Daniel Pelchen

Sports analyst

I always enjoyed dealing with numbers when studying economics at university. But I came into my element when I found them in something I was passionate about – football.

As technology becomes more prominent, numbers get more important. Sport is a perfect example of this, when exploring things like finding new ways to measure ball trajectory, for instance.

Sports analytics is one area that will grow exponentially in the next 10 years as data in sport becomes more important. The stats available at Australian Football League (AFL) level are far beyond what you’d think, it’s pretty amazing what you can do with them, too.

As a sports analyst at Collingwood Football Club, I monitor the stats of more than 3000 players each year and indicate to the recruiters who’s performing well.

I love coming up with models that recruiters can use when making crucial decisions. It’s so rewarding when they draft a player I’ve ‘flagged’ through my work.

Daniel’s path to becoming a sports analyst

>> Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)/PhD Sports Analytics, Deakin University

>> Recruiting Assistant, Collingwood Football Club

>> Performance Analyst, Collingwood Football Club

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“I monitor the stats of more than 3000 players each year.”

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