Rated by Sports-Management-Degrees.com in the top 20 of small colleges

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Sports Management Degree Guide (sports-management-degrees.com) has ranked Alderson Broaddus University’s sport management program #16 in its 20 Great Small Colleges for a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management 2015 guide. (Please note: some institutions like AB, refer to the program as sport management, while other organizations call it sports management.)

Sport management is a field of study that focuses on the business aspects of sports and recreation. Colleges and universities offering bachelor degrees in sport management often combine physical education, fitness, and kinesiology with business and finance, providing students with a wide scope of the sport industry.

Sport management professionals handle the behind the scenes features, such as finance, marketing, leadership, facility management, and event management. It is applied in nearly all types of levels of sports, including municipal recreation, private organizations, social organizations, government athletic activities, amateur sport, college-level athletics, and professional sports.

Both students and faculty credit the University’s hands-on approach to helping the program make the ratings. AB Assistant Professor of Sport Management Lara Foster said students in the major prepare for a wide-range of careers.

“We are teaching students how to run sporting events, how to create new budgets and manage existing ones, how to develop new facilities and then how to conduct new facility management,” said Foster. “We look at the administration and governance of organizations, why the NCAA does what it does.”

Students who major in sport management are presented with a wide variety of career options. Graduates go on to pursue careers as agents, managers, publicists, and administrators in the sports industry.

“In today’s market, sporting events are a lot about entertainment,” added Kalen White, a sophomore sport management major. “Therefore we are learning a lot about the background of how things truly work at an event, as well as sport law.”

According to the North American Society for Sport Management, the sports industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in America.

Maqir Vesu, a senior in the program at AB is currently interning in the University’s Sports Information and Marketing Department, and plans on getting certified in strength and conditioning while pursuing his master’s degree in sports psychology, upon graduating this May.

“In my internship I am a social media coordinator,” said Vesu. “This involves posting updates on games, announcing the player of the week, and marketing upcoming sporting events. I’m also the host of the Battler Zone where I interview coaches and athletes on camera and post to YouTube. This is a tool we use to not only interact with our teams, but to help promote our athletic programs and students.”

Sports Management Degree Guide is the #1 resource for obtaining the latest up-to-date information about pursuing the best bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sports management. Their mission is to share expert knowledge on high-quality accredited degree programs in sports management at the nation’s best universities to aid in a student’s academic journey of building a successful career in the thriving sports industry.

For more information on the sport management program at Alderson Broaddus University, please visit www.ab.edu.