Direct Recruiters is an executive search firm that recruits high-impact employees for companies and schools in the USA sports industry. For recruiting assistance or to be considered for a sports management, sports marketing, athletic director or coaching job, please contact our sports industry recruiter, Robert Cohn at 440-996-0595 or

Finding Top Talent

The sports entertainment industry in today’s market is thriving with the sports industry at an estimated size of $539.7 billion in the United States alone. Sports business jobs surrounding college athletic departments, professional sports leagues, or other athletic franchises are in demand and require professionals to have the right skillset and sports business knowledge to succeed.

DRI is a sports industry executive search firm and sports employment agency that recruits sales, media and marketing management executives for business enterprises focused on sports. In addition to being a sports industry recruiter, Robert Cohn is an event marketing recruiter, event management recruiter,  college athletic director recruiter and college coach recruiter who places high-level event professionals, coaches and sports administrative talent within colleges, professional sports and other organizations who manage and arrange events. Recruiters and headhunters at DRI place athletic directors, assistant athletic directors and coaches for colleges and universities in the U.S. Direct Recruiters Sports Entertainment sources, recruits, acquires and retains individuals for leading organizations within the sports and entertainment industry.

We have an extensive database of top candidates, and a thorough understanding of the sports business, entertainment, and live events industries in order to deliver customized solutions efficiently. The executive search consultants and "headhunters" at DRI are always actively attending sports industry trade shows and networking in order to seek out and recruit the most talented and ambitious candidates for mission critical sports industry positions. Our team works with hiring managers and leading sports management, sports marketing and sports entertainment executives within the following areas to recruit and place new employees:

  • NCAA Division 1 Universities
  • NFL
  • CFL
  • AFL
  • NBA
  • NBA G-League
  • WNBA
  • MLS
  • USL Championship
  • USL League One
  • USL League Two
  • MASL
  • NWSL
  • Canadian Premier League
  • NHL
  • AHL
  • ECHL
  • MLB
  • International League – AAA
  • Pacific League – AAA
  • Eastern League – AA
  • Southern League – AA
  • Texas League – AA
  • WWE
  • UFC
  • Bellator
  • Monster Jam
  • IRL
  • F1
  • PGA
  • PGA of Americas
  • LPGA
  • Symetra Tour
  • Com Tour
  • ATP
  • USTA
  • WTA
  • WTT
  • Professional Bull Riding
  • Ironman Races
  • USA Olympics
  • AEG
  • International Speedway Corporation

We place the following sports entertainment professionals within universities, professional sports leagues and other organizations:

  • Athletics Director
  • Head Coach
  • Deputy Athletics Director
  • President
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CRO
  • CFO
  • CMO
  • CTO
  • Vice President
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Compliance
  • Ticket Sales
  • Fan Engagement
  • Business Development
  • Corporate Sales
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Creative Design
  • Fundraising
  • Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director
  • Senior Associate Athletics Director

Robert Cohn is the sports industry recruiter at Direct Recruiters, Inc. DRI is an executive search firm that recruits employees for companies and schools in the USA sports industry. Robert Cohn recruits talented professionals that specialize in sports marketing, sports management, sports entertainment and event marketing. He also places college athletic directors, assistant athletic directors and coaches for universities in the U.S. For recruiting assistance or to be considered for a job with a professional sports team, sports marketing agency or a sports  or college athletics administrative position, contact Robert Cohn at 440-996-0595 or

For sports companies looking for legal talent, lawyers, attorneys or in-house counsel, please contact our DRI sports law recruiter, Shawna Rosner. For more information on DRI sports law, click here. 

Get in Touch with Our Team

To Fill a Position or Discuss a Recruiting Assignment, contact Director of Sports Entertainment Recruitment, Robert Cohn at 440-996-0595 or

Robert Cohn | Managing Partner | Sports Industry Recruiter | | 440-996-0595

Joe Terry | Sports Industry Recruitment Researcher | | 440-996-0872