• Lou Marciani, Ed. D

    Dr. Lou Marciani is the Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Center was founded in 2006 and is the country’s first academic center dedicated to spectator sports safety and security research, professional development, training and outreach.    
    His extensive sports management role provides him great insight into addressing the issues constituting potential and actual threats and risks to the ongoing security and safety of spectators at sporting events and venues. His background includes an extensive career in sport management serving as intercollegiate athletic director at several universities and executive director of two national sports governing bodies for the USOC.

    He is the principal investigator in over 9.4 million dollars externally funded grants through the Office of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Education. His work at the Center focuses on the development and implementation of FEMA sport risk management, incident and evacuation training and exercise courses. He has been involved in the development of a computer-based modeling, simulation and visualization tool to aid sport managers, policy makers as well as emergency managers in their “what-if” scenario training to enhance their critical decision making capabilities of preparedness, response and assessment of their overall sport event security.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    Under his leadership, the center has grown into a National Center, the addition of a National Sport Security National Laboratory, establishment of the Institute for the Study of Sport Incidents and the Annual Sport Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    The Center has an international outreach, actively working with professional sport leagues, NCAA, private sector and government agencies in enhancing sport safety and security. Dr. Marciani is an active speaker on sport safety and security at international and national sport organization annual conferences.

  • Stacey A. Hall, Ph.D.
    Department Chair & Associate Professor

    Dr. Stacey Hall is an Associate Professor of Sport Management at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and Associate Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).
    Dr. Hall has been published in leading international/national sport management, homeland security, and emergency management journals. She has co-authored two textbooks - Global Sport Facility Operations Management and Security Management for Sports and Special Events.
    Additionally, she has been invited to publish in national magazines such as Athletic Management, Athletic Administration, and Security Magazine. Dr. Hall has been referred to as one of the nation’s leading experts in sport security with interviews in USA Today, ESPN the Magazine, CBS New York, and also appeared on a live national broadcast of ESPN Outside the Lines. Dr. Hall was one of 150 experts from across the globe invited to attend the first International Sport Security Conference in Doha, Qatar (2011).

    Dr. Hall has been the principal investigator on external grant awards in excess of $4M. Funded projects included awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop risk management curriculum for sport security personnel at NCAA institutions; conduct risk assessments at college sport stadia; and develop training programs for sport venue staff.
    Dr. Hall teaches undergraduate and graduate sport management courses in economics, law, finance, and security. She developed a graduate level emphasis area in sport security management for the Master’s program at USM.
    Dr. Hall has completed threat/risk assessment training through the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center; terrorist bombing training through New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials and Testing Center; and special events contingency planning for public safety agencies training through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A competitive soccer player, Hall was team captain for the Northern Ireland International Soccer Team. She retired in 2008. Hall now resides in Hattiesburg, MS.

  • Lauren Cranford
    Associate Director of Operations

    Lauren is the Associate Director of Operations for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. Her role is to manage and coordinate all operations in the Center to include but not limited to the oversight of all grants, projects, budgets and staff. She assists the director with development and implementation of programs, special events and training sessions..

    She received her Master of Public Health Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi with an emphasis in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Sciences with an emphasis in Health Promotion. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

  • Alison Crumpton
    Director of Communications

    Alison is the Director of Communications for the National Center for Spectator Sports and Security  (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. Her role is to manage and coordinate the communication and marketing efforts of the Center including the NCS4 newsletter, website, social media, print and web materials, as well as media relations.

    In addition, she oversees exhibitor/sponsorship sales and management for four annual Safety and Security Summits, as well as the annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition.  


    Alison received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Mississippi State University and a M.S. in Public Relations from The University of Southern Mississippi.



  • Daniel Ward , CEM
    Director of Training and Integrated Systems

    Daniel is the Director of Training and Integrated Systems at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. He provides leadership and oversight for the development and implementation of sport and special event curriculum, training, exercising and assessment. Daniel also directs the National Sport Security Laboratory (NSSL) and works with solution providers and industry experts to research, evaluate and validate safety and security systems and technology.

    Before joining NCS4, Daniel was a Deputy Director of Emergency Management in the United States Air Force. In the past 10 years he has served as an emergency response team leader, in a multitude of positions within the Incident Command System (ICS), and as an EOC manager in several real-world events and major exercises. He has also developed and managed emergency management plans and programs for multiple disciplines and organizations. Daniel is an Anti-terrorism Officer, a Hazardous Material Technician, and was awarded the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) designation by the International Association of Emergency Managers in 2013.  

  • Elizabeth Voorhees
    Director of Certifications and Assessments

    Elizabeth Voorhees is the Director of Certifications and Assessments for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. She has a broad role in the management of the Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP), Certified Sport Venue Staff (CSVS) and Sport Event Security Aware (SESA) certification and assessment programs. She is responsible for content creation and curation in order to build and implement robust programs that focus on enhancing organizational capabilities through performance assessments and standards-based curricula.



