Sport & Entertainment Management

Student Profiles

Class of 2018 Profiles

Jose Alvarado

Jose Alvarado
Jose Alvarado grew up in San Jose, Costa Rica. He graduated from UMass- Amherst in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. He previously worked for Major League Soccer's National Sales Center and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Currently he is a partnership development/activation resident at Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties. Upon graduation he wants to work in the marketing or partnership arm of an agency or team.

Elise Ames

Elise Ames
Elise Ames grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. She previously worked for Southern Miss and St. Louis University as a marketing intern and for the USF Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a graduate assistant. Currently she is a resident for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Upon graduation she wants to work for an event agency or a talent representation agency.

Damian Arbuckle

Damian Arbuckle
Damian Arbuckle grew up in North Wales, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Tampa in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. He previously worked for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Clearwater Threshers, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Commonwealth National Golf Club. Currently he is a business development resident at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing or analytics for a professional sports organization.

Edward Billington

Edward Billington
Edward Billington grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. He has previously held roles with Seminole IMG Sports Marketing, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation and the Tampa Bay Rays. Currently he is a corporate sales and partnerships resident at the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate sales and partnerships or brand management for a professional sports organization.

James Chaudry

James Chaudry
James grew up in Southampton, England. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. James played tennis professionally before moving to London to coach tennis and work in business development. James has helped put together the first SEM international trip for November 2017 and is currently working as a marketing strategy and research resident at Minor League Baseball. Upon graduation he wants to work for a league office or agency in partnerships and marketing.

Megan Copeland

Megan Copeland
Megan Copeland grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida. She graduated from Barry University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in finance. She previously worked for the St. Petersburg Bowl as a public relations intern, WFLA's Preseason Tampa Bay Buccaneers Telecast as an on-field stage manager and as a high school softball coach. Currently she is a financial analyst resident for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation she wants to work in business intelligence or finance for a professional sports organization.

Jamie Holley

Jamie Holley
Jamie Holley grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. She previously worked for Seminole Boosters as well as the Women's Tennis Association. Currently she works on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game day staff and is the sport partnership resident at Florida Hospital. Upon graduation she wants to work in business development or partnerships for a sport or entertainment agency.

Julius Johnson

Julius Johnson
Julius Johnson grew up in Prince George's County, Maryland. He graduated from Howard University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He previously worked for Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington Wizards, Capitals, & Mystics) as a game operations and marketing intern. Currently he works as an inside sales resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in community relations or continue his path in sales for a professional sports organization.

Zachary Korman

Zachary Korman
Zachary Korman grew up in Melville, New York. He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He previously worked for Stony Brook University's athletics department in development and for the USF Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a graduate assistant. Currently he is a marketing strategy & research resident for Minor League Baseball. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate partnerships for a professional sports league, team or agency.

Brenda Li

Brenda Li
Brenda Li grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in commerce specializing in finance and economics. She previously worked for the Canada Revenue Agency, Fuji Xerox Tokyo, USF Athletics and USF Sport and Entertainment Management Program. Currently she is an analytics resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation she wants to work in analytics or business development for a professional sports team/league.

Alex Lowden

Alex Lowden
Alex Lowden grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He previously worked for Sunglass Hut, the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Aspire Group/USF Athletics and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Currently he is a sports marketing resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing for a sports agency.

Jakub Mikulik

Jakub Mikulik
Jakub Mikulik grew up in Trinec, Czech Republic. He graduated from the College of Business in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in economy and management. He previously worked as a golf professional and established and managed Sport Solution s.r.o., supplying golf stores with training aids. Currently he is a Lightning Made Sales Academy resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work for a professional sports team or agency expanding to Europe.

Ryan Milroy

Ryan Milroy
Ryan Milroy grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration. He previously worked for UNC Athletics, Soccer.com and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Currently he is a partnership activation resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in partnerships with a team, agency, or brand.

