Our Team

Pat Dye, Jr.

Founder / CEO

 As the son of a former professional football player and College Football Hall of Fame coach, Pat has been involved in football since he was a young child. After graduating from Auburn University and then finishing at the top of his law school class, he combined his lifelong background in football with his legal training to become a very successful sports attorney. He has negotiated dozens of landmark contracts for NFL stars, including Hall of Fame inductees, over the course of four different decades.

With 30 years experience in the industry, Pat is known as much for his professionalism and honesty as he is for his effective client representation. In fact, his reputation for integrity is such that major universities frequently ask him to address players on the pitfalls of choosing an agent, while he is also a regular guest speaker at sports law seminars. Above and beyond his professional success, Pat cherishes the personal relationships that he enjoys with his clients more than anything else. 

“I’ve known of Pat and his family since the 1970’s when his father was an assistant coach at Alabama, where I played college ball. I have known Pat professionally ever since I started working in the Browns front office in 1991. He knows football because he grew up around the game and that helps him a lot in advising his clients during their career. I also know that I can trust Pat.”

Ozzie Newsome, General Manager & Executive Vice Pres. - Baltimore Ravens

Bill Johnson

President

Bill graduated from East Carolina University and entered the business of sports more than 20 years ago. Early in his long tenure in the sports industry, Bill packaged and negotiated more than $100 million in corporate sponsorships for the NBA’s Orlando Magic.  During his time with the Magic, he also worked closely with the players and saw a relative lack of quality representation for professional athletes. 

Consequently, he welcomed the opportunity to provide athletes with competent guidance by joining SportsTrust in 1998. Since his arrival, he has negotiated more than a billion dollars in NFL contracts, including a number of landmark deals for clients who amazingly had never been to the Pro Bowl. Among his many accomplishments, he was selected by the NFLPA as one of only four agents in the country to assist in rewriting the new agent certification test.  Bill’s energy, experience and effectiveness will help him and SportsTrust remain a true powerhouse for many years to come. 

“As the Eagles General Manager, I have worked with countless agents. In my experience working with Bill Johnson, he is always professional, well prepared and very effective. He clearly has a passion and conviction about his clients when he’s negotiating their contracts, but he’s also pleasant to deal with.”

Howie Roseman, General Manager - Philadelphia Eagles

Chandra Vitale

Chief Operations Officer

Before joining SportsTrust 13 years ago, Chandra spent 15 years managing client services for INVESCO, one of the world’s largest money management firms. In this capacity, she planned and executed more than 100 events around the country every year for a very demanding clientele.

Equipped with that experience and her organizational skills, Chandra ensures that every detail is covered for SportsTrust, it’s clients and their families regardless of the situation. Indeed, she manages our client services, bookkeeping, budgeting and executive assistance. Chandra’s diverse skills and daily management of our office is a tremendous asset to SportsTrust and our clients.  

“As a 24 year old rookie from Australia, who didn’t even have a permanent work visa, I had no idea where to start when the Broncos drafted me. Chandra and SportsTrust made my transition into the league and Denver so much easier than I could have ever imagined.”

Adam Gotsis, Defensive End - Denver Broncos

Randi Chapman

Vice President - Marketing

Randi attended the University of Georgia on a track scholarship and enjoyed a very successful collegiate sports career. However, she also found time to become a Presidential Scholar and subsequently earned an MBA from Georgia as well. She began working with professional athletes immediately after graduating from college and joined SportsTrust in 2004. 

Since arriving at SportsTrust, Randi has been very involved at all levels of our client marketing for 13 years. She has forged great relationships and marketing results with the NFL, the NFL Players Association, NFL sponsors, shoe companies, trading card companies, and memorabilia dealers. She is truly a rising star in player marketing as evidenced by her recent selection to the NFLPA player marketing representatives committee. 

“I worked very closely with Randi in my marketing during my entire 12 years with SportsTrust. She’s always been great and I’ve been thrilled with my marketing results, especially since she took over the marketing department. Now that I’ve recently retired, she has done a great job of helping me transition into my post career opportunities.”

