Organizing Committee

 

Brian O’Shea
Founder & Chairman
Brian O’Shea is a seasoned veteran known for creating and leading a group of qualified individuals to host the big event.  Brian’s has a unique DNA makeup that gives him the vision to invent the “un-thought of”.

Brian’s success of hosting big events started in the summer of 1985 when he approached Daryl Jr. Cline of Jr. Cline and the Recliners to perform at one of his events.  After this event was a huge success attracting a paid attendance of over 600 people, Daryl Cline and his band forged a friendship with Mr. O’Shea and performed at two larger events in a one-year period.  In the summer of 1986, Daryl and his band performed at Brian’s premier of the ski movie “Extaski”.  Bolle’, who sponsored the movie supplying sunglasses and ski goggles to all the skiers, labeled the film “a big hit” as it was shown at their worldwide distributor sales meeting in France that same year.  In fact, Bolle’ used some of the “Extaski” footage for a 30 second commercial that was run in conjunction with an hour long ski tips type show Hank Kashiwa produced and aired on NBC in January 1987.

Read full bio

Kurk LeeKurk Lee Photo

Selection Committee Chairman & Liaison to current and former NBA players

Kurk Lee is a retired American professional basketball player. He spent one season in the NBA, for the New Jersey Nets in 1990–91.

A 6’3″ (1.90 m) and 190 lb (86 kg) guard born in Baltimore, Maryland, he played collegiately at both Western Kentucky University and Towson State University. He signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets in 1990 and played sparingly in 48 games during the 1990–91 NBA season, averaging 1.4 points per game. He was signed by the Miami Heat in the offseason of 1993, but was waived prior to the start of the 1993–94 season.

Lee has also played in the Continental Basketball Association, International Basketball League and in the Philippines, Turkey, Finland and Estonia.  He retired in April, 2002.

 

Landeta - Giants w-bioSean Landeta

NFL Liaison and Sideline Reporter Mentor

Professional Football Player Punter NFL-USFL

Here are some facts and figures from the professional punting career of Sean Landeta.

Sean played 25 seasons as a professional football player. He played 22 years in the NFL and 3 years in the USFL in the early 1980’s. This makes Sean the longest tenured punter in NFL history. He is also the oldest punter to ever play in an NFL game.

Sean was named All Pro 8 times during his pro football career. (’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’89, ’90, ’94, 96)

Sean was the first punter in NFL history to play 20 years at the position.

He played for six different teams during his career. His longest tenure was with the NY Giants, with whom he spent ten seasons and was a member of Super Bowl Champion teams in 1986 & 1990.

While with the NY Giants, Sean averaged over 42.5 yds per punt 8 different times, more then any other punter in team history. Sean is also the only punter in Giants history to lead the NFL in punting avg. (44.8) in 1986, net punting avg. (37.8) in 1989, and inside 20 punts (24) in 1990. Sean was named to the NY Giants All Time Team by NFL History.net as their punter.

Sean was named as the Punter on ESPN’s 40th Anniversary All Time Super Bowl Team.

Sean also played six seasons for the St. Louis Rams and five seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles. He also spent one year with the Green Bay Packers and one year with the Tampa Bay Bucs. He also spent 3 years in the United States Football League with the Philadelphia Stars.

As a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, he is the only punter in club history to have 5 different seasons with a punting avg. over 42.0 yards per punt. In 2007 Sean was named to the 75th Anniversary Team as the Eagles Punter.

Sean is the All Time Leading punter in St. Louis Rams history. He is the only punter to average over 43 yards per kick in 5 different seasons in club history. In 2004, Sean was selected to the 10th Anniversary Team as punter for the St. Louis Rams.

While punting for the Green Bay Packers during the 1998 season, Sean compiled the highest net punting avg. in Packers history (37.1). He also set the team record for most punts inside the 20 (30).

In 1997, while punting for the Tampa Bay Bucs, Sean set the team record for the longest punt in club history with a 74 yard kick against the NY Jets at Giants Stadium.

Among Sean’s many honors include being selected First Team All NFL 3 times, and being selected to play in 2 Pro Bowls. He was named Punter of the Decade in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He set team records with every club he played for.

On March 6, 2008 Sean officially retired as a player from the NFL. This was 25 years to the day of his first professional game on March 25, 1983 with the Stars of the USFL.

Sean played his college football at Towson University in Baltimore MD, (’79,’80,’81,’82). He was selected All Conference Punter 3 times (’80,’81,’82) and was also named First Team All American Punter by Kodak and the Associated Press in 1982. Sean is the all time leading punter in Towson University Football history.

