ANS Partnership with Harvard Sports Analysis Collective

One of the new features this season will be a partnership with the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective. I've teased these guys in the past about their vaguely Maoist name, but I've always been a fan of their straightforward analytic style. Some of the brightest minds in analytics are coming from places like HSAC.

In case you're not familiar with them, HSAC is an undergraduate organization at Harvard College dedicated to the quantitative analysis of sports strategy and management. It was founded in 2006 under the guidance of Professor Carl Morris. HSAC's work has focused on applying some scientific rigor to sports analysis. Their previous work on the NFL has ranged from identifying inefficiencies in the NFL draft to criticizing poor in-game decision making, which you can find on their new website. Many of its members have worked in the sports analytics industry in both the media and on the team side. According to Kevin Meers, co-president of the group, says that right now they're focused on getting our bench press reps up so they can get off the computers and onto the field. Good luck with that.

Kevin will be coordinating weekly contributions from HSAC members here at ANS. He's majoring in economics with a minor in statistics. His work has focused on the NFL draft, but he is currently studying applications of game theory on in-game decisions. He has also spent the past two years as an intern in the NFL, and he may have been the only person from Washington DC who wasn't excited about the RG III trade.

Please welcome Kevin and HSAC, comrades! Look for their first post shortly.

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2 Responses to “ANS Partnership with Harvard Sports Analysis Collective”

  1. Jeff Clarke says:

    I'm watching the Brown-Harvard game as I write this. How come the Ivy League coaches aren't any better at decision making? If anybody could implement the Pulaski strategy without fear of reactionary fans, you would think it would be an Ivy coach.

  2. Brian Burke says:

    True. Or the service academies--They understand operations research. But in the end football guys are football guys, regardless of where they're coaching.

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