NCAA Champions Clayton Murphy and Courtney Okolo turn professional with Nike

For Immediate Release

Media Inquires
Chanel Harris
Doyle Management

Atlanta, GAJune 27, 2016 – At the conclusion of the NCAA Championships, these athletes look to mark a new chapter with the start of their professional careers. Both Clayton Murphy and Courtney Okolo have signed multi-year endorsement contracts with Nike under the representation of The Doyle Management Group.

Middle-distance runner, Clayton Murphy is a junior at the University of Akron and chose to forgo his last year of NCAA eligibility just in time for the 2016 US Olympic Trials this July. A two-time NCAA Champion, Murphy has continued to set new season and personal bests in both the 1500m and 800m. At the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Murphy ran a record breaking time of 3:36.38 setting a new school record. This time also was the 3rd fastest in NCAA Championships history, the 2nd fastest time by an American this year.

Murphy is no stranger to Team USA, competing at both the IAAF World Championships and Pan American Games in 2015. Murphy is looking to claim a double berth on the US Olympic team in both the 800 and 1500 meters in Eugene at the Olympic Trials. As a professional Murphy will continue his studies at Akron while training and competing as a professional.

“Things have happened so quickly in the past few weeks with the NCAA Championships and running multiple competitions since. When coach and I mapped out the season it was always with the Olympics in mind, so needless to say I am really looking forward to the trials as the next step in the process. I am really excited to announce my partnership with NIKE. The company has had such a rich tradition in the sport since its inception and I am proud to be able to carry on that tradition. ”, says Clayton Murphy.

Texas native, Courtney Okolo has made her mark on the collegiate scene while at The University of Texas and now looks to make a similar impact at the professional level. Blazing on the track, Courtney is the current NCAA 400m record holder with her very impressive 49.71 personal best.  After this feat, she continued on to break the meet record at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, running, 50.23 seconds. In 2016, Courtney has already run multiple world leading times. She capped off her indoor season running the third leg of the World Indoor Champion 4x400m relay team. Completing her collegiate career, she adds another NCAA title in the 400m and owns four of the top 10 times in collegiate history. With this head start in 2016, Courtney is looking to make her first Olympic team and pack her bags for Rio in August.

“This has been such a dream of mine for the longest time. All of the preparation and training was to set myself up for this moment. I’ve had a tremendous past 4 years with tons of progress and I’m just so excited to be able to run for such a great company like Nike during an Olympic year,” says Courtney Okolo.

With its full-service agency, Doyle Management Group looks to work closely with NIKE on marketing efforts with Clayton Murphy and Courtney Okolo during this Olympic season. CEO Paul Doyle was excited about their prospects. “Both Courtney and Clayton were highly sought after athletes. I couldn’t be more proud and honored that they have chosen DMG to help guide their careers. The partnership with NIKE made the most sense. These are top caliber athletes and now with the support of an equally high caliber company in NIKE, the sky is the limit.”

About Doyle Management

Established in 1998, Doyle Management Group is a full service sports agency that takes a unique approach to athlete management representing DMG has a full time marketing and public relations department, as well as logistics team for domestic and international travel and competition. DMG currently represents over 60 international track & field athletes from 16 different nationalities. Of those athletes, there are 44 major championship qualifiers (Olympic Games, World Championships, World Indoor Championships), 31 major championship finalists, 19 major championship medalists, 11 World Champions, six Olympic Gold Medalists, and three World Record Holders. DMG had more medalists than any other management team at both the 2008 Olympic Games and 2009 World Outdoor Championships. Thirty-four DMG athletes competed at the 2012 Olympic Games, nine of which medaled.