Alan Gooch is the CEO of the Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF), a non-profit membership organization. Founded in 2008, the OSF aims to raise awareness of and funds for cancer research through the development of sporting and social events. The Orlando Sports Foundation’s signature event is the Cure Bowl, an NCAA college football game televised nationally on ESPN Network from Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida. In his role as Executive Director of the Cure Bowl, Alan leads the development of strategic partnerships for this event. Since 2015, the Cure Bowl has raised $3.8 million to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; with $1.2 million of the funds directly benefiting UCF College of Medicine’s cancer research center.
In 2017, under Alan’s leadership, the Orlando Sports Foundation launched the Cure Bowl Cup – an annual charity golf tournament played in rotation between Orlando’s two most exclusive golf courses: Isleworth Golf and Country and Lake Nona Golf and Country Club.
Alan is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, University of Central Florida, where he teaches coaching method classes. Alan served over 25 years at his alma mater both as a student-athlete and a member of the football coaching staff. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Science and Physical Education and his Master of Arts Degree in Exercise Physiology. In 2006, Coach Gooch was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame. A year later, he continued his sports marketing and philanthropic work in Orlando while founding TIZON Commercial, a dedicated consortium of real estate professionals representing clients in investor acquisitions and tenant services. In 2008, Alan found himself back in football, this time as President and General Manager of the Orlando Predators, a two-time world-champion Arena Football League organization.
Alan is a favorite on the sports speaking circuit with his E4S Competitive Greatness Program and as an ambassador for many local and regional sports missions and brands. Alan is married to Linda Gooch, University of Central Florida’s four-time champion cheerleading coach. Alan and Linda have two adult children.