Adds eight Bears to the football operations crew

The Bears on Tuesday announced the appointment of eight new members of their football operations staff: three in the scouting division, two in the high-performance side, two in football technology, and chief of staff to head coach Matt Eberfluss.

The three Scouts who have joined General Manager Ryan Paul’s staff are Reese Hicks (West Coast), Tom Bradway (Northeast) and Ryan Kavanaugh (Midwest).

Hicks arrives in Chicago after spending the last five seasons with the Falcons as a scouting assistant (2017) and professional scout (2018-21). In 2016, he was a recruiting assistant in Utah. A graduate of Georgetown College in Kentucky, he was an offensive lineman in the NFL with the Texas, Bengals, Broncos, and Chargers from 2003 to 2006.

Bradway has spent the past three years with the Raiders as an Individual Scout (2019) and their BLESTO Scout (2020-21). Prior to that, he worked for Stryker as a Trauma Sales Associate for a year. Bradway played football at Temple, did his spelling twice and graduated in 2017.

Kavanaugh has 20 years of scouting experience in the NFL. Most recently, he held the position of scouting coordinator for Ohio State in 2021. Prior to that, Kavanaugh spent 12 seasons exploring the Midwest and Northeast with Texas from 2009-20. He made his NFL debut in 2000 in the Operations department with the ponies during the mini-camp and training camp. In 2001, he joined the club’s scouting division, serving as an area explorer for six of his eight years in Indianapolis (2001-09).

In terms of high performance, the Bears family hired Blair Hitchcock as Director of Sports Nutrition and AJ Lamb as Sports Scientist. Both will report to Clyde Emmerich’s Director of High Performance, Brent Salazar.

Hitchcock arrived after serving as Director of Sports Nutrition at Vanderbilt from 2018 to 21. As the school’s first full-time registered dietitian, she oversaw all nutritional and nutritional needs of Commodores’ sports programs. Prior to that, she spent three years as the Assistant Director of Performance Nutrition at Texas A&M. From 2013 to 2015, Hitchcock was a graduate sports nutrition assistant at Florida State, helping with the football program during the Seminoles’ race to the BCS Championship in 2013.

Lamb brings more than eight years of integrated performance experience to the Bears, most recently as a performance science assistant for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Prior to that, Lamb was a supervisor/exercise physiologist at Zarett Rehab and Fitness in Philadelphia for five years. He has also lectured in Exercise Science at Rowan University (Glasboro, NJ), Penn State Abington (Abington, PA), and Holy Family University (Philadelphia, PA). Lamb is currently a doctoral student at Concordia University in Chicago, where he studies health and human performance.

The Bears team has added two jobs to its Football Technology division with the appointment of Krithi Chandrakasan as Director of Football Analytics and Ryan Hubley as Football Systems Developer.

Chandrakasan has spent the past three seasons with Chiefs as Data Analyst (2019), Data Scientist (2020) and Chief Data Scientist (2021). In 2018, he ran the analytics operation at an early-stage tech startup. Prior to that, he worked as an Analytical Intern at Jaguars during the summer of 2016. A graduate of MIT, Chandrakasan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics in 2017.

Hubley arrived after a four-year athletic and academic career at Johns Hopkins University, where he received bachelor’s degrees in computer science, applied mathematics and statistics and was a three-time member of the Centennial Conference academic honors list. On the field, Hubley made 39 appearances at the receiver and earned 230 passes for 2,644 yards and 16 touchdowns. With the Bears, Hubley will help design, develop and test tools to aid the team’s football operations.

Sean Magee joins the Bears family as Eberlus’ chief of staff after serving as Michigan’s Associate Athletic Director of Football for the past five seasons. With Wolverines, he provided oversight and direction to the football program in all areas off the field, including running the Players Affairs Division, football operations and budget management for all football related activities. Additionally, he worked as an NFL liaison on the program.

Prior to that, Maggie worked as a Player Personnel Manager for the US Naval Academy. While at Navy, Magee helped form and manage the team’s roster during the most winning five-year period in the program’s history. Magee graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. As a Marine from 2000-2003, Maggie was a member of the offensive line who led the nation in rushing during the 2003 season. After graduating from the Academy, Maggie served as a squad officer aboard the USS Juno in Sasebo, Japan, where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraq’s freedom.

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