Former Gonzaga players launch ‘Friends of Spike’ program to help athletes with NIL

‘Friends of Spike’ NIL Collective Formed to Benefit Gonzaga Student Athletes The latest NIL collective (we’re tracking all the NIL collectives here) has been formed to benefit Gonzaga student athletes: Friends of Spike. The initiative is made possible by long-time GU supporters Gee Automotive, Washington Trust Bank, The Wolff Company and Dealers Auto Auction, along […]

Friends of Spike Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COMMUNITY LEADERS LAUNCH “FRIENDS OF SPIKE” COLLECTIVE, PROVIDING GONZAGA UNIVERSITY STUDENT-ATHLETES WITH UNPARALLELED REVENUE EARNING OPPORTUNITIES Spokane, WA (March 1, 2022) – Today, key community supporters of Gonzaga University student-athletes unveiled “Friends of Spike,” the first significant Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) collective supporting men and women’s basketball and other sports. The […]

Mike Smith

General Manager

Mike Smith joined Micconope 1851 in March 2023 and is excited to be the General Manager and looks forward to working with Blueprint Sports increase NIL revenue generation for Florida State University student-athletes. Smith comes to Micconope 1851 from Catawba College where he held the title as the Senior Director of Athletics, Development. Prior to working in Athletics at Catawba College, Mike served as the Associate Athletics Director for External Relations at Charleston Southern University. Smith has an impressive background in the collegiate athletics industry, having held senior level development and corporate sponsorship sales roles at The University of Southern Mississippi, Limestone University, the Sun Belt Conference, Florida Atlantic University, and with multimedia rights-holders Tele South Communications at the University of Mississippi, Learfield Sports at UNC Chapel Hill, and with International Sports Properties at Georgia Tech. Smith is a graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and holds a master’s degree in Business Management from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In his new role here at Micconppe 1851, Smith will be responsible for raising major gifts for NIL deals as well as securing NIL corporate sponsorships for Florida State University student-athletes. Mike looks forward to helping ensure the FSU student-athletes have the resources and leadership opportunities to remain competitive nationally and positioned for success well beyond graduation. Mike is married to Katy Smith; the couple looks forward to relocating to Tallahassee, Florida, and becoming a part of the Micconope 1851 and Seminole family!

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