Sport & Entertainment Management

Student Profiles

Class of 2015 Profiles

Hairat Agbaje

Hairat Agbaje
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning -- Corporate Partnerships

Hairat Agbaje grew up in Boston, Mass. She graduated from Boston College in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Previously, she worked for the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. Agbaje is the Corporate Partnerships Resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, she wants to work for an NBA or NFL team in sponsorship and eventually become a vice president of a revenue generating department.

Ryan Anzalone

Ryan Anzalone
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning -- Sales

Ryan Anzalone grew up in Cooper City, Fla. He graduated from the Florida State University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and management. He previously worked for the University of South Florida Men's Basketball program, the Florida State University Men's Basketball program, and the Leonard Hamilton Basketball Camps. He is the sales resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, he wants to work for an NBA franchise in basketball operations.

Brielle Buckler

Brielle Buckler
Residency: VF Licensed Sports Group and Majestic - Marketing

Brielle Buckler grew up in Paramus, N.J. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in sport administration with minors in education and sociology. She is currently a marketing resident for VF Licensed Sports Group and Majestic, where she helps with e-commerce and search engine optimization. In the past, she worked for the Herbert Wellness & Recreation Center and helped to facilitate a sports camp for kids. Upon graduation, Buckler hopes to work for an event management organization and eventually become an event coordinator for a sport team or entertainment company.

Erin Callahan

Erin Callahan
Residency: Tampa Bay Sports Commission

Erin Callahan grew up in Alpharetta, Ga. She graduated from Florida Southern College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in human movement and performance with a minor in Communications. She previously worked for USF Athletics Event Management, USF IMG, Gwinnett Sports Commission, and Atlanta Athletic Club. Currently she is a resident for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Upon graduation she wants to work as an organizer for national events and eventually become a director of events.

Kristine Carcione

Kristine Carcione
Residency: Thuzi

Kristine Carcione grew up in St. Cloud, Fla. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in business marketing. She previously worked for the Sport and Entertainment Management Program and the Outback Bowl. Currently she is the resident for Thuzi. Upon graduation she wants to work for an agency as an account manager and eventually become a vice president of a sports marketing agency.

Kayla Chesanek

Kayla Chesanek
Residency: Bill Sutton & Associates -- Client Engagement Consultant

Kayla Chesanek grew up in Southington, Conn. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and business administration with concentrations in both management and management information systems. She previously worked for the USF Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a graduate assistant, and before that, she worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning in sponsorship activation. Currently she is the client engagement consultant for Bill Sutton & Associates. Upon graduation she wants to work for the NBA League Office in the team marketing and business operations department and eventually become a corporate partnership executive for a brand.

Bill Clark

Bill Clark
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning - Business Strategy/Analytics

Bill Clark grew up in Scranton, Pa. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from The University of Louisville in 2012. He previously worked for Humana, TNA Entertainment, and The University of Louisville. Currently he is the business strategy and analytics resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, he hopes to work for Major League Baseball or World Wrestling Entertainment as an analytics/finance consultant and eventually become a chief executive officer.

Evan Cogley

Evan Cogley
Residency: Seminole Hard Rock Casino- Marketing/Analytics

Evan Cogley grew up in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Tampa in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. He previously worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sugar Land Skeeters as an event operations intern. Currently he is the Marketing Resident at Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa. Upon graduation he wants to work within business development for a sports team or international development for a sports league with the goal of one day working to globalize one of the American sports.

Christina Costello

Christina Costello
Residency: WTA - Creative Sales Strategy

Christina A. Costello grew up in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2011 with a bachelor's cegree in business management. She previously worked for Nestle USA as a district sales leader and Cargill Inc. as a human resources intern. Currently she is the creative sales strategy resident for the Women's Tennis Association. Upon graduation, she wants to work in a strategic marketing role and eventually become a director of cause marketing or vice president of sales.

