Undergraduate Career Placement

The sport management program conducted a survey of sport management graduates from our B.S. program in 2004. Eighty-five students provided the following responses:

  • Forty percent had jobs in areas such as accounting, management, marketing, and even a federal officer.
    • Forty percent had jobs in the sports industries ranging from marketing, facility management, collegiate athletic administration, and other positions with professional sports teams.
  • Twenty percent of our graduates were continuing their education, seeking either master degrees or J.D.s.

Sport management graduates have also pursued careers in business. Elizabeth Brant '91 is vice president of National City Bank in Chicago. Thomas Collett '91 is vice president of National Accounts for Roadlink U.S.A.Catherine Garofalo '93 is director of fleet operations, Santa Fuel, Inc., and Ralph Negri '99 has taken over as vice president of Liberty Mortgage Group. Erika Kamens Graff '97, who has both a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of New Haven is now Senior Marketing Strategist with Horizon Marketing Group. Paula Uscilla '99 has a law degree from Boston University and is currently in-house counsel for a Fortune 50 Company. Chris Theriault '03 also went to law school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and then opened his own law firm.

Graduate Career Placement

At the graduate level our students have pursued numerous career options.  Some have stayed with the company they were with when they started the program and just advanced within their organization.  This has happened to a number of ESPN employees who have gone through the program.  A larger number have picked up from various parts of the United States and the world to come to the University of New Haven to continue their education and then pursued a new job once they completed the program.  Some students who have received MBA with a concentration in Sport Management have worked in sports, but more have gone on to work in industry serving as executives in sales, Human Resources, and other managerial roles.  Those pursuing the MS degrees have often gone on to work in college athletics, professional sport teams, fitness centers, sport marketing companies, sport broadcasting companies, event management firms, and facility management positions.  While some MS students have pursued jobs in unrelated areas, a majority of our MS graduates have worked in the sport industry.

There are many examples of where our graduates are working, but the following represent just some of the various recent positions our graduate students secured recently.

Anna Vashurina (MS 2009) has a new job as the Head of Sponsorship & Special Projects at SOGAZ.  In her own words: I am now Head of sponsorship and special projects at the largest insurance company in Russia - SOGAZ - We are general sponsors of two major leagues - Russian football league RFPL and Continental hockey league KHL, as well as Zenit football, basketball and volleyball clubs.  So I am now in charge of all these contracts and events linked with them. Very excited about this new big step for me!

Samantha Masayda (MS 2013) Assistant Director of Athletic Communications at Southern Conn. State University

Danny Dearing  (MBA 2014) is the Front Desk Registration Associate and Hockey Coach at Chelsea Piers

Lisa Garrett (MS 2010) Exhibition Coordinator for Arthrex, Inc. out of Naples, FL.

Alexandra Kahen (MBA 2015) was hired as a Technical Recruiter at TSR Consulting Services, Inc.

Megan Coleman (MS 2013) was recently hired as an account representative with Octagon.

Michael P. Daley (MS 2010) Central Competition Director at Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.

Siobhan Whittemore (MS 2013)  Assistant to the Director of Athletics, Kimball Union Academy

Kristen Sackett (MS 2012) has a new job as the Marketing & Events Director at Missoula Downtown Partnership.

Charles Provenzano (MS 2010) was promoted to Pricing Analyst at Vivid Seats in Chicago

Tony Dipaolo (MBA 2004) was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, Laz Parking

Kristina Chao (MS 2014) is the Assistant Store Manager at City Sports in Cambridge, MA.

Jonathan Parsons (MS 2009) has a new job as the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Bryant University.

Mychal Thigpen (MS 2007) has a new position as the Assistant Facility Manager at 2U. 

It should be noted that for the last couple years our program has been ranked as one of the tops in the world by the SportBusiness International.


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