Sport Management

Every business is a team and every team needs a coach.

Our sport management majors are leaders ready and able to fill a variety of roles within the businesses of sports, ensuring success with a fundamental understanding of administration, marketing, facilities management, budgeting and personnel. 

You'll gain practical, hands-on experience through internships with municipal parks and recreation departments, amateur and semi-professional sports teams, special event promoters, and television broadcast entities. 

Through interaction with industry professionals and engagement in a challenging curriculum, you'll be prepared to pursue a career as a publicist, manager or agent, or to hold management positions in the sports industry.

We offer a major in sport management.

Our grads work at great organizations.

Logos of: Major League Baseball, Major League lacrosse, and NASCAR


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Roanoke graduate dies in tragic U.S. Navy helicopter crash

Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class James P. Buriak, Roanoke Class of 2012, was aboard a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed Aug. 31 while conducting routine flight operations off the coast of San Diego. 

Alumni News - February 2020

Recent news about Roanoke College alumni Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class James Buriak '12, Kenneth Tyral '16, and Sean Ryan '18.

Roanoke grad is living the World Series dream with Nationals role

Mike Pugh ’18 handles inside ticket sales for the Washington Nationals.

Sample Course Offerings:

  • HHP 207: Health Fitness ConceptsStudent in front of the entrance to Lewis Gale Field
  • HHP 225: Contemporary Issues in Sport Management
  • HHP 315: Behavioral Perspectives in Sports

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Firsthand experience builds knowledge and confidence

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“It was great as an intern knowing I’d completed many of the activities of an Athletic Director.” --Tyler Akers '13

Because of Roanoke's history of hosting more than 50 NCAA championships, sport management majors can participate in the coordination of a fully functioning, national sporting event.

Students study ancient Olympic games in Greece

Forrest Channels Love of Soccer Into a Career

Andrew Forrest ‘06 is the general manager for El Paso’s professional soccer team where he will oversee all business operations for the team. After graduating from RC, Forrest went on to earn a masters in Kinesiology and Sport Leadership from James Madison University. Before the job in El Paso, he was employed as the General Manager for Learfield Sports, and also worked for the San Antonio Scorpions, as well as soccer teams in Baltimore and Dallas.

Students working out in Cregger Center

The Cregger Center is the Home of Sport Management See it in Virtual Reality Video

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Alumna scores with Cincinnati Reds job

Megan Hewett's desk overlooks first base of Great American Ball Park, home of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds. It's a prime view for Hewett '12, who majored in sport management at Roanoke,  and now is Fantasy Camp coordinator and alumni coordinator for the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. She organizes the Reds Fantasy Camp, held each year in Arizona, and coordinates activities for alumni Reds players. 

Roanoke sparked Hewett's interest in sports world work. She often finds herself quoting her mentor, Roanoke health and human performance professor, Dr. John Creasy.  "After sitting in on just one of Dr. Creasy's classes, I felt the passion he had for sports and his students," she said.

Strong mentoring leads alumnus to career in athletics

Photo of Adrian Dowell

Adrian Dowell’s resume reflects his strong passion for the business of intercollegiate athletics, one that evolved during his years at Roanoke. The former men’s basketball team captain has worked at the NCAA National Office, at West Virginia University and currently, at Creighton University, where he serves as assistant athletic director and senior director for development. Along the way, he earned both an M.S. in sport management and an M.B.A.

Dowell ‘08 says his passion for intercollegiate athletics developed on- and off-court, with the help of athletic and academic role models that include Director of Athletics Scott Allison and Dr. John Creasy, health and human performance professor. As a result, “upon graduation, I was prepared to enter this industry,” Dowell says.

Leadership and Accountability: On and Off the Court

Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity in conjunction with the Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation host an evening with Coach Ken Carter. 

This event is open to the public. Complimentary tickets are required.

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Date | Time: Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Location: Cregger Center, Cregger Arena