Sport & Entertainment Management

Student Profiles

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, and the Positive Coaching Alliance. Currently he is a resident for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. 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 is the resident intern for Sports and Community Partnerships at Florida Hospital. Upon graduation she wants to manage sports partnerships for a brand and/or work in brand marketing for a sports business.

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 is an operations resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. 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.

Class of 2020 Profiles

Devin Alexander

Devin Alexander
Devin Alexander grew up in Lithonia, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He previously worked as an accounting assistant for the Recreation Activity Center at GSU and marketing volunteer for Georgia Southern Athletics. Currently, he works for the Tampa Bay Rays as a financial analyst intern. Upon graduation, he wants to work as a financial analyst for a sports organization and eventually hopes to become a chief financial officer for an Atlanta professional sports organization.

Madison Allen

Madison Allen
Madison Allen grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She graduated from Clemson University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a minor in sports communication. She previously interned with Clemson Athletics Marketing and Greenville Swamp Rabbits ECHL team. Currently, she works for the USF Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a graduate research assistant. Upon graduation, she wants to work in activation fulfillment for an NBA or NHL organization.

Jordan Barnwell

Jordan Barnwell
Jordan Barnwell grew up in Spring Hill, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in finance. Upon graduation, he wants to work in the eSports industry.



Ashley Becker

Ashley Becker
Ashley Becker grew up in Maple Lake, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business leadership & management. She previously worked for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee as an executive & administrative intern and for the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx as a group events assistant. Currently, she works for the USF Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a graduate assistant. Upon graduation, she wants to work in event operations for the NFL or NHL.

Louis Brown

Louis Brown
Louis Brown grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Tampa in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and a minor in business administration. He previously worked for Navy Football as a volunteer recruiting assistant and the Chesapeake Bayhawks as an operations intern. Currently, he works for USF Athletics as an event management graduate assistant. Upon graduation, he wants to lead a team operations department for an NBA or NFL organization.

Palmer Clarkson

Palmer Clarkson
Palmer Clarkson grew up in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and sports business. He previously worked for the Gateway Grizzlies in corporate marketing and hospitality, the St. Louis Blues in sponsorship activation and St. Louis University Athletics in event management and marketing. Currently, he works for Feld Entertainment as a relationship marketing analytics intern. Upon graduation, he wants to become a chief revenue officer or president of business operations.

Megan Connetta

Megan Connetta
Megan Connetta grew up in Naples, Florida. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and public relations. She previously worked for the Miami Dolphins, Octagon Sports Marketing, and FGCU Athletics. Currently, she works as a graduate assistant for the USF Athletics Senior Woman Administrator. Upon graduation, she wants to work in college athletics.

Cam Delisle

Cam Delisle
Cam Delisle grew up in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He graduated from Florida Southern College in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He previously worked for the Major League Lacrosse team Florida Launch. Currently, he works as a social media intern at VPX Sports. Upon graduation, he wants to work in marketing or branding for a professional sports team or league.

Tyler DeLucca

Tyler DeLucca
Tyler DeLucca grew up in Fort Myers, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He previously worked for the Florida State Ticket Office as an intern, and Minor League Baseball as a game day intern. Upon graduation, he wants to work in business development, partnership activation, or analytics for the MLB or NFL.

Benny Ely

Benny Ely
Benny Ely grew up in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Rollins College in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in business management and communication. He previously worked for Fidelity Sports Group as an intern and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in community relations. Upon graduation, he wants to work in operations for the NBA or in the golf business.

Miguel Garcia Espinoza

Miguel Garcia Espinoza
Miguel Garcia Espinoza grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and a minor in marketing. He previously worked for the University Of Cincinnati Department Of Athletics as a marketing & fan development intern, Deer Park High School as a social media coordinator, and for ProCamps as a marketing intern. Currently, he works for the USF Center of Student Involvement as a marketing & communications graduate assistant. Upon graduation, he wants to work as a Director of Marketing for a professional soccer team, and eventually hopes to become an athletic director at a major university.

Aaron Hannon

Aaron Hannon
Aaron Hannon grew up in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in sport and entertainment management. He previously worked for the East Coast Basketball League as a sponsorship sales intern and for the South Carolina High School League as an undergraduate intern. Upon graduation, he wants to work in collegiate athletics.

Logan Heiser

Logan Heiser
Logan Heiser grew up in Jupiter, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in human communication. He previously worked for the Orlando Magic on the Corporate Partnership Activation Team, University of Central Florida as an athletics marketing intern and was a brand ambassador for the Under Armour All-American Football Game. Upon graduation, he wants to work in corporate partnership activation for a professional sports organization.

Hailey Hicks

Hailey Hicks
Hailey Hicks is from Huntsville, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a minor in public relations. She previously worked for the University of Alabama Athletics Marketing Department as a student assistant and the College Football Hall of Fame as a marketing intern. Currently, she works for the USF Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program as a graduate assistant. Upon graduation, she wants to work in sponsorships marketing, community relations, or player personnel for a professional sports organization or collegiate athletics department.

Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson
Bridget Johnson grew up in Decatur, Georgia. She graduated in 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in economics and sports administration. She previously worked for USA Baseball, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and Triangle Ultimate. Currently, she is a data analyst for Crossroads Consulting Services. Upon graduation, she wants to work in operations for a team or facility.

Jay Michael Johnson

Jay Michael Johnson
Jay Michael Johnson grew up in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. He graduated from Samford University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business management with a concentrations in sports marketing and professional sales. He previously worked at Adidas as a global sales and marketing Intern, Topgolf as an assistant manager of Platinum Sales, and the Samford University Athletic Department as a development peer manager. Currently, he works as a partnership activation resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, he wants to work towards becoming a chief marketing and revenue officer for a professional sports team or collegiate athletic department.

Erika Kartz

Erika Kartz
Erika Kartz grew up in Granite Bay, California. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. She previously worked for Texas A&M Athletics and for Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge as an operations intern. Upon graduation, she wants to work in operations for collegiate athletics.

Kamila Khasanova

Kamila Khasanova
Kamila Khasanova grew up in Kyiv, Ukraine. She graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in international economic relations. She previously worked as a public representative and event manager. Upon graduation, she wants to find a sport agency that will navigate and acquaint young athletes during their transition to the senior division with well-deserved partnerships and decent sponsors.

Alexis Myers

Alexis Myers
Alexis Myers grew up in Jupiter, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business management. She previously worked for Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties as an event operations intern. Currently, she works for the USF Muma College of Business as a graduate assistant. Upon graduation, she wants to work in corporate partnerships for a professional sports organization.

Maxwell Nauta

Maxwell Nauta
Maxwell Nauta grew up in Hackettstown, New Jersey. He graduated from Centenary University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in sports management. He previously worked for Centenary University as an admissions ambassador, Team Gear Inc. in inside sales & marketing, and for the Tampa Bay Rays as a call center representative. Currently, he works for USF Athletics as a Bulls Club graduate assistant. Upon graduation, he wants to work towards becoming a Collegiate Athletic Director.

Mangesh Phalke

Mangesh Phalke
Mangesh Phalke grew up in Mumbai, India. He graduated from Pune University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He previously worked for India's leading grassroots sports management company as a sports marketing manager working with clients like Nike and Adidas. Upon graduation, he wants to work for Manchester United and someday transform India into a sports nation.

Cory Powell

Cory Powell
Cory Powell grew up in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in sport and entertainment management. He previously worked for Feld Entertainment in domestic marketing and sales as a representative for brands such as Monster Jam, Disney on Ice, and Marvel Universe Live. Upon graduation, he wants to combine his work and USF experiences to become a leader for a progressive organization in the field of sports, entertainment, and venues.

Liam Quinn

Liam Quinn
Liam Quinn grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports management & business administration. He previously worked as an FC Barcelona - Academy project manager. Currently, he works for USF Campus Recreation as an outdoor recreation graduate assistant. Upon graduation, he wants to work in business development or management for the NHL or MLS.

Alexandre Sivolella

Alexandre Sivolella
Alexandre Sivolella grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He graduated from the Rio de Janeiro Pontifical Catholic University and Fluminense Federal University in 2002 and 2015 with degrees in law and film. He previously worked as a creative producer for Segunda-Feira Filmes, Esmeralda Produções, and Wise Entertainment. Upon graduation, he wants to work in content creation or marketing for a professional soccer organization.

Brianna Stewart

Brianna Stewart
Brianna Stewart grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from University
of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in sport
Management. She previously worked for The Barjon Group, University of
Massachusetts Football and at the SPIRE Institute Olympic Training Facility. Upon graduation, she aspires to work internationally in community relations, operations, or player personnel.

Adam Swanson

Adam Swanson
Adam Swanson grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and operations management. He previously worked as a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Upon graduation, he wants to work in finance or analytics for a collegiate athletics department and eventually hopes to become an athletic director at a university.

Marisa Trant

Marisa Trant
Marisa Trant grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications-Broadcast News. She previously worked as a USF research intern, and as an intake specialist for the Moffitt Cancer Center. Currently, she is a marketing coordinator for Fox Sports Florida. Upon graduation, she wants to work in marketing or public relations for a professional hockey team.

Joshua VanKooten

Joshua VanKooten
Joshua VanKooten grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in sports business. He previously worked for U.S. Bank as a corporate affairs and strategy intern, Saint Louis University as a Billiken Club intern, and as the host and creator of the podcast, "Entitled to My Friend's Opinion." Currently, he works as a marketing intern for the Tampa Baseball Museum. Upon graduation, he wants to connect the world by highlighting the cultural and communal impacts that sports have on societies around the globe.

Laura Wilhelm

Laura Wilhelm
Laura Wilhelm is from Valrico, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She previously worked as an intern for USF Event Management and was USF's mascot, Rocky D. Bull. Currently, she is an Event Management graduate assistant for USF Athletics. Upon graduation, she wants to work in analytics for a sports organization and eventually hopes to become an athletic director at a major university.