Philicia Douglas

Philicia Douglas
Residency: United Soccer Leagues Pro- Marketing & Research

Philicia Douglas grew up in Orlando, Fla. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in multimedia studies and multimedia journalism with a minor in sociology. She previously worked for the Florida Atlantic University Student Union as an operations manager, and then worked in the USF Sport and Entertainment Management Program as graduate assistant for the Arena Football League. She also worked at the Tampa Bay Lightning in activation. Currently, she is the resident for the United Soccer League. Upon graduation she wants to work for professional sports company in facility/arena operations or business development and eventually become an operations manager for a professional sports company.

Nicholas Frame

Nicholas Frame
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning - Marketing/Social Media Analytics

Nicholas Frame grew up in Merritt Island, Fla. He graduated from Flagler College in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in sport management and a minor in business administration. He previously worked with USF Athletics, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and BLESTO NFL Scouting. Currently, he is a marketing and social media analytics resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduating, he wants to work for the Orlando Magic or the Tampa Bay Lightning as a business analyst and eventually become a director of analytics for a professional sport franchise.

Saxon Graham

Saxon Graham
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning -- Business Strategy/Analytics

Saxon Graham grew up in Buffalo, N.Y.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing management. He previously worked for Golfsmith as a sales associate, the Valspar Championship as a graduate assistant in event management, the University at Buffalo as a special events marketing intern, and the Shoe Department as a sales associate. Currently he is the resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning in business strategy analytics and hockey analytics. Upon graduation, he wants to work for the PGA Tour, the MLS, or the Lightning, and eventually become an executive of analytics or finance in a professional sports franchise.

Dylan Herbert

Dylan Herbert
Residency: USF Athletic Department -- Development

Dylan Herbert grew up in Manheim, Pa.  He graduated from George Mason University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in health, fitness, and recreational resources with a concentration in sport management and a minor in Business. Dylan previously worked for the University of Maryland Terrapin Club as a development Assistant and for George Mason University as the assistant manager of athletic services.  Currently he is a development resident for the University of South Florida Athletics Department.  Upon graduation, Dylan hopes to work for a collegiate athletics department in development and eventually become an athletic Director for an NCAA Division I program.

Sabrina Heron

Sabrina Heron
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning -- Sponsorship Activation

Sabrina Heron grew up in Sharpsburg, Md. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She previously worked for the United States Army, Maryland State Crime Lab, and C and M Farm. Currently she is the resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning Sponsorship department. Upon graduation she wants to work for an NHL or MLB team in marketing or sponsorship and eventually become a senior vice president in one of those departments.

Marc Kulbersh

Marc Kulbersh
Residency: IMG College -- Partnership Sales & Activation Specialist

Marc Kulbersh grew up in Chicago, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in recreation, sport and tourism with a concentration in sport management and a minor in communication. He previously worked for the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks/Thrashers, University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Marketing, the Plymouth Whalers, and the Rockford Riverhawks. His residency is with USF IMG Sports Marketing working in new business development and partnership activation. Upon graduation he wants to work for a professional sports franchise as a new business development manager in corporate partnerships and eventually become the president of a franchise.

Brooks Merrill

Brooks Merrill
Residency: USF Athletic Department-- Development

Brooks Merrill grew up in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a minor in computer applications and technology as well as a minor in general business. He previously worked for the Tuscaloosa County School System as a math teacher, Paragon Marketing as a team leader, and the University of Alabama Men's Basketball Program as a student assistant. Currently he is a development resident for the University of South Florida Athletics Department. Upon graduation he wants to work for a collegiate athletics department in development and eventually become an athletic director for a Division I program.

Luke Mohammed

Luke Mohamed
Residency: Tampa Bay Sports Commission

Luke Mohamed grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. He graduated from Robert Morris University in 2010 with a dual bachelor's degree in sport management and accounting.  He previously worked for IRONMAN Triathlon and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Currently he is a resident for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.  Upon graduation, he wants to work for an organization in corporate partnership sales and eventually become a sales director or a sport management professor.

Laura Nichols

Laura Nichols
Residency: USF Athletic Department-- Development

Laura Nichols grew up in Lubbock, Texas. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in economics. She previously worked for the University of South Florida Athletics, Louisiana Tech Athletics, and Aspire Ticket Sales. Currently she is the resident for the University of South Florida's Bulls Club. Upon graduation, she wants to work in collegiate athletics as a director of development and eventually become an athletic director.

