Supporting University of Oregon student-athletes' professional career development after school
and sports through our large network of Duck student-athlete alumni.
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Michael grew up a Duck fan in the small town of Grants Pass, Oregon. In 2000, he was awarded a football scholarship and started over 30 games during his career as an Oregon Duck. As his lifelong goal of playing in the NFL began to take shape, his father passed away unexpectedly in 2004. Michael moved back home to Grants Pass to help his family run his father’s insurance business instead of pursuing his NFL career. After returning home, Michael married his college sweetheart and had two children, both diehard Duck fans from birth. After several years of growing the family agency, Michael decided to pursue an innovative format for selling insurance, making insurance more accessible, easy to buy and cool. In 2012, Insurance Lounge was born as the country’s first interactive retail insurance store. To date, there are 4 locations throughout Oregon, with big plans for rapid expansion and growth in the coming years.
While attending the UO from 1986 to 1991, Jeff was a player-manager for two years for the Club Baseball team before graduating with degrees in Journalism and English. Jeff worked for the UO’s College of Education for a few years before working with college athletes as a Media Services intern in the Athletic Department in 1998. His passion for working with student-athletes continued to grow. From 2001 to 2008, Jeff worked in the football office, with the last two years as the Recruiting Coordinator working closely with the players, coaches and potential student-athletes. In 2008, Jeff was hired in the Duck Athletic Fund as a fundraiser. It was there he saw the need to reach out to all former athletes in an effort to keep them engaged with the school they bled for. After eight years in the DAF, Jeff moved to CA and married the girl of his dreams, but his passion of taking care of Oregon’s former student-athletes never left him. Now as the Executive Director of the Oregon Athlete Foundation, Jeff uses his experience and knowledge gained from 18 years of serving potential, current and former student-athletes to help run one of the best alumni groups in the country.
College Softball '04-'07
UO Lundquist College of Business, '13
Oregon Wrestling '89-'90
Oregon Super Fan-Lifetime
Advisory Board Member
Oregon Basketball '00-'03
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