Sport & Entertainment Management

Student Profiles

Class of 2017 Profiles

Ryan Atkinson

Ryan Atkinson
Ryan Atkinson grew up in Medina, Ohio. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He previously worked for CAE, USA and was an analyst at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Currently he is a business development resident for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Upon graduation he wants to work in analytics or market research for a sport or entertainment organization.

Damon Boggs

Damon Boggs
Damon Boggs grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from The University of Louisville in 2014 with a bachelor's of science in economics and a minor in entrepreneurship. He previously worked for the University of Louisville Academic Center for Student Athletes. Currently he is an inside sales resident at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in collegiate athletics and pursue a career as an athletic director.

Sam Bridgman

Sam Bridgman
Sam Bridgman grew up in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the University of Portland in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He previously worked for the University of Portland Baseball Team, Nike, and WDC Properties. Currently he is a suite sales and public relations resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing and communications or sales for a professional sports organization.

Kate Burton

Kate Burton
Kate Burton grew up in Clearwater, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. She previously worked for Florida State University Athletics in ticket sales. Currently she is a graduate assistant for the USF Athletic Department in administration. Upon graduation, she wants to work for an agency focused in marketing, advertising, and social media.


Jonathan Conde

Jonathan Conde
Jonathan Conde grew up in Ocala, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in business management and a minor in leadership studies. He previously worked for Pi Kappa Phi, Campus Advantage, and Deloitte. Currently, he is an inside sales resident at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, he would like to remain in the Tampa Bay area and work for a professional sports team while pursuing a career in sales.

Kate Cremer

Kate Cremer
Kate Cremer grew up in Florence, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in finance and accounting with a minor in international business. She previously worked for Messier-Bugatti USA. Currently she is a resident in the finance department at the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation she wants to work in accounting/finance or analytics within Major League Baseball.

Tarek Dahdul

Tarek Dahdul
Tarek Dahdul grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and with sport management as his secondary major. He previously worked for Feld Entertainment, the Springfield Armor, and the Western Mass Pioneers. Currently he is a business development resident at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Upon graduation he wants to work for a sport agency or for a brand in sport partnerships.

Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn
Ryan Dunn grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in managerial finance with a minor in business administration. He previously worked for Ole Miss Athletics in football equipment and USF Athletics in event management. Currently he is a development graduate assistant for USF Athletics - Bulls Club. Upon graduation he wants to continue working in college athletics development.

Iulia Fratila

Iulia Fratila
Iulia Fratila grew up in Canton, Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in recreation and a minor in event management. She previously worked for The Chamber of Commerce in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a division of Southwest Michigan First Corporation, as well as the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. Upon graduation she wants to work for a sport or entertainment organization in event operations.

Brian Garie

Brian Garie
Brian Garie grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in sport management and marketing. He previously worked for the Philadelphia Eagles Ticket Office and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in ticket sales. Currently he is the partnership development resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate partnerships for a professional sports organization.

Jillian Gerding

Jillian Gerding
Jillian Gerding grew up in Satellite Beach, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in marketing and sociology. She previously worked for the Foundation for Orthopedic Research and Education as a marketing intern. Currently she is a marketing and analytics resident for Feld Entertainment. Upon graduation she wants to work in analytics or marketing research for a sport or entertainment organization.

Samantha Greiner

Samantha Greiner
Samantha Greiner grew up in Sparta, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in management. She previously worked in development for USF Athletics - Bulls Club. Currently she is a marketing and event coordination resident for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Upon graduation she wants to work for a sports apparel company in marketing and branding or for a sport agency.

Trevon Griffin

Trevon Griffin
Trevon Griffin grew up in Miami, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He previously worked as a marketing intern for USF Athletics. Currently he is the football operations resident with the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team. Upon graduation he would like to work in student athlete development or player personnel at the collegiate level or player development in the NFL.

Katelyn Hazelbach

Katelyn Hazelbach
Katelyn Hazelbach grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and completed the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics. Previously she worked for Pitt Athletics, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the USF Sport & Entertainment Management program as a graduate assistant. Currently, she is the partnership activation resident at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, she wants to work in corporate partnerships for an NHL team.

Jacob Huegel

Jacob Huegel
Jacob Huegel grew up in Charles City, Iowa. He graduated from Wartburg College in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with concentrations in sport management and marketing. He previously worked for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in special events and promotions. Currently he is the marketing resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing for a professional sports franchise.

Courtney Kramer

Courtney Kramer
Courtney Kramer grew up in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and management. She previously worked for IMG Marketing, the USF softball team, Valspar Championship, and Walt Disney Company. Currently she is the digital marketing and activation resident for FOX Sports Florida. Upon graduation, she wants to work in marketing for a sports television company.

Joseph Maury

Joseph Maury
Joseph Maury grew up in Middletown, New York. He graduated from Stetson University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in music with an outside field in business. He previously worked for Chick-fil-A as a marketing director and for Positive Coaching Alliance as an intern. His current residency is with Megabite Music Group, an elite artist development and consulting organization. Upon graduation he wants to work in live entertainment, operating an independent live music venue in Tampa Bay.