Sean was inducted into the Towson University Hall of Fame in 2005, the Division II College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Sean was also elected to the Maryland Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Sean attended Loch Raven High School in Baltimore, MD where he graduated in 1979. Sean was selected to the Inaugural class of Loch Raven HS Hall of Fame in 2011.

Sean was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He currently resides in Long Island, NY and Bucks County, Pa. He has one son, Joey and is married to wife Donna.

 

 

Steve Lyons Brdcast PicSteve Lyons

Game Analyst Mentor

Steve Lyons is a former 9-year veteran of Major League baseball and a three time national Emmy award-winning broadcaster.

Steve authored the well-received book “Psychoanalysis” about his life in and around the game of baseball, without a ghostwriter, and with Stephen King writing the forward.  He followed up that effort with “The Psycho 100. Baseball’s Most Outrageous Moments” in 2009.

He has worked for FOX Sports for 15 years, both on the national network and cable divisions. While at FOX, Lyons was the pre-game analyst for five years and the lead analyst for the network’s national baseball coverage for six seasons, working the Divisional Series, League Championship Series, and World Series.

On the cable side he was the featured ANCHOR on FSN’s National Sports Report for six years, becoming the only ex-athlete to cross over to a full time anchor of an hour long national sports highlight show.

Steve also hosted his own one-on-one interview show, “Rewind”, hosted the sports show, “In The Zone” aimed primarily at kids, and hosted “This Week in Baseball” for two seasons.

Lyons has also had national radio shows based in Chicago and Los Angeles, and worked locally in Boston. Steve can now be heard weekends on Sporting News Radio.

Currently, Steve just finished a 10-year affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pre and post game analyst and game announcer for 60 games per season and has joined NESN as a Red Sox studio analyst.  He is also the analyst for the Baseball Video game “MLB The Show”.

He was one of only three players in the history of baseball to play all nine positions in one game and draws on that versatility to bring a unique perspective to his broadcast style. Lyons uses an “every man’s” mentality to break down the game in a way that’s understandable and enjoyable, and never misses the opportunity to see the lighter side.

 

Scott MarkewitzScott Markewitz

Photographer & Mentor

Scott Markewitz is recognized as one of the most influential

on more than 450 US and International magazine covers, including Powder, Ski, Skiing, Outside, Men’s Journal, Bike, Mountain Bike, Bicycling, and Runner’s World, and in advertising campaigns for most major ski, cycling and outdoor brands.

Scott’s passion for photography and the outdoors comes through in everything that he shoots, whether it’s action sports, upbeat lifestyle, or environmental portraits. Like many of the athletes that he photographs, he is always pushing his limits as a photographer, traveling the globe with an unfailing eye in search of action and adventure.

Scott was featured in Men’s Journal as one of the World’s Greatest Adventure Photographers. He is the only photographer in Ski Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential Skiers of All Time and the 2000 recipient of Ski Utah’s Excellence in Journalism Award. His images have also received awards from APA, PDN, The International Pano Awards, and The Spider Awards.

When not on assignment, you’ll often find him out skiing, riding his bike, or trail running in the mountains; avidly pursuing some of the sports he loves to photograph. He lives with his wife, Veronique, and their son, Julien, in Salt Lake City, Utah and Provence, France.

 

David Walzog

Executive Chef, SW Steakhouse & Lakeside Grill, Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Banquet Cuisine Consultant

Nationally acclaimed Chef David Walzog brings an innovative approach for inspired American cuisine to SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas, the resort’s signature steakhouse. Located on the resort’s majestic Lake of Dreams, the restaurant is an ideal spot for a casual, yet elegant dinner with a breathtaking view and an equally impressive menu.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of Wynn Las Vegas and to do what I do best in such a magnificent setting,” says Walzog. “I think we have created a very appealing menu for SW that re-defines the classic American steakhouse, yet still offers guests the classic favorites they have come to love.”

SW Steakhouse is a perfect platform for Chef Walzog to showcase his grilling techniques and innovative approach to the American steakhouse experience.

Prior to arriving at Wynn Las Vegas, Walzog was the corporate executive chef at the Glazier Group in New York City. In this role he was at the helm of New York City’s legendary The Steakhouse at Monkey Bar, Michael Jordan’s The Steak House NYC, and three Strip House restaurants. Under Walzog’s supervision, Forbes Magazine awarded Strip House as one of the “Forbes 2003 All-Star Eateries in New York” and in April 2001, New York Magazine’s annual “Best of New York” issue proclaimed that Strip House had the “Best Steak in New York.”

