Dave Schuman, NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor

A former High School First Team All-American, Dave earned a full football athletic scholarship at University of Connecticut where he was a starting linebacker under head coach Skip Holtz. A success on and off the field, Coach Schuman was a Dean’s List student-athlete who earned both a Bachelors and Master’s degree at UConn. After receiving his Master degree, David worked as a strategic business analyst for a top technology solutions company. He later moved to New York City to become Senior Vice President for an internet strategy and web development company. He was one of the fastest rising young executives during the internet boom of the late 90’s.

September 11, 2001 was the day that changed Dave’s goals and dreams. Dave’s largest client Cantor Fitzgerald was devastated during the tragic event. The loss of many colleagues and his desire to help people accomplish their dreams brought Dave back to football. He soon became head coach at Saddle Brook High School in his hometown of Saddle Brook, New Jersey. A skilled multi-tasker, Coach Schuman also enrolled at Columbia University for a second Master’s Degree at Columbia’s prestigious teaching college before opening his own business, Schuman’s Speed School, where he trained some of the country’s top high school, college and professional athletes. Dave wanted to provide talented high school football players from all socioeconomic backgrounds, from inner cities to suburbs, all across the country the opportunity to showcase their skills without bias and to provide them early exposure to top colleges. As a result of this vision, Schuman’s National Underclassmen Combine was born and currently thrives as NUC Sports.

Dave has been the CEO of NUC Sports for over a decade. NUC Sports runs the largest football evaluation set of events in the USA. Through a series of high profile Football Showcases and Events NUC integrates evaluation, recruiting, training, apparel, and media all in one with the intent in getting our over 20,000 athletes that come through each year increased recruiting exposure. has become one of the top websites for athletes to get recruiting exposure in football with over 2-million followers across all primary social media networks. Dave’s passion is football and providing an avenue for some of the country’s most talented high school football players to be featured is his life’s mission. This mission has taken him to the next step on the journey to form Inspired Athletes LLC to give college athletes boutique family representation to help them live out their dreams of playing and succeeding in the NFL and life.

Dan Smith, NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor

Dan grew up in Walpole, MA which is suburb just outside of Boston. Dan was a multi-sport athlete and member of the Walpole Rebels powerhouse high school football program which posted a record of 43-1 and 2 State Championships during his four years at WHS. He continued his education at the University of Connecticut and graduated with a Bachelors of Economics in 1996. While at UConn Dan played defensive back for the Huskies and was a teammate of Dave’s. After graduation Dan continued to follow his passion for football and played 9 years of semi-pro football. As a Co-Captain he helped lead the Marlboro Shamrocks to the 2002 AFA National Championship. In 2001 the Shamrock’s were the National Runner-Ups. After his playing days Dan returned to Walpole High and coached defensive backs.

Professionally Dan started his career working in operations at some of Boston’s top investment managers. After a few years working in investment management Dan transitioned into executive recruiting in 1999. Dan’s experience in executive recruiting has consisted of both agency and in house search at a global custody bank.

In 2007 Dan founded D&S Associates, Inc. D&S is a boutique executive search firm led by industry veterans.

Dan’s experience with complex salary negotiations between senior executives at global financial services companies is invaluable. His ability to understand both sides of a negotiation and be able to come to amicable terms for both parties is a skill that comes from 15+ years of business experience. Every contract negotiation is unique to the parties involved and working to find all available compensation options is critical to his client’s satisfaction.

In Dan’s personal life he enjoys spending time with his 4 year old twins Brayden & Brooklyn and his wonderful wife of 7 years. The relationships Dan has with his family and friends are the center of his happiness. Not too far behind is his passion….football.

Mitchel Krause, Financial Services Advisor

Stifel Financial
Mitchel C. Krause
First Vice President/Investments

B.S., University of Connecticut


Series 7, General Securities Representative
Series 24, General Securities Principal
Series 65, Investment Advisor Representative
Life, Health, and Variable Insurance


Mitchel has more than 18 years of investment industry experience and joined Stifel in 2007 when the firm acquired Ryan Beck & Co.


I believe my experience makes me unique from other financial advisors. I began my career as a private client group financial advisor focusing mostly on bank stocks and municipal bonds. During that time period, I was also able to take advantage of the ability to work on first- and second-step mutual savings bank thrift conversions, aiding our corporate finance department.

After eight years on the private client side, I transitioned from a retail advisor to an institutional sales and sales trading position, spending the next eight years on my career on the institutional side of the business. Working with private money managers, hedge fund managers, CEOs, and CFOs, facilitating corporate buybacks, exercising cashless options for corporate executives, and executing 10b5-1 plans on the buy and sell side have all given me a fundamental understanding of how markets work and efficient ways to employ strategies designed to help navigate them.

Leaving the institutional side of the business was a personal decision based on doing what I felt was best for me and my family, now with two young daughters. My family moved from New Jersey to North Carolina to offer what I believe to be a better quality of life for my little girls. Currently, I am rebuilding my private client group practice, focusing more on finding the best money managers available to my clients. While re-creating a business is difficult, it has proven to be the right business move for me to make. I truly enjoy providing a “personal touch” and forging personal relationships, working with and educating individuals as to how to plan and save for their future and leave a legacy for their children and their children’s children.

Hard work, dedication, and loyalty are all attributes I have developed from an early age and work diligently at every day. Success shows itself in many different ways, Theodore Hesburgh once said, “My basic principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they’re popular; you make them because they’re right.” I don’t believe you can sum it up any better, and by staying true to those words, success will often follow.

Mitchel C. Krause
First Vice President/Investments
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 310
Raleigh, North Carolina 27612
(919) 645-5910
(888) 825-6400

David Schuman

Certified NFLPA Contract Advisor

Inspired Athletes a Division of NUC Sports

New York, NY


Family takes care of Family!

Dan Smith

Certified NFLPA Contract Advisor

Inspired Athletes a Division of NUC Sports

Boston, MA