Nov 20, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Central College
Central College,
812 University St, Pella, IA 50219, USA

About MSAM

In 2015 and 2016, Central College mathematics professor Dr. Russell E. Goodman took groups of Central College students to Furman University in Greenville, SC for the Carolinas Sports Analytics Meeting. The event was incredibly well-run and quite popular regionally and after some discussions with the organizers, Goodman decided to create a "sister meeting" at Central College, held in the fall, under the same conference model. To-date, the event has been quite successful.

Goodman created the Midwest Sports Analytics Meeting (MSAM) in 2016 as a one-day conference promoting faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research in sports analytics. MSAM has always been designed to be an enthusiastic environment in which to hear and discuss myriad examples and projects in sports analytics. The conference typically features sessions for speaking or poster presentations, and opportunities to network with other participants. Professionals, faculty, and students of all levels are encouraged to attend and to consider giving a speaking or poster presentation. Lunch is typically provided for registrants (in non-COVID-19 years) at Central College's delicious Central Market buffet.

Midwest Sports Analytics Meeting 2017 welcome by Russ Goodman

Our 2021

Stephen Pelkofer
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Basketball Research Lead, Sports Info Solutions

Stephen Pelkofer was born and raised in Wisconsin and played four years of college basketball, including winning a National Championship at UW-Stevens Point in 2015. He is the Basketball Research Lead at Sports Info Solutions (SIS). Prior to SIS, Stephen worked for 3 years in Advanced Analytics at Sentry Insurance, and was a Data Science Intern for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from UW-Stevens Point, and an M.S. in Analytics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Outside of work, you can find Stephen playing beach volleyball and trying out new craft beers.

Josh Pohlkamp-Hartt
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Data Scientist, Boston Bruins

Josh Pohlkamp-Hartt is the data scientist with the NHL's Boston Bruins. He has been with the team for the last 3 seasons. He obtained a PhD in Statistics from Queen's University in Canada and previously worked at Apple Maps. In his role with the Bruins, Josh provides statistical support on all manner of hockey related decisions from team strategy to draft selections.


Central College, Pella, IA


Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to helping students discover and develop their greatest potential. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence.

812 University St.
Pella, IA 50219