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OUR STORY

Cognitive neuroscientists and colleagues Brandon Ally and Scott Wylie were watching the 2014 NFL Draft and observed analysts breaking down the prospects with words like great instincts, plays faster than his footspeed, nose for the ball, field vision, etc. What they were missing was a way to measure these skills. 

 

Together, Brandon and Scott launched S2 Cognition to leverage their backgrounds as athletes and vast experience in studying the brain in order to generate testing that's scientifically proven to measure these unique abilities in athletes. The S2 platform gives athletes and coaches a baseline for how to improve their performance over strength, speed, and conditioning drills.

Meet the Team

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Brandon Ally, PhD

Founder And Chief Operating Officer

Brandon received his PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004, and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He has been a faculty member at Boston University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Louisville. A published author of 50+ peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on brain mechanisms underlying visual attention, perception and memory, Brandon specializes in how individuals attend, track, and process information in dynamic visual environments. Brandon is a co-founder of S2 Cognition and directs the S2 marketing team and football operations. Brandon was a distance runner collegiately at the University of Tennessee.

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Scott Wylie, PhD

Founder And Chief Executive Officer

Scott received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology from Indiana University in 2002 and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Virginia. He has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and University of Louisville. He has published 50+ peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on brain mechanisms involved in the control, timing, and learning of motor actions. He specializes in how individuals execute split-second decisions to start, stop, and change actions as well as control motor impulses in the face of pressure and distraction. Scott is a co-founder S2 Cognition and directs the operations and scientific team. Scott played baseball collegiately.

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Eric Peters

Chief Technology Officer

Eric obtained his BS in Computer Science from Indiana University in 1999. He has been helping build technology solutions for businesses spanning public, private and academic sectors. He has served in a variety of practitioner, consultancy, and leadership roles within the IT space, where he has extensive experience in agile software development processes, database development and systems integration. Eric's experience emphasizes building high-performance technology teams in bootstrap startup environments.

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Vice President of Marketing & Strategy

Taylor Alexander

Taylor has spent the last decade leading sports companies in marketing and business strategy. With a successful track record of growing and expanding business footprints, brands, revenues, and opportunities for sustainable growth, she comes to S2 with a playbook to do the same. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and a wife and mother of two little athletes. She enjoys golfing, attending “just about any live sporting event”, and traveling. She serves as an advisor to industry-leading technology and product companies, and is on the Executive Advisory Board for Connect Sports. 

 

 As S2’s Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Taylor and the team are responsible for managing all marketing, messaging, brand, PR, and customer experience initiatives. In addition, Taylor is responsible for developing and fostering critical business relationships, and developing core business strategies, to expand the opportunities that S2 brings across the multiple sports and industries that we serve.

Taylor Alexander
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Ryan Wylie

VP of Operations

Ryan received his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia in 2007 and completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Point Loma University. Before joining S2, Ryan worked for 10 years as an educator in Virginia and Tennessee. He also logged 12 years coaching high school baseball, basketball, volleyball, and cross country. Ryan directs operations and logistics for S2, including management of amateur data acquisition for our professional baseball and football teams.

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Paul Phillips

Director of Diamond Sports

Paul played two years of junior college baseball at Meridian Community College and one year at Alabama before being drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1998. Paul played 15 years of professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, and Toronto Blue Jays organizations, including playing in the Major Leagues with the Royals, White Sox, and Rockies over 7 seasons. Paul coached Division 1 college baseball and coached at the professional level as a Triple-A hitting coach and as a catching coordinator.

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Tyler Pflueger

Lead Software Developer

Tyler received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2016. Prior to joining S2, he worked for an independent consulting firm for five years. During that time, he helped create custom software solutions for companies ranging from start-ups to large enterprises. Tyler’s passion is to continually learn and create software that helps and improves people’s lives.  He played football, wrestled, and was a track and field athlete in high school.  He played one season of football at Concordia University and remains active by participating in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu today.

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Oliver Enos

Director of Information Security & Data Privacy

Oliver earned his Master of Business for Veterans (M.B.V.) degree from the University of Southern California in 2020 following a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco in 2018. He has an extensive cybersecurity and data privacy background stemming from his high-tech consulting experience with Accenture and PwC. Prior to joining S2 Cognition, he worked for Salesforce where his top priority was the privacy and security of customer data. For S2, Oliver is designing, developing, and operationalizing the information security and data privacy programs. He is shaping the strategic vision and scalable growth of those programs as well as overseeing the execution of cybersecurity and privacy compliance initiatives. Oliver is a military veteran, having served as a United States Marine Corps Communications Officer from 2011-2015. He received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University in 2009, where he was a student-athlete on the baseball team. 

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Harrison Hunter

Director of Field Operations

Harrison received his Master of Sports Administration degree from Belmont University in 2017 and completed his undergraduate degree from the College of Business with a focus in Marketing at Harding University. Prior to joining S2, he worked as an Account Executive for the Nashville Sounds baseball team and completed internships with the Tennessee Titans, 104.5 The Zone Sports Talk Radio, and Vanderbilt University Athletics. For S2, Harrison helps direct logistics and data management for football operations. Harrison played collegiate baseball at Harding University.

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Eric Simpson

Customer Success Lead

Eric brings an extensive background in technology sales and management. He has served in roles ranging from leadership to logistic overview within the retail and technology sectors. For S2, Eric is involved in product design, development, and quality assurance.

