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ESPN Director of Analytics to Speak at FHU Series

Henderson, Tenn. - Nov 10, 2015

Royce Webb, director of analytics at ESPN, will be the featured speaker at Freed-Hardeman University’s Alumni Series and Leadership Series, Monday, Nov. 16. He will also speak at Chester County High School at 1:30pm.

Webb is a graduate of both Chester County High School, where he played basketball, and FHU. He has worked for ESPN since 2001, serving as director of content analytics for ESPN Digital and Print Media since February 2014.

As part of FHU’s Alumni Series, Webb will speak at the university’s daily chapel service at 10:30am in Loyd Auditorium. The chapel service is open to the public. 

Webb will address students and guests in the Crews-Colbert Activity Center at 4 p.m. for the Leadership Series. He will speak on the topic, “Leadership in the High Demand World of Sports and Social Media.”

Following graduate work at the University of Iowa, Webb went to Nashville and started an online sports magazine called “SportsJones,” which he moved to Chicago in 2000. A year later, ESPN bought the magazine and moved Webb and his family to Connecticut. In his 14 years at, Webb has led many projects, including SportsNation, #NBArank and the Great Analytics Rankings. He was NBA editor from 2004 to 2014.

Webb and his wife Patsy, a teacher and FHU graduate, are the parents of Natalie, a social worker in Nashville, and Elena, a high school senior. His parents are Dr. Charles Webb, a church elder at Jacks Creek and retired FHU professor, and Ruth, a homemaker.

The Leadership Series is hosted by the Ayers Center for Student Leadership. The center, coordinated by Trent McManus, hosts speakers to address various aspects of leadership for students and the community. 

For more information about the Alumni and Leadership Series or the Ayers Center for Student Leadership, visit or contact McManus at