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Glenn Sugiyama serves as managing partner and global Sports Practice leader in the firm’s Chicago office. Read more >

Glenn Sugiyama serves as managing partner and global Sports Practice leader in the firm’s Chicago office.

Described by Forbes magazine as “…one of the most influential men in college athletics”, Glenn is credited with building one of the largest and most renowned sports practice groups in the world.  For over 15 years, he has been placing talent in professional sports organizations and for the top academic institutions in the United States and around the world, including senior sports executives and head coaches.  

Glenn is considered a human capital expert in the sports industry and is frequently asked to share his opinions and insights in the media, and speak about his experiences internationally.  

At age 27, Glenn became one of the youngest directors of a major U.S. pro sports team when he was named to the board of directors of the former world champion Chicago Bulls. Prior to the Bulls, he was a Division I college basketball coach.

Before joining DHR International, Glenn was vice president and account director for Leo Burnett USA, and a former director of North American business development at iLeo, Leo Burnett’s Marketing Services group.

Glenn began his career as director of marketing, advertising and sales for a regional restaurant company.  He made the successful transition from marketing to finance & operations when he ran a nine unit / 700-employee chain as president and CEO.  Since then, Glenn has served as EVP of a 5,000-employee service company and President of a real estate development company.

In addition, he has served on the Advisory Council of the University of Illinois – College of Business and the Board of Directors of the Japanese American Service Committee.

Recently, Glenn was named one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” in the U.S.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University. < Read less



Chicago | North America
April 2021

Tony Stubblefield Named DePaul Men’s Basketball Head Coach

DePaul University announced today that Tony Stubblefield has been named head coach of the men's basketball program. Stubblefield comes to DePaul after spending the last 11 seasons at the University of Oregon. Stubblefield has over two decades of experience in college basketball. More >

September 2020 | ESPN

Central Michigan hires Texas' Amy Folan as athletic director

Amy Folan named Athletic Director for Central Michigan, the first woman to hold the role at CMU, in a search completed by Glenn Sugiyama. More >

July 2020 | National Association of Basketball Coaches

Craig Robinson Named New NABC Executive Director

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Craig Robinson, an accomplished basketball administrator and former Division I head coach, has been selected as the next Executive Director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Robinson succeeds Jim Haney, who has held the position for the past 29 years. Robinson becomes just the fifth Executive Director in the NABC’s history. More >

February 2020 | MLive

Michigan State pays $100,000 for search firm in hiring Mel Tucker

It took Michigan State less than two weeks to find a new football coach. The process included the use of a search firm, which cost the university $100,000. More >

December 2019 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR International Assists University of New Mexico in Head Football Coach Search

Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner and global sports practice leader at DHR International, has placed Albuquerque, NM native Danny Gonzales as the 32nd head football coach of the University of New Mexico (UNM). Bob Davie was fired after going 35-63 over the last eight seasons, posting a losing record in six of them. More >

November 2019 | Chicago Tribune

Inside the world of college football headhunters: How a ‘crazy’ Chicago exec helps schools reel in the big fish

The modern headhunter is part researcher, part sounding board and part concierge, making all the arrangements on the down low for conference calls and interviews. And in the case of one industry veteran in Chicago, Glenn Sugiyama, a whole lot more. More >

July 2019

First He Helped Recruit Michael Jordan to UNC, Now He's the Go-To Scout - For College Basketball Coachces

One year into her new job as the athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh in early 2018, Heather Lyke was facing the most important decision of her tenure. Men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was in the midst of a winless season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and a change was in the offing. Hiring a new football or men’s basketball coach are among the most important decisions that a high-major athletic director will make, as millions of dollars are invested on a yearly basis into those programs and the coaches make seven-figure salaries. So before Stallings had even coached his last game for the Panthers, Lyke found herself in South Carolina meeting with former coach-turned-hiring consultant Eddie Fogler about filling her soon to be vacant job. More >

December 2018 | The Progress

Maile named USU Interim head coach

The past couple of days have been a whirlwind for Utah State athletic director John Hartwell, who is now tasked with finding a new head football coach. More >

October 2017 | Portland Tribune

Search firm rep begins football coach hire process at Oregon State

EGGERS/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/AD and Beavers coaches meet to discuss what OSU has to offer and needs in a new coach to be successful More >

September 2017 | Journal & Courier

How Purdue lured Jeff Brohm to save its struggling football program

Phone call sold Louisville native on Purdue's commitment. More >

August 2017 | D1 ticker

Rhode Island’s Bjorn & Northern Iowa’s Harris: Head Coach Contracts and Extensions

University of Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn and University of Northern Iowa Director of Athletics David Harris discuss the mechanics of head coach contracts and extensions. Moderated by Glenn Sugiyama of DHR International. More >

