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Senior Bowl Staff


JIM NAGY

Executive Director

Jim Nagy took over as executive director of the Senior Bowl in June 2018 after spending 18 years in the National Football League. In his time in the NFL, Nagy worked as an area scout in the West, Midwest, and Southeast regions, as well as in a national scouting capacity for four years with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a part of six Super Bowl teams and four Lombardi Trophy winning clubs (Green Bay Packers XXXI, New England Patriots XXXVIII and XXXIX and Seattle Seahawks XLVIII). Prior to his time in the NFL, Nagy worked for a sports agency in New York City representing NFL players and had various jobs in the media, including a consultant role on the NFL Today pregame show on CBS and writing his own football column in The Sporting News magazine. He graduated from the University of Michigan and his family has resided in Mobile, Ala., since 2007.


SYLVESTER CROOM

Senior Vice President of Operations

Sylvester Croom joined the Reese's Senior Bowl staff in May of 2018. He spent more than 25 years as an assistant coach in the National Football League, with nine different clubs. From 2004-2008 he was the head coach at Mississippi State University, where he was the first African American head coach in the history of the Southeastern Conference. He was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2007 after leading the Bulldogs to eight wins, including a victory in the Liberty Bowl. Croom attended the University of Alabama, where he played for legendary coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant and later started his coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant under Bryant and Ray Perkins.


JULIE HICKS

Director of Corporate Sponsorships and Brand Management

julie@seniorbowl.com | O: 251.445.6006 | C: 251.554.1697

Julie Hicks joined the Reese's Senior Bowl in September of 2014 after a seven-year career with Mobile-based GoDaddy Bowl (now Dollar General Bowl), where she was responsible for marketing and media relations. The Dallas native has lived in Mobile for more than 25 years and has a background in marketing, advertising and client services. Julie is responsible for corporate sponsorships and brand management and brings 30 years of experience with her.


ROB LEHOCKY

Director of Public Relations and Digital Media

rob@seniorbowl.com | O: 251.445.6260 | C: 251.648.0638

Rob Lehocky joined the Senior Bowl in December of 2012 after working 15 years as a television Sports Anchor. During his broadcasting career, he won more than 50 awards, including a National Edward R. Murrow Award, two Emmys and four Regional Murrow Awards. The Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo graduate has also been a freelance Cinematographer for NFL Films since 2007.


SONYA WAKEFIELD

Director of Ticket Sales and Business Management

sonya@seniorbowl.com | O: 251.445.6009

Sonya Wakefield joined the Senior Bowl staff in October 2003. She is responsible for Ticket Operations, Game Week registration, the Charity Run School Program and Program Sales. Sonya earned a Bachelor's degree in General Business Management from Auburn University and has lived in the Mobile area since 1996.


LAUREN FLEMING

Director of Hospitality Events and Community Outreach Programs

lauren@seniorbowl.com | O: 251.445.6007 | C: 334.201.8132

After working as an intern at the Senior Bowl, Lauren Fleming joined the staff full time in 2011. She coordinates all hospitality and community-related events as well as player travel and other logistics for game week. In addition, the Auburn University graduate handles all correspondence with Senior Bowl Committee members and various business duties.