Benjamin Morgan

Benjamin Morgan
Benjamin Morgan grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He graduated from Marian University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, finance and sports management. He previously worked for the Milwaukee Admirals and USF athletics in ticket sales. Currently he is a hockey operations analytics resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to continue to work in hockey operations.

Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy
Colin Murphy grew up in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in strategic communications. He previously worked for Level 1 Entertainment, Down the Road Brewery, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Tropics and HALAX Lacrosse. Currently he is an inside sales resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate sales or membership retention for a professional sports organization.

Terry O'Grady

Terry O'Grady
Terry O'Grady grew up in Brandon, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in history. After teaching and coaching at the high school level for five years, he has worked with USF Football and IMG College, as well as the Positive Coaching Alliance. Currently he is a resident for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Upon graduation he hopes to work in event management and operations for a professional sports organization.

Katherine Ridyard

Katherine Ridyard
Kathy Ridyard grew up in Palm Bay, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in management. She previously worked for the USF Athletics event management department and Elegant Events by J&S. Currently she is an operations resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation she wants to work in event operations for a professional sports organization.

Sam Ross

Sam Ross
Sam grew up in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada. He graduated from the F.C.Manning School of Business at Acadia University with a bachelor of business administration in 2016. Previously, Sam worked as a social media coordinator for the Annapolis Cider Company and as a marketing and communication graduate assistant in the Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President at USF. Currently he is a marketing resident for Fox Sports Florida. Upon graduation he aspires to continue working in sports marketing.

Amy Rubin

Amy Rubin
Amy grew up in Potomac, Maryland. She graduated from Ohio University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport management and minor in business administration. She previously worked for iHeartMedia in sales and the Lowry Park Zoo in corporate relations and partnerships. Currently she is a partnership development resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation she wants to work in partnerships for a professional team, league or agency.

Jordan Rutner

Jordan Rutner
Jordan Rutner grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with two bachelor's degrees: finance and sports management. He previously worked for USA Wrestling through the US Olympic Committee. Currently he is a business analytics resident for the Tampa Bay Rays as well as a contributing writer for Whitecap Sports Group. Upon graduation he wants to work in either a business analytics or finance role with a professional team, league or sports-related firm.

Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith
Alexandra Smith grew up in Union, Kentucky. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in marketing with a concentration in sports business. She previously worked for Northern Kentucky University Athletics, the Cincinnati Reds, the Reds Community Fund and Positive Coaching Alliance. Currently she is a customer analytics resident in ticket services and technology for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation she wants to work in consumer or marketing analytics for an MLB team.

Shea Sterner

Shea Sterner
Shea Sterner grew up in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015. She previously worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning and the USF Athletics Marketing Department. Currently she is the resident for the Lakeland Magic. Upon graduation she wants to continue working in sports marketing.

Matthew Swan

Matthew Swan
Matthew Swan grew up in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in finance and a minor in economics. He previously worked for Pitt Athletics, DICK'S Sporting Goods and Feld Entertainment. Currently he is a marketing analytics resident in the business strategy and analytics department at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he hopes to begin a career working in analytics for an
NBA team.

Marshall Williams

Marshall Williams
Marshall Williams grew up in Flower Mound, Texas. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and a minor in international business. He previously worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Currently he is a business development resident for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Upon graduation he wants to work in sales and corporate partnerships.

Class of 2019 Profiles

Lauren Alford

Lauren Alford
Lauren Alford grew up in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. She previously worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning as an event operations intern, Tampa Bay Rays as a street team member and Busch Gardens Tampa as a performer. Currently she works part time for Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties as an arena operations assistant. Upon graduation she wants to work for a professional sports organization or entertainment company.

Vera Bessonova

Vera Bessonova
Vera Bessonova grew up in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. She previously interned with USF Athletics Marketing and worked for USF Athletics Student Enhancement, was a captain of the marketing sub-committee with NCAA Women's Final Four. Currently she works part-time for the USF Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department as a graduate assistant. Upon graduation she wants to be a general manager with a professional sports team.

