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Sport Management Department

Rybolt Sport Sciences Center (REC Center)
1000 King Rd.
Ashland, OH 44805







Dr. Kenneth Brubaker
Professional Instructor in Sport Management and Marketing
249, Rybolt Sport Sciences Center
419.207.6187 /
Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh
Associate Professor of Sports Management , Chair, Marketing/Hospitality/Fash. Merch./Sport Mgt. , Sport Management Internship Coordinator
248 , Rybolt Sport Sciences Center
419.289.5477 /


Codey Chupp - Akron Rubberducks; Akron, Ohio

Nolan Dilts – Ashland Golf Club; Ashland, Ohio

Trevor Fay – Cal Ripken Baseball; Aberdeen, Maryland

Nolan Grenig - Cleveland Indians; Cleveland, Ohio

     "When I interned with the Cleveland Indians I assisted with items related to the game day staff, the ballpark itself and had office related responsibilities such as, coordinating homestand meetings and creating and updating event sheets. Ashland University prepared me for an experience like this by challenging me to think outside the box when it came to class work and by having professors who are willing to go above and beyond for their students." - Nolan Grenig, Class of 2015

Brandon Sicurella – Impact Sport Performance; Buffalo, NY

Shelbie Johnson – Delaware Sport Services/Cleveland Indians; Cleveland, Ohio

Seth Wehner– Sports Force Parks (Cedar Point); Sandusky, Ohio

Jennifer Moore – Sea Island; Sea Island, Georgia

     "My internship in Georgia was an experience I will never forget. I had a leadership role while working with children and supervising them throughout the day.  AU had prepared me for this internship by teaching me how to work with and respect those above and below me while understanding the behind the scenes of a highly respected company." - Jennifer Moore, Class of 2016

Randall Perkins – Theil College; Greenville, Pennsylva

Paige Summers – Orville FireFighters Association Softball Tournament; Orrville, Ohio

Darian Reynolds – Houston Toyota Center; Houston, Texas

Eric Thompkins – Pro Football Hall of Fame; Canton, Ohio

Adam Wallace – Ashland University Athletics; Ashland, Ohio

Matthew Wiehe – SPIRE Institute; Geneva, Ohio

Zach Leftenant - Indianapolis 500 Speedway; Indianapolis, Indiana

Sport Management Program
Turning Your Passion Into a Profession

Do you want to study in an ever-changing field where business, entertainment, and sports collide? If so, the Sport Management program at Ashland University is for you.

Ashland University’s Sport Management program focuses on the business of sport and recreation to prepare you for a successful career in the fast-growing, multi-billion-dollar sports industry.

What to Expect in the Sport Management Program

The Sport Management program at Ashland University is real-world focused, combining a strong curriculum with an emphasis on hands-on experience. Our program has a proud history of preparing students for outstanding achievements at world-renowned sports organizations and other programs nationwide.

Sport Management Program Benefits

As a Sport Management major, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in professional development days, where you’ll meet with professionals already working for major sport organizations like the NBA, NHL, and MLB, campus recreation departments, and various other hospitality and leisure service center organizations.

Other program benefits include:

  • Gain irreplaceable field experience with a huge selection of internship opportunities
  • Learn in small class sizes with individualized attention
  • Access innovative instruction from dedicated faculty determined to help you succeed
  • Join the Sport Business Club for guest speakers, on-campus events, career fairs, and conferences
  • Benefit from easy access to a broad network of sports professionals through faculty members and active alumni

Core Curriculum

The sport management curriculum emphasizes experiential learning through practical assignments and an internship requirement. You’ll study the most relevant course content with examples often pulled from the latest research of many sport and recreation journals to ensure you’re getting an up-to-date education that will prepare you for the current industry.

Sample courses include:

  • Introduction to Sport, Recreation, and Leisure
  • Intro to Management
  • Business Communication

A huge selection of internship opportunities are available to you in locations ranging from professional athletic organizations to fitness clubs and recreational centers.

Sample internship opportunities include:

  • Akron Rubberducks
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport, RI)
  • Intersport (Chicago, IL)
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Quicken Loans Arena
  • Ohio State University Athletics

Student Involvement

Sport Management MBA

The Sport Management specialization is the specific application of business concepts to the field of sport. It consists of a 9-hour grouping of three classes designed to meet the accreditation guidelines established by the Committee on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). This specialization provides students not only with the critical skills necessary to succeed in the sport industry, but numerous field experiences to apply those skills in “real world” sport settings. Faculty work closely with students to provide a quality learning experience in the sport organization of their choice.

Sport Management Career Outlook

Anticipated Growth

  • Sports comprise a nearly $500 billion annual industry. The excitement and prestige of a career in this field means strong competition for jobs.
  • Employment of athletes, coaches, umpires and related sport occupations are expected to increase by 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is as fast as the average for all occupations

Recent Employers of Sport Management Graduates

  • Carolina Panthers
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Quicken Loans Arena
  • The Ohio State University - Campus Recreation
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Portage County Club
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) – Campus Recreation
  • Clayton State University – Campus Recreation/Fitness
  • Heidelberg University – Campus Recreation
  • Ontario Public School
  • Ashland University – Campus Recreation
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Cleveland State University

Career Opportunities

  • 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
  • Sport Marketing and Promotions