Our graduates work in a wide variety of occupations. From trainers to coaches and administration, sport administration graduates use the experience and knowledge from Xavier in their every day jobs.
"The Xavier sport administration graduate program not only adequately prepared me for my field, but it also provided me with unparalleled networking opportunities to which I wouldn't have otherwise been exposed."
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Winton Woods High School
"I graduated from Xavier’s graduate program in sport administration in August 1998. I taught and coached before becoming athletic director at Fairfield High School in 2003. I attended Xavier’s program to get my degree because I always wanted to be an athletic director, a decision that paid off. I am using my degree from Xavier to do what I want to do with my life, and Xavier’s program prepared me extremely well to do so."
Eric E. Higgins
Fairfield City Schools
"The variety of course work, the real-world instructors and internship opportunities at Xavier University prepared me well for the truly unique industry that is professional sports. As an alumnus of the graduate program in sport administration at Xavier, I am very proud of the progress of the program and the opportunities it afforded me to achieve a successful career in professional sports.
I have worked with the Columbus Blue Jackets for four years in their Game Operations/Presentation Department. In February 2004, we earned the title of #1 Stadium Experience from ESPN The Magazine. This position requires responsibility, creativity, and the ability to work with many other departments towards achieving the best presentation of sport and sponsors possible, and Xavier helped prepare me for that."
Manager for Event Presentation
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"Xavier’s Master of Education in sport administration was the perfect program for me. My goal is to eventually become an athletic director and I believe that the classes at Xavier greatly prepared me for such a position. They were not only very informative but enjoyable. Professors encouraged discussions, invited guest speakers, and even held meetings outside the classroom so that we could gain first-hand experience. I now have friends all over the country in a variety of sports-related positions."
Assistant Cross Country/Track Coach
University of Florida
"As a non-traditional student seeking a career change after 25 years in law enforcement, I decided to explore my options at Xavier. The office personnel were so helpful that I enrolled the same day. I pursued a master’s degree in education, sport administration. I found the professors both professional and in touch with the real business world. The courses were cogent to the industry, and the atmosphere of Xavier was such that even though I was a non-traditional student, being much older than most of the other students, I didn’t feel out of place.
I am now the Security Director for the Cincinnati Reds. When I was hired, my supervisor mentioned to me how, along with my other qualifications, he was impressed that I had a master’s degree from Xavier. My degree made me stand out from the other applicants. I cannot adequately express the inner pride I have knowing I received my master’s degree from Xavier. Thank you, Xavier and thank you, Dr. Quinn."
"The Xavier sport administration program prepared me for a career in one of the fastest growing segments of the entertainment industry today; interactive video games. I have been successful in my career, in large part, due to Dr. Quinn's staff and the tools and practical classroom experience I received as a student in the program. The sports and entertainment field can be a tough career path, and Xavier’s program fully prepared me for many of the challenges I face every day in the real business world.
As product marketing manager for interactive entertainment industry giant Electronic Arts, I am responsible for driving the marketing efforts for two of the top selling game franchises in the video game industry, Madden NFL Football and NCAA Football. Together these titles will gross over $275MM in revenue. Prior to joining the interactive video game industry four years ago, I held posts as the Director of Marketing and Ticketing Services for the University of Akron Athletic Department, and served as Assistant Marketing Coordinator with the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers."
EA SPORTS Product Marketing Manager
"The Xavier sport administration program gave me a broad overview of the sport industry and showed me the many different avenues that are available to be pursued. It allowed me to make some great contacts and friends in a variety of fields in the sport industry. I had a great experience completing the program and encourage all interested in pursuing a job in the sport industry to highly consider Xavier."
Assistant Strength Coach
"I had an exceptional educational experience at Xavier. The graduate program in sport administration afforded me the opportunity to meet professionals in the industry, and graduates of the program. These meetings provided reassurance that there are a wide variety of careers in the sport industry. The curriculum was sequential and timely for preparing me for my future in the sport industry and community. I still use my community involvement from the Xavier experiences with my current position and students.
My graduate experience at Xavier outshines my undergraduate experience, and I have Dr. Quinn to thank for that. You can’t put a price tag on the experience. "
University of Akron
"The NCAA class in the graduate program in sport administration gave me the opportunity to learn about the NCAA organization and in particular, my interest in the area of compliance. Upon finishing the NCAA class at Xavier, taught by Dr. Brian Mand, I was able to get an internship position in compliance and academic services at the University of Cincinnati, where I worked for a year and had a great exposure to college athletics and the areas of compliance and academics. "
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