Michael Boivin

Michael Boivin
Michael Boivin grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Purdue University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in public relations and a minor in entrepreneurship. He previously worked for the Learfield branch at Purdue (Purdue Sports Properties) as a marketing coordinator and the Chicago Bears as an events and entertainment intern. Currently he works as a marketing graduate assistant for the USF Athletics Department. Upon graduation he wants to work for a professional sports team in corporate partnership sales.

Charles Borie

Charles Borie
Chase grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in general business. He previously worked for Upward Sports in event and facility management. Currently he works part time for the Positive Coaching Alliance as an intern. Upon graduation he wants to work within a collegiate athletic department, eventually becoming an athletic director.

Madeline Cooper

Madeline Cooper
Madeline Cooper grew up in Pleasant Hill, California. She graduated from University of Connecticut in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in economics and sport event operations. She previously worked for the Western & Southern Open, MassMutual Financial Group and Ruby Ribbon as well as volunteered with HuskyTHON Dance Marathon. Currently she works part time at Crossroads Consulting Services, LLC as a data analytics intern. Upon graduation she wants to work in management for a professional sports organization.

Katherine Elliott

Katherine Elliott
Katherine Elliott grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She previously worked as a Charlotte Hornets intern, for UNC Athletics in events and as an assistant coach for the women's rowing team. Currently she works part time for the USF Athletics Senior Woman Administrator as a graduate assistant. Upon graduation she wants to work in event management for a sports agency.

Brittany Green

Brittany Green
Brittany Green grew up in Iselin, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. She previously worked for the New York Mets as a group sales intern and inside sales representative. Currently she works part time for the USF Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a graduate assistant. Upon graduation she wants to work in business development or corporate partnerships for a professional sports league.

Katie Kicklighter

Katie Kicklighter
Katie Kicklighter grew up in Umatilla, Florida. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a concentration in marketing. She previously worked for Visit Orlando and Ram Sports Properties. Currently she works part time for the USF Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a research graduate assistant. Upon graduation she wants to work in sports tourism for a visitor's bureau, sport commission, or national sports organization.

Miranda Mauro

Miranda Mauro
Miranda Mauro grew up in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and a minor in communications. She previously worked for Florida State Sports Information Department as an intern, USA Baseball as a digital media coordinator and the Tampa Bay Lightning as a platinum services attendant. Currently she works part time for Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties as a partnership activation graduate assistant. Upon graduation she wants to work in digital media for a professional sports team or league.

Jade McCrary

Jade McCrary
Jade McCrary grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. She graduated from Florida A&M University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in economics. She previously worked for NBC Sports as a digital production intern for the Rio Di Janeiro Olympic Games, NASCAR and the Daytona International Speedway. Currently she works part time for Feld Entertainment as an analytics and relationship marketing intern. Upon graduation she wants to work in analytics for a professional sports team.

Sheharyar Memon

Sheharyar Memon
Sheharyar Memon grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. He graduated from Ziauddin Medical University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery. Upon graduation, he wants to work in analytics for a professional sports team.



Kassandra Moeller

Kassandra Moeller
Kassandra Moeller grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. She previously worked for ASA Softball and Tampa Sports Academy. Currently she works part time for the University of South Florida as a graduate assistant in event management for USF Athletics. Upon graduation she wants to work in event management for a NFL or NBA team.

Marvin Oliva

Marvin Oliva
Marvin Oliva grew up in Rowland Heights, California. He graduated from American Military University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He retired from the Air Force and worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays. He was a participant in MiLB's Fostering Inclusion through Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) program. Currently he works for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an analytics resident. Upon graduation he wants to work in baseball operations for a professional team.

Olivia Ortiz

Olivia Ortiz
Olivia Ortiz grew up in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in public relations with a specialization in sports and entertainment. She previously worked for the University of Alabama Athletics Marketing Department, SEC Network and IMG Academy. Currently she works part time for the USF Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a graduate assistant. Upon graduation she wants to work in corporate partnership activation for a professional sports organization.