    Elizabeth is enjoying the opportunity to lead knowledge and skill-based professional development programs that have a positive effect on the sports security profession. She oversees the process of consultation and drafting of best practices, policies and standards, as well as compliance procedures. She is responsible for conceptualizing workforce development strategies that are responsive to changes in industry and partnering with industry leaders to design and implement programs, processes and tools of strategic value.

    Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Mississippi. She completed a Master of Science degree in Political Science and is currently a doctoral candidate in Human Capital Development at the University of Southern Mississippi.

  • Kyle Hopkins
    Kyle Hopkins
    Director of Outreach

    Kyle is the Director of Outreach for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. His role is to oversee the development and delivery of a fully integrated marketing strategy. This includes training programs, academic programs, NCS4 Connect, certifications, assessments, events, workshops, and laboratory.

    Prior to accepting his current position, Kyle was the Operations Officer at The Emergency Management District in Forrest County Mississippi. In the past 5 years he has worked many federal disasters including Hurricane Issac, the 2013 Pinebelt Tornado and the historic 2016 River Floods.
    Kyle received his B.S.B.A. in Marketing from The University of Southern Mississippi.

  • Chris Kinnan
    Colonel, USAF (ret.) Curriculum Coordinator

    Chris is the Curriculum Coordinator for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. His role is to provide leadership and oversight for the development, implementation and strategies for the sport safety and security curricula, accreditations and certifications. He assists in assessing the instructional effectiveness of the sports safety and security curriculum materials that are produced by subject matter experts.

    Chris served 25 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Colonel.  His military background includes nuclear weapons, missiles, space systems (i.e., satellites, rockets, radar, detection and warning, and communications), strategic planning, education and training, and national security strategy.  He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
    During his military career, Chris served on the faculty of two Air Force training schools, including the Air Force Weapons School, as an instructional designer, curriculum developer, classroom instructor, and part of the faculty development and certification team.  He also served on the faculty of Air University’s Air War College as a national security strategy instructor and as the Director of the Grand Strategy Program, a Master’s degree program for senior military and civilian leaders. A futurist, Chris also served at Air University as the Deputy Director of the Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT) where he helped lead national security technology and alternative futures studies.  He is a co-author of Failed State 2030: Nigeria – A Case Study, an alternative future technology study that identifies critical capabilities, including security technologies, the United States Air Force should invest in and acquire to respond to a failed state scenario.
    Following his retirement from the United States Air Force, Chris spent more than 3 years with Booz Allen Hamilton where he served as a faculty trainer and as the deputy team lead and chief developer for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Professional Certification Program.  He was also the Senior Program Manager for the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Monogram licensing program for oil and natural gas equipment manufacturers and services and the API Quality Registrar certification body for the international oil and natural gas industry.
    Chris is currently a doctoral student in the Human Capital Development program at the University of Southern Mississippi.  He received his Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Air War College; his Master of Airpower Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies; and his Master of Management of Information Systems from Lesley College.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Russian/East European Area Studies from Auburn University. He is a strategist, strategic planner and instructional systems designer.

  • Danny Eborall
    Project Assistant

    Danny Eborall is the project assistant for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). He assists in marketing and planning for the National Center’s events and conferences.
    Danny is continuing his education at The University of Southern Mississippi by pursuing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Sports Security Management, the first program of its kind in the nation. He will complete his MBA in May 2017.

    Prior to joining NCS4 Danny was a competitive soccer player, holding a couple of collegiate soccer records across the United States.
    He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Management/ Marketing at William Carey University.

  • Emily Alford
    Event Coordinator

    Emily Alford is the Event Coordinator for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. She helps with planning and marketing for the NCS4’s events, including the “Best Practice” summits and the annual conference.

    In May 2016, She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration from the same university and she will complete this program in August 2017.

  • Miguel Izquierdo Puertas
    Project Assistant

    Miguel Puertas is the project assistant for the National Center for Spectators Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). He assists with the event-planning process for conferences and summits.

    Miguel is doing his Mater in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Sport Security Management at The University of Southern Mississippi and he will graduate August 2017. Before coming to NCS4, Miguel was a soccer-student athlete for William Carey University, where he graduated with a degree in finance, receiving the outstanding finance student of the university award.

  • Sawyer Smith
    Logistics Coordinator

    Sawyer is the Logistics Coordinator for the National Center of Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). He assists with the planning and logistical needs for the National Center’s events and DHS/FEMA Training Course Guides.

    Sawyer is currently on scholarship pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Development at the University of Southern Mississippi and is a member of the Army National Guard. He is also contracted through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and is scheduled to receive his commission as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in December of 2018. 

  • Alex Villanueva
    Website Designer

    Alex Villanueva is the Website Designer and IT Coordinator for National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).  He helps update information and modify the design of the website.

    Alex is currently enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi in the Information Technology (Developer) Course Degree Track.  He is going to complete his degree in May 2017.