Craig Esherick is an associate professor of sport management at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He is the associate director of the Center for Sport Management at Mason and he also works with the U.S. Department of State and their Sports United section on grants that use sport for diplomacy and community building. Esherick is the Mid Atlantic Sports Network's (MASN) prime color commentator for college basketball. In the summer of 2014, he started a three year term as an editor for the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (JIIA). Esherick's life in the sports industry started as a college basketball player and then basketball coach. He was a scholarship member of the Georgetown Hoyas from 1974-78; he received a business degree in finance with a minor concentration in Theology from Georgetown University. Craig also holds a law degree from Georgetown (1982) and has been a member of the DC Bar since 1982.
Craig's coaching career started as an assistant at St. Anthony's HS in DC and continued as a graduate assistant, full time assistant, and the head coach for the Hoyas from 1999 to 2004. He also served as an assistant coach and scout for the US Olympic Men's Basketball team in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Craig's career as a professor started at NYU where he worked in their master's degree program for two years as an adjunct for several sport management classes. He is the co-author of three textbooks, along with numerous book chapters and articles for journals, books and encyclopedias. Esherick's fourth book, The Art and Science of Coaching, will be published in 2015. Craig is married to Theo Stamos and they have two college-age children, Nicko and Zachary. Theo is the Commonwealth Attorney for the DC suburb of Arlington County in the state of Virginia.