Drew Turner, President

Drew Turner serves as President of Collegiate Sports Associates, a role that he transitioned into in January of 2023 after initially joining the firm as Vice President & COO in June of 2019. In Drew’s role as President he is responsible for the oversight of the company which includes setting the strategic vision for the firm. He is involved in all of CSA’s executive search projects, identifying and recruiting candidates for positions represented by CSA and supports the company’s consulting practice. Since joining CSA, Drew has worked on or led more than 200 executive searches that include searches for head coaches, athletics directors, commissioners, and senior administrators. Additionally, Drew has participated as part of the lead project team in all of CSA’s consulting projects.

Career Snapshot

Co-Founder and President of Collegiate Sports Connect

Has worked on over 200 executive searches as CSA Vice President

Named to the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40 influential people in Men’s College Basketball by The Athletic

Chaired the Old Dominion Athletic Fund’s (ODAF) $40M fundraising campaign

Former athletics administrator at Old Dominion University, Duke University, and the University of South Carolina


 Since joining CSA in 2019, Drew has helped lead the company to record highs in number of projects led and revenue generated. With the exception of the COVID year in 2020, every year since Drew has been with the firm has been a record year for the company. In Drew’s first year as President (2023), CSA set a record for the number of projects led in a calendar year and for revenue generated. Since joining the firm in 2019, CSA’s annual revenue has increased by over 100%. Additionally, Drew has helped position the firm as one of the leading executive search and consulting firms in intercollegiate athletics, effectively managing 175 projects over the past four years which is more projects than the firm had led in the nine years prior to his arrival.

Prior to joining CSA, Drew served for six years as a member of the athletics development team at Old Dominion University. As Associate AD for Development, he managed the Monarchs external fundraising team where he helped lead the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation (ODAF) to back to back record fundraising years. In addition to these primary duties, Turner chaired the ODAF’s $40M athletics fundraising campaign, served as a member of the executive committee for the $70M renovation of S.B. Ballard Stadium, was a member of the President’s $250M university campaign steering committee, the Athletic Director’s and Vice President’s senior leadership teams, and was the sport administrator for several ODU varsity sports programs.

Prior to his time at ODU, Drew held athletic fundraising positions with Duke University and the University of South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University of South Carolina and earned a Master of Business Administration from ODU. Before transferring to South Carolina, Drew attended Elon University where he was a member of the football team.

Drew is an active participant and frequent panelist for several professional development programs such as the NCAA Pathway Program, the Collegiate Athletics Leadership Symposium (CALS), TopConnect, the NextLevel Coaches Convention, among others. Additionally, Drew was recently recognized by the national publication The Athletic as a member of their “40 under 40” class, which highlights the most influential people in Men’s College Basketball under the age of 40.

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