Two-Minute Drill: Nike, BSN, USB

United Sports Brands has named Greg Houser to its senior leadership team as senior VP–design and product development overseeing the company’s full brand portfolio: Shock Doctor, McDavid, Nathan and Cutters. Houser will be responsible for leading the design and development of United Sports Brands’ products, including leading the product development team. He comes to USB from management positions at Marmot, L.L. Bean and Nike and he most recently worked at Kryptek, a tactical gear brand based in Idaho. Jay Turkbas, who has led product development at the company for 18 years, remains on the senior leadership team in the newly created role of senior VP–innovation.

Tennessee State University has signed a multi-year agreement with Nike through BSN Sports beginning with the 2019/20 season. The agreement between TSU and BSN Sports is for five years and makes Nike the official athletic apparel, footwear, accessory and equipment brand for all 15 Big Blue programs.

The University of North Florida and UNF Athletics have entered into a partnership agreement with Under Armour that made UA the Ospreys official outfitter as of July 1. As part of a seven-year agreement that runs through June 30, 2026, the company will provide UNF's 19 varsity sports with on-field and off-field training gear, in addition to outfitting North Florida coaching and athletic department staff. The Ospreys are the only Division I Under Armour school in the state of Florida.

BSN Sports last week acquired Hillock Sports, based in Murray, UT. Hillock has been serving team sports customers in Utah and neighboring states for 20 years. Earlier in the month, BSN acquired Key Sport Shop, based in Rolla, MO. Key Sport has operated as a Rolla-based institution for 40 years as a provider of athletic supplies and apparel including screen printing and embroidery. Tom Green, Key Sport’s owner, is retiring upon the sale to BSN Sports, while Joe Gorman will continue as branch manager.

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) has announced the winners of the 7th annual Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program. The 2019 scholarship has been awarded to Tommy Acchione (Engineering Manager, STX), Brian Dietrich (Coordinator of Marketing & Sales, Rapsodo), Kelsey Ping (Marketing Operations Manager, Riddell), Susan Riley (Director of Brand Marketing, BSN Sports), Hewan Teshome (Corporate Counsel, VICIS) and Matthew Weiss (Director of Marketing, Retail, Events & Sports Marketing, Brooks Running).  The program rewards young individuals in sports and fitness, who aspire to lead future generations of business executives in the industry. The scholars receive complimentary access to SFIA’s annual Industry Leaders Summit, where they are recognized and applauded for their dedication to the world of sports and fitness.