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After graduating from Guilford College, Carr was selected by the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association with the 7th pick of the 5th round of the 1973 NBA Draft. However, he was one of the final roster cuts the Colonels made in camp, and was subsequently released. The following season, Carr played in Israel for the Israel Sabers in the European Pro Basketball league. For leading his team to the championship, leading the league in scoring, and emerging second in rebounding, he was named Most Valuable Player.
During the 1975-76 NBA season, Carr played for the Spirits of St. Louis in the ABA, averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, and was named to the ABA’s All-Rookie Team. The Spirits of St. Louis were one of two ABA teams (the Colonels being the other) that did not join the NBA in the ABA-NBA merger, and as a result Carr joined the NBA as a member of the Detroit Pistons from 1976–79 and the Celtics from 1979–85. He averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during his NBA career, while being selected to the All-Defense second team during the 1979 season after leading the league in steals.
He was best known for the steal and dunk he made in Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals, which sealed the victory for Boston, and eventually won a title for them. He is also famous for waving a towel during crucial situations to fire up the Celtics.
Carr later became the General Manager of the Celtics in 1994. He later took over as coach for the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. In his last year as coach, the Celtics had the worst record in team history, winning just 15 games and losing 67, which some thought was an effort to get a stronger draft position and poise the team for a comeback under famed college coach Rick Pitino. He was replaced at the end of season by Pitino, who was unable to restore the team to the glory of Carr’s playing days. After the 1997 season, he became the Celtics’ Director of Corporate Development.
Carr currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama, where he is a businessman.
Kristen Kuliga, a native of Assonet, Massachusetts, currently oversees the celebrity services and K Sports departments of Paid, Inc. in Boston, MA. She is responsible for the development of the music artist business and the representation and marketing of NFL players as well as management of special events. Previously, Kristen was the founder and principal of K Sports & Entertainment, LLC until November of 2004 when her company was purchased by Paid, Inc. She was the first woman to negotiate a starting NFL quarterback’s contract, having negotiated Doug Flutie’s original $33 million contract with the San Diego Chargers. She also negotiated the subsequent restructuring and his deal with the New England Patriots and his current broadcasting deal with ABC Sports and ESPN. Kristen currently represents 10 NFL players and free agents. In addition, her team oversees the marketing and endorsement business for many other NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball players.
Kristen has also negotiated complex sponsorship and endorsement contracts with companies such as: NIKE, Reebok, MCI, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, ESPN, Papa Gino’s, McDonald’s, MBNA, Sports Illustrated, Sun Life Financial, Dunkin Donuts, and Motorola. In the entertainment marketplace, she oversees new client development for Paid celebrity services and has negotiated online brand marketing and website licensing agreements with music artists, including, Aerosmith, Patti Labelle, Keith Lockhart, the Cars, DMC (from Run-DMC) and Rockapella.
Prior to opening K Sports & Entertainment, Kristen worked for a venture capital firm that invested in sports and entertainment corporations and held positions as General Counsel and Vice President of Athlete Marketing at Woolf Associates, a full-service sports management and marketing firm. She is a cum laude graduate of both the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1991) and Suffolk University Law School (1994).
Mr. Sweeney was drafted out of high school by the Boston Bruins in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, and went on to play four years at Boston College. He made his NHL debut in the 1986–87 season, but spent most of the year with the Bruins AHL affiliate the Moncton Golden Flames. The 1987–88 season was Sweeney’s first full year, a season where Boston traveled to the Stanley Cup Finals only to be swept by the Edmonton Oilers.
Following six seasons with Boston, Sweeney was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Sabres in 1992 and then by the New York Islanders in 1995. After being traded to the Calgary Flames during the 1995–96 season Sweeney retired from the NHL. He spent the next season in the IHL before traveling across the Atlantic to play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga from 1997 until 2001. He is currently the head coach of the Valley Jr. Warriors ’96 Elite squad.
One of the most electrifying all-purpose weapons in the NFL over the last decade, Westbrook (5-10, 203) joins the 49ers after spending his first eight professional seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Drafted in the third round (91st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, Westbrook has played in 107 games (85 starts) and has registered 6335 yards on 1,308 carries and 37 touchdowns on the ground, to go along with 426 receptions for 3,790 yards and 29 touchdowns through the air.
One of the most prolific backs in Philadelphia Eagles history, Westbrook is the franchise’s all-time leader in yards from scrimmage (9,785) and touches (1,734). He also ranks second in Philadelphia’s record books in rushing yards (5,995), while ranking third in total touchdowns (68), receptions (426), rushing touchdowns (37), rushing attempts (1,308) and rushing average (4.6 yards per carry). Westbrook also holds the Eagles all-time single-season records in both total yards from scrimmage (2,104 in 2007) and receptions (90 in 2007).