Ian McGarry

Ian McGarry
Ian McGarry grew up in Madison, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in selling and sales management and a minor in business management. He previously worked for Learfield - Purdue Sports Properties as a sponsorship sales coordinator and for USF Athletics as a marketing graduate assistant. Currently he is the partnership development resident for USF - IMG College. Upon graduation he wants to work in partnership sales for a professional team or collegiate program.

Belicia Montgomery

Belicia Montgomery
Belicia Montgomery grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, and a minor in accounting. She previously worked for H&R Block as a district marketing coordinator and USF Athletics as a marketing graduate assistant. Currently she is the marketing resident for Minor League Baseball headquarters. Upon graduation she wants to work in marketing or administration for a collegiate or professional sports team, league, or entertainment company.

Laura Mooradian

Laura Mooradian
Laura Mooradian grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from Robert Morris University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in both sport management and accounting. She previously worked for the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs, Robert Morris University's Financial Operations Department and USF Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a graduate assistant. Currently she is the analytics resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation she wants to work for an NHL team in analytics.

Richard Stiftinger

Richard Stiftinger
Richard Stiftinger grew up in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in criminology. He previously worked for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Currently he is a membership services, ticketing resident for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation he wants to work in analytics or business strategy for a professional sports team.

James Swanson

James Swanson
James Swanson grew up around Europe; Cyprus, Germany, Italy & Denmark. He graduated from the University of Stirling in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He previously worked for the Lawn Tennis Association, London 2012 Olympic Games, IMG Reliance India, Tennis Scotland, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Pearson PLC and IMG UK. Currently he is the event marketing resident at Amalie Arena. Upon graduation, he wants to work in the entertainment industry, for an agency or the Women's Tennis Association.

Jordan Waters

Jordan Waters
Jordan Waters grew up in Orlando, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in management and a minor in accounting. He previously worked for USF Athletics in both equipment and event management and at FIS Global as an accounting/finance intern. Currently he is a marketing resident at Majestic Athletic. Upon graduation he wants to work in a product development or creative role with an athletic or lifestyle/action sports apparel brand.

Jerron Wheeler

Jerron Wheeler
Jerron Wheeler grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He previously worked as a student assistant in USF Athletics for football and women's basketball while also interning with the communications department. He also worked on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 50/50 raffle ticket sales team and as an intern for PROtential Sports. Currently he is an inside sales resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate or premium sales for a professional sports team.

Adam Wisniewski

Adam Wisniewski
Adam Wisniewski grew up in Allen, Texas. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in sports management and economics. He previously worked for USF Athletics, Colorado Rockies, Oklahoma State University Football, and Elevate Your Game Inc. Summer Basketball League Pro-Am. Currently he is a resident for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Upon graduation he wants to work in operations, recruiting, or business strategy.

Class of 2018 Profiles

Jose Alvarado

Jose Alvarado
Jose Alvarado grew up in San Jose, Costa Rica. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. He previously worked for the Major League Soccer's National Sales Center. Currently he works part time for IMG College as a game day partnership activation intern. Upon graduation he wants to work in the MLS front office or at a Sports Commission, to later return to Costa Rica.

Elise Ames

Elise Ames
Elise Ames grew up in St. Louis, MO. 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. Currently she works part time for the USF Sport & Entertainment Management program as a graduate assistant. Upon graduation she wants to work in management for a professional sports organization or 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 in their ticket offices, for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in show car promotions, and for the Commonwealth National Golf Club in golf course operations. Currently he works part time for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in marketing analytics. 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 previously worked for Seminole IMG Sports Marketing and the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. Currently he works part time for the Tampa Bay Rays as the resident corporate sales and partnerships intern. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate sales and partnerships or brand management for a professional sports organization.

James Chaudry

James Chaudry
James Chaudry grew up in Southampton, England. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He previously worked for the Mississippi State Men's Tennis team as a volunteer assistant coach and for Highland Park Tennis Center as an assistant professional. Currently he works part time for DTTA at the Georgians as a senior performance coach. Upon graduation he wants to in recruitment and athlete/player management for a sports agency.

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 business administration, concentrating in finance. She previously worked for the St. Petersburg Bowl as a public relations intern and the WFLA's Preseason Tampa Bay Buccaneers Telecast as an on-field stage manager. Currently she works for the Tampa Bay Rays as a finance intern. Upon graduation she wants to work in finance or business development for a professional sports organization.

Kyle Davis

Kyle Davis
Kyle Davis grew up in Milford, Delaware. He graduated from Delaware State University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in business management and a minor in marketing. He previously worked for JPMorgan Chase as a program manager and for SpoilerFreeScores.com as a business director. Currently he works part time for Whitecap Sports Group as an associate and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in analytics. Upon graduation he wants to be an athletic director in collegiate athletics.

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 and a minor in communications. She previously worked for Seminole Sports Marketing and Seminole Boosters Inc. Currently she works part time for the Women's Tennis Association as a communications intern. Upon graduation she wants to work in marketing or fan experience for a professional sport organization.

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 as a marketing & game operations intern. Upon graduation he wants work in marketing or communications for the NBA or NFL, and ultimately become a General Manager/Executive for a professional team.

