By Ryan Korp
Somewhere in the bowels of the oldest building on campus, Alumni Gym, resides the man known up and down the East Coast as “Super Stats Solomon.”
Brian David “Solly” Solomon, ’91, is in his 12th year as the assistant sports information director at Rider. First and foremost, however, he is the “Stat Man.”
Stat Crew, formerly known as Statman, is the official statistics program used to keep computerized stats for most sports.
“Rider was one of the first schools in the nation to do live stats for an event and I was freelancing with Statman, traveling around the country helping with the technology for these live events and actually typing the statistics,” Solomon said.
Rider Sports Information Director (SID) Bud Focht has known Solomon since he was a student and was the one who hired him years ago.
“I’m pretty old-school having started at Rider with a manual typewriter,” Focht said. “Once we went computerized with the stats, he was the first person I called. There is no one in the country who knows more about computerized stats than Solly. In some ways Brian is the typical SID-type, working behind the scenes with the stats and numbers, but in many ways he is extremely unique. He is a very valuable asset to our department.”
Solomon is the primary contact for women’s basketball, field hockey, golf, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball. He is also the webmaster for the Athletics website gobroncs.com.
“We have one of the best athletics websites around,” said Karin Torchia, associate director of Athletics. “Brian is a big part of that. He puts in countless hours and it shows.”
Solomon coordinates LiveStats Game Watcher coverage for volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. He also works with Bronc Vision, the live audio and video stream on the website. He oversees the editing and posting of full game archives, game highlights and interviews.
Each year, Stat Crew comes out with a new program. When there are bugs in the system, SIDs all over the country call the company for help.
And then if Stat Crew has a problem, they call Solomon.
“In the past 20 years, I’ve been a valuable resource,” Solomon said. “If any school has an issue pregame, while you may not get tech support at Stat Crew, they can call my cell phone and I’ll help fix their issue.”
Solomon does everything he can to keep up with the changes in equipment.
“I try to keep the department on the cutting edge of technology,” Solomon said. “Not only doing things that other schools are doing but also using innovation to come up with new ideas ahead of the curve.”
Solomon served as the statistics coordinator for the 2009 NCAA Sweet 16 in Trenton. He was also a statistician at the 2008 NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional Championship in Connecticut and the 2008, 2009 and 2011 MAAC baseball championships. Solomon also served on the MAAC Technology Committee in 2010.
He helped coordinate the statistical operations for the 2006 NCAA Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds and also supervised the statistical operations for all 18 games of the MAAC Basketball Championships in 2003.
But “Solly” is more than just a stats man.
An accounting major while at Rider, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Time Graphic Arts Repair Service in Cinnaminson for more than 20 years and has been a volunteer EMT since 1989.
As a member of the Delran Emergency Squad since 1993 and now its president, Solomon was honored as the Emergency Medical Technician of the Year in 2007 by the New Jersey State Veterans of Foreign Wars of Burlington County VFW District 11 and VFW Post 3020 in Delran, N.J.
Solomon is in his 14th year as a member of the Board of Ambulance Commissioners in Delran and has answered over 2,500 EMS calls.
“Riding as a volunteer EMT and being the president of the Delran Emergency Squad has certainly given me perspective about how important it is to enjoy what you do on a daily basis while giving back to your community,” Solomon said.
In what little spare time he has, Solomon has volunteered as the assistant baseball coach at Riverside High School since 1996, winning two Group I state baseball championships, three South Jersey Group I sectional titles and four Burlington County Scholastic League Freedom Division titles.
Solomon has also been an assistant coach with the Burlington County Carpenter Cup team and during the summer helps out with the Cinnaminson entry in the Rancocas Valley Baseball League.
“Coaching allows me to take my knowledge and help the next generation learn a sport that I love,” Solomon said. “It gives me a mental break from the daily grind. Everything allows me to stay fresh mentally as every day is different. I have found that if you truly enjoy what you do, all of the activities are a little easier to handle.”