About StrataSoles Enterprises, LLC Experience
Over 40 Years of Deep Athletics, Leadership and Management
Ronald J. Stratten is the owner and Chief Innovative Officer of the Stratten Performance Group, LLC and StrataSoles Enterprises, LLC (SSE), product development firms focused on bringing innovative sports performance products to the fitness and sports consumer.
Mr. Stratten brings over 40 years of deep athletics, leadership and management experience in a variety of settings to his work with sports and business.
Extensive Sport Management Career
Mr. Stratten has been involved in coaching and administration at the high school and college level since 1966 when he coached high school football, wrestling and track and field at Hayward (California) High School.
He joined the University of Oregon football staff as their defensive line coach in 1968 (the first African-American Football Coach in the Pac-Eight Conference), where he established their strength and flexibility program. He became head football coach at Portland State University in 1972 (the first African-American Head Football Coach at a traditional, major collegiate institution), and worked closely with Nike, serving as a test site for their new “waffle-soled” football shoe.
With the hiring of an innovative Offensive Coordinator, Ron’s teams adopted the revolutionary “Run and Shoot” offense and changed the thinking of many offensive and defensive coaches across the country. Both Oregon and Portland State teams began formal strength and conditioning programs through Ron’s influence. At PSU, Stratten and his staff also developed speed training workouts that resembled the SPARQ training developed by NIKE in recent years.
President and CEO of the Pace Center for Career Development
In a later business career, Mr. Stratten managed Pace Sports, Inc., the country’s largest elite athlete career development firm; was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pace Center for Career Development; co-founded, managed and marketed Key Technologies, a computer software company; and served as Supervisor of Sports Marketing for Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Named "100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America"
Between 1975 and 1982 Stratten worked with the NCAA as an Enforcement Representative and later as Assistant Director of Enforcement. From 1996 to 2007, he returned to the NCAA from a successful management consulting practice to serve as NCAA Vice President for Education Services. In 2007, Stratten was named one of the "100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America".