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Academy Sports

Corporate Headquarters: Katy, Texas


Category: Retail


Ken C. Hicks, Chairman, President, and CEO

Michael P. Mullican, Executive Vice President and CFO

Steven (Steve) P. Lawrence, Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer

Samuel (Sam) J. Johnson, Executive Vice President, Retail Operations

Jamey Traywick, Senior Vice President, Omnichannel

Sherry Harriman, Senior Vice President, Logistics and Supply Chain

Academy Sports + Outdoors is one of the nation’s largest sporting goods and outdoor stores. With almost 270 locations (and counting) across 18 states in the South, Southeast and Midwest, the company offers a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, and camping equipment and gear, along with sports and leisure products, footwear and apparel – golf included.

The dark blue states designate the states in which Academy Sports + Outdoors has a retail store presence. (Image courtesy:


Over the last several decades, the Katy, Texas-based retailer has grown substantially from its small beginnings. Sales reached $1 billion in 2003, $2 billion in 2007, $3 billion in 2012, $4 billion in 2014. And more recently, in fiscal 2021, sales reached almost $6.8 billion.

Academy traces its roots to 1938, when Max Gochman founded the family business as a tire shop in San Antonio. It turned into a military surplus store, then began offering sports and outdoors equipment as it evolved into the Academy Sports + Outdoors customers throughout Southern and Midwest parts of the U.S. know today. The company has over 22,000 team members from Texas to Florida and as far north as Indiana and Illinois.
Academy Sports + Outdoors carries all major brands of golf equipment, apparel and accessories along with a wide range of golf technology and training aids.

CEO and President Ken Hicks leads a highly accomplished senior management team with significant public market experience, a proven track record for driving operational efficiency, and a history of using customer data to improve Academy’s customer experience and drive its omnichannel strategy.


With a robust retail presence in the Sunbelt, including golf-rich states like Florida, Texas, Georgia and the Carolinas, golf is an important part of the overall business strategy at one of the nation’s leading sports retailers.

The company has continued to expand its retail presence and annual revenue for the past several decades.

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