Nick Elam

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Ball State University

Nick Elam, Ph.D. has a varied background in education, mathematics, and sports. Dr. Elam currently serves as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Ball State University. He previously served as a school principal in Ohio while earning his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Miami University. Before entering administration, Elam taught calculus at the high school and community college level after graduating from the University of Dayton. Dr. Elam is Founder/Coordinator of M-SportsFans (an official Special Interest Group within Mensa), and grounds crew member for the Cincinnati Reds. Elam previously served as a high school athletic director and baseball coach. Dr. Elam is the originator of the hybrid duration format for basketball. In 2017, The Basketball Tournament renamed the format the Elam Ending and implemented it successfully during preliminary-round play. Elam’s research and writing have been shared at various conferences, websites, and podcasts.