JockBio.com is the brainchild of three partners: Mark Stewart, Mike Kennedy and Ron Jaffe.
Together weve written and designed more than 100 sports books.
Youve probably seen our work before on the shelves of your
local library or public school or at your favorite book store. We
also benefit from the hard work of a crew of dedicated contributing
editors and interns.
JockBio is your chance to sample
our collective talents free of charge. Scroll down to find out more
about each one of us.
by Matt Richman
Mark is one of the most
prolific sports biographers in the world, with more than 200
books and hundreds of athlete profiles to his
credit. A graduate of Duke University, he has been active in sports
journalism since the 1980s. Mark put in a four-year stint as editor
of Racquet Magazine before launching a successful freelance career
a decade ago. Since then he has worked with the NBA, NFL and NCAA,
and contributed to a number of sports magazines, including Street & Smith and SportScene. Mark also edited the show daily for The Super Show
sporting goods convention for more than 15 years. His first foray
into the world of sports biographies came in the mid 1990s, when
he helped to create and execute IMP’s groundbreaking Sports
Heroes, Feats & Facts project. At the same time he collaborated
on a series of books with 30 different athletes, including John
Elway, Florence Griffith-Joyner and Martin Brodeur. Mark also wrote Tiger By The Tale, the first biography of Tiger Woods. An experienced
interviewer, Mark has worked with countless luminaries in and out
of the sports world. He is pictured above interviewing Dr. Mehmet
Oz. Mark is the Managing Editor of EDGE Magazine.
Mike ranks among
the busiest sportswriters in the business. In the last five years,
he has authored or collaborated on more than 30 books. Among his
recent works are Kidd Rocks (Jason Kidd), Quest for Gold (Michelle Kwan), and En Fuego, a bilingual series on the
starts of Latino baseball. Mike is also the lead author for Groliers
new sports series, published by its Franklin Watts division. Already
on the shelves are books on Soccer, Skateboarding, Roller Hockey,Baseball, Football, Basketball,
and Ice Hockey. Each book traces the history of the sport
it covers, offers helpful playing tips, and profiles all-time great
players. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Mike enjoys
golf and plays to a 15 handicap.
Ron comes to JockBio.com by way of the retail side of publishing.
Formerly the Senior Director of Marketing at Waldenbooks, he has
had a hand in hundreds of publishing projects in every conceivable
category. He designed the popular New Wave sports series
for Millbrook Press, and produced more than three dozen titles for
that company. Other past and present clients include MasterCard,
BBC Audiobooks America, Earth Satellite Corporation, Viking/Penguin,
Simon & Schuster, and Grolier. During his 17 years at Waldenbooks,
he conceived, designed and published more than 400 original titles,
and oversaw partnerships with the likes of Warner Bros., The Walt
Disney Company, Jim Henson Productions, DC Comics, Kodak, Anheuser
Busch/Sea World and Prevention Magazine. Ron also was co-publisher
of Third Story Books and publisher of Longmeadow Press.
Jeff Angus is
a management consultant specializing in work for entrepreneurial
organizations—and author of Management by Baseball: The
Official Rules for Winning Management in Any Field. He reported
on baseball for both the Associated Press and United Press International,
was a sportswriter for the Seattle Sun, and is a member
of SABR, on whose web site more of his baseball work can be found.
Jeff's commentaries on political economy and business evolution
have appeared on the op-ed pages of many papers, including The
New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch, and The Seattle Times. He has also
been a regular opinion columnist for InfoWorld, InformationWeek and Knowledge Management.
Zack Burgess is freelancer operating out of Philadelphia. He began his career as a teenager at the Detroit Free Press; from the moment he walked into the building, he knew that writing and reporting the news was what he was meant to do. The smell of ink and the adrenaline of deadlines took him from The Kansas City Star to The Washington Times to Slam Magazine, where he was a senior writer. Zack’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday and The Washington Post. A Howard University graduate, he has covered every major sporting event except for the Super Bowl and the Olympics.
Ann Casano eats, breathes and sleeps New York Yankee baseball. The New Jersey native presently designs and teaches online film courses and does a variety of freelance writing and editing for the web. However, baseball is her true passion. Rockies versus Giants, Tigers versus Rangers, Cubs versus Phillies—it doesn't matter—if there is a game on television, chances are she's following it. Often times, her TV doesn't turn off until the final west coast game has ended.
Andy has been
a successful advertising writer since 1986, but his passion has
always been sports. A cum laude graduate of Utica College of Syracuse
University, he first wrote sports for the Oneida Daily Dispatch,
and then for the Evening Times in Little Falls, NY. After
covering the now-defunct Class-A Little Falls Mets, Andy jumped
to a Syracuse ad agency, and has been there ever since. He is still
the proud owner of thousands of '60s and '70s baseball cards from
his youth (when wax packs cost a dime!). Andy lives near Syracuse
with his wife Jo-vanna and daughters Emily and Julia. Both
girls have grown up at the ballpark, as the Collins family has held
season tickets for the AAA Syracuse SkyChiefs for the past 10 years.
