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Catholic Central Welcomes Brendan Bebb ‘19 as Director of Analytics

Detroit Catholic Central High School recently welcomed Brendan Bebb ‘19 as Director of Analytics. Get to know him here!

Q. What are some of your job duties at Catholic Central High School?

A: My job duties include building a proprietary CC database to house all information on students, parents, alumni, and donors to localize our data and “make it our own.” I’m also responsible for cleaning up existing data files and generating data-driven reports on our donors/alumni, building data pipelines between our existing donor database and new donation platform, as well as sports analytics and admissions recruitment analytics down the road.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in your new position at CC? What are some of your goals here?

A: I am most looking forward to “opening a third eye” here at CC. The opportunity to have data-driven insights for a school like CC allows for endless growth opportunities. First and foremost, I hope to elevate and optimize all operations in the Advancement and Admissions office to gain advantage in fundraising and recruitment opportunities.

I was a member of the Michigan Sports Analytics Society at U of M. I was selected as a Baseball Analyst team lead to oversee and produce an analytical project on the MLB at the 2022 Michigan Sports Analytics symposium. 

Once I have our proprietary database developed and develop a strong foundation in place for data-driven insights in both the Admissions and Advancement offices, I will begin integrating sports analytics into various sports here to help teams gain valuable insight about the numbers behind the game to help produce powerful on-field solutions.

Q: What did you do prior to your new position here?

A: I attended the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and graduated April 2023 with my B.S. in Data Science. In May, I will be beginning my Master’s program in Applied Data Science through the School of Information at U of M.

Q: What were your high school years like at CC? 

A: My four years at CC were some of the most memorable of my life. I played baseball here and received two varsity letters in 2018 and 2019. My senior year (2019), we won the District title by beating both Northville and Novi.

Outside of baseball, I was the Editor-in-chief of the Spectrum student newspaper. I was a member of the band, receiving my Superior Letter playing the trumpet. I was also a four-year Gabriel Richard Club member.

Q: Please tell us about your background in baseball and as a coach at U of M? What is your official title?

A: Baseball has been such a big part of my life starting with playing it in the backyard with my dad from a young age with the base paths cut into the grass that my father mowed and the foul lines I drew using white spray paint from the hardware store on the corner. I played CYO baseball for Our Lady of Victory before playing here at CC. Upon graduating from CC, I tried out for the University of Michigan Club Baseball team and made it. Unfortunately, due to COVID, I did not get to play my first collegiate game until Junior year. 

Junior year (2021-22), our team won the NCBA (National Club Baseball Association) Great Lakes Regional tournament, punching our ticket to the NCBA World Series in Greenwood, South Carolina. While in the World Series, we won the first NCBA World Series game in school history before finishing fifth. We finished the 2021-22 season ranked fifth nationally with a 20-4 record. 

Senior year (2022-23), I was elected as a Captain of the team while also serving as the Treasurer. As Treasurer, I handled all financial matters with the team budget. We won the Great Lakes North conference for the first time since 2015. We were ranked as high as third in the country during the season. We lost in regionals but finished the season with a 19-3 record.

I now serve as the Head Coach of the Club Baseball team, and we are looking to repeat as Conference Champions and win the NCBA World Series.

Q: How has CC helped prepare you for life after high school?

A: Catholic Central prepared me excellently for life after high school. Probably the biggest attribute that CC instilled in me was an impeccable work ethic that allowed me to excel academically at U of M, having been a Regents Merit Scholarship Recipient and being named a James B. Angell Scholar in 2021. 

On top of that, Catholic Central instilled in me a great moral compass to truly embody– through my faith and actions– what it means to be a man of Catholic Central. I pride myself on my integrity and ability to lead by example, and Catholic Central helped solidify the foundation my parents established to build myself upon.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share? What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

A: I am thankful for the opportunity to return to CC and make it one of the top institutions in the country. I am motivated to have a positive impact on the school as it looks ahead to its 100 year anniversary and beyond. I am also excited to defend my title as an Alumni Softball Champion this coming summer.

 

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