The Parker Executive Search Sports Search Process demands confidentiality and we complete most coach searches within 10-14 days and sports executive searches within 4-5 weeks, depending on the client's timetable.

PES distinguishes itself with its proprietary database of sports executives, athletic directors, and collegiate & professional head & assistant coaches.

Define objectives and specifications

  • Understand the purpose and goals of the institution
  • Develop a position specification, if needed
  • Develop and aggressive timeline to meet the institution’s needs

Identify and assess candidates

  • Assist and advise the institution on advertising, if needed
  • Thorough review of our proprietary database
  • Utilize our extensive contacts with thought leaders across the country
  • Conduct original research
  • Assess candidate qualifications

Facilitate process and interviews

  • Coordinate all interviews and travel logistics
  • Assist client with interview preparation
  • Conduct extensive background and reference checks
  • Maintain complete confidentiality for candidates and clients

Negotiation/Closure & Candidate follow-up

  • Recruit the preferred candidate
  • Offer extensive experience in high-level negotiations
  • Use of the Parker Executive Search Memorandum of Understanding
  • Follow-up communication with all candidates

PES will develop a secure website exclusively for search committee members, providing access to detailed information on the process, timeline, and candidates.

Our Search Process

“Parker Executive Search was instrumental in my success of becoming an athletic director. They understood my interests of institutional fit and provided great insight into the culture and interests of the institution. The Parker professionals were incredibly responsive and attentive in answering my questions and assisting me through the process. They became trusted colleagues to me.”

- Erin McDermott, Athletic Director, University of Chicago