Cats Stats was created at Davidson College in 2013 by four members of the Class of 2014 and mathematics professor Dr. Tim Chartier. They began offering advanced analytics to the Davidson College Men’s Basketball team on a trial-basis, attempting to help the coaching staff and revealing insights through mathematical analysis. By the end of the first season and through much trial and error, the coaching staff realized that the work being done was not only helpful, but indispensable and asked the group to continue the following season. Since the members of the group were graduating, a new group of analysts were brought in and Cats Stats began to grow.
Since 2013, Cats Stats has continued to develop and offer new analytics each year, expanding outside men’s basketball. The group has also grown with approximately 70 students working in Cats Stats during the 2017-18 academic year. Cats Stats now works in the following campus sports:
- men’s basketball
- women’s basketball
- women’s soccer
Stemming from their success with the college teams, Cats Stats has worked on projects with professional teams in the NBA, NFL, and NASCAR. They have also fielded media inquiries from national media outlets like ESPN and The New York Times. Alumni of Cats Stats are now working as analysts for NBA and NFL teams across the country, and the work of the group has garnered national media attention.
- Dr. Tim Chartier – Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. Dr. Chartier is well known for his mathematical modeling of the NCAA March Madness tournament (more information here). He collaborates with a variety of sports and data companies and has aided professional teams in the NBA, NFL, and NASCAR. He has served as a resource for a variety of media inquiries, including appearances with Bloomberg TV, NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today, and The New York Times. He was the first chair of the Advisory Council for the National Museum of Mathematics and worked with Google and Pixar on their K-12 educational initiatives. Dr. Chartier continues to recruit new members of Cats Stats and to create consistency from season to season.
Cats Stats Student Leadership
Student leadership plays an instrumental role in Cats Stats’ success. The students below play important roles from directing students in their associated sports (listed below) to aiding Dr. Chartier in research questions in sports analytics.
- George Baldini ’19 – Men’s Basketball
- John Blue ’21 – Women’s Basketball
- Tyler Brosius ’20 – Baseball
- Tucker Craig ’20 – Scraping
- Patrick Kelly ’20 – Swimming
- Wes Kerr ’19 – Volleyball
- Adam Merchant ’21 – Men’s Basketball
- Eoin Mills ’21 – Football
- Kendall Thomas ’19 – Men’s Basketball and Women’s Soccer
- Matt Wang ’20 – Scraping
Interested in knowing more? Contact Dr. Chartier or a member of the student leadership team!