Crystal Ortiz

Crystal Ortiz
Crystal Ortiz grew up in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She previously worked for the USF Athletics Marketing Department, Recruiting Team for USF Football and as a public relations assistant for the St. Petersburg Bowl. Currently she is a graduate advisor for the graphics team in the Center for Student Involvement. Upon graduation she wants to work for the marketing department of a professional sports organization.

Coralie Pesenti

Coralie Pesenti
Coralie Pesenti grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. She graduated from Saint Leo University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sport business. She previously worked as a tennis coach in Switzerland. Currently she works part time for the University of South Florida as a graduate assistant in event management for USF Athletics. Upon graduation she wants to work in event management for professional sport entity, preferably in the tennis industry.

Michael Potthast

Michael Potthast
Michael Potthast grew up in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in business management. While in Charlotte, Michael worked as a property assistant for IMG Sports Marketing with the Charlotte 49ers athletic department. He is currently the director of the golfers vs. Brain Cancer golf tournament, benefitting Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children's Hospital. Upon graduation, Michael plans to pursue a career in corporate sponsorship sales in the NFL, MLB or NHL.

Yareliz Ramirez Agosto

Yareliz Ramirez Agosto
Yareliz Ramirez Agosto grew up in Kissimmee, Florida. She graduated from University of South Florida in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in business analytics and information systems. She previously worked for the Office of Orientation at the University of South Florida, maintaining the International Student database. Currently she works part time for the Amalie Arena as the technology services coordinator within their IT department. Upon graduation she wants to work continue to work in technology as a director for a major sports organization.

Richard Richter

Richard Richter
Richard Richter grew up in Oceanside, California. He graduated from University of South Florida in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He is a former United States Marine. Currently he works for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a member relations associate. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing for the NFL or NHL.

Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith
Kelsey Smith grew up in Maria Stein, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in sport leadership & management. She previously worked for the Miami University Athletic Communications Department, Harrisburg City Islanders and Hamilton Joes. Currently she works as a development graduate assistant for the USF Athletic Department. Upon graduation she wants to work in corporate partnerships for a Minor League Baseball team or development for a collegiate athletic department.

William Starnes

William Starnes
William Starnes grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from St. Louis University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration concentrating in sports with a minor communication. He previously worked for STATS and Gateway Legacy Christian Academy as an assistant men's basketball coach and director of marketing. Currently he works as a guest relations intern with Hard Rock Casino Hotel. Upon graduation he wants to work in analytics within professional sports.

Rex Wasserbach

Rex Wasserbach
Rex Wasserbach grew up in Aliso Viejo, California. He graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He previously worked for Sporting Kansas City Soccer Club and MidAmerica Nazarene University Football. Currently he works part time for the Tampa Bay Rays as a client relations/customer service representative. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate partnerships with a professional sports organization.

Clayton Werner

Clayton Werner
Clayton Werner grew up in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and management. He previously worked as a marketing and administrative for USF Athletics, a graphic designer for the USF Center for Student Involvement, and a digital marketing intern for Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Currently he works part time for the USF Office of the Provost as a marketing/communications graduate assistant. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing for an MLS club or in collegiate athletics.

Jalysa Wilson

Jalysa Wilson
Jalysa Wilson grew up in Bradenton, Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in business management. She previously worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Draft, NFL Pro Bowl and UCF Athletics. Currently she works part time for the Positive Coaching Alliance as an intern. Upon graduation she wants to work in events & entertainment for a professional team.

Marcus P. Wingate

Marcus P. Wingate
Marcus Wingate grew up in Palm Beach, Florida and East Jordan, Michigan. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in business analytics and information systems. He previously worked part-time and as an intern for USF Athletics as a communications assistant, recruiting specialist, compliance assistant and assistant to the Director of Football Operations. He also worked on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 50/50 raffle ticket sales team and as an intern for SME Solutions Group, Inc. Currently he is an analytics graduate assistant for USF Athletics. Upon graduation he wants to work in analytics for a brand or sports agency.