Famous American Sports Administrators

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 1 
Vincent McMahon
(CEO of WWE)

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Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States

Vincent Kennedy McMahon is a professional wrestling promoter, currently serving as WWE's chairman and CEO. Often regarded as the most influential person in the history of professional wrestling, McMahon is credited with popularizing WWE. Also a well-known philanthropist, McMahon donated more than $8 million in 2008, giving grants to the Sacred Heart University, Fishburne Military School, and East Carolina University.

 2 
Jerry West
(Basketball player)

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Birthdate: May 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chelyan, West Virginia, United States

Basketball player Jerry West, also known as Mr. Clutch, for his ability to snatch games in clutch situations, is known for his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He was part of the US squads that won an Olympic gold in 1960 and a Pan American Games gold in 1959.

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Jeanie Buss
(President of the Los Angeles Lakers)

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Birthdate: September 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Daughter of real-estate magnate Jerry Buss, Jeanie Buss inherited part of the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers’s stakes from her father. Jeanie, who has previously managed a roller hockey and a tennis team, was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sports by Sporting News in 2005.
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 4 
Billy Beane
(Baseball player, Executive Vice President of the Oakland Athletics)

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Birthdate: March 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States

A former professional baseball player, Billy Beane went on to become a front office executive, a position which he has used to apply statistical analysis called sabermetrics to baseball. This has proved to be a game-changer as teams are now evaluating players based on this statistical analysis. His career inspired the film Moneyball where he was played by Brad Pitt.

 5 
Wes Welker
(American Football player)

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Birthdate: May 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

 6 
Mike Tomlin
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: March 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States

 7 
Ron Rivera
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: January 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: California, United States
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Jerry Krause
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Birthdate: April 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 21, 2017

Jerry Krause was a sports scout and executive. He served as the general manager of the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for several years, from 1985 to 2003. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice. He died in 2017 and was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame later that year. 

 9 
John Harbaugh
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: September 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

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Tommy Lasorda
(Baseball player)

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Birthdate: September 22, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States

Tommy Lasorda was a popular baseball player who later also served as a manager of the MLB team LA Dodgers. His coaching career saw him win two World Series for the Dodgers. He also led the American baseball team to a gold medal win at the Sydney Games.

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Ed McCaffrey
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

 12 
Charlie Strong
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: August 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batesville, Arkansas, United States

 13 
Brandon Staley
(American Football Coach)

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Birthdate: December 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Perry, Ohio, United States

 14 
Lamar Hunt
(Businessman)

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Birthdate: August 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 13, 2006

Businessman Lamar Hunt was a major promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States. He was the principal founder of the Major League Soccer (MLS) and American Football League (AFL). He was also the co-founder of World Championship Tennis. In 1982, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. 

 15 
Nancy Benoit
(Wrestler)

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Birthdate: May 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 22, 2007

Nancy Benoit first gained fame as a cover girl for Wrestling All Stars. She later appeared in matches, taking up numerous pseudonyms, such as Devil Angel, Woman, and Fallen Angel. She was later killed mercilessly along with her child, by her second husband, Canadian wrestler Chris Benoit, who then committed suicide.

 16 
Dan Campbell
(American Football Coach)

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Birthdate: April 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clifton, Texas, United States

 17 
Mike Shanahan
(American football coach)

Mike Shanahan
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Birthdate: August 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States

 18 
Joe Torre
(Baseball executive)

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Birthdate: July 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Initially MLB’s chief baseball officer, Joe Torre has won 4 World Series championships for the New York Yankees, as a manager. He has authored books such as The Yankee Years. He and his wife have launched the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, which helps prevent domestic violence.

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Al Davis
(American Football Player & Coach)

Al Davis
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Birthdate: July 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 8, 2011
Allen Davis was the general manager and owner of the NFL team Oakland Raiders for 39 years. He had also been the Raiders’ head coach. His motto,"Just win, baby," led the Raiders to win three Super Bowl titles. He also hired the first Black NFL head coach.

 20 
Don King
(Boxing promoter)

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Birthdate: August 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Boxing promoter Don King is known for his association with boxing legends such as Muhammad Ali. He promoted iconic events such as Thrilla in Manila and The Rumble in the Jungle. He has faced countless lawsuits and has been accused of fraud and even convicted of one manslaughter.

