Douglas Stark

Doug Stark has worked at three prominent museums — the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass, the United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills, N.J. and currently as the Museum Director at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. As the Museum Director, Doug oversees the day-to-day operation of the museum. He has successfully directed the museum’s pursuit of accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, resulting in the International Tennis Hall of Fame becoming the first sports hall of fame to be accredited. He successfully directed the Tennis Hall of Fame’s architectural symposium for eight years that focused on the careers of McKim, Mead & White, Richard Morris Hunt, Peabody & Sterns, and Horace Trumbauer among others. He is a board member of the New England Museum Association and currently serves as Vice President. He has been an adjunct professor in the Museum Studies Program at the Harvard University. Most impressively, he has been a part of capital projects that have re-conceptualized and rebuilt three new sports museums. In 2016, he received the International Sports Heritage Association’s W.R. “Bill” Schroeder Award for Meritorious Service. 


His experience has included collections care, content and exhibit development, strategic planning, financial management, branding and messaging, product development, and programming and outreach. His efforts have focused on making the history of sports more engaging, relevant, and accessible to a wider, more diverse audience.

A native of Massachusetts, Doug is a graduate of Brandeis University where he received his B.A. in American History with a minor in the History of Art. He pursued graduate studies at New York University where he earned an M.A. in American history and dual certification in Museum Studies, and in Archival Management, Historical Society Administration and Historical Editing. He holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in non-profit management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a member of several museum organizations and has written sports and museum articles. 

He is the author of The SPHAS: The Life and Times of Basketball’s Greatest Jewish Team published by Temple University Press in 2011. He is the co-author of Tennis and the Newport Casino published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. He is also the co-author with Lance Gotthoffer of a children’s book, Shikey Gotthoffer, published by Maine Authors Publishing released in September 2015.  His recent book, Wartime Basketball: The Emergence of a National Sport during World War II was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2016. He is presently working on three additional books. When Basketball Was Jewish: Voices of Those Who Played the Game will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2017. Breaking Barriers: A History of Integration in Professional Basketball will be published by Roman & Littlefield Publishers in 2018. He is also co-editing Interpreting Sports at Museums and Historical Sites to be published by Roman & Littlefield in conjunction with the American Association of State and Local History in 2019.

Author Douglas Stark