VIP Meet and Greet


2018 Industry Impact Award Winner
Gretchen Sheirr


Gretchen Sheirr is in her 17th season with the Houston Rockets, and her second as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO).  She previously served as Vice President of Sales & Service.  Sheirr is responsible for the sales, service, and overall revenue strategy for the organization.


She joined the organization as an account executive in 2001 and worked her way up the ranks.  

In 2017, Sheirr was named one of Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, which annually recognizes the top young professionals in sports business.  She was also recognized as a Woman on The Move by the Texas Executive Women. Sheirr is also a founding board member of WISE Houston, serves on the board of Target Hunger, and is a member of the Executive Women’s Partnership.

A native of Spring, Texas, Sheirr graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a degree in marketing. She also was a four-year letter winner as a diver for LSU.  Sheirr and her husband, Ken, live in The Woodlands with their twins, Jordan and Zachary.
You may also be able to pull information from the SBJ “40 for 40” award she received last year.
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K.C. Keeler

2016 EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD WINNER

In three seasons as head coach at Sam Houston State University, K. C. Keeler directed the Bearkats to an 34-10 record that includes seven victories over top 10 ranked opponents and seven wins in NCAA post-season action. His SHSU teams have made the playoffs in each of his three seasons at the helm, including back-to-back FCS semifinals appearances in 2014 and 2015 with a pair of Southland Conference championships.
In 2016 he led the Bearkats to their second conference title in three seasons and a national No. 1 ranking for the final six weeks of the regular season on their way to being the nation's lone unbeaten team entering the FCS playoffs. That run helped him become the first Bearkat coach to claim the Eddie Robinson Award as the top head coach in the FCS in a season that also saw Sam Houston's quarterback, Jeremiah Briscoe, earn the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top offensive player.
During 23 years as a head football coach, Keeler has produced a record of 208 victories, only 83 losses and one tie. His teams at Rowan University, Delaware and Sam Houston State have combined for 14 NCAA post-season playoff appearances, nine conference championships and played in eight national championship games.

Keeler was named as Sam Houston's 15th head football coach on January 23, 2014. He has coached five National Football League draft picks including Super Bowl XLVII MVP quarterback Joe Flacco. He has tutored 76 All-America players and 21 student-athletes who have earned either national or district CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
As head coach at Delaware, Keeler rolled up an 86-52 record in 11 seasons from 2002 to 2012. His Fightin' Blue Hens won the FCS national championship in 2003 and reached the national championship game in 2007 and 2010. His squads won Atlantic 10 Conference titles in 2003 and 2004 and the Colonial Athletic Association championship in 2010. Delaware went 11-3 in the program's four trips to the FCS playoffs.
At Rowan University in Glassboro, N. J., Keeler produced an 88-21-1 record from 1993 to 2001 that included seven NCAA Division III playoff appearances including five trips to the National Championship game. His teams posted a 21-7 record in NCAA Division III playoff action.

Among Keeler's coaching honors are selections as AFCA FCS National Coach of the Year, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, Maxwell Club Tri-State Coach of the Year and the All-America Football Foundation Johnny Vaught Head Coach Award.

Keeler began his coaching career as an assistant at Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1981, then moved to Rowan University in 1986. He was named head coach at Rowan in 1993.
The Profs won four New Jersey Athletic Conference championships and finished as runner-up in the league twice in Keeler's nine seasons.

Keeler was a four-sport letterman at Emmaus, Pa., High School. He earned all-league honors and was football team captain as a tight end and linebacker.
He played linebacker for head coach Tubby Raymond at Delaware from 1978 to 1980, helping lead the Blue Hens to the 1979 NCAA Division II national championship. In 1980, he signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kurt Charles “K. C.” Keeler was born July 26, 1959, in Emmaus, Pa. He and his wife Janice are the parents of daughter Kate and son Jackson.




Dr. Richard Eglsaer, SHSU Provost and VP of Academic Affairs



Dr. Richard Eglsaer is a Professor of Psychology and serves as Sam Houston State University’s Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs.  He has served as the Director of the SHSU School Psychology Program, Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Director of the SHSU Honors Program.  Before becoming Provost he served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost for 17 years.   

He has been active in SHSU’s recruitment and retention efforts.  He also oversees SHSU’s efforts to develop articulation agreements with community colleges across the state, and SHSU’s multi-institutional teaching center at The Woodlands Center. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Art degrees from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.  He completed his doctorate at The University of Texas in Austin. 











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