projects, including hockey operations and competition, business development and marketing initiatives.
Most recently, Scherr was founder and CEO of 776 Original Marketing in Colorado Springs, a company he started in 2009 to provide marketing and public relations services.
Scherr has been inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Nebraska Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was NCAA Division I wrestling champion for the University of Nebraska (1984), USA Wrestling Man of the Year (1994) and a member of the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team in 1986, 1988 and 1989.
Scherr graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BS degree in Business Administration in 1985 and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1989.