Ex-NFL player and Cincinnati Bearcat Latish Kinsler joins Lifestyle Sports Agency to head football division

Latish Kinsler has agreed to join LifeStyle Sports Agency as its new President of Football Operations.

A New Jersey native, Kinsler was a former NFL player who transitioned into representing players and became a successful real estate investor.

Kinsler’s rise started from humble beginnings.

At an early age, he learned discipline, work ethic, and perseverance from his father, Hinton Kinsler, who was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Kinsler, who also earned a blackbelt in Karate, credits his father for his athletic success. In high school, Kinsler was a standout multi-sport athlete (Football, Basketball, and Track). After receiving scholarship offers in each sport, he accepted a football scholarship from the University of Cincinnati. He was a four-year starter with the Bearcats and ended his career at UC 5th all-time in interceptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Kinsler as a priority free agent in the 1994 NFL Draft.

Latish Kinsler posed for a photo with his Pittsburgh Steelers’ 75th-anniversary jersey during training camp.

Along with the Steelers, he spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets but never appeared in a regular-season game. He ended his professional career by playing two seasons in the now-defunct Arena Football League.

After his playing career, Kinsler became a real estate investor. But he was drawn back to the sport. He joined a sports management company where he spent over a decade learning the business of professional athletics, negotiating contracts, cultivating relationships, and leveraging on his experiences as a former athlete.

“I didn’t have the success I envisioned as a player but I developed long-standing relationships with former coaches/teammates who are currently coaching or in front-office positions in the NFL. This allows me to receive honest evaluations and feedback on my clients from decision matters.” Kinsler told Empire Sports Media.

Kinsler is returning to the sports agency business after a five-year hiatus. The time away was spent training and preparing his son, Jordan Kinsler, for high school football.

“There was no way I could continue working in the business and not prepare my son to become a successful high school athlete. I wanted to make sure he had every opportunity to reach his goals as a student and football player,” Kinsler said.

Jordan is currently a freshman running back at Rutgers University.

Kinsler finally decided to venture back into the sports agency business with his son weaving his own football career.

“I felt this was the perfect time to resume my career and make an impact on athletes’ lives,” Kinsler said. “It’s not a job, it’s my passion.”

Kinsler is childhood friends with LifeStyle Sports Agency founder and CEO Omar Cooper. The agency prides itself on its hands-on process and a culture built on development on and off the field. They are looking forward to representing more high-character individuals who want to be great people and great players.

As President of Football Operations for LifeStyle Sports Agency, Kinsler’s role will be crucial in identifying prospective NFL players, overseeing combine/pro day training, assisting with contract negotiations, and cultivating holistic relationships with the athletes and their families.

Kinsler has a wealth of experience to help athletes navigate through the ups and downs of their careers. He loves the process that is required for athletes to maximize their ability. He wants their athletes to have the same mindset. For him, it’s a lifestyle.

“There’s no shortcut to success,” Kinsler said.

The Atlanta-based Lifestyle Sports Agency is a full-service management company that represents athletes in basketball and football. LSA’s athletes include Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaac Okoro, Atlanta Hawks’ Sharife Cooper, Los Angeles Sparks’ Te’a Cooper, and Las Vegas Aces Dearica Hamby.

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