Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey announces promotions and recent additions to the football operations staff.
Miami Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey officially announced promotions and recent additions to the football operations staff today. Ryan Herman was promoted to director of football administration after serving as manager of football administration, while former scouting assistants Chris Buford and Max Gruder were named college scout and pro scout, respectively. Additionally, the Dolphins have named Mike Tannenbaum as consultant, Dennis Lock as head analyst, Dave Regan as sports science analyst, Brad Forsyth and Marcus Hendrickson as college scouts, J.P. McGowan as scouting assistant and Jonathan Gress as assistant athletic trainer/physical therapist.
“As an organization, we are committed to innovation and technology and we feel the creation of our analytics department and the development of our sports sciences program will help our personnel, coaching staff and players reach their full potential,” Hickey said.
Herman is entering his seventh season in the NFL and fifth with the Dolphins. He was promoted to the role of director of football administration after serving as manager of football administration for the past two seasons (2012-13). He began his tenure with the team as football administration coordinator from 2010-11. Among Herman’s responsibilities include draft choice negotiations, assisting with the club’s salary cap planning and management, and assisting in all veteran player contract negotiations. He received a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, and earned his J.D., cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law in 2007. He became a member of the New York State Bar in November 2008.
Buford’s new responsibilities include covering the Northeastern portion of the country in the team’s scouting system. He is entering his third season with the team and first as a college scout after spending the first two as one of the club’s scouting assistants. Prior to his tenure with the Dolphins, Buford was a four-year letter winner for the University of Baylor football team (2007-10). He was also a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and earned a degree in education with a minor in corporate communications. He also received a master’s degree from Baylor in sports management in 2012.
Gruder, in his new role, monitors personnel moves throughout the NFL, evaluates professional players and manages player databases. He also assists with team advancing for future opponents. Gruder is entering his second season with the team and his first as a pro scout after spending 2013 as the club’s scouting assistant. Prior to his tenure with the Dolphins, Gruder was a four-year letter winner for the University of Pittsburgh football team. Additionally, he was a two-time honoree on the Big East All-Academic team who majored in business.
Tannenbaum will consult with the Dolphins on a variety of projects involving innovation, analytics and sports science. He will continue in his role at Priority Sports and Entertainment. Prior to joining Priority, he spent 16 seasons (1997-2012) in various roles for the New York Jets, including his final seven years (2006-12) as the team’s executive vice president and general manager. Tannenbaum began his tenure in New York as director of player contracts in 1997 and was promoted to assistant general manager and director of pro personnel in 2001. In 2004, he was elevated to the role of assistant general manager and senior vice president of football operations before taking on the role of general manager prior to the 2006 season. Tannenbaum began his career in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints in 1994 before accepting the position of player personnel assistant with the Cleveland Browns in 1995. He returned to the Saints for the 1996 season as a player personnel assistant prior to joining the Jets in 1997. A native of Needham, Mass., Tannenbaum received a degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and graduated cum laude from Tulane University Law School, where he earned his certificate in sports law.
Lock, in his first season with the Dolphins, will head a football analytics group under the direction of Hickey.. Lock is currently finishing his PhD in statistics from Iowa State University with a dissertation on utilizing statistics in sports. While at Iowa State, Lock worked as a consultant for many academic departments as well as the Iowa State University Men’s Basketball Team. During this time he also served as a co-author on a prominent statistics textbook. Originally from Canton, NY, Lock received a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Lawrence University in 2008.
Regan is entering his first season with the team in 2014 as a sports science analyst. In his role, he helps support the strength and conditioning department through examining player performance. Prior to joining the Dolphins, Regan worked in the training room for Port Adelaide Football Club (2010-14), which plays in the Australian Football League. While working for Port Adelaide, he attended Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia) and earned a master’s degree in exercise science in 2014. Additionally, from 2008-14, he taught at Mazenod College and was the Director of Sport from 2012-14. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Regan graduated from Australian Catholic University in 2006 with a degree in exercise science. While there, he was a member of the Australian Rules football team and cricket team.
Forsyth is entering his first season as a member of the Dolphins’ scouting staff after spending the past 20 seasons in various roles with the Buffalo Bills. For the past 18 seasons, he served as a college area scout with Buffalo after being elevated to that role prior to the start of the 1995 season. Forsyth began his career in the NFL in 1992 with the Bills as an intern in the team’s scouting department as well as assisting in coordinating training camp. He was a four-year letterman at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL, where he began his career as a wide receiver before moving to quarterback. Forsyth received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1990. He went on to earn his master’s degree in sports administration from Illinois State in 1993.