 

David Collins

On Camera Reporter Mentor

David Collins is a general assignment reporter and a member of the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team. He has lived most of his life in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Collins was elected to the Shirts vs Skins Organization Board of Directors on March 7, 2017. Prior to that, since 2015, Collins served as head of Broadcasting and Media Coverage for the Annual Shirts vs Skins Basketball Classic Organizing Committee.  Collins was instrumental in spearheading an internship program and mentoring mass communications students, teaching them proper interviewing technique.

Read full bio

 

Daryl Jr. Cline

Music Coordinator

Daryl Jr. Cline is one of the mid-Atlantic region’s most popular and enduring award-winning performers.  Jr. Cline and the Recliners perform music deeply rooted in R&B soul with a rocking edge and have been performing with a full brass sound for over 30 years. They belt out classic rhythm and blues from such favorites as Van Morrison, Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke, Temptations, and more.

This innovative singer/songwriter has played in venues from Manhattan to Key West, earning fans that flock to his distinctive style, soulful compositions, and unique arrangements of R&B standards. Take a breeze from the mountains of West Virginia, add a memory of the streets of Memphis, mix in the soul of the blues and a sweet sense for brass, combine with a set of God-given pipes, simmer in dance floor romance, and you’ve got the delicious sound of this true “roots” musician.

Jr. Cline and the Recliners have achieved the musical status to be invited to perform at the White House. They have shared the stage with such stars as Bo Diddley, Sam and Dave, and Junior Walker and opened the stage for such stars as Jim Messina, Tina Turner, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Wilson Pickett, and Muddy Waters.

The Daryl Jr. Cline Band is also R&B soul and showcases his original material. Daryl will direct musical performances during intermissions and at the banquet ceremonies.

 

Kirk McEwen Headshot 2012Kirk McEwen

Radio Personality

Radio Mentor

Kirk McEwen began his radio career in the late 80’s and has been one of the Baltimore/Washington area’s top-rated talents ever since. A proud product of the University of Maryland, Kirk’s 20 plus years in broadcasting include stints at DC 101, WHFS, and 98 ROCK. In fact, in 2004, Baltimore Magazine voted 98 ROCK’s Kirk, Mark, and Lopez [KML] “Baltimore’s Best Morning Show.” Kirk is now the host of the PM Drive show heard weekdays 3-7 on 98 ROCK, returning after a lengthy absence, to an excited fan base that has supported him for years in the Mid-Atlantic.

Kirk has done extensive television and film as well, appearing as ‘Yin Yang’ in ‘Homicide: Life on the Street,’ John Waters ‘ ‘Cry Baby’, and countless local TV spots. He’s also a working stand-up comedian performing with the likes of Lewis Black, Daniel Tosh, and Carrot Top, among others. And catch The Kirk McEwen Band at a venue near you! In 2014 The KMB opened for Eddie Money, The Romantics, Los Lonely Boys and shared the stage with countless other bands at festivals and private parties up and down the east coast. His podcast is part of the RELM Network and was launched in April 2012. Since then the show has posted hundreds of episodes with tens of thousands of downloads. Check it out at http://KirkMcEwen.com

 

Robbie Davis, JR

Robbie’s First Base, ABC’s Ball Boys

Silent Auction Director

 Robbie has been involved with Sports Memorabilia Sales and Fundraising since 2004 @ Robbie’s First Base (est. 1989)

You can catch Mr. Davis on ABC’s and Reelz Channel’s Reality T.V. Show, “BALL BOYS”. Prior to engaging in sports memorabilia sales, fundraising and being a network TV personality, Robbie was an NAIA All American in baseball at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he got drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1999. Mr. Davis is a Graduate of the University of Baltimore. Robbie brings a wealth of knowledge in dealing with athletes, memorabilia and event planning.

 

Liz Head ShotElizabeth Rhode

Maryland Athletic Club Founder & Owner

Wellness and Fitness Director

 Elizabeth (Liz) Rhode brings more than 20 years of health, fitness, management, and training expertise to her company, the Maryland Athletic Club (MAC). Liz co-founded the MAC with her husband Tim in 1996 with the goal of empowering its members to achieve their fitness goals through on-site wellness services, educational programs, and health and fitness programs that the market had not previously experienced. The demand for memberships at the MAC’s original location in Timonium led the Rhodes to open two more locations in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood and Hunt Valley, MD. The three MAC locations serve thousands of members and provide jobs for over 300 employees. In addition to running the MAC, Liz and Tim are very involved with the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association and the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association.