DeMarcus Ware - Retired Future Hall of Famer

Mitchell Moorer

Vice President - Legal and Analytics

Mitchell played college football and ran track at Sewanee, where he also graduated with honors and was elected track team Captain and President of both the SGA and FCA. He subsequently earned a law degree and MBA at the University of Alabama, finishing in the Top 30% of his law school class and ranked #1 in his MBA class. Since 2007, he has also earned extraordinary experience in the business of football by working with the Southeastern Conference, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL League Office. His NFL experiences were very broad and included legal analysis involving player contracts and the NFL CBA, contract analytics and negotiations, salary cap management and player evaluation.

With the ideal educational background and his extensive NFL experience, Mitchell is very uniquely qualified to serve SportsTrust and our clients in the areas of legal services, contract analytics and negotiations.

“Mitchell did a great job for us during his time here with the National Football League office. His experience working in the league office and with three different NFL teams, along with his academic training, should serve SportsTrust’s clients very well in all facets of their representation.”

Dave Gardi, SVP Football Operations - National Football League

Ben Setas

Director – Client Development

Ben graduated from Michigan State University and also served as a manager for Coach Tom Izzo and the basketball team, which participated in 2 Final Four’s during his tenure. Shortly after Ben graduated, Coach Nick Saban hired him to serve in Football Operations at the University of Alabama, where he was part of 2 BCS National Championships. Within Ben’s first year, Coach Saban quickly promoted him to Associate Director of Football Operations.

From 2011-2015, Ben worked with Alabama players and coaches in several areas, including recruiting, organizing game plans, team travel, player employment, NCAA compliance, coaching clinics and youth camps. After deciding to pursue a career in sports management, Ben immediately received multiple offers from very prominent sports agencies and chose SportsTrust’s offer to become Director of Client Development. In 2015, with nearly 10 years experience working very closely with great collegiate and professional, Ben is a huge asset to SportsTrust and our clients.

“Ben worked alongside me everyday for 4 years at Alabama. I witnessed firsthand his commitment, dedication, intelligence, integrity, effectiveness and dependability. He has a tireless passion for helping players and his several years prior experience working with players will serve SportsTrust’s clients very well.”

Joe Pannunzio, Former Director of Personnel Operations - Philadelphia Eagles

Julia Lauria

Director – Marketing

Julia has loved sports since her early childhood. She played lacrosse in college and was also elected team captain. Naturally, she wanted to enter the business of sports and worked for multiple years with the Buffalo Bills and the University of Tennessee Athletics Department during college. Shortly after graduating, Julia landed a very highly coveted position with the Atlanta Falcons. She worked for the Falcons’ corporate sponsorships department for 3 years and secured partnerships with more than 30 local, regional and national brands.

At SportsTrust, Julia leverages all of her experience and relationships with NFL related sponsors and NFL teams to help create and manage marketing, social media, and philanthropic opportunities for our clients. Julia has already made an immediate impact for our clients in those areas and we look forward to her contributions at SportsTrust for many years. 

“During her years with us at the Falcons, Julia was always a very hard worker, a team player, knowledgeable, great with people, and a very effective salesperson. We were very disappointed to lose her, but with her experience, skill set and personality, she has a great future in marketing NFL Players for off field opportunities.”

Rich McKay, President & CEO - Atlanta Falcons

Jaclyn DeBacco

Director – Client Services

Before graduating from Clemson University with honors, Jacki pursued her passion for football by working in the Clemson football office for 3 years during college. She first applied to SportsTrust in 2012, but before joining us in 2016, she gained valuable work experience with MEC, one of the world’s leading advertising and media planning agencies and subsequently with a start up football agency, Element Sports Group.

During her tenure with Element, Jacki performed a wide array of NFL client services, including combine training logistics, coordination of players’ pre-draft schedules, travel services, relocation services, concierge services, social media, as well as community and public relations. With 6 years of combined experience working with football players and their families prior to joining SportsTrust, Jacki instantly became a very valuable member of our team upon coming on board.

“I just love the fact that I can always get my people at SportsTrust on the phone any time, day or night.”

Dont’a Hightower, Linebacker New England Patriots