New & Noteworthy


July 22, 2020


SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA. July 21, 2020 – Snodgrass Partners, Inc., a Sports Consulting, Executive Search and Leadership Development firm, announces it will partner with Ferris State University to provide meaningful, practical experience and guidance to students in its Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program. The relationship will also provide Snodgrass Partners’ tennis industry clients direct access to up-and-coming tennis management professionals.

“The alliance with Snodgrass Partners’ team enables our students to benefit from their decades of experience in the tennis industry and expertise in consulting, recruiting, and leadership. This relationship is invaluable to our students’ education and graduate opportunities and will provide Snodgrass Partners access to some of the best-trained professionals in the tennis industry,” said PTM Program Director Derek Ameel.

In 1986, the Ferris State Professional Tennis Management program became the first four-year bachelor’s degree program to combine tennis and business. Its combined emphasis on tennis skills, training, and the management of tennis as a business, uniquely prepares its students to excel in the tennis industry. PTM students receive a bachelor’s degree coupled with their choice of any minor and United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Tennis Teaching and United States Tennis Association (USTA) certifications.

“We are honored to partner with the Ferris State PTM program, which is universally recognized as the leader in its field,” said Snodgrass Partners Sports Recruiting Co-Founder and Advisor, Tom Jacobs. “We look forward to working with Derek, his staff, and students in significant ways to continue to help provide the next generation of leaders within the tennis industry.”

Partnering with the Ferris State PTM program is a perfect complement to Snodgrass Partners’ business model. The firm added services targeted specifically for tennis in 2016 after seeing the need for a more business-oriented approach to recruiting tennis industry professionals. Founder and CEO Steve Snodgrass is a former Division I tennis player and coach. Early in his career, he built, owned and operated an indoor club and also served as the head USPTA professional.

Mike Goss, who serves as Chief Financial Officer at Condé Nast and is Chair of International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF), saw firsthand how Snodgrass Partners can deliver a one-two punch for the tennis industry when the ITHF hired the firm to find a Chief Operating Officer. “Steve and team offer a unique skillset – a deep understanding of tennis coupled with 35+ years of C-suite talent recruitment,” said Goss, “Their consultative approach and insight will be invaluable to Ferris State PTM students as they prepare for a career in the tennis industry.”

Snodgrass and Jacobs, a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame, whose ties to the tennis industry include leadership positions at the USTA and the NCAA, will guide the partnership with support from its deep bench of Partners and Allied Partners. These experienced professionals will help develop and deliver in educational sessions to Ferris PTM students. Programming begins in the Fall 2020 semester.

About the Ferris State Professional Tennis Management Program

Ferris State was the first four-year Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program to receive accreditation from the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). This learner-centered program emphasizes “learning by doing” and combines tennis skills, instructional experience, and learning to manage tennis as a business. Students receive extensive player development and coaching training under the direction of the PTM Director who is a USPTA Elite Professional and USTA High-Performance Coach. All tennis classes and player development sessions are held at the university-owned and operated Racquet & Fitness Center on the Ferris State campus in Big Rapids, Michigan, which serves as a working laboratory, utilizing its 19 indoor/outdoor courts.

About Snodgrass Partners

Snodgrass Partners is a specialized Sports Consulting and Recruiting, Executive Search and Leadership Development firm founded in 2001. We work with college athletic departments, associations, clubs and golf courses on consulting projects and to recruit coaching, director and other sports jobs. The Snodgrass Partners team includes uniquely experienced professionals who have held positions as top-level intercollegiate athletic administrators, head coaches and student athletes. Our efforts are supported by thought-leading Allied Partners who help to extend our consulting services and networking reach.


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