March 2017 | Sports Business Daily

Women make progress in filling Division I AD jobs

Since the start of 2016, 52 NCAA Division I athletic director jobs have been filled. Eight of the 52 hires have been women. Believe it or not, that represents progress. More >

March 2017 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR Places First Female AD at University of Pittsburgh

Search firms have been tasked to find athletic leadership for universities across the country. In one of the latest, DHR International has just placed Heather Lyke as athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh. She becomes the first woman to take on this leadership role at the school, replacing Scott Barnes. Glenn Sugiyama, DHR’s managing partner and global sports practice leader, led the assignment along with partner Pat Richter who spearheads the firm’s specialized sports practice group. More >

March 2017 | The Pitt News

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

Basketball season is over, but history was made Monday on the hardwood floor of the Petersen Events Center. More >

February 2017 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR International in Hunt for Athletic Director at University of Pittsburgh

The margin for error in college athletics searches is razor thin. Recruiters bring speed & discretion and provide protection and plausible deniability. Let's go inside the highly competitive world of university sports recruiting. More >

December 2016 | 247 Sports

From A+ to D: Grading the college football coaching hires

The coaching carousel has stopped whirring for the moment, so let’s take stock. Who nailed their hires? Who could’ve done better? Coaches and agents helped 247Sports grade the 17 FBS hires to this point. More >

December 2016 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR International Taps Head Football Coach for Purdue

Executive search firm DHR International has recruited Jeff Brohm as head football coach for Purdue University. He becomes the 36th head coach in program history. The search was led by DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama. Purdue is coming off a terrible run the last four seasons under Darrell Hazell in which it won just nine total games. Mr. Hazell was fired midway through this season. More >

June 2016 | D1.ticker

The Self-Aware Athletic Director

We’ve come to expect a great deal from athletic directors. They are after all brilliant and shrewd masters of their craft, capable of steering tremendously complex business operations through an ever turbulent industry. They create grand visions for the future of their university’s athletic program, leveraging an uncanny ability to take ambiguous strategic concepts and turn them into perfectly executable reality, all the while rallying hundreds of employees to devotedly commit themselves to the great cause. We might as well call them flawless, because they are simply incapable of anything short of textbook leadership. More >

December 2015

Glenn Sugiyama: A visionary in the collegiate arena

Glenn Sugiyama serves as Managing Partner and Global Sports Practice Leader in the firm’s Chicago office. Described by Forbes magazine as “one of the most influential men in college athletics,” Glenn Sugiyama is credited with building one of the largest and most renowned sports practice groups in the world. For over ten years, he has been placing talent in professional sports organizations and for the top academic institutions in the United States and around the world, including senior sports executives and head coaches. Mr. Sugiyama is considered a human capital expert in the sports industry, and is frequently asked to share his opinions and insights in the media, and speak about his experiences internationally. More >

December 2015 | Forbes

The Most Powerful Women In Sports

Who are the most powerful women in sports? Managing over 1,000 employees and helping drive an estimated $700 million in annual revenues, racing heiress Lesa France Kennedy has established herself as the most influential female in the business of sports. More >

September 2015 | Baltimore Business Journal

Ex-Terp, regent Tom McMillen has blank slate to lead Division 1A athletic directors group

Tom McMillen, the former congressman and regent at the University of Maryland, is the new voice for athletic directors at the highest levels. Now he’s going to spend the next few weeks days figuring out what that means. More >

October 2015 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR Recruits Athletic Association CEO

DHR International has recruited Tom McMillen as president and chief executive officer of the 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. Mr. McMillen replaces Dutch Baughman, the 1A Association’s longtime executive director who previously served as director of athletics at Oregon State, Virginia Tech, and Furman. More >

September 2015 | Forbes

Why Texas Will And Should Use A Search Firm For AD Hire

Less than two years removed from hiring Steve Patterson, Texas is once again in the market for a new athletic director. When the Longhorns needed to replace the retiring DeLoss Dodds in October of 2013 the administration used a search firm – namely Korn Ferry – to help them pinpoint a replacement. Given that Dodds had been the Texas athletic director for 33 years, it made sense to bring in a group with more experience in finding administrators than anyone at the university. More >

June 2015

DHR completes search for athletic director of Syracuse University

Global executive search firm DHR International is pleased to announce the successful placement of Mark Coyle as Athletic Director for Syracuse University. The search was completed by Global Leader of the Sports Practice, Glenn Sugiyama, and Executive Vice President, Pat Richter. More >

June 2015 |

New A.D. Coyle And His Family Welcomed To Syracuse University

Glenn Sugiyama and Pat Richter successfully place Mark Coyle as the new Athletic Director for Syracuse University. More >