OSU Football Chief of Staff Leading Startup Weekend Speaker Lineup


Friday Night Speaker: Jay Locey, OSU Football Chief of Staff

Jay Locey, OSU Football’s Chief of Staff, will be filling in for head coach Mike Riley as Startup Weekend’s opening speaker, Friday night.

Locey is in his eighth year at Oregon State and in January of 2013 took on a new role for the program, serving as the chief of staff.

In his new position, Locey coordinates critical off the field administrative projects and assignments for one of the most successful Pac-12 football programs this century. His responsibilities include career/job placement for football student-athletes working closely with the OSU Director of Leadership Development that includes professional workshops (resumes, networking, career fairs), prescreening of opponents, Varsity “O” football alumni engagement, fundraising, leadership development, coordination of high school clinics and camps, team building activities, community relations and assisting incoming student-athletes in conjunction with the BEST (Bridge Encouraging Successful Transition) Program.

Prior to accepting his new role, Locey served as the Assistant Head Coach, working with the tight ends for four years. He has also coached the wide receivers for three seasons.

He came to OSU after a tremendously successful career at Linfield College in nearby McMinnville. Locey brought to the Beavers many of the aspects that made him one of the most successful coaches in small college football.

Sunday Morning Speaker: Craig Robinson, OSU Head Basketball Coach

In his fourth season as the head coach of the Oregon State men’s basketball team, Craig Robinson led the Beavers to their best season in more than two decades in which they won 20 games for the first time since 1989-90 and had a winning record for just the second time since that same season.

After graduating from Princeton with a degree in sociology, Robinson was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He played two seasons with the Manchester (England) Giants of the European Basketball League. He also served as the assistant to the general manager and public relations officer for Manchester.

Robinson began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1988-90. He was responsible for offense implementation, game strategy, recruiting and advance scouting. He was also the head coach at the University of Chicago High School in 1999-2000.

Robinson, who also has a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1992), took a hiatus from coaching and went into private business in 1990. He was Vice President for Continental Bank from 1990-92, Vice President for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter from 1992-99 and then Managing Director for Loop Capital Markets before he made his move to Northwestern.

Robinson and his wife, Kelly, have three sons, Avery, Austin and Aaron, and a daughter, Leslie.

Sunday Afternoon Speaker: Taylor Kavanaugh, Founder of Quarter 4 Sports

Oregon State Startup Weekend is really an extension of the foundation laid by Taylor Kavanaugh and his work with Beavers Without Borders. As you may know, a team of 14 Oregon State student-athletes embarked on an extraordinary trip to rural Alotenango, Guatemala March 2010. The goal was simple — to use the energy of sport, and build a new home for a struggling family. Taylor produced and directed a never before seen perspective of Oregon State Athletics and its stand-out athletes.

Since founding the Beavers Without Borders Experience, Taylor and his business partners have grown their company Quarter 4 Sports at an exponential rate. Taylor and his business partners have worked with the PAC-12 Network as well as various projects with Nike. It is an honor to have Taylor speak prior to the final pitches for Oregon State Startup Weekend.