Westbrook’s career numbers also rank among the best in the NFL. Since 2004, he ranks third in the NFL with 8,561 yards from scrimmage and leads all running backs in receptions (380), receiving yards (3,372), receiving touchdowns (25) and yards after the catch (3,152). Westbrook is the only active player, and one of seven in NFL history, to register at least 25 rushing touchdowns and 25 receiving touchdowns.
The Fort Washington, MD, native brings with him a wealth of postseason experience, as he helped lead Philadelphia to the playoffs in six of his eight seasons. Westbrook has played in 11 playoff games (9 starts) and ranks first in Eagles postseason history in career rushing yards (591), tied for second in career rushing TDs (3), tied for first in career total TDs (6), and second in career rushing attempts (129). Westbrook helped propel the Eagles to four appearances in the NFC Championship Game (he was not able to participate in the 2003 contest due to a triceps injury) and Super Bowl XXXIX. The two-time Pro Bowler (2004 & 2007) now joins RB Frank Gore to form one of the most potent running back tandems in the NFL. The duo has combined for 14,438 yards from scrimmage (10,411 yards rushing, 4,027 yards receiving) since 2005, ranking tops among any active running back tandems in the NFL.
In August 2010, Brian was nominated for the Jefferson Award for Public Service through All Stars Helping Kids Past recipients of Jefferson Awards include, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Bill and Melinda Gates. All Stars and the Jefferson Awards are committed to working with all nominated athletes, their representatives and their teams to help each nominee enhance their philanthropic efforts and ensure the public is made aware of their good deeds. The public will be able to vote for their favorite nominees online and via text message as well as make donations in support of the nominee’s charity of choice.
Known as the "Nobel Prize for public service," the awards are presented each year during a special gala ceremony in Washington, D.C. where a broad array of honorees are recognized – from high-profile individuals who have dedicated the better part of their lives to public service to celebrated professional athletes to largely unheralded community-based volunteers.
Lars Tiffany was named the 17th head coach in UVA men's lacrosse history on June 21, 2016.
Tiffany has been a head coach for 12 seasons, the last 10 at Brown, his alma mater. He led the Bears to Championship Weekend in Philadelphia in 2016 behind a 16-3 record. The 16 wins in 2016 was a program record for the Bears. Under Tiffany’s tutelage, nine Brown Bears earned All-America honors in 2016.
Tiffany returned his alma mater to national prominence with Ivy League regular season titles in 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2016 and NCAA Championship berths in 2009, 2015 and 2016. Tiffany was named the New England Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2016 and earned Ivy League Coach of the Year honors in 2015 and 2016.
Tiffany guided his 2015 team to the number one seed in the Ivy League Tournament, an Ivy League championship and NCAA Tournament berth, changing the landscape of college lacrosse with a unique fast break offense that scored 237 goals, averaging 13.94 goals per game, fifth best in the nation. Since taking over the Brown program in 2007, Tiffany transformed the program from one that was winless in the Ivy League in 2006 into one of the preeminent teams in the Ivy League and the nation. In 2009, Tiffany coached Brown to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997. His 2009 team posted a 12-4 record and was ranked as high as eighth nationally during the season, finishing the season as the 11th ranked squad in the nation.
Tiffany's 2008 squad captured the Ivy League title with a 5-1 league mark, posting an 11-3 record to earn the most wins at Brown since 1994. Brown, the number one ranked team in New England, finished 13th nationally in the final USILA coaches poll, with just six teams in the nation winning more games than the Bears.
Tiffany came to Brown from Stony Brook, where he was the head lacrosse coach in 2005 and 2006, posting an 18-13 overall mark. His 2006 squad finished second in America East with a 4-1 league mark and was ranked in the Top 20 in two weeks. In 2005, Tiffany's Seawolves appeared in the Top 20 for the first time ever, and were ranked as high as 14th nationally. Tiffany, the 2005 America East Coach of the Year, led Stony Brook to wins over Penn State and Rutgers, as his Seawolves boasted the number-one ranked man-up unit in Division I.
Tiffany arrived at Stony Brook after successful stints at Penn State, Dartmouth, Washington & Lee and LeMoyne. He spent his four years at Penn State (2000-2004) as the top assistant under head coach Glenn Thiel, and was involved in all facets of the lacrosse program as the team's defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Tiffany's defensive units were outstanding during his four years, and in 2002, the Nittany Lions led the nation in man-down defense.
A 1990 graduate of Brown, Tiffany was a two-time team captain and starter on defense for three years. A Biology concentrator, Tiffany played on two Brown teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (1987 & 1990). He was Co-MVP of the Brown squad that captured its first-ever NCAA playoff victory in 1990 (12-9 vs. UMass). Tiffany capped his career by playing in the North-South Senior All-Star game.
