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Ned Colletti
Ned Colletti
Senior Advisor to the President
Los Angeles Dodgers

Class of 1974

How has Triton College made an impact on your life?
Forty years ago, I was the first in my family to attend college. My parents made attending a priority, although college opportunities for me as well as finances were very limited. Triton provided me with an opportunity. It provided me an education, academic confidence and a stepping stone to a four-year university. It was a very important time in my life and a place that helped me achieve so many professional goals.

Biography
Ned Colletti spent his early years growing up in a garage in Chicago before his family of four moved to Franklin Park in 1960. He loved sports from a very young age. He played organized baseball, soccer and hockey and began learning the intricacies of sport. While never big enough to play at the highest levels, he felt he had an intellect for the game and also a passion for writing. Ned became the first in his family to attend college and graduate from a university. After graduating from East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, he graduated from Triton College in 1974 with a degree in Journalism and went on to Northern Illinois University to earn a Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1976.

Following college, he worked as a sports writer for the Elmhurst Press, the Chicago Daily News, the Danville (IL) Commercial News and the Philadelphia Journal where he covered the National Hockey League. After five years of a newspaper career, he returned to Chicago and began a career in Major League Baseball and for a short period, authored four books on baseball and college football.

In a baseball career that has lasted more than three decades, he worked his way up ladder starting in 1982 with the Chicago Cubs in media relations. Three years later, he began negotiating contracts and successfully transitioned into the baseball operations side of the organization. During his tenure, the Cubs broke attendance records at Wrigley Field and went to the post-season in 1984 and 1989. It was in Chicago under the leadership of highly respected executives that he began developing an expertise in team and culture building. Additional accomplishments during this tenure in Chicago included helping develop one of the first analytics programs in baseball; negotiating contracts of future Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson and Greg Maddux, becoming the youngest recipient of the Robert Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence and being one of a minority of professional sports executives who successfully switched from the business side of baseball to the sports/player evaluation side.

In 1994 after 13 years with the Cubs, Colletti moved to the West Coast to work for the San Francisco Giants as the Director of Baseball Operations before being promoted to the Assistant General Manager in 1997. While in San Francisco, he helped build the organization’s foundation with General Manager Brian Sabean into the greatest era in the more than 100-year history of the Giants. During his tenure with the Giants, Colletti’s accomplishments included negotiating a historic contract for Barry Bonds and playing a key executive leadership role in transforming the Giants organization to support a culture of winning with record attendance and revenue.

In November 2005, after 11 years with the Giants, Colletti became the 10th general manager in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colletti immediately made an impact and transformed the Dodgers from a poorly performing to a contending team within months and helped navigate the franchise through a historically tumultuous period of time. When new ownership arrived on May 1, 2012, Colletti was retained and was part of the organization which led to record-setting attendance and revenue seasons plus back-to-back National League Western Division championships in 2013 and 2014. Highlights of Colletti’s time with the Dodgers include posting the most wins by any National League General Manager during that time span; appearing in 3 League Championship Series; orchestrating historic trades for Manny Ramirez, Greg Maddux and other top talent and signing and developing award winning talent including Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp.

Colletti has amassed countless career achievements. During his 18 consecutive years as a General Manager or Assistant General Manager (1997-2014), Colletti’s teams finished above .500 16 times, qualified for the post-season 9 times (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014), were eliminated on the final day of a 162-game season twice (1998, 2004) and were eliminated on the next to the last day twice (2001, 2012). During his career he has negotiated more than $2 billion worth of player contracts and has signed or traded for numerous superstar players including Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux, Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, Orel Hershier, Eric Gagne, Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez, Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, Hanley Ramirez, among others. Included in this group are managers Joe Torre and Don Mattingly.

Presently, Colletti resides in Los Angeles and while continuing his executive career in baseball in helping build the Dodgers into a World Series team, he is also a broadcaster for the Dodgers Time-Warner Cable SportsNet LA network. Besides his baseball responsibility, Colletti is a corporate and organizational speaker who speaks on motivation, leadership and negotiation skills. Ned is heavily involved in charitable endeavors devoted to education for youth and also has provided guide and assist dogs for people who are visually impaired or have diabetes, as his good friend and baseball Hall of Famer Ron Santo had. He and Gayle have two adult children, Lou and Jenna.