Liz’s expertise spans not only fitness and health, but also customer service, creating a strong employee culture, and providing intensive training for employees. She is a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marymount University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude. Liz is a Cuban Italian Immigrant, who is proud to be an American. Most importantly, she is the mother of two fun and active sons, which keep her young. Liz loves to dance and manages the group exercise classes at the MAC while continuing to teach.

Liz’s volunteer and board member experience includes the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center, the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, the Alzheimer’s Association, the MS Society of Maryland, the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Association, Back On My Feets, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Tyanna Foundation, the GEM Foundation, the Maryland Food Bank, local schools and colleges, and many more.   Liz was the recipient of the BRAVA Smart CEO award, as well as the recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Achievement award. She also received the Judge’s Choice award for the 2010 Memory Ball Dancing with the Stars event. Liz truly believes in giving back to the community and is delighted to be a part of the Shirts VS. Skins Committee. Liz hopes to share her extensive fitness and wellness knowledge to bring awareness to the prevention of diabetes and to benefit such a wonderful event. Liz looks forward to seeing the athletic ability, talent, and perseverance in the Shirts VS. Skins Basketball Classic.

 

William A. McComas

Attorney – Intellectual Property

 Bill McComas is recognized as one of the best defensemen ever to play for the Brown lacrosse team and is one of only nine players to be named First Team All-American in 72 years of Brown lacrosse. The versatile defensemen was part of the second Brown team to win the Ivy Championship in 1985, helping the Bears compile a 12-3 record, and a perfect 6-0 Ivy ledger. The 1985 team was one of only four teams to have a perfect record in Ivy League play. The Bears advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1985, losing to North Carolina 16-14 in Chapel Hill.

In his junior season, Bill had another banner year, earning First Team All-Ivy honors and All-American recognition. The Bears finished the season with a strong 10-5 record and earned their fifth NCAA Tournament bid. Bill had his best season of his career in 1988, his senior year, garnering First Team All-Ivy and First Team All-American honors. He was also selected to play in the annual North-South lacrosse game. Bill was a cum laude graduate at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Currently, William A. McComas is a partner at Bowie & Jensen and a member of the transactional and technology law departments. He is among the leading local technology attorneys in the area.

Mr. McComas provides representation on commercial transactional matters to clients ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies and investors, inventors and venture capitalists across many different industries. He concentrates his practice on working with clients to grow and improve the core functions of their business through legal counsel.  A seasoned corporate attorney, Mr. McComas counsels clients across the country on financing, mergers and acquisitions, sales of assets, venture capital investments, and other general corporate matters. He is well established for helping companies manage and develop commercial technology and strategies.

Mr. McComas also provides representation on complex business transactions such as joint venture, strategic alliances, research and development, electronic commerce, complex procurement, endorsement, outsourcing, and the general management and disposition of intellectual property.

Prior to joining Bowie & Jensen as a partner, he worked at Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler and at Venable. Mr. McComas brings tremendous value both to the firm as well as clients through his executive business and technology management experience. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. McComas worked for one of North America’s largest book manufacturers and one of the largest global ocean carriers. In these positions, Mr. McComas developed software, negotiated and managed major vendor contracts, and enacted cost reduction and internal control programs. His deep understanding of the law, business, and technology is invaluable to clients navigating the convergence of these sectors.

In 2012, the legal industry guide Best Lawyers in America named Mr. McComas the Baltimore “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Information Technology Law. In 2008, he was the only attorney to receive a Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine “Reader’s Choice Award,” a distinction bestowed on professionals recognized as outstanding by chief executive officers. He is a frequent business and technology law columnist for publications such as the Legal Times, National Law Journal, Baltimore Business Journal, The Daily Record, and the Washington Business Journal among others.

 

Koloup Headshot_6632 smallElisabeth Koloup

Attorney – Agent Relations

Elisabeth Koloup is an associate attorney at Wise & Donahue, PLC in Annapolis, Maryland, focusing her practice in the areas of complex white collar criminal litigation and criminal law. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Koloup graduated from the Notre Dame Preparatory School in 2005. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2009, where she competed as a two-sport NCAA athlete in women’s varsity soccer and lacrosse, she returned to Baltimore to receive her J.D. with honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2012.