Since retiring as Athletics Director at Boston College in 2012, Gene DeFilippo has remained active on both the local and national level. DeFilippo serves as Managing Director of Turnkey Sports and Turnkey has assisted Michigan, Minnesota, Bowling Green, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Alabama and Nebraska with the hiring of the Director of Athletics. He has also assisted with the head football coaching services at Nebraska, LSU, Ole Miss, Rice, and Temple. DeFilippo is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
In his 15 years as Director of Athletics at Boston College, DeFilippo led BC Athletics to a period of unprecedented growth and success. DeFilippo’s stated goal of keeping the student-athlete at the heart of the program produced undeniable results. He also led the program through one of the most significant periods in its history as it transitioned to full membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In recognition of his years of leadership and achievement in intercollegiate athletics, DeFilippo was selected for enshrinement in the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Athletics) Hall of Fame.
Under DeFilippo’s leadership, Boston College student-athletes’ achievements in the classroom were an immense source of pride for the University and its supporters. Year in and year out, Boston College student-athletics achieved some of the highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores in intercollegiate athletics, consistently ranking top ten.
Outside of their academic and athletics endeavors, BC student-athletes were perhaps best known for their devotion to the community, spending numerous hours helping those less fortunate. In 2010, the BC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was awarded the National SAAC Aware of excellence in recognition of the community service endeavors of Eagle student-athletes.
DeFilippo undertook an impressive overhaul of BC’s athletics facilities that included new football practice facilities, a total renovation if Conte Forum, including a new sound system, floor and video boards, new soccer, field hockey and lacrosse stadiums on the Newton campus, and an air-inflated bubble to cover the Alumni Stadium turf to provide an indoor practice facility for all sports during the winter months.
In the summer of 2012, a new AstroTurf surface and brick work were added to Alumni Stadium and the Conte Form weight room and equipment room were totally renovated. DeFilippo was instrumental in raising money to build the privately funded $27 million, 72,000-square-foot Yawkey Athletics Center, which houses the football program, the Office of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes, and a large function area for the general University use. After football moved into the Yawkey Center, BC undertook a multi-million dollar renovation Conte Forum to provide additional locker room and office space for many of BC’s 31 varsity sports.
DeFilippo renamed the Athletics Department’s fundraising arm (formerly Blue Chips) in honor of longtime Athletics Director Bill Flynn. Under DeFilippo’s leadership, contributions to the Flynn Fund grew from approximately $2.5 million in his first year to more than $20 million in 2011-12. The total represents the most successful cash year ever for varsity athletics when taking into account past years’ totals that included significant capital payments for the Yawkey Center.
Anne and Gene DeFilippo cemented their commitment to Boston College by announcing their pledge of $100,000 to endow a scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a female student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and financial need.
In athletics competition, DeFilippo oversaw one of the most successful decades in Boston College Athletics History. In 2012, the men’s ice hockey team won its third NCAA Championship in five seasons, it’s fourth since 2001 and fifth overall. The women’s hockey team returned to the Frozen Four in 2012, and the sailing team won 11 national team or individual titles in five years.
In football, BC produced an unprecedented 12 straight winning teams (1990-2010), capturing 103 victories during that streak, BC won an amazing 88 games in the 2000s (2000-09, including bowls), tying Auburn and South California for 11th among all teams in college football. DeFilippo also oversaw record-breaking success in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s soccer.
From 1993-97, DeFilippo served as director of athletics at Villanova University. He served as Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Kentucky from 1987-93, Director of Athletics at the University of South Caroliona-Spartanburg from 1984-87 and Director of Administrative Service at Vanderbilt University from 1983-84.
His coaching experience includes three years as offensive coach at Vanderbilt (1980-82), which included the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl. From 1975-79, he was offensive coordinator at Youngstown State University, during which time the team won two consecutive Mid-Continent Conference championships, 1978-79. In 2973-74, he was graduate assistant football coach for the University of Tennessee, coaching in the 1973 Gator Bowl and the 1974 Liberty Bowl.
A 1973 graduate of Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree, DeFilippo earned three varsity letters as a quarterback in football during his undergraduate career. He received a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Tennessee in 1974.
He was named the 2010 recipient of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Martin Williams Souders Award, presented annually to a graduate of a New England independent school who made a distinguishable record in sports and who since made a distinguishable record in life though his/her ideals, leaderships and accomplishments. Past recipients have included George H.W. Bush, Sargent Shriver, Michael Erizione, Dee Rowe, Bill Cleary, and former BC Athletics Director Bill Flynn.
DeFilippo and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children - Christine Eldred (married to Matt Eldred), John (wife Kari) and Mary Rooney (married to Joe Rooney) and have four grandchildren, Katherine Eldred, Joseph Eldred, Grace Rooney, and Hannah Rooney.
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