Hilary Noriega

Hilary Noriega
Residency: Fox Sports Florida

Hilary Noriega grew up in Lutz, Fla. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in news telecommunications. She previously worked for Busch Gardens Tampa, Radio Disney, and Disney Cruise Line. Currently she is the resident for Fox Sports Florida. Upon graduation, she wants to work for a theme park or entertainment company as a show manager and eventually become a theme park executive.

Joe Odell

Joe Odell
Residency: FELD Entertainment

Joe Odell grew up in Tampa, Fla. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in Japanese. He previously worked for the City of Nagasaki as a coordinator of international relations. Currently he is the resident for FELD Entertainment. Upon graduation he wants to work in professional baseball in player development and eventually manage scouting operations in Asia.

Angelos Paschalis

Angelos Paschalis
Residency: USF Marketing

Angelos Paschalis grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated from the University of Macedonia in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He previously worked for USF IMG Marketing as a sponsorship activation intern, USF Athletics as an event management intern, and PAOK Basketball Club of Thessaloniki as an executive assistant to general manager. Currently he is the resident for USF Marketing. Upon graduation he wants to work for an international department of a professional sports league office and eventually become a global marketing executive for a professional sports league.

Ryan Powers

Ryan Powers
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning-- Marketing

Ryan Powers grew up in San Francisco, Calif. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He previously worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning, IDAPT, and Drinker Biddle & Reath law firm. Currently he is a resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning Marketing Department. Upon graduation he wants to work for a professional sports team in marketing or sales and eventually work in a management position.

Brendan Reilly

Brendan Reilly
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning-- Sales

Brendan Reilly grew up in Merritt Island, Fla. He graduated from the University of South Florida in December 2012 with a bachelor's degree in management. He previously worked for USF Athletics as an event management graduate assistant and the Tampa Bay Rowdies as an operations intern. Currently he is the sales resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work for USF Athletics as a development officer and eventually become an athletic director.

Ashley Rodrigues

Ashley Rodrigues
Residency: USF Marketing

Ashley Rodrigues grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in health administration. She previously worked for the USF Women's Soccer and Grand Valley State University Athletics. Currently she is the marketing resident for USF. Upon graduation she wants to work for an MLS franchise as a sales representative or marketer and eventually become a chief marketing officer.

Aris Rogers

Aris Rogers
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning-- Public Relations

Aris Rogers II was raised in the Tampa Bay area. He graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in corporate finance. He has accumulated a wide range of experience working in sport media, television production, public relations, corporate accounting, and government relations. He recently was corporate partnership coordinator for the Tampa Bay Rowdies where he was responsible for all sponsorship/partnership activation. Currently, he is the public relations Resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in the entertainment media sector and develop a career as an entrepreneur, producer, author, professional speaker, and TV/radio correspondent.

Alissa Simons

Alissa Simons
Residency: Seminole Hard Rock Casino -- Human Resources/Customer Service

Alissa Simons is from Lexington, Ky. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in sport administration with a minor in business. She previously worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning as the community relations and foundation intern, the Houston Astros as the community relations and foundation intern, the Cincinnati Reds as the community relations Intern, and ProCamps Worldwide as a camp coordinator intern. Currently she is the Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa resident for the Human Resources department working on guest retention. Upon graduation she wants to work as an event coordinator for a casino in which she aspires to eventually become the director of events.

Alexander (A.J.) Stoner

Alexander (A.J.) Stoner
Residency: Tampa Bay Rays -- Analytics/Finance

Alexander (A.J.) Stoner grew up in Plantation, Fla. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He previously worked for Minor League Baseball Headquarters as a finance and analytics intern, Crossroads Consulting Services as a research analyst, and Bank of America as a teller. Currently he is the finance/analytics resident for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation he wants to work for MLB Headquarters or an MLB franchise in business development or baseball operations and eventually become a team president or general manager.