Careers In Sport Management

Anticipated demand over next 10 years

  • Sports comprise nearly a $500 billion annual industry. The excitement and prestige of a career in this field means strong competition for jobs.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers is expected to increase by 23 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations

Companies where our majors have worked or are currently working 

  • Carolina Panthers
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Smithville H.S. Ahtletic Department 
  • Quicken Loans Arena
  • The Ohio State University - Campus Rec.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Portage County Club

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Typical job occupations

  • Athletic Director
  • Campus Recreation - Program Coordinator
  • Municipal Recreation Supervisor
  • Country Club Manager
  • Commercial Recreation - Marketing Director
  • Golf Administration - Assistant Director of Greens and Grounds for USGA
  • Event Management - Event Planner

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Ken Brubaker, originally from Buffalo, New York, joined Ashland University in 2003 as a graduate assistant and adjunct instructor for the sport sciences department... Read more
Dr. Jennifer Parsons, assistant professor of sport management, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University,... Read more
Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh, associate professor of sport management, joined Ashland University in 2000. His areas of expertise include campus recreation and therapeutic recreation. He received... Read more
Dr. Paul R. Milton is currently an associate professor, chair of the Department of Sport Management and coordinator of the MBA concentration in sport management... Read more
Tina Lillo joined Ashland University in the fall of 2012 bringing over 20 years administrative experience to the College of Business & Economics. Previous experience... Read more
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The Dauch College of Business & Economics nurtures the next generation of business leaders for our changing world. The Sport Management Department is located in the Maxine Rybolt Sport Sciences Center (REC Center) where we prepare you to work day one of your sport management career.

Contact Information

Sport Management Department

Rybolt Sport Sciences Center (REC Center)

1000 King Rd.

Ashland, OH 44805


Welcome to Sport Management

Study an ever-changing field where business, entertainment, and sport collide.

Study the most relevant course content, with examples often pulled from the latest research of many sport and recreation journals.

Take part in professional development days where you will meet with people already working for major sport organizations like the NBA, NHL and MLB, campus recreation departments, and various other hospitality and leisure service centered organizations.

Enjoy easy access to a broad network of sports professionals through faculty members and active alumni.

Earn your sport management degree from an interdisciplinary team of faculty members who bring together the many elements from business, finance and economics, marketing, recreation and leisure services and other core courses.

Obtain plenty of field experience with full-time internships available in everything from sales and marketing, programming and event/venue management.

Gain Real World Experience

A huge selection of internship opportunities is available to students in the sport management program. Internship locations range from fitness clubs and recreational centers to professional athletic organizations. A few of the opportunities available to you include:

  • Akron Aeros
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport, RI)
  • Intersport (Chicago, IL)
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Jim Kelly Foundation (Buffalo, NY)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Quicken Loans Arena
  • Ohio State University Athletics
  • Cleveland State University
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course/Raceway
  • Portage Country Club
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Sandusky Parks and Recreation
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park  

And Many More!!!

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Student Opinions

See what people are saying about our programs.

  • Elliott Kreim '15
    Dauch is great because it provides a foundation for learning in business. The classes and events there offer a lot of valuable information for those looking to go into the business world
  • Darian Reynolds '16
    I'm excited about the Sport Management program and the direction that it is currently taking. Now that the Sport Management program has joined the Dauch College of Business and Economics, I will be able to pursue my great interest in sports and learn about its foundation in business. Also, this... more
  • Jacob Ray '15
    My Sport Managment major is the best! Sports will always be a part of this society, and I am glad to say I will be a part of it.
  • Jennifer Moore '16
    I really enjoy how much time and effort the professors put into making sure the students succeed and do well. It really makes me look forward to what my future career might be.
  • Alexander Sheil '14
    The Sport Management program at Ashland provides students with not only theoretical knowledge about the sport industry, but also the opportunity to learn through hands on projects with real organizations. The faculty members have a student first mentality which enables them to help each and every... more
  • Garrett Grey '12
    It is important to understand that not everything can be learned from a book; the Sport Management program at Ashland University offers tremendous opportunities to help develop students both as individuals and professionals
  • Zane Stepp 12
    The Sport Management program at Ashland University offers many interesting courses that cover various aspects of the sport industry, as well as having a caring faculty that strive to get the best out of each student.
  • Emyln Knerem '12
    I gained a great amount of knowledge and experience in my time in the Sport Management program that will help me be successful not only in my chosen field of sport, but also in any other duties I'm given in the future. The faculty comes from a variety of backgrounds and experiences that can relate... more
  • Carly West '14
    The SM program at Ashland University has provided me with resources and the confidence to put towards my future career in sports upon graduation. The faculty members are excellent sharing their own successes and giving advice to better my future career. It has been a great learning experience and a... more
  • Brad Copeland '10
    The Ashland University Sport Management Program has without a doubt molded me into the person I am today, both in my professional and personal life. There are a vast amount of options when choosing a degree, however, if you want to be pushed, challenged, coached and more importantly mentored in an... more