Clay Pfeifler, Senior Consultant

Clay Pfeifler joined Collegiate Sports Associates as Director of Operations in 2018 and has directed all analytics and research efforts for CSA while supporting operations and managing CSA’s candidate database. Since joining CSA, he has supported over 120 executive searches and more than 30 different consulting projects. In Spring 2024, he took on an expanded role as Senior Consultant supporting CSA’s Search & Consulting practices. 

In 2021, Clay took on a leadership role for Collegiate Sports Connect while continuing to support operations for CSA. He helps guide the vision, strategy and operations for the recent start-up, which is reinventing the way college athletics departments identify and recruit administrative talent. Since launch, Connect has grown to over 6,000 users and is used by more than 45 institutions to find and recruit talent.

Career Snapshot

Manages CSA’s candidate database and leads all research and analytics efforts for CSA

Has supported over 120 executive searches and 30 consulting projects since joining CSA in 2018

Serves dual role as Vice President for Collegiate Sports Connect

Previous experience at UNC Chapel Hill, Florida State University, and IMG Academy


Before joining CSA, he served as an Administration GA supporting the Athletics senior staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his M.A. in Sport Administration from UNC, he also holds a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A from Florida State University, where he worked with the Women’s Tennis program. He previously worked in a research and analytics role at IMG Academy and is passionate about using data to help athletic departments make better decisions.

Clay and his wife, Hannah, currently reside in Pensacola, FL, with their baby son, Banks, and French bulldogs, Kelly and Nora.


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