Eun Jung has
been a writer in one incarnation or another her whole life. She
has written on foreign policy, travel, and marketing as well as
being a creative writer. Her work for JockBio.com is her first foray
into sports writing, and she is happy to have made the journey.
Her articles have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, The Japan Times, and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin among others. Eun Jung runs Play for Life International, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to using sports as a tool for development
for children in underserved areas of the U.S. and abroad, along
with her husband, Colin. She believes in the transformative power
of sport and works to reach as many children as possible.
dreamed of being a journalist since he first sat down to write sports
articles for his high school newspaper. Growing up as an American
living overseas, he became a passionate soccer fan, and has written
extensively on the sport. He has cut his teeth at The Intelligencer Journal, the daily
newspaper in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he attends Franklin
& Marshall College. Russell remains devoted to soccer, catching
action from the European Champions League on television whenever
is best known in sports photography circles for his work with the
WNBA’s Washington Mystics and 2008 Olympic boxer Gary Russell.
In between photo assignments, Robert is a firefighter for the D.C.
Fire Department. His work can be seen in The District Chronicles, P.G. Suite Magazine and other area publications. He snapped
the photos for our interview with Joe
name was last seen
in mainstream print during the 1970s, when his freelance work appeared
in several national magazines, including Rolling Stone.
After graduating from the University of Denver, where he was managing
editor of the school paper, William went over to the Dark Side and
joined the world of industrial capital equipment, air pollution
control systems, and financial services. A love of sports and long-neglected
literary itch precipitated his reemergence as a writer.
As the longtime
Communications Director for SGMA International, Mike May is one
of the best-known figures in the sports world. When he is not conducting
press conferences or appearing on national television, he can be
found on the soccer field coaching his daughter, playing golf with
his son, or getting pounded on the
rugby pitch. Mike has interviewed or profiled many of the worlds
top athletes and sports personalities, including golfers Bernhard
Langer, Gary McCord and Gene Sarazen, Winston Cup champion Jeff
Gordon, basketball star Sheryl Swoopes, baseball immortal Larry
Doby, football stars James Lofton, Bryce Paup, Jim Everett, Tom
Jackson and Marshall Faulk, and famed broadcasters Ray Scott, Ernie
Harwell, Bob Costas and Chris Berman.
has written for publications as diverse as MAR magazine
(the Breeders Cup), the Boston Globe (op eds), Carpenter (features about construction and the union) and numerous obscure
zines (poetry). A graduate of Yale with a degree in English, he
got sidetracked and wound up spending twenty years as a professional
chef and owned a number of businesses including a jazz club in Harlem.
He lives in New York City, where, in addition to writing (that novel will get finished in '08) and freelance copyediting, he is
a full-time, ineluctable Yankees fan.
writing have been Kevin’s passion for many years. After
graduating from Hofstra University, where he majored in Broadcast
Journalism, he spent 11 years working in two Regional sections
of the Professional Golfer’s Association (Metropolitan
and Southern California). As the Director of Junior Golf, he
was in charge of administrating golf events for players 7-17-years-old
and organized educational seminars in the Rules of Golf as
well as NCAA College Scholarship workshops. He has written
numerous articles on golf, including getting children started
in the game and the importance of character and ethics. For
the past five years, Kevin lived in Germany, where he was a
writer for Munich Found City Magazine. While
there, he played in the WHL (the Bavarian ice hockey league).
He has since returned to the U.S. and continues to play hockey
in a local men’s league. Kevin is an avid fan of the
NHL, NFL, Tour de France, World Cup and PGA Tour.
is a longtime Professor of American History and Dean of the Social
Science Division at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke,
Virginia. Growing up in Flint, Michigan, in the 1950s, he played
sandlot sports, varsity football and basketball at Kearsley High,
and YMCA League basketball. He attended Flint Junior College, worked
for two years, and graduated from Eastern Michigan. After teaching
American History and coaching basketball and baseball at Stockbridge
and Frankfort from 1964 to 1967, he spent the next three years at
Michigan State earning the Master’s and Ph.D. in Twentieth
Century U.S. History. He taught American History on the college
level for seven years before moving to Virginia Western in 1977.
Starting in 1992 with onetime Tiger heroes Charley Maxwell and Ray
Boone, Jim has interviewed and profiled more than one hundred former
pro athletes in baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. He enjoys
interviewing and writing about former ball players, especially those
whose careers occurred during the decades of the 1930s through the
1970s. George Yardley is one of the first class individuals and
athletes Jim was fortunate enough to talk to and write about. As
he likes to say, “I wasn’t good enough to compete at
that level, so this is my way of playing the game.” Jim is
currently co-authoring former MSU baseball coach Danny Litwhiler's
memoir, Danny Litwhiler: Living the Baseball Dream, to
be published by Temple University Press in October 2006.
Michael Spatz is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He majored in history. Michael grew up in the Washington, DC area rooting for the Braves and Ravens. The author of the Dan Haren JockBio, he has his eye on a career in sports journalism.