 21 
P. J. Fleck
(American football Coach)

P. J. Fleck
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Birthdate: November 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sugar Grove, Illinois, United States

 22 
Bill O'Brien
(American football coach)

Bill O'Brien
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Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 23 
Robert Saleh
(American Football Coach)

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Birthdate: January 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan, United States

 24 
Kliff Kingsbury
(American football coach)

Kliff Kingsbury
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Birthdate: August 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

 25 
Roger Goodell
(Sports Commissioner)

Roger Goodell
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Birthdate: February 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States

Though born into the well-known political family, Roger Goodell, the son of senator Charles Goodell, avoided politics and stepped into sports instead. The current NFL commissioner, he was instrumental in bringing about significant changes to decrease on-field concussions of players, by introducing punishments for hitting defenseless players.

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Greg Schiano
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: June 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wyckoff, New Jersey, United States

 27 
Scott Frost
(American Football coach)

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Birthdate: January 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wood River, Nebraska, United States

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Willie Taggart
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: August 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bradenton, Florida, United States

 29 
Rob Ryan
(American football Coach)

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Birthdate: December 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States

 30 
Katie Sowers
(Assistant coach)

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Birthdate: August 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hesston, Kansas, United States

 31 
Dan Mullen
(American Football coach)

Dan Mullen
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Birthdate: April 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, United States

 32 
Jimbo Fisher
(American Football coach)

Jimbo Fisher
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Birthdate: October 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States

 33 
Lincoln Riley
(American football coach)

Lincoln Riley
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Birthdate: September 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States

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Sam Pittman
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: November 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Reno, Oklahoma, United States

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Freddie Kitchens
(American football coach)

Freddie Kitchens
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Birthdate: November 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gadsden, Alabama, United States

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Jim Caldwell
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: January 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin, United States

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C. J. Anderson
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: February 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States

 38 
Tony Khan
(Sports executive, Businessperson)

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Birthdate: October 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Urbana–Champaign, Illinois, United States

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Jimmy Hart
(Composer)

Jimmy Hart
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Birthdate: January 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Known to his fans as The Mouth of the South, Jimmy Hart is a popular wrestling manage who works for WWE. As a teenager, he had joined the 60s’ band The Gentrys, which released the Billboard-charting track Keep on Dancing. He has also been the man behind many wrestlers’ entrance themes.

 40 
Doug Collins
(Basketball coach)

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Birthdate: July 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, United States
Once a popular basketball player for the NBA team Philadelphia 76ers, Doug Collins later turned to coaching. He was part of the controversial Munich Olympics game that the US lost to Soviet Union and thus won a silver. Apart from the 76ers, he has also managed teams such as the Chicago Bulls.

 41 
Matt Nagy
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: April 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dunellen, New Jersey, United States

 42 
Bo Schembechler
(American football player, coach)

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Birthdate: April 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barberton, Ohio, United States
Died: November 17, 2006

Miami University head football coach Bo Schembechler was once part of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, known as the Ten-Year War. He was also dragged into a controversy when it was reported that in spite of several Michigan students claiming they were sexually abused by a university doctor, he downplayed the incidents.

 43 
Penny Chenery
(Sportswoman)

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Birthdate: January 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, USA
Died: September 16, 2017

Penny Chenery was introduced to the world of Thoroughbred racing world by her father, Christopher Chenery. Penny owned the famed Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown owner. She was also one of the rare few women at the Columbia Business School back in her time. She also inspired a Disney film.

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Art Rooney
(Founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers)

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Birthdate: January 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coulterville, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: August 25, 1988

Also known as The Chief, Art Rooney not only founded the NFL team Pittsburgh Steelers but was also named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He won the Super Bowl four times as an owner and was a major force behind the NFL-AFL merger. He was also a track racing enthusiast.

 45 
Gus Malzahn
(American Football coach)

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Birthdate: October 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Irving, Texas, United States

 46 
Manny Diaz
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: March 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

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C. J. Spiller
(American Football player & coach)

C. J. Spiller
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Birthdate: August 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lake Butler, Florida, United States

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David Wagner
(Football manager, Former footballer striker)

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Birthdate: October 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

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Ryan Day
(American football coach)

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Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

 50 
Bob McNair
(Former Owner of the National Football League team 'The Houston Texans')

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Birthdate: January 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: November 23, 2018

Apart from owning NFL's Houston Texans, Bob McNair also gained fame as a self-made billionaire, who made it to the Forbes 400 in 2018. After a streak of failures in business, he finally managed to succeed with Cogen Technologies. He also headed the real-estate firm The McNair Group.