SBJ/January 20 - 26, 2003/Labor Agents

IMG’s O’Hagan signs a third Raiders coach; next goal, a Super Bowl

Gary O'Hagan, head of IMG's growing coaches division, was rooting for the Oakland Raiders in the AFC championship game this past weekend.

O'Hagan recently signed Marc Trestman, the Raiders' offensive coordinator, for representation. That gave O'Hagan, who started IMG's coaches practice in December 2000, the top three coaches on the Raiders, having already signed head coach Bill Callahan and defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan.

A Super Bowl appearance, especially with a victory, would pay off huge for both O'Hagan and his clients.

"It's the ultimate goal in the NFL for any coach or player," O'Hagan said. "It could drive marketing opportunities."

Winning a Super Bowl also can drive head coaching opportunities for the winning team's offensive and defensive coordinators.

In addition to Trestman, O'Hagan recently signed former Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.

The IMG coaches division also represents San Francisco's Steve Mariucci, San Diego's Marty Schottenheimer, University of Colorado's Gary Barnett, recently hired Michigan State coach John L. Smith and college basketball coaches Bob Knight of Texas Tech and Jay Wright of Villanova.

O'Hagan wouldn't say last week how big the division has gotten, though he told SportsBusiness Journal in July that it represented 30 coaches.

BHSC SIGNS TOP NHL PROSPECTS: The newly formed hockey division of Beverly Hills Sports Council has signed young hockey players Milan Michalek and Marc-Andre Fleury, who are expected to be top picks in this year's NHL draft.

Michalek, 18, currently plays for the Czech Republic club Ceske Budejovice. "He is a great hockey player and a great two-way player," said Allan Walsh, head of the hockey practice. "He is very good in the defensive zone and a power forward in the offensive zone ... a great skater and a great playmaker."

Walsh already represents Zbynek Michalek, Milan's older brother, a defenseman who is under contract to the Minnesota Wild.

Walsh said he signed goaltender Fleury, the youngest player and a star player on Team Canada in the recently completely World Junior Hockey Championship, for representation. Fleury also is 18.

"He was MVP of the team," Walsh said. "He is considered a top-five pick and could go top two or three."

WARE SIGNS BANKS: David Ware, head of Vortex Sports & Entertainment, has signed Iowa quarterback Brad Banks for representation.

Ware said he is hopeful the 5-foot-11 Banks, who finished second to USC's Carson Palmer in the Heisman Trophy voting, will get drafted in the first round.

"He has a chance," Ware said. "Teams like his intelligence. The [NFL] GMs I have talked to say what he lacks in height he makes up for in efficiency and knowing the quarterback position."

CASTILLO BACK WITH REICH, KATZ & LANDIS: Florida Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo, whose 35-game hitting streak last season was the 10th longest in baseball history, has rehired Reich, Katz & Landis. The firm recently negotiated a reported $4.85 million, one-year deal with the Marlins for Castillo.

Castillo last summer fired Reich, Katz & Landis, his longtime agency, and signed with CSMG, headed by prominent baseball agent Alan Nero.

GAINING AXCESS: Michael Huyghue, CEO of Axcess Sports & Entertainment, has signed three football players from Texas Christian University as well as University of Miami defensive end Jamaal Green for representation in the NFL draft. Huyghue, who was formerly an executive with the Jacksonville Jaguars before opening a sports agency in late 2001, has signed TCU linebacker LaMarcus McDonald, cornerback Jason Goss and wide receiver LaTarence Dunbar.

DUNN SIGNS ANOTHER ONE: Football agent and Athletes First CEO David Dunn has signed University of Texas offensive lineman Derrick Dockery for representation, adding to Dunn's growing stable of players slated for the 2003 NFL draft.

Contact Liz Mullen with agent and labor news, tips and anecdotes at lmullen@sportsbusinessjournal.com.

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