Famous American Sports Administrators

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Vincent McMahon
(Owner, Chairman and CEO of the WWE (1982 - 2002))
Vincent McMahon
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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.

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Jerry West
(Basketball player)
Jerry West
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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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AJ Lee
(Retired Professional Wrestler and Executive Producer for WOW – Women of Wrestling)
AJ Lee
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Birthdate: March 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Union City, New Jersey, United States
April Jeanette Mendez, better known by her ring name AJ Lee, is best known for her stint with WWE. She is a three-time Divas champion and won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year twice. She has also written a bestselling memoir and is also quite popular on Instagram.
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 4 
Jeanie Buss
(President of the Basketball Team 'Los Angeles Lakers')
Jeanie Buss
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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.
 5 
Billy Beane
(Baseball player, Executive Vice President of the Oakland Athletics)
Billy Beane
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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.

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Mike Tomlin
(American football coach)
Mike Tomlin
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Birthdate: March 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States
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Wes Welker
(American Football player)
Wes Welker
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Birthdate: May 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
 8 
Ron Rivera
(American football coach)
Ron Rivera
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Birthdate: January 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: California, United States
 9 
John Harbaugh
(American football coach)
John Harbaugh
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Birthdate: September 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
 10 
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. 

 11 
Ed McCaffrey
(American football coach)
Ed McCaffrey
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Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States
 12 
Jimbo Fisher
(American Football coach)
Jimbo Fisher
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Birthdate: October 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States
 13 
Charlie Strong
(American football coach)
Charlie Strong
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Birthdate: August 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batesville, Arkansas, United States
 14 
Mike Shanahan
(American football coach)
Mike Shanahan
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Birthdate: August 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
 15 
Dan Campbell
(American Football Coach)
Dan Campbell
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Birthdate: April 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clifton, Texas, United States
 16 
Nancy Benoit
(Wrestler)
Nancy Benoit
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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.

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Joe Torre
(One of the Most Successful Baseball Managers in Sports History)
Joe Torre
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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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Don King
(Boxing promoter)
Don King
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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.
 19 
Kliff Kingsbury
(American football coach)
Kliff Kingsbury
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Birthdate: August 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
 20 
Robert Saleh
(American Football Coach)
Robert Saleh
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Birthdate: January 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan, United States
 21 
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
 22 
Al Davis
(American Football Coach and Executive & Former Owner and General Manager of the ‘Oakland Raiders’ of the NFL)
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.
 23 
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
 24 
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.

 25 
Scott Frost
(American Football coach)
Scott Frost
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Birthdate: January 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wood River, Nebraska, United States
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Greg Schiano
(American football coach)
Greg Schiano
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Birthdate: June 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wyckoff, New Jersey, United States
 27 
Katie Sowers
(Assistant coach)
Katie Sowers
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Birthdate: August 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hesston, Kansas, United States
 28 
Brandon Staley
(American Football Coach)
Brandon Staley
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Birthdate: December 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Perry, Ohio, United States
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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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Willie Taggart
(American football coach)
Willie Taggart
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Birthdate: August 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bradenton, Florida, United States
 31 
Tony Khan
(Sports executive, Businessperson)
Tony Khan
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Birthdate: October 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Urbana–Champaign, Illinois, 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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C. J. Anderson
(American football coach)
C. J. Anderson
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Birthdate: February 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States
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Jim Caldwell
(American football coach)
Jim Caldwell
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Birthdate: January 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin, United States
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Rob Ryan
(American football Coach)
Rob Ryan
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Birthdate: December 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States
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Jimmy Hart
(American Professional Wrestling Manager)
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.

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Matt Nagy
(American football coach)
Matt Nagy
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Birthdate: April 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dunellen, New Jersey, United States
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Dan Mullen
(American Football coach)
Dan Mullen
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Birthdate: April 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
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Bo Schembechler
(American football player, coach)
Bo Schembechler
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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.

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Gus Malzahn
(American Football coach)
Gus Malzahn
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Birthdate: October 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Irving, Texas, United States
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Art Rooney
(Founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers)
Art Rooney
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Birthdate: January 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coulterville, Pennsylvania, United States
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.

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David Wagner
(Football manager, Former footballer striker)
David Wagner
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Birthdate: October 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
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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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Ryan Day
(American football coach)
Ryan Day
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Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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Bob McNair
(Former Owner of the National Football League team 'The Houston Texans')
Bob McNair
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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.

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Sam Pittman
(American football coach)
Sam Pittman
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Birthdate: November 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Reno, Oklahoma, United States
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Mike Mayock
(Former American Football Player and General Manager of the 'Las Vegas Raiders' of the National Football League)
Mike Mayock
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Birthdate: August 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Initially an Emmy-nominated NFL analyst, Mike Mayock is now the third general manager of the NFL team Las Vegas Raiders. He has also previously played for teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants. He had also worked in the commercial real estate market for 18 years.

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Bud Selig
(Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball)
Bud Selig
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Birthdate: July 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

The current MLB Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball, Bud Selig had initially served the army and also worked as a car dealer. Named to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he has also been criticized for his failure to curb the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. He previously also owned the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Ken Dorsey
(American football coach and former quarterback Player)
Ken Dorsey
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Birthdate: April 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orinda, California, United States
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A. Bartlett Giamatti
(Academician, Scholar, Commissioner of Major League Baseball)
A. Bartlett Giamatti
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Birthdate: April 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston
Died: September 1, 1989

The son of a professor, A. Bartlett Giamatti grew up to follow in his father’s footsteps and be a professor of English and the president of Yale. However, his love for baseball also made him an MLB Commissioner. As the president of the National League, he removed Pete Rose for shoving an umpire.