Sport Management

School of Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences

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School of Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences

Amy Jo Sutterluety, Associate Dean
440) 826-3175, asutterl@bw.edu

Sara Schimelpfenig, Administrative Assistant
440) 826-7473, sschimel@bw.edu

OVERVIEW

The fast-growing, multi-billion dollar sports industry is an ever-changing, in-demand career field. Gain the expertise needed to excel through Baldwin Wallace's comprehensive sport management program.

Real-world focused, the major combines strong academics with impressive hands-on experiences. You'll learn to effectively plan, manage and market sporting events.

The flexible program allows you to concentrate your studies in an area of interest while gaining an overview of the profession. You'll complement your studies in sport management with a second major or minor in public relations or business.

A required internship and capstone course offer relevant experiential learning opportunities, networking and resume-enhancing benefits. Through these experiences, you can build a portfolio that showcases your work to prospective employers and graduate schools.

Super Bowl 50 - Group Photo of BW Students and Faculty

Professor Charles Campisi (bottom left) led BW's largest Super Bowl contingent yet to Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, with 31 students, five faculty, three alumni and one BW graduate assistant working on-location on game day and at the events leading up to the big game.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Sport management is a gratifying career field for individuals interested in professional and amateur sports, collegiate athletics and recreation, and youth sports. It also is aligned with organizations having a sport-related component, such as private clubs, government agencies and city recreation departments. Employment opportunities include:

  • Athletic administration
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Sports information director
  • Event management
  • Recreation director
  • Facility management
  • Youth sport director
  • Recreation programming

Big-Name Opportunities

BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to internships, employment and networking with leading organizations

  • Professional: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians
  • Minor league: Akron Rubber Ducks, Cleveland Gladiators, Lake County Captains, Lake Erie Crushers, Lake Erie Monsters
  • Sporting: Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Community recreation centers

Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl Experience

For the past four years, BW students have spent a week on-location providing support for events at the Super Bowl.

Cleveland's Top-20 Ranking

Cleveland is ranked 19th nationally and highest ranked in Ohio as being a best city for sports fans, according to WalletHub. The article reports the North American sports industry is a $60-billion business that’s on the rise.

CURRICULUM

Offered as a major, sport management is a versatile program that builds skills in critical thinking, leadership and ethical decision-making. You'll gain insights on event planning, promotion, sales, sponsorship and more.

BW faculty brings professional expertise to the classroom. You'll learn from practitioners who have real-world insights and perspectives.

Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Student success is a top priority. Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are an integral part of BW's sport management program.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

STUDENT CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Sport Management Club

A vibrant student-led organization, the Sport Management Club sponsors educational programs, guest speakers and social activities. The club also is active with community and campus outreach programs.

At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, recognitions include:

  • Bonnie Raye Graduate Scholarship (in honor Bonnie Raye, who taught at BW and was the women's basketball coach, 1980-89).
  • Dr. Lee J. Tressel Scholarship (in honor of Dr. Lee Tressel '48, who taught and was BW's football coach, 1957-80).
  • Hower-Stover Award (in honor of Dr. Marjorie Hower, who was a professor at BW, 1947-80, and Myrta Stover, who coached and taught at BW, 1943-68).

Real-World Experience at Super Bowl

For the past three years, BW students have spent a week on-location providing support for events at the Super Bowl.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed. 

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world. Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.

Recent BW sport management graduates are finding success in graduate school and various careers. 

Chelsea KertesChelsea Kertes ’13 is events and volunteer manager for the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games for Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. She is pursuing an M.Ed. in sports management at Cleveland State University. Chelsea is from Fairview Park, Ohio.

Emily ThomasEmily Thomas ’12 is community relations coordinator with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wooster, Ohio, native attributes her success to the many opportunities to network with industry professionals provided to her through internships and BW events.

FACULTY

Amy Jo Sutterluety
Associate Dean, Health and Physical Education
Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Cassandra August
Associate Professor
M.S., Kent State University

Kerry A. Bebie
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Charles Campisi
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Jaimy Dyer
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Karyn Gentile
Program Director for Athletic Training Program
Assistant Athletic Trainer
M.S., Syracuse University

Jessica Emlich Jochum
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Jesse Jones
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James Mattern
Assistant Professor
M.S., Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Alvy Styles
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Megan Williamson
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University