Mariah Stewart is an undergrad at Wake Forest University. She is the architect of the New Jersey Sports Heroes website and has authored biographical sketches on more than a dozen athletes past and present, including baseball pitchers Andrew Bailey, Rick Porcello and Charlie Morton?and Wake Forest alum Erik Hanson. Mariah has worked in television for the Emmy Award-winning production company Engel Entertainment, and built the social networking program for EDGE Magazine in her home state of New Jersey (Facebook EDGE Magazine NJ). Working for JockBio.com, Mariah has penned our profiles of Matt Kemp and Wake legend Brian Piccolo.
Mary Ellen Sweeney
has been a magazine writer and editor since 1987, when she joined
the staff of TFH Publications. She has authored more than a dozen
books on tropical fish and is considered one of the foremost authorities
in her field. Mary Ellen has also worked for AT&T‚s Artificial
Intelligence Department. Somewhere in between marine organisms and
scientists falls the realm of athletics. The daughter-in-law of
one of Ireland‚s legendary track coaches, she has been sideswiping
sports for years, but her Maria Sharapova JockBio marks the first
time she has written on the subject.
Vaughn (Philip Von Borries) is the author of four baseball books,
including American Gladiator: The Short Life And Hard Times
Of Pete Browning; Ameridi: An American Baseball Reader and Louisville Diamonds. His baseball bylines have appeared
in The Oakland Athletics Magazine, The Chicago Cubs
Program Magazine, The Washington Times, Sports
Collectors Digest and Oldtyme Baseball News. Phillip’s
baseball background also includes historical work on Pete Browning’s
new grave marker, dedicated in 1984 during the centennial anniversary
of the Louisville Slugger bat.
of the few turfwriters to have won both the Eclipse Award (Thoroughbred
Racing) and the John Hervey Award (Harness Racing), Von Borries
has written for numerous American, Canadian and European publications,
among them The Thoroughbred Record, The Kentucky Derby
Magazine, The European Racehorse, The Thoroughbred
Times, The Blood-Horse, The Daily Racing Form, Turf & Sport Digest, Hoofbeats and The
Standardbred. The author of Racelines and RaceLens,
he has also done extensive publicity for the Arlington Million and
the Kentucky Derby; television production work on the latter for
ABC-TV; and appeared as an extra in two horse racing movies: Sylvester and Seabiscuit.
Major at the University of Illinois, Usman Ahmed is a sports junkie.
When he‚s not watching a game on TV—his favorite teams
are the Bulls, Cubs, AC Milan and Real Madrid—Usman can be
found playing pick-up basketball. Currently he's an editor at KrazyGamers.com,
a web site devoted to anime and video games. He has traveled extensively
through France, England, Italy, and Germany, and donates time to
a variety of volunteer organizations. Usman hopes to one day write
for the Chicago Tribune.
Dennis has always
wanted to be a sports broadcaster—ever since he was old enough
to tell a baseball from a basketball. He played football and competed
in shot put, discus and the 100-meter dash in high school. Currently,
Dennis is a senior at the University of Illinois, pursuing a bachelor’s
degree in broadcast journalism. A passionate football, he boasts
about being a Chicago Bears and Fighting Illini season ticket holder
simultaneously, when both teams played at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
He is still active in intramural sports with his fraternity, Sig
A Chicago sports
fan, Matt Downey is a junior at the University of Illinois. He started
his college career as a Journalism Major, but is now working towards
a degree in Finance. His professional experience includes an internship
for a real estate development company, where he helped forecast
sales and construction, and used mapping software to identify feasible
markets. Sports have always been one of Matt's passions. He played
baseball, football and tennis in high school, and roots hard for
the Cubs, Bulls and Bears.
The only thing
Jeff has ever wanted to do is feed his love of sports. Working toward
his bachelor's degree in sports management at the University of
Illinois, he is a weekly columnist and writer for the Daily
Illini, and stays involved with various other campus activities.
He has also served as an intern for two summers at ESPN Radio 1000
in Chicago. A diehard White Sox, Bulls and Illini fan, his earliest
sports memories are watching the Packers and Notre Dame football.
Jeff is an NFL Draft fanatic, and hopes to work in college scouting
or personnel for an NFL team, while also pursuing a coaching career
professional passions are sports and writing. Currently the full-time
Internet services director at the University of Illinois Alumni
Association, she's responsible for the technical, editorial and
visual aspects of all UIAA Web projects, including hands-on creation
of Web pages, text and images. She also serves as an ambassador
for the school on alumni tours throughout the world.
the UIAA, Susan was vice president of Precision Graphics in Champaign.
There she worked for 12 years as an illustrator and manager of the
composition, illustration and advanced media departments. Susan
earned a bachelor's degree in Organizational and Occupational Studies
from Eastern Illinois University, where she received the 2000 Student
Excellence Award. She's working on a master's degree in journalism
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mike is born
and bred Chicago sports fan. A senior studying journalism at the
University of Illinois, he is a sportswriter for the school’s
independent student newspaper, The Daily Illini. Mike has
penned more than 80 columns to date. He is also active in campus
affairs. For the past two years, Mike has served as a public relations
director for the Illini Pride Executive Board, which organizes support
groups for every NCAA team on campus.
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