David Dagostino, Jr.


Co-Financial Officer/Director of Basketball and Autism Studies

David Dagostino, Jr. has carved out a unique niche in higher education and professional and collegiate athletics. With over 25 years of experience, he has successfully combined technology and analytics with his personal experiences as a professional athlete, a college coach, a scout, and a non-profit founder in an effort to globalize sports and education.

He, his wife Alison (a former Division1 basketball player), and their four children have founded Sisu Life, a 501c3 non-profit, rooted in a series of techniques to help children learn how to develop a strategy of processing mistakes and turning them into life principles. Dave has successfully aligned the group with school settings (public, private, homeschool), youth sports, the military, prison reform system, global cleanup efforts, and baseball development in South Africa. Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Korea.

Dave currently serves as the Managing Director for HGI, and executive search firm, and gained notoriety for his efforts in the use of artificial intelligence as a tool to combat cognitive bias in the hiring process. His methodology creates a more equitable and equal process that will benefit all candidates, most specifically, minorities and women. His main areas of focus are leadership positions in Higher Education, Professional Athletics, and Collegiate Athletics. Consistent with his drive to collaborate, Dave has also floated his technique to the transportation, technology, and health care industries. He maintains involvement with the following groups:

- Women Leaders in Collegiate Sports

- The Knight Commission

- The Fritz Pollard Alliance (NFL Rooney Rule)

- Women in Trucking

- Hire Heroes

- International Sports Technology Association

- Defy Ventures

- Seabin Project: Ocean Cleanup

- X’el Youth Academy (South Africa)

- Society for American Baseball Research- Committees for Latin American Baseball, Negro Leagues, Baseball Science

- Evolution Metrix (Formerly, the Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network)

- YSPN360

- Women Who Code

- Bo Bikes Bama

- National Opinion Research Center

- NCAA Office of Diversity and Inclusion

- The Institute for Diversity and Ethics and Sport

- Walk Swiftly Production

- NACE- Esports

- Tucker Research Report


- HERO Sports

- TESPA- Esports

- Institute for Sport and Social Justice

- Georgia Department of Parks and Recreation

In addition, Dave serves as an NBA Analyst for SB Nation covering current coaching trends, free agency, NBA Draft, and FIBA for the NBAyd Show. Prior to this Dagostino has covered a lot of ground in the world of sport including:

- Former NCAA Division 1 Head Basketball Coach

- Former NCAA Division III Head Baseball Coach

- Former Professional Baseball Player

- Former two-sport college athlete and captain (Baseball and Basketball)

- Former advisory board member to the NPRBA Legends (Retired NBA Players)

- Former partner with the NFL Legends program

- American Sports and Fitness Certified Speed and Agility Coach

Dave has held a variety of leadership positions in non-profit and educational boards including, but not limited to:

- Southeast Health Equity Council in conjunction with the Office of Minority Health

- Head Start Association Southeast Region Board of Directors and State Board of Directors

- United Way Chairman of the Board of Directors (Dallas and Perry Counties)

- Baylor University Advisory Board (Professional Selling Program)

Dave holds a BS in Psychology and Foreign Languages from Union College (NY) and a MS in Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from State University of NY (Albany). He also holds an advance Certificate of Completion from Columbia University (NY) from their Sports Management department in using Technology and Analytics to Globalize Sports. In his spare time, Dave runs Ultra Marathons and is in the process of authoring his first book.