Dr. Howard Hamilton is the founder and CEO of Soccermetrics Research, LLC. Dr. Hamilton has 10 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries with time spent in the academic, industrial, and government sectors. He has been a commenter and supporter of soccer in North America since the early 1990s when he contributed to the influential North American Soccer e-mail list. In 2005 he started HexagonalBlog.com as a news and analysis site on football in the North/Central America and Caribbean region. HexagonalBlog.com currently receives over 2,000 unique visitors per month from over 80 countries, primarily in North America and Europe. In 2009 he started Soccermetrics to present his insights on advanced statistical analysis with applications to soccer. Soccermetrics Research, LLC was founded in January 2010.
Dr. Hamilton has become an internationally recognized thought leader in the current and future use of analytics in soccer. His work has been published in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, and he has been invited to present his work at the Northern California Symposium on Statistics and Operations Research in Sports (NCSSORS), Florida State University, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research on purchasing behaviors of sports fans as a function of their favorite team’s performance was the first proposal accepted by Wharton’s Customer Analytics Initiative from a private company, beating out several business school teams in the process.
Dr. Hamilton received his B.A.E. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. He is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Italian and Portuguese, and seeks to learn any other language (computer or human) that strikes his fancy (currently Russian, Japanese, and German). He is a supporter of DC United, Vélez Sarsfield, and the US national team.
Matt Stigall is Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operations Officer of Soccermetrics Research, LLC. Mr. Stigall has over three years of experience as a co-founder of multiple technology startup companies, including Nexpense and TripLingo. He also has over five years of sales and marketing experience in corporate and startup environments, in particular telecommunications and media organizations. Mr. Stigall is very enthusiastic about soccer and has organized a number of grassroots activities in Atlanta area, including a fans-oriented group to lobby MLS for a team in Atlanta (ATLWantsMLS.com) and a networking group for those associated with soccer-related organizations.
Mr. Stigall received a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering with certificates in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur and the US national team.