Two college-athletes-turned-neuroscientists join forces
to create an innovative technology that's changing the game
Who is behind S2?
Two cognitive neuroscientists and colleagues, Brandon Ally and Scott Wylie, were watching the 2014 NFL Draft and discussing all the terms that were used to describe up-and-coming prospects: great instincts, plays faster than his footspeed, nose for the ball, field vision, etc. While professionals within the industry understood all these attributes, there wasn’t a way to actually measure them. Seeing an opportunity, they set to work.
Together, they leveraged their background as athletes and their years studying the brain to combine a series of tests that were scientifically-proven to measure the kind of intangible abilities that are commonly attributed to truly special athletes.
Most importantly, these tests would give athletes and coaches a baseline from which they can improve their performance over simple strength, speed and conditioning drills.
Brandon Ally, Ph.D.
Founder and Vice President for Business Development
Brandon received his PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004, and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He has been a faculty member at Boston University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Louisville. A published author of 50+ peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on brain mechanisms underlying visual attention, perception and memory, Brandon specializes in how individuals attend, track, and process information in dynamic visual environments. Brandon is a co-founder of S2 Cognition and Vice President. Brandon was a distance runner collegiately.
Scott Wylie, Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Scott received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology from Indiana University in 2002 and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Virginia. He has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and University of Louisville. He has published 50+ peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on brain mechanisms involved in the control, timing, and learning of motor actions. He specializes in how individuals execute split-second decisions to start, stop, and change actions as well as control motor impulses in the face of pressure and distraction. Scott is a co-founder S2 Cognition and Vice President. Scott played baseball collegiately.
Theodore Bashore, Ph.D
Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board
Ted earned his Ph.D in clinical and biological psychology from the University of Colorado in 1976 and has been a professor of psychology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Northern Colorado. Ted has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters focusing on understanding the timing of neurocognitive processing speed and movement control in normal aging, neurological disease, and brain trauma. Before his academic career, Ted played football and baseball for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and had a 5-year stint in professional baseball with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets organizations.
Chief Executive Officer
Tom has been the CEO of S2 Cognition since the inception of the company in 2015. Prior to joining the team, Tom was a portfolio manager for MedCare Investments from 2012-2015 and served as an Assistant Director of Finance in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 2008-2012. From 2003-2007, Tom managed the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Fund which invested in early-stage products and business concepts arising from the university’s intellectual property portfolio. Tom graduated from Florida State University with BS and received a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
Director of Information Technology
Eric obtained his BS in Computer Science from Indiana University in 1999. He has been helping build technology solutions for businesses spanning public, private and academic sectors. He has served in a variety of practitioner, consultancy, and leadership roles within the IT space, where he has extensive experience in agile software development processes, database development and systems integration. Eric's experience emphasizes building high-performance technology teams in bootstrap startup environments.
Director of Baseball/Softball Development
Paul played two years of junior college baseball at Meridian Community College and one year at Alabama before being drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1998. Paul played 15 years of professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, and Toronto Blue Jays organizations, including playing in the Major Leagues with the Royals, White Sox, and Rockies over 7 seasons. Paul coached Division 1 college baseball and coached at the professional level as a Triple-A hitting coach and as a catching coordinator.
Director of Field Operations
Ryan received his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia in 2007 and completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Point Loma University. Before joining S2, Ryan worked for 10 years as an educator in Virginia and Tennessee. He also logged 12 years coaching high school baseball, basketball, volleyball, and cross country. Ryan directs operations and logistics for S2, including management of amateur data acquisition for our professional baseball and football teams.
Assistant Director of Field Operations
Harrison received his Master of Sports Administration degree from Belmont University in 2017 and completed his undergraduate degree from the College of Business with a focus in Marketing at Harding University. Prior to joining S2, he worked as an Account Executive for the Nashville Sounds baseball team and completed internships with the Tennessee Titans, 104.5 The Zone Sports Talk Radio, and Vanderbilt University Athletics. For S2, Harrison helps direct logistics, data analytics, and social media. Harrison played collegiate baseball at Harding University.
Senior Software Developer
Tyler received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2016. Prior to joining S2, he worked for an independent consulting firm for five years. During that time, he helped create custom software solutions for companies ranging from start-ups to large enterprises. Tyler’s passion is to continually learn and create software that helps and improves people’s lives.
“S2 Cognition is an invaluable tool that allows me and my coaching staff to get a detailed, inside look at how our players process information and make split-second decisions.”
- Tim Corbin
“The S2 Cognition evaluation provided me and my players detailed insights that can only be learned by going through this process. Most importantly, they helped us understand how to transfer the results of the evaluation into performance on the course. They are breaking new ground for golfers!”
- NCAA Championship Golf Coach