Adrian College’s Sports Management Program Expands
ADRIAN — Since its inauguration 10 years ago, Adrian College’s Sports Management concentration for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree has won awards and recognition.
AC was ranked #3 in Michigan State for Best Sports Management Programs by Niche, an online resource that provides information on colleges across the United States. Sports management has become one of the most popular courses at AC, with more than 170 students in the undergraduate program, according to a college press release.
To graduate, students must complete 15 credit hours of sports management coursework, including an internship.
“A lot of programs are just about sports management. Students can take business courses but do not earn this business degree. I really believe it makes them more marketable,” Keith Christy, professor of sports management at Adrian College, said in the statement.
Students have the option of taking courses in person, online or in hybrid formats to allow flexibility in the classroom, as the majority of students are coaches and those working full time, according to the release.
The graduate program consists of six core classes with an array of electives to choose from.
Beyond the required courses, Christy said the program brings in guest speakers from the business and sports sectors, including the Detroit Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers; the mud hens of Toledo; and Michigan International Speedway, to give students exposure to real work in the field.
The Society of Sport Management on the Adrian College campus brought together 21 speakers and 52 students at its Sports Business Conference, including industry leaders and professionals including radio, television and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, including the commissioner. Students who are part of the Society of Sport Management also visited surrounding arenas and stadiums to learn from specialists in hopes of becoming better candidates for jobs in the future.
The club was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but intends to return in the 2022-23 academic year.
“The addition of these experiential journeys that we offer has offered something unique to our program that other programs may not be able to offer,” said Charles Reid, department chair and professor of management at sports, in the press release.
The sports management graduate program had the highest number of students enrolled in a master’s degree program at Adrian College with 17 as of spring 2021, according to the release.
Due to the NCAA granting students an extra year of eligibility, many students stayed at AC and began working on a master’s degree, according to the statement. Some of these students graduated early in the spring of this year.
The connections Reid made as a student at Florida State University opened the door for Adrian College students to volunteer at the Super Bowl in February, where they participated in the Fan Zone and the Punt, Pass , Kick Zone, all of which led to professional football. biggest game of the year.
“Seeing the electricity and passion behind a sports fan, especially at the college level, has inspired me to work in sports,” Adrian College 2022 graduate Ben Pelletier said in the statement. “When you pick up trash, when you clean the bathrooms of an establishment and see what a win does to a city and a fanbase, it’s worth it.”
After volunteering at the Super Bowl, Pelletier and others began sending emails to the athletic commission outlining their desire to volunteer at the NCAA football national championship.
“As a result, students bonded while volunteering. They went to the NFL Draft because a student met other students at the Super Bowl. We also went to Indianapolis for the NCAA national championship game because of our Super Bowl experience,” Reid said.
The students volunteered for the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans because of an Adrian College alumnus who also volunteered there and wanted to bring current Adrian College students. Likewise, according to the statement, a current graduate student volunteered for this year’s Historically Black College and University All-Star Game due to his own contact participating in the operations, development and creation of the event. .
Students also volunteered and participated in events including the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Game and the Toledo Walleye Winterfest.
“We opened the door and let the students in,” Reid added. “We let the students handle a lot of this because they need the experience to set things like this up for their own future. The sports industry is built on experience and relationships. We strive as much as possible to give them that experience that makes their resume stand out when they go to an interview, or make that connection that gets them to an interview.