About the Authors

 steve picStephen Shea is Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Wesleyan University and a B.A. with a major in mathematics from Holy Cross. For years, Professor Shea has used his ability and interest in mathematics and statistics to analyze professional and amateur sports. He is the author of Basketball Analytics: Spatial Tracking and a coauthor of Basketball Analytics: Objective and Efficient Strategies for Understanding How Teams Win. At Saint Anselm College, he teaches a course titled Quantitative Analysis in Sports. He has participated in the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. His work has been featured at DraftExpress, at Deadspin, at NBA Australia, as a finalist in the annual Stat Geek Idol competition on Teamrankings.com, and in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. As a mathematician, he specializes in dynamical systems, probability and statistics, and he is actively researching and publishing in these areas. Professor Shea’s education and experience are reflected in his sports analytics. He lives with his wife (Cara), three sons (Miles, Gavin and Ronan) and daughter (Eloise) in New Hampshire.

 

chris picChristopher Baker received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. As a software developer, Mr. Baker has focused on Microsoft .NET Web Development and Microsoft SQL Server Database Architecture and Engineering. In this role, he has been the driving force behind the development of the software systems that support EDI VANs in the Marine Transportation and Medical Industries. As a sports analyst, he has spent the past decade developing original methodologies for player and team evaluations and game strategy in Hockey and Basketball. He is a coauthor of Basketball Analytics: Objective and Efficient Strategies for Understanding How Teams Win. He is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR) and the Hockey Summary Project, where he has studied the development of the game of Hockey statistically over its vast history. In recent years, Mr. Baker has focused on developing analytics from spatial-tracking driven data in the NBA and the NHL. In the NHL, Mr. Baker developed an optically-based spatial-tracking system in coordination with an NHL organization. In the NBA, Mr. Baker has co-designed and solely developed numerous ground-breaking models and visualizations for understanding teams and players based on raw spatial-tracking data. Mr. Baker uses his combination of knowledge in sports and software engineering to design and develop efficient methodologies for calculating and visualizing metrics used in real-time systems. He was most recently published with Stephen Shea in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports for their work entitled “Calculating Wins Over Replacement Player (WORP) for NHL Goaltenders”. Christopher lives with his wife (Francine), son (Michael) and daughter (Annabella) in Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

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  1. Chuck Zima

     /  April 23, 2017

    Hello Gent’s: My name is Chuck Zima. I am a coach. I am very, very interested in your approach to sport(s). I am curious as to your current endeavours/analysis. I am sure that you both get many requests – if you could contact me, I would appreciate it.
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