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NIL Network

MEET THE NIL NETWORK TEAM

Founder
Michelle Meyer
Michelle played volleyball at UC Santa Barbara and graduated in 2009 with a degree in Psychology and a double minor in Sport Management and Athletic Coaching. After a brief professional career in Denmark, Michelle coached the beach volleyball team at University of Hawaii. She then coached at Pepperdine for one year before running the Olympic pipeline program for USA Volleyball from 2015-2018. Michelle founded a beach volleyball consulting company prior to founding NIL Network in 2020. In addition to NIL Network, Michelle is the NIL Coordinator at San Diego State.
Research Analyst
Austin Montbriand
Austin is enrolled in Marquette University’s Law School where he is studying the intersection between sports and the law. He has experience working as a Student Football Manager at the University of Illinois under Lovie Smith and as an intern for the full-service sports agency Priority Sports and Entertainment. He plans to use his sales and industry knowledge to represent athletes and influencers in the future.
Research Analyst
Helen He
Helen He is from San Leandro, CA and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Sociology and a certificate in Exercise & Sports Studies in 2018. After graduation, she worked as a Brand Supervisor at Converse and helped the stores boost their KPIs through customer loyalty-building and sales skills. Helen is currently a Sports MBA student at San Diego State University. She is also a bikini bodybuilding athlete and has placed first in every competition so far. She wants to use her knowledge to give athletes the support they need to help monetize their NIL.
Research Analyst
TJ Bleichner
TJ grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and received his undergraduate degree from University of Maryland. While at Maryland, he ran track and double majored in Criminology and Sociology. Currently, is is in law school at LSU and is looking to use his juris doctorate/legal education as a stepping stool to a meaningful career in sports. TJ is currently very interested in the NIL world and student-athlete rights.
Public Relations Specialist
Julia Kelly
Julia Kelly is from San Francisco, CA and is a rising senior at San Diego State University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Recreation and Tourism Management. Most recently, Julia has started working as an HR Student Assistant for San Diego State Athletics as well as an AmeriCorps Ambassador for Junior Giants and is excited to take on another role exploring NIL.
RESEARCH ANALYST
Ashtin Larkin
Ashtin played soccer at West Virginia University and graduated with a degree in Criminology and Investigations with a minor in Psychology. Thus far, she has worked as a Forensic Specialist in LA County. Ashtin is currently enrolled at Loyola Law School, obtaining her Master’s in Legal Studies, with an emphasis in Sports Law. She looks forward to using her degrees and experience to assist student-athletes with the new rigors of NIL; specifically focusing on the education of athletes on NCAA rules and federal and state laws.