As a student-athlete at Notre Dame, majoring in both Political Science and Spanish, Ms. Koloup earned four monograms and won the Rockne Scholar-Athlete award in 2009. She was also named to the IWLCA academic honor roll in 2009 and to the Big East Academic All-Star Team from 2007-2009, and was a two year selected participant in the Rosenthal Leadership Academy.

During law school, Ms. Koloup served as a judicial intern with the Honorable John N. Prevas, former Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. She also interned at Shapiro Negotiations Institute and Shapiro Robinson & Associates, a professional sports management firm. Ms. Koloup also served as a Staff Editor from 2010-2011 and as Managing Editor from 2011-2012 for the University of Baltimore Law Forum. Additionally, three of her scholarly works were published in the Law Forum, including her student comment, Get Your Head in the Game: Legislation Addressing Concussions in Youth Sports and its Development in Maryland.

Ms. Koloup serves as a member of several professional associations and recently co-founded Rising Strength, an organization aimed to raise awareness of physical violence against women and promote self-defense.

 

EHErle Howard

Graphic Designer

Illustrator, designer and production artist with over 25 years experience. Created concepts, designs and illustrations for print advertising, brochures, collateral, packaging, merchandising and structural projects. Has worked on major consumer brands that include: P&G, McCormick, Hershey, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Butterball, Black and Decker, DeWalt, Manischewitz and Phillips Foods.


Don Scheeler

Don brings over 25 years of Finance, Human Resource, Operations and M & A experience. Don has extensive background with start-up, private and publicly traded firms with up to $250M in revenues. Don currently is the EVP of Specialized Services at Learn It Systems where he oversees all of their special education programs. In 2012 Mr. Scheeler helped start Learn It’s special education division which is now in excess of $50m in revenue. Don’s previous position was General Manager with post-secondary start-up 2U (formerly 2tor) which grew to $20M in revenue in its 2nd year of operations.   Additionally, Don spent 15 years with the Sylvan/Educate education family of companies.  His last position with them was President and CEO of Progressus Therapy LLC which provided speech language pathologist, occupation therapist, and physical therapist to special needs students for school districts in 23 states and the District of Columbia. During his 4 years as President, Don doubled the revenue and positioned Progressus as the premiere quality provider for therapy services in the K12 market.

Don graduated from the University of Maryland and received his Masters from The Johns Hopkins University.  Don is a board member of Learn It Systems and also a board member to a non-profit, Mariposa, that focuses on bully prevention programs in K12 school districts. Don and his wife Laura reside in Towson and follow their very active 2 children with great pride.

 

Janice Citizen HeadshotJanice Citizen

Travel Coordinator

 Ms. Citizen served 5 years as a concierge with the Hilton Hotel Corporation. Some of her duties while there included training the staff. While at Lord and Taylor, Janice served as a Sr. Manager for seven years. Janice also has been involved in the educational system for Mercer University where she sat on the scholarship committee. She followed her passion for teaching and is employed as a Professor at Westwood College.

Janice is a graduate of the Virginia College where she earned her MBA in Education.

Joe Sliwka – Calvert Hall Liaison

George Welsh – Liaison to the American Diabetes Association

John Stahl – Former NCAA Lacrosse Champion, UNC – John will act as UNC Athletic Alumni Liaison. John is also a graduate of Calvert Hall.

Robert W. Mercer, Jr.

Etiquette and Modeling Coach

Mr. Mercer has been actively involved in the modeling and fashion industries for over 15 years. The Baltimore native is most known for his photography, producing six critically successful model calendars and developing portfolios for aspiring models and actors. In addition, he is recognized as a leader in training, casting, and scouting models. His love of the industry extends to event production and it has allowed him to maintain an ever-growing interest in anything that is good fashion.  Robert was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He studied architectural engineering and later received his degree in graphic design from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He followed his dreams of working in the fashion industry and developed his passions for modeling and photography. He modeled for Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, and Calvin Klein. He worked with and scouted for Elite Model Management in New York and Miami and Next Model Management in LA. He took these experiences and began his own successful company, Fashion Enterprises, LLC.
Robert is a member of The Engineers Club, an exclusive and private club for professionals. It is there where he polished his photography skills and fused his love for both fashion and architecture.

es-photoElisabeth F. Stephenson

Team Liaison Manager

Elisabeth has been involved with Shirts vs. Skins from the start. Born and raised in Somerset, NJ she is also a mother of two boys. She relocated to Baltimore to pursue her education at Morgan State University and has planted roots here in Baltimore ever since. We appreciate her dedication and time to this event. She makes a great asset to the team by bringing her communication, leadership and management skills to the organization.

svssOrganizing Committee