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Bryce Woods

Assistant Director of Field Operations

Bryce recently graduated from the University of Memphis where he received his B.S. in Sport and Leisure Management. During his time in Memphis he worked under Penny Hardaway and staff as a student manager for the Men’s Basketball team. Bryce brings a diverse background in the sports realm. Here at S2, Bryce is involved with field operations, data collection and management, as well as supporting customers in the field.  Bryce also works as a liaison between operations and IT.

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Hollee Ally

Director of Social Media

Hollee earned her B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in photography from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Before joining S2, she successfully ran a youth athletics business, providing thousands of local children with the opportunity to explore track and cross country through program development and meet direction.  She also coaches high-level youth distance runners with an emphasis on strength training and biomechanics.

Hollee is vital to all things creative and marketing within the company, leading creative direction, promoting brand awareness, content creation, and interactions with the public.  She was a competitive swimmer in high school and believes strongly that physical activity, in its many forms, brings joy and balance to life.

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Kevin Harders

Software Developer

Kevin received his Master of Architectural Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska in 2013.  He spent six years as a structural engineer before changing his focus to software.  Before joining S2, he was building software in the eCommerce sector.

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Kalah Hazen

VP of Finance and Administration

Kalah is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Kalah began her career in marketing working for PlayCore, a playground company based in Chattanooga, TN, and Blink Marketing in Franklin, TN. She was later recruited to join healthcare start-up, TailWinds, as Director of Operations where she oversaw logistics, sales support, customer support, marketing and corporate administration. After returning from a mission trip, Kalah decided to pursue a career in teaching. She earned her Master’s in Teaching at Trevecca Nazarene University and taught for five years for Metro Nashville Public Schools. In 2022 Kalah began working for S2 Cognition where she handles all financials, provides administrative support to the team, and customer support to our partners.  Kalah was a high school letter winner in bowling at Franklin High School.

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Chris Dawson

Software Developer

​Chris received his B.S. in Computer Science from Bellevue University in 2011. Before joining S2, Chris worked for several different start-ups developing software primarily used by financial and educational institutions.  When not at work, you’ll usually catch Chris either playing his bass guitar, at the gym or cheering on his son at his local baseball games. 

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Brady Earnhardt

Director of Amateur Sport Operations

Brady received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2015. While attending the Academy, Brady played Division I Football (FBS Independent) and also captained the Army West Point Strength Team. In 2013, he was one of three Cadets to participate in the Bejing International MBA Program (BIMBA) at Peking University in China to discuss the study of leadership with international business executives and MBA students. Upon graduation, Brady commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, initially assigned to the Army West Point Strength and Conditioning administration, where he was responsible for implementing a specialized exercise regimen for 28 Intercollegiate Division I athletic teams. He retired from active duty at the rank of Captain in 2020. For S2 Cognition, Brady manages the Mobile Lab as the Director of Mobile Operations, responsible for assisting S2's retail partners, organizational sports camps, collegiate programs, and high school/youth institutions.

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Manny Saiz

Director of Videography & Content

Manny has worked in video production for multiple media outlets, including CBS, Fox, Fox Sports, and ESPN. He produced the UNLV coaches show while working for the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas and Nashville. Manny owned and operated his own video production company for seven years and during that time worked with multiple music labels and marketing companies. The videos he directed have been credited with over half a billion views on YouTube. Manny’s talents and knowledge will bring creative new media to S2 Cognition.

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Bailey Dodson

Customer Success Associate

Bailey recently graduated from San Diego State University where she received her B.S. in Foods and Nutrition. Bailey is involved in product design, development and quality assurance for  S2. Bailey grew up in competitive cheer and softball and played through her high school years.

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Christian Scott

Field Operations Associate

Christian is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He spent most of my time on the collegiate stage playing baseball for the Vols all 5 years, while pursuing his degree. 

 

He brings strong relationship-building skills to S2 and is a positive influence on those around him. His hard work, dedication, and ambition will serve our Ops team well as he begins his professional journey with S2.

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Kyle Wylie

Director of Middle Tennessee Athletics

Kyle comes to the S2 Cognition Team with an extensive background in public education. For almost twenty years, Kyle served as a teacher, coach, and in various administrative roles at both the school site and district levels. Kyle's experience as a coach in multiples sports (basketball, football, and baseball), high school athletic director, and as a district administrator that provided oversight to coaches and athletes will contribute to the further expansion of S2. His primary tasks as Director of Retail Operations will be working with the S2 team to develop and maintain a local testing center for athletes of the greater Nashville area to get tested as well as working to build and develop a strong S2 youth model to help younger athletes achieve success.

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Taylor Lee

Graphic Design Manager

Taylor is a graphic designer with 5 years of experience in the Sports Marketing & Graphic Design Industry. She is a University of Kentucky graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Strategic Communication & Minor in Business and is an Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design. She's fueled by her passion to dream big and swing past the fences. After all, when the company "looks" good, the company "plays" good. Most recently, Taylor designed for a youth baseball/softball tournament company who hosts some of the largest diamond sports tournaments across the country. When she's not designing, you can find her coaching high school fast-pitch softball, playing co-ed slow pitch softball, or spending time with her family, friends and dog, Buddy!

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Theodore Bashore, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Ted earned his Ph.D in clinical and biological psychology from the University of Colorado in 1976 and has been a professor of psychology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Northern Colorado. Ted has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters focusing on understanding the timing of neurocognitive processing speed and movement control in normal aging, neurological disease, and brain trauma. Before his academic career, Ted played football and baseball for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and had a 5-year stint in professional baseball with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets organizations. 

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