About Sports Reference

Our Core Purpose

We will be the trusted source of information and tools that inspire and empower our users to enjoy, understand, and share the sports they love.

Our Values

We strive to work with respect, reliability with oomph, and craftsmanship, and also to promote the democratization of sports data.

Our History

The Sports Reference sites first launched with Baseball-Reference.com in April 2000 by Sean Forman, Pro-Football-Reference.com in December of 2000 by Doug Drinen, and Basketball-Reference.com in April of 2004 by Justin Kubatko.

Sean Forman formed Sports Reference, Inc. in October of 2004, and in December of 2007 the three groups joined forces with Jay Virshbo to create Sports Reference LLC (based in Pennsylvania). We currently have 15 full-time employees.

Our team

Sean Forman, president, worked for six years as a math and computer science professor at Saint Joseph's University before leaving to work on Sports Reference full-time in May of 2006. He has a PhD. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Iowa and currently resides in Philadelphia. Follow him at @sean_forman.

Mike Kania, football operations, hails from Cleveland and is as sanguine about their chances of winning a title as you might expect. He worked at AOL and TypePad prior to joining Sports Reference in the spring of 2011. He covers our college and pro football sites and plays a mean saxophone in his spare time. Follow him at @zempf.

Mike Lynch, Editorial Director & Managing Stathead, is a graduate of Boston University. A Philly native, he joined Sports Reference after stints at ESPN Research, the Big Ten Network and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. He'll be happy to talk with you about Lionel Simmons all day long. Follow him at @sportinfo247.

Adam Wodon, hockey & special operations, a Long Island native, lives outside Philadelphia. He follows the Jets, Nets, Mets & Isles. Adam also founded the College Hockey News. Follow him at @chn_AdamWodon.

Jonah Gardner, Social Media Coordinator, maintains our facebook and twitter presence and writes the majority of our blog posts. Jonah cheers on the Panthers, Braves and Hornets. Jonah lives in Philadelphia and can clue you into the best indie bands coming here to perform.

Jaclyn Mahoney, Business Intelligence, is a Saint Joseph's University and College of William and Mary alumna. She joined Sports Reference in early 2018 after stints at Syracuse University and the Library of Congress. As a South Jersey native who calls Baltimore home, she's grateful she won't have to choose between the Phillies and the Orioles in the World Series any time soon. She's on twitter at @jaynotjackie.

Jay Hutchinson, Data Developer, joined Sports Reference in early 2018 from Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a former U.S. Soccer Grade 6 State Referee and currently resides in New Jersey. He's on twitter at @rjhutc.

Alex Bonilla, User Affairs Coordinator, arrives at Sports Reference from Connecticut. He joined Sports Reference in March of 2018. On the side, he blogs and podcasts about animated television series and is a fan of the Marlins and Gardner Minshew. He's on twitter at @AlexBonilla_OVA.

Dan Hirsch, Web Developer, joined Sports Reference in September of 2018. Dan founded The Baseball Gauge and has done a great deal to promote Ballpark and Negro League records. He previously worked as a fire fighter and lives with his family in Omaha, Nebraska where he cheers for the Rays and Gators. He's on twitter at @DanHirsch.

Kenny Jackelen, Web Developer, joined Sports Reference in October of 2018. Kenny will be working on our baseball site and elsewhere and brings a long history of software development to Sports Reference. He previously worked as a software developer at Epic, and lives with his family in Minnesota where he cheers on the Twins and will be leading the Joe Mauer for Hall of Fame election bandwagon. He's on twitter at @kennyjackelen.

Charlotte Eisenberg, Data Developer, is a Maine native. She joined Sports Reference in late 2020 on a full-time basis after previously working at SR as a summer intern and also spending a season with the Texas Rangers.

Adam Darowski, Head of User Experience, joined Sports Reference in late 2020 on a full-time basis after a long stint as a design consultant where he worked on our responsive site redesign and stathead launch. He previously worked at Dribbble and ezCater. He's a fan of BVB Dortmund and 19th century baseball. You can find him on twitter at @baseballtwit

Nick Pazoles, Lead DevOps Engineer, joined Sports Reference in late 2020 after working in DevOps/Site Reliability at Cleo. He's a fan of the White Sox and Michigan football. You can find him on twitter at @nickpazo

Katie Sharp, Stathead Customer Success & Social Media, joined Sports Reference at the start of 2021. She's previously worked as a researcher with ESPN's Stats and Info Group and as a writer, researcher and editor for dozens of books and articles. She's a Yankees, New York Football Giants, & UConn Huskies basketball fan. She's on twitter at @ktsharp.

Andrew Chong, QA/Testing Engineer, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Andrew previously worked at Chatham Financial as a Software Tester. He follows the Phillies, DePaul basketball, and Korean players across any sport. He's on twitter at @testthesoftware.

Maggie Walsh Deaver, Marketing Director, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Maggie previously worked at Volo Sports as Director of National Brand and Marketing. She's a fan of Boston sports and Bill Belichick's hoodies. Follow her on twitter at @maggiewdeaver.

Ryan Passmore, VP of Engineering, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Ryan was previously the Sr. Director of Product Development at Cleo. A Chicago-area native Ryan cheers for the Cubs, Bulls and Bears.

Zoe Surma, Web Developer, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Zoe is a recent graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in computer engineering. She is a Cubs, Fighting Irish and Formula One fan.

Frankie Ottomanelli, Web Developer, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Frankie joins Sports Reference from Rockstar Games. He was the creator of the sunsetted Baseball Reference Alexa app. He is a Mets, Jets, and Knicks fan.

Chris Wong, Web Developer, joined Sports Reference in the middle of 2021. Chris hails from St. Louis and is a recent graduate from Brown University with multiple degrees in computer science. He is a Cardinals and Blues fan.

Nicolas Westin, DevOps Engineer, joined Sports Reference towards the end of 2021. He previously worked at Redhorse Corporation as a front-end engineer. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a big Wizards fan, and a casual Cubs fan.

Jay Virshbo , business development, served as the president of Howe Sports Data, and has held other positions within the sports business world. He currently resides just outside of Boston. Follow him at @jvirshbo.

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