Howard Bryant | Award-winning author and journalist, Meadowlark Media, ESPN and NPR
Howard Bryan is the author of nine books, including Full Dissidence: Notes From an Uneven Playing Field. He is a two-time Casey Award winner (Shut Out, 2003, The Last Hero, 2011) for best baseball book of the year, and a 2003 finalist for the Society for American Baseball Research Seymour Medal. Mr. Bryant has been senior writer for ESPN since 2007 and has served as the sports correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday since 2006. He has also appeared in several documentaries, including Baseball: The Tenth Inning and Jackie Robinson, both directed by Ken Burns, and Major League Legends: Hank Aaron, produced by the Smithsonian and Major League Baseball. Full bio here.
Royal Clayton | Former MLB player
Royal Clayton is a former professional athlete and pitcher for domestic and international baseball organizations; Pitching Coach for Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals Baseball Organizations at various Affiliate levels.
Kerrick Jackson | President of MLB Draft League
Kerrick Jackson’s role as Executive Director, MLB and Collegiate Initiatives, encompasses leading Prep Baseball Report’s partnership with Major League Baseball as the President of the MLB Draft League. Prior to coming to Prep Baseball Report, Jackson served as the head coach at Southern University, where he took a 9-win team to the NCAA Tournament in three years. Jackson was named SWAC Coach of the Year for leading the Jaguars to the 2019 Starkville Regional. In 2018, Jackson was tapped by the American Baseball Coaches Association to chair the Diversity committee focused on minority recruiting and sustainability for players and coaches of color in baseball. Full bio here.
Scott Brooks, PhD | Director of Research at the Global Sport Institute
Dr. Brooks is Director of Research for the Institute where he acts as campus liaison, assists in the allocation of research grants, and coordinates the Institute's research agenda and projects. As a scholar, Brooks is primarily interested in: youth and sport; inequality in sport, coaching and leadership; and community based sports interventions. His book, Black Men Can’t Shoot (University of Chicago, 2009), tells the importance of exposure, networks, and opportunities towards earning an athletic scholarship. Full bio here.
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