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. 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. 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

Sport Management major Alexander Sheil presented his research at the 2014 College Sport Research Institute Conf. in Columbia, SC

Sport Management major Alexander Sheil presented his research on Comparing the Leadership Styles of NCAA Division II Intercollegiate Coaches at the 2014 College Sport Research Institute Conference in Columbia, SC

Student Accomplishments

Students Work USTA's Fed Cup Event in Cleveland

College of Business and EconomicsPhoto of the entrance of the Rec Center

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


Sport Management minor Ashley Lorah presented at the 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida

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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Sport Management Senior Seminar Student Research Presentations - Fall 2016

Sport Management

Student Paper Presented at the NIRSA conference in Dallas, TX April 2015

Ashland Student Presenting Paper at NIRSA Conference

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