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. Currently he works part time for the USF Sport & Entertainment Management program as a graduate assistant. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate partnerships for a sports marketing agency, and eventually pursue a career in corporate partnerships and activation for an NBA team.

Brenda Li

Brenda Li
Brenda Li grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. 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 U of T Varsity Blues Athletics and the Canada Revenue Agency. Currently she works part time for the USF Sport & Entertainment Management program as a research graduate assistant. Upon graduation she wants to work in partnership development or operations for a professional sports team.

Alex Lowden

Alex Lowden
Alex Lowden grew up in Wappingers Falls, New York. He graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He previously worked for the Hudson Valley Renegades in their marketing and promotions department. Upon graduation he wants to work in management for professional sports franchise.

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., an ice hockey company. Currently he works part time as the USF student assistant to the Bolts and Bulls Golf Tournament. Upon graduation he wants to work as the director of marketing for a professional sports team.

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 exercise and sport science, concentrating in sport administration. He previously worked for UNC Athletics and Sports Endeavors, Inc. in sales and marketing for Soccer.com. Currently he works part time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a sales intern. Upon graduation he wants to work in sales, corporate sponsorship, or for a sports agency.

Benjamin Morgan

Benjamin Morgan
Benjamin Morgan grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He graduated from Marian University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sport and recreation management, finance, and marketing. He previously worked for the Milwaukee Admirals and Foundations for the Future Charter Academy's finance department. Currently he works part time for the Tampa Bay Lightning as a hockey operations analytics intern. Upon graduation he wants 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 public relations and minors in marketing and sports studies. He previously worked for Level 1 Entertainment and Down the Road Brewery. Currently he works part time for HALAX Lacrosse in marketing. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate sales or operations for a professional sports team.

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. In 2016 he earned a graduate certificate in business foundations from USF. He previously taught math at Brandon High School for 5 years and coached basketball and soccer there. Currently he works part time for IMG College as a game day partnership activation intern. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate partnerships for a professional sports organization.

Payton Phillips

Payton Phillips
Payton Phillips grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and Norman, Oklahoma before graduating from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He previously worked for Arkansas Razorback Athletics in analytics and finance, as well as the University of Florida Athletics Business Office. Currently he works part time for USF Athletics in analytics. Upon graduation he wants to work in business analytics or performance analytics, likely in college athletics.

Katherine Ridyard

Katherine Ridyard
Katherine 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 USF Athletics and Elegant Events by J&S. Currently she works part time for USF Athletics as an event management graduate assistant. Upon graduation she wants to work in event management for an MLB team.

Sam Ross

Sam Ross
Sam Ross grew up in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada. He graduated from Acadia University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He previously worked for the Annapolis Cider Company as a social media coordinator, and for Maverick Communications Inc. as a field manager. Currently he works part time for USF's Office of the Provost as a marketing and communications graduate assistant. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing, communications, or social media for a professional team.

Amy Rubin

Amy Rubin
Amy Rubin grew up in Potomac, Maryland. She graduated from Ohio University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport management and a minor in business administration. She previously worked for the Boomer Esiason Foundation and iHeartMedia. Upon graduation she wants to work in corporate partnerships and brand management for the NHL.

Jordan Rutner

Jordan Rutner
Jordan Rutner grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a finance major and a bachelor's degree in sport management. He previously worked for the United States Olympic Committee as well as the Tampa Bay Rays. Currently he works part time for Whitecap Sports Group as an associate. Upon graduation he wants to work as a financial consultant.

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 sport business. She previously worked for Northern Kentucky University Athletics, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Reds Community Fund. Currently she works part time for Positive Coaching Alliance as a social media and marketing intern. Upon graduation she wants to work in marketing or research and 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 with a bachelor's degree in public health. She previously worked for USF Athletics and the FAU Alumni Association. Currently she works part time for USF Athletics in their marketing department. Upon graduation she wants to work in marketing or partnership development and activation for a professional sports team.

Matthew Swan

Matthew Swan
Matthew Swan grew up in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He previously worked for Dick's Sporting Goods and Pitt Athletics. Currently he works part time for Feld Entertainment as a marketing analytics intern. Upon graduation he wants to work in analytics for an NBA team.


Mitchell VanSumeren

Mitchell VanSumeren
Mitchell VanSumeren grew up in Flushing, Michigan. He graduated from Stetson University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in sport business. He previously worked for Embry-Riddle Athletics, The NASCAR Foundation, Washington Spirit, and Stetson University Athletics. Currently he works part time for USF Athletics as an event management graduate assistant. Upon graduation he wants to work in college athletics in pursuit of one day becoming an athletic director.

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 sport management and a minor in international business. He previously worked for LISD Athletics and the Stillwater Country Club. Currently he works part time for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in guest relations. Upon graduation he wants to work in sales and operations for a professional team or for a sports agency.

Shea Wingate

Shea Wingate
Shea Wingate grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in health sciences. He previously worked for USF Football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the New York Yankees in the Player Development & Scouting department. Upon graduation he wants to work in analytics or community relations for Major League Baseball.