Mendoza College of Business | October 23, 2019
On June 20, 2019, Peter Zanca sat in a room with his fellow Indiana Pacers staff members, watching the NBA Draft. Zanca, a second-year student in the MBA/M.S. in Business Analytics dual degree program, had spent the previous two months working as a basketball analytics intern with the Pacers, collecting massive amounts of data and examining trends in an effort to identify over- or under-valued players.
“I’ll remember that first draft night for a long time,” Zanca says. “You’re seeing all of this hard work you’ve put in for the draft pay off as the organization makes decisions. It’s a really cool experience.”
Two years earlier, Zanca, a lifelong NBA fan and self-proclaimed numbers “geek,” was a manager at Accenture, where he’d spent seven years of his career working primarily with the Department of Defense. He realized he was spending more time with data—and that he really enjoyed it. “I wanted to learn more about analytics and strengthen my skillset there, and I started thinking about what industry I wanted to target. Sports rose to the top for me.”
Zanca believed the MBA/M.S. in Business Analytics dual degree program at Notre Dame would help bring him closer to his goal. He was right.
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