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Senior Bowl Staff

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Jim Nagy

Executive Director

The University of Michigan graduate entered the NFL as an intern for the Green Bay Packers, during their Super Bowl winning season in 1996. After spending one season as the West Coast Area Scout for the Washington Football Team, Nagy joined the New England Patriots as an area scout in 2002, spending 7 years with the team. He was hired by Scott Pioli in Kansas City as a National Scout before spending 5 years as the Southeast Area Scout for the Seattle Seahawks. Nagy 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) before taking over as Executive Director of the Senior Bowl in June 2018. One of Nagy’s first moves was to build the game’s first-ever scouting department composed of former NFL scouts and implement a formal scouting system. The 186 players drafted (and 80 in the first three rounds) is the best two-year draft record in the Senior Bowl’s 72-year history.

Nagy has also worked as an on-air draft analyst for ESPN in the leadup to the 2019 and 2020 NFL drafts. In his role with the Senior Bowl, Nagy is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and selection of those invited to the game. In addition, he interfaces with the NFL league office as well as the Mobile Arts and Sports Association and the community of Mobile at large to support them and in turn, to draw from the community to aid the game and NFL community. He oversees the game’s corporate sponsorships and works with their business partners. He works with GMs and personnel directors to manage his board and selections, extracting from the teams what they care about and making sure their needs are met. Nagy is a liaison to the agent community who are representing those players. He functions as a team builder in his current role, which gives him an advantage moving forward.

Sylvester Croom

Senior Vice President of Operations

Sylvester Croom joined the Reese's Senior Bowl in May of 2018 as an honorary member of the staff. 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.

Lauren Fleming

Director of Hospitality Events and Community Outreach Programs

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.

Sonya Wakefield

Director of Ticket Sales and Business Management

Sonya Wakefield joined the Senior Bowl staff in October 2003. She is responsible for all ticket operations, game week registration, accountspayable and receivables, and oversees all day-to-day business management. Sonya graduated from the Auburn University with a Bachelor's degree in General Business Management and has lived in the Mobile area since 1996.

Michael Coe

Director of Football Operations

Coe will help oversee the game’s expanding football footprint, regarding both the all-star event itself, as well as the HBCU Combine and other community-based projects throughout the calendar year such as NFL Flag league, Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl, and Senior Bowl Charities Celebrity Golf Classic.

After a stellar college career at both the University of Arkansas and Alabama State University, Coe participated in the 2007 Senior Bowl and was then selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts.  Coe played seven NFL seasons with the Colts, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, and Dallas Cowboys.  He finished up his playing career in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2014.  Coe, who was part of the Senior Bowl’s 2021 Scout School initiative, earned a championship ring as part of the 2011 Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI team and is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Dave Rogers

Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy

Dave Rogers joined the Senior Bowl staff in February of 2019 and will be responsible for all marketing, branding strategy and creative media. Dave will also be our liaison to the national and local media, advertising agency, and web development team. Dave comes to Mobile from the University of Florida football program where he was the Director of External Communications in Recruiting and an instructor with the College of Journalism and Communication for two years. Prior to Florida, Dave spent 13 years with the University of Utah football program, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication, and completed his tenure as Director of Football Media.

Elizabeth DuPree

Director of Corporate Sponsorships

Elizabeth DuPree joined the Senior Bowl team in June of 2019 after 18 years leading sales account management and operational teams.  Responsible for recruitment and renewal of corporate sponsors and Quarterback Club membership, Elizabeth will partner closely with local and national sponsors to provide meaningful value to businesses and uphold the excellence, tradition and prestige that the Senior Bowl brand represents.  Born and raised in Mobile, AL, Elizabeth is an enthusiastic Crimson Tide football fan and loves spending time with her husband and 2 children on the water. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in History &  Political Science from the University of Alabama.

Molly Middleton

Media Relations Coordinator

After working for the Senior Bowl as a media relations intern for three years, Molly Middleton joined the full time staff as the media relations coordinator in September of 2021. She graduated from The University of Alabama in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in public relations and a minor in sport communications, where she was a student recruiter and communications assistant for Alabama Athletics. Molly specialized in basketball, football, golf, rowing, and soccer during her time working for the Crimson Tide.

Molly is the first point of contact for all year-round media inquiries, serving as the primary liaison between the Senior Bowl and national and local media. She is responsible for and oversees all game-week communication, including Media Day and interview schedules for players and coaches. She also manages the executive director's interview schedule and assists with the planning, implementation, and execution of all Senior Bowl events throughout the year, including, but not limited to, the Quarter Back Club event, Senior Bowl Committee parties, the Charities Celebrity Golf Classic, Turkey Bowl, and the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame.