The Sports KingDome TEAM
Michael Van Riper
Before joining Sports Facilities Management (SFM), Mike worked in retail management for 25 years with iconic brands such as CVS, Target, and Trans World Entertainment where he held positions from Manager to District Manager in the Northeast. In these roles, Mike leveraged his talents and knowledge in store operations, strategic planning, training and development, marketing, and P&L management to consistently drive great teams to outstanding results. During Mike’s career in retail, he took on a variety of challenging assignments as both a Manager and District Manager where he opened new locations, consolidated locations in re-branding efforts at FYE/Trans World, and quickly diagnosed and fixed stores that were off track to ensure profit goals were met. During Mike’s tenure at Target as a Store Team Leader in Metro-New York he had the opportunity to launch several strategic initiatives such as the company’s entry into omni-channel with “Pick Up In Store” and its fresh food expansion with P-Fresh. During these launches Mike and his team provided early feedback and training in the market that helped mold the national roll outs. Mike’s professional career has shown a consistent ability to lead and develop great teams. He truly enjoys getting the most out of those that work for him and playing a role in getting them to achieve their true potential. This ability to manage and motivate people effectively fuels an environment where teams and individuals can thrive.
Mike is a graduate of Pace University, where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing Management. Sports has been a big part of Mike’s life from a young age. He played high school baseball as part of a team that achieved a top 10 ranking in Baseball America. Mike’s passion for sports has continued and been passed on to his two sons who are active in baseball, hockey, and cross-country. Mike has had the opportunity to give back to the community as a Little League coach, player agent, and President. When Mike’s not at the Sports Kingdome or on the field coaching, you can find him at Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden where he and his family are huge Yankee and Ranger fans!
Director of Operations
Matt DeGeorge has come to the Sports KingDome after serving under the Athletic Director at Moravian College, a Division III college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has vast experience with many different areas in sports administration at the collegiate level. During his career at Moravian College, he implemented and constructed many different intramural and recreational programs working along side various coaches, administrators, and athletes.
Matt obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Physiology with a minor in Sports Management from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. And his Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in California.
As a Sports Coordinator, Matt first began an intramural program from start-up prior to his work in collegiate sports and obtaining his Master’s Degree. He brought in different sports, which aided the success of a locally owned and operated non-profit organization. Matt has volunteered as a defensive backs coach at the semi-pro football level, coached little league baseball and is passionate about all sports.
In his free time Matt enjoys a variety of different activities. Matt is a published horror book author, publishing his first book in 2013, and continues to write in the genre. He also enjoys doing various activities such as: sports, fantasy sports, swimming, crabbing, hiking and fishing. Matt is a die-hard New York Giants fan, and regularly attends games during the year as a season ticket holder. The video game “Tecmo Super Bowl” is his secret pleasure, and he currently holds a top 5 world ranking across the country.
Senior Sports Director
Before Larry joined Sports Facilities Management (SFM), he was a part of the development and opening of the largest indoor sports complex in North America, Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, PA. Initially hired as the Baseball and Softball Director Larry generating over $650,000 of revenue his first year and was quickly promoted to the Director of Sports Programming. Larry was responsible for eighteen different sports, as well as, Youth and Adult Programming producing more than $12,000,000 in revenue over the next two years. Larry was then promoted to Director of Business Development and Corporate Sponsorships where he negotiated over $1,000,000 dollars in new business. Larry was also an Associate Scout for the Florida Marlins.
Larry majored in Business Management at the University of Texas @ Arlington where he earned a four-year full scholarship as a left-handed pitcher. Suffering a career ending injury during his sophomore season, this incident drastically impacted Larry’s passion and outlook towards youth sports and emphasis on injury prevention that has stayed with him during his entire career.
In Larry’s free time, he enjoys playing baseball, basketball, flag football, hiking, camping, golfing, and spending time with his wife, Michelle, his daughter Kaylee and sons Camden and Jake.
Director of Business Development and Marketing
Mike’s professional career spans a few different industries’ that have contributed to his diverse set of skills in marketing, sales, and operations. As an entrepreneur, Mike founded a company called Yumnuts Naturals, that manufactured a line of dry roasted and all-naturally flavored cashew nuts. Mike was the main reason the company was able to generate around $3.5MM in sales in only two years, after which they sold the company to a small conglomerate. Mike then turned his sights to the finance industry, where over the next five and a half years, he leveraged his vast network of business professionals, athletes, and investors into a successful career as a financial advisor. Since sports truly run in Mike’s blood, he soon turned to sports marketing and started working immediately for a large agency in New York City. Mike was tasked to work with properties in Formula 1 racing (Red Bull Racing Team, Williams Martini Racing Team), Thoroughbred horse racing (California Chrome), among many others. It’s this diverse set of skills that sets Mike apart from others in the business world. He strives to become successful at any endeavor and it shows in his business, as well as in the sports he plays.
Mike attended Cornell University and was a member of the Cornell football and baseball team. Michael has been very involved in competitive sports, whether it is playing baseball in the Independent League (Northeast League), winning a National Championship in Platform Tennis, or playing golf competitively in the Metropolitan Golf Association section in the Northeast.
Director of Baseball Operations
John is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. John played baseball for the College and was a four-time letter winner and two-time team. John was voted ECAC Player of the Year and the Virginia Sports Information Director All-State pitcher. Upon graduation from the College of William and Mary, John began a career in the financial sector as an investment executive.
After 13 years in finance, John went back to his true passion and began coaching baseball. John has successfully founded and developed two baseball programs that involved him managing the programs from selecting players, hiring coaches, tournament and league scheduling and implementing training and player development strategies. 21 players that have participated in John’s baseball programs are now playing baseball at the collegiate level.
John has been married to his wife Cathy for 22 years and has two sons, Alex, who is attending and playing baseball at The College of the Holy Cross and Eric, who attends John F. Kennedy Catholic HS in Somers, NY.
Tournament Director – Baseball and Softball
Brad Muldoon comes to the Sports Kingdome from the Dan Duquette Sports Academy (DDSA) where he served as the General Manager during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Brad has been with Sports Facilities Management (SFM) since 2015. Brad will be responsible for working with the Baseball Director of the Sports Kingdome to run the baseball operations. Brad’s experience as a General Manager, Tournament Director, scout, coach and instructor has made him a great fit for his position.
At DDSA Brad and his team ran numerous baseball tournaments, baseball camps, multi sport camps, facility rentals and lodging for many teams, campers and renters. Prior to DDSA, Brad has worked as the General Manager at the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park in Goldsboro, NC, Facility Manager at the Connecticut Baseball Academy and Program Director for Goose’s Major League Instruction in Wallingford, CT. Brad also has run camps, clinics and private instruction at the CT Baseball Academy, Goose’s Major League Instruction, Extra Inning (Fort Myers, FL), Fielder’s Choice (Taunton, MA) and Inside the Park (Fall River, MA). While with the CT Baseball Academy and Goose’s Major League Instruction, Brad also served as a coach for their elite travel baseball teams and has had many players move on to play at all levels of college and professional baseball including the MLB. From 2006-2009 Brad, was also the league president for the Super East Baseball League. Brad also spent parts of 12 years traveling around the country working events with Perfect Game USA. While with Perfect Game USA, Brad was involved in tournaments, showcases, scouting and built hundreds of relationships at all levels within the baseball world.
Brad Muldoon grew up in Wareham, Massachusetts. He attended Wareham High School where he was a three-sport varsity letter winner in Football, Ice Hockey and Baseball. Brad then went on to play two years of junior college baseball at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). While at CCRI Brad helped the team win two New England regional titles, including a school record in wins and still holds individual school records in batting and stolen bases. After two years at CCRI Brad moved on the play division 1 baseball at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). While the starting center fielder at CCSU, Brad help lead the Blue Devils to two NEC regular season and tournament championships, two NCAA D1 baseball regionals and a school record of 41 wins in 2004.