Michael Sprouse ('96).

Catching Up With Michael Sprouse

Feb. 13, 2008

Michael Sprouse
Men’s Tennis 1993-96

New York, NY


Sprouse and fiancé Brittney.



Engaged to Brittney Thompson

Fairfield, CT

Current Position:
Chief Marketing Officer, Epic Advertising (Azoogle.com)

ND Background in Academics:
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting, Magna cum Laude (`96)

ND Background in Athletics:
Four-Year Letter Winner (93-’96) Team Captain (’96) National Arthur Ashe Collegiate Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership (`95) Midwest Regional Arthur Ashe Collegiate Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership (’95, ’96) Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player (’94-95, ’95-96) Notre Dame Club or St. Joseph Valley Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award (’95-96) Carlton M. Harris Award (’95-96)

Professional Background:
Playboy Enterprises (Chicago, IL), Senior Vice President of Marketing; MBI, Inc. (Fairfield County, CT), Program Manager.

What is your most memorable ND experience?
How do you narrow four full years down? If I had to list a few, it would have been the Notre Dame/Florida State football game in 1993 (#1 v #2); Receiving the Arthur Ashe Award at halftime of a football game in 1995; Dorm life at Alumni Hall; Lifetime friendships made.

Was there anything specific to ND that helped you advance your career?
For sure the incredible Notre Dame network has allowed me to stay involved and meet past alum’s in business in every place I’ve lived (Connecticut, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago).

Please list noteworthy community or other activities of which you are involved:
As a member of the CMO Council and AMA, I do public speaking to college students about how to shape their careers in business.


Sprouse honored with the National Arthur Ashe Collegiate Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership at halftime of an Irish football game in 1995.



What was your most notable accomplishment or greatest thrill as an athlete?
Winning the Arthur Ashe Award and anytime the tennis team was victorious (I remember them all).

What are your favorite things to do when you get back to Notre Dame?
Visit Coach Bayliss and the current tennis team at the Eck Tennis Pavilion; Walk around campus on a football weekend.

What professional sports team do you root for these days?
Any team that’s currently in first place in their sport. My friends make fun of me for that. Otherwise, it’s the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, New York Mets, New York Knicks & New York Rangers.

What was the best sporting event you have ever attended?
Aside from any Notre Dame game, I’d say the Super Bowl a few times, World Series and any event at Madison Square Garden.

Currently, what is your favorite book?
“What Got you Here, Won’t Get you There.” I read mostly online though.

What are you most motivated by?
People’s own success stories and achievement from hard work.

What is the best piece of advice you have received lately?
Stop and enjoy life once in a while.

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