Dave Ogrean, one of the most respected leaders in amateur sports, returned to USA Hockey as executive director on Aug. 1, 2005. He previously held the position from 1993-99 and began his career in the sports industry with the organization (then the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States) as its director of public relations in 1978.
Under his leadership since returning to the organization, Ogrean has helped the organization reach new heights, including an unprecedented partnership with the National Hockey League. Under his leadership, USA Hockey created a new department for membership development that has helped in the resurgence of growth in youth hockey in the U.S.; introduced the revolutionary American Development Model, which provides associations nationwide a blueprint for optimal athlete development for the first time ever; began an annual three-day nationwide celebration called Hockey Weekend Across America to bring additional exposure to the sport; focused efforts on raising the profile of the USA Hockey Foundation; and helped ensure the sustainability of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame by negotiating a deal that resulted in USA Hockey becoming the legal entity governing the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Among his many accomplishments during his first term as executive director, Ogrean oversaw a significant increase in membership and revenue, and the construction of the current national headquarters; helped create the National Team Development Program; was a driving force in establishing the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the top player in women’s college ice hockey; and developed the concept of STAR (Serving the American Rinks) with U.S. Figure Skating.
Before returning to Colorado Springs, Ogrean served as executive director of USA Football from 2002-2005. He was recruited by the National Football League and NFL Players’ Association to build a new, independent, non-profit organization to support and promote the sport of amateur football at all levels.
Prior to joining USA Football, Ogrean served as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, where he led the development and creation of the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame and the Rocky Mountain State Games.
From 1999-2000, Ogrean worked for the United States Olympic Committee as deputy executive director of marketing. While there, he led the USOC team that, together with the Salt Lake organizing committee, generated almost $200 million.
Previously, Ogrean served the USOC from 1990-93 as director of broadcasting. He was responsible for creating the initial broadcast division and generated over $12 million in revenue as well as unprecedented exposure for the national governing bodies of Olympic sports. From 1980-88, Ogrean worked at ESPN in corporate communications and programming.
Following a successful eight years at ESPN, Ogrean joined the College Football Association as assistant executive director for television. During his two-year tenure, he worked with CBS Sports on remote production, with CBS and ESPN on game scheduling and selection, and helped launch the syndicated series, “This Week in College Football.”
Ogrean received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut (1974) and his master’s degree in film from Boston University (1978).
Listed among The Sporting News’ Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports from 1993-99, Ogrean is currently among The Hockey News’ Top 20 People of Power and Influence. He is a member of the USOC Board of Directors and the nominating committee for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame; is on the USOC National Governing Bodies Council; and in the fall of 2009, served on the Selection Committee for the USOC chief executive officer.