Check out all the latest news from Sport Management at LSU.
Check out all the latest news from Sport Management at LSU.
Fall 2021 newsletter Sport Management
 Shamir Bearfield
Jamar Belizaire
Adrian Christmas
Cody Drouin
Brittany Ehlenberg
Mitchell Fillinger
Mark Gaines
Maya Green
Myia Hambrick
Savannah Heller
Ashley Herriott
Adam Holup
Natalie Huisman
Jonathan Hvozdovic
Bryce Jobson
Carlos Jones
Seungmin Kang
Matthew Levine
Jacquelyn Marchetti
Brianda Martinez
Rebecca Massey
Dreyfus Milstead
Matthew Morris
Rodolfo Moya
Daniel Mullins
Connor Padwe
Noah Peterson
Edgar Rahbani-Rodriguez
Amanda Sanchez
Jake Steinhardt
Mallory Taylor
Tim Thibodeaux
Brizjon Wilright


If you know individuals interested in a graduate degree from LSU in Sport Management, encourage them to contact Dr. Mike Martinez, Director of Online Programs for Kinesiology, or Dr. Chad Seifried for the on-campus opportunity. 

As always, please provide us an update regarding your current employment situation, change in contact information and forward this newsletter to other classmates if possible.

Finally, if there is anything you would like to see in future issues, please let us know! 




Looking to hire an LSU student for your organization? Then check out Handshake, LSU’s tool for creating jobs, interviews, and networking events. 
LSU TAF has several job postings open, including Director of Premium Seating and Director of Marketing & Communications. 
Check out the listings here!
Congratulations to MS: Sport Management alumna Christine Colwell, attorney at Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, L.L.P., for being named one of the 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch - Health Care Law!
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Huey P. Long Field House Restoration | Ochsner Health Establishes Ochsner Wellness Center at LSU

Ochsner Health has made a $4 million leadership gift to LSU’s College of Human Sciences & Education, establishing the Ochsner Wellness Center within the Huey P. Long Field House. The new center is part of a $29 million renovation funded in partnership with the State of Louisiana through capital outlay funding and through philanthropic gifts from individuals and industry leaders like Ochsner. Learn more about this gift.
While the renovations have hit an exciting milestone (check out this video to learn more!), there is still time for you to leave your mark on the Huey P. Long Field House! Below are different opportunities to share memories and add to the legacy of this historic building.
Naming Opportunities: scroll down for architectural renderings and brief descriptions of the game-changing spaces that will host students, research, and community collaborations.

Share Your Stories: this historic building was once home to LSU's Student Union. What's your Field House story? We want to hear it!

For more information and project updates, visit Huey P. Long Field House Restoration.
tiger eyes with purple overlay; text in yellow: Student Spotlights
photo of William Anders


William is from Elk Creek, Virginia. William graduated from Bluefield College in the Spring of 2020. While at Bluefield, William was the captain of the wrestling team and obtained Academic All-Appalachian Athletic Conference Honors. After graduating with his Bachelors in Exercise Sport Science, William returned home and started working as the Athletics and Activities Director for Grayson County High School, which he is also an alum. He is currently completing his master's degree in Sport Management online. William chose LSU because of the great online program, as well as the fact that his mother, Julie Anders, attended LSU in the past. William hopes to one day work at the college level for an athletic department. 
photo of Mandy Barefoot


Mandy Barefoot is originally from Huntsville, AL by way of Mobile, AL. She is a 2019 graduate of the LSU Online Master’s in Kinesiology – Sport Management program. Mandy is a veteran of the sport industry, splitting her time between minor league baseball and hockey throughout the southeast serving in various ticket operations roles and ultimately as an Assistant General Manager in the Appalachian League. Her professional focus in ticket sales leadership and general management influences her research interest in organizational behavior and culture, factors that influence employee retention, and diversity issues in sport business offices. Mandy is a first-year doctoral student advised by Dr. Mike Martinez. 
photo of Katherine Thorn


Katherine Thorn is from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She always wanted to go to LSU and grew up attending as many games as possible, thus sparking her passion for sport management. Katherine went to Coastal Carolina University (CCU) and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Sports Management. While at CCU, she focused her volunteerism and school projects on event management. She was fortunate enough to work on multiple events ranging from ESPN's NCAA Basketball Myrtle Beach Invitational to Hootie and the Blowfish’s Monday After The Masters celebrity golf tournament. After graduating from CCU amid the pandemic, she decided to fulfill her dream and attend graduate school at LSU. In her time at LSU, she advanced her learning and has just started in a full-time position with On Location, a premier VIP experience and hospitality provider for organizations like the NFL and NCAA. After graduation, she hopes to be able to continue to grow in her field, continue learning, and to eventually be an established leader in the operations and marketing of marquee sporting events.
tiger eyes with purple overlay; text in yellow: Alumni Spotlights
photo of Natalie Huisman


Natalie is from Pella, IA and graduated from LSU's online master's program in May of 2021. She went to a small DIII school for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated with an Athletic Training degree. Natalie is currently a Certified Athletic Trainer at a DIII school in Iowa. The online master's program at LSU allowed Natalie to work full-time with her school’s football and softball teams as well as on a COVID response team, while still pursuing her graduate education. The flexibility of this program was ideal for her during that time, allowing Natalie to separate school and work while making time for both. 
Sport Management Research News
Our faculty have actively been pursuing their research interests and have recently contributed to the following publications: 
Wanless, E., Seifried, C.S., Bouchet, A., & Valeant, A. (accepted). The Diffusion of Natural Language Processing in Professional Sport. Sport Management Review.

Seifried, C.S., Soebbing, B.P., Agyemang, K.A., & Walker, N. (2021). Sport Management and Business Schools: A Growing Partnership in a Changing Higher Education Environment. International Journal of Management Education, 19(3),

Downs, B.J., & Seifried, C.S. (accepted). Theaters of Competition: Modernization and the Survival of the National Hockey League’s Original Six. Journal of Emerging Sport Studies.

Seifried, C.S. (accepted). The Evolution of Sport Management as an Academic Discipline and Future Research and Practices. In Shilbury, D. (ed.). A Research Agenda for Sport Management. Elgar Publishers.

Qian, T. Y. (Accepted). Watching sports on Twitch? A study of factors influencing continuance intentions to watch Thursday Night Football co-streaming. Sport Management Review.

Luo, L., Qian, T. Y., Rich, G., & Zhang, J. J. (Accepted). Impact of market demand on recurring hallmark sporting event spectators: An empirical study of the Shanghai Masters. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship.

Zvosec, C.C., Bass, J.R., & Baer, N. (Accepted). Student-Athletes "Taking the Road Less Traveled:" The Big Fish Small Pond Effect and the Academically Elite NCAA Division III Institution. Managing Sport and Leisure.

Kim, M.K., Zvosec, C.C., Oja, B.D., & Schuetz, L. (Accepted). Grit through the Grind: Exploring Sport Employee Work Grit. European Sport Management Quarterly.

Zvosec, C.C.
, Oja, B.D., & Baer, N. (Accepted). “Team Zebra”: An Exploration of Social Identity, Motivation, and Sport Officiating Persistence. Journal of Global Sport Management.

Zvosec, C.C. & Bass, J.R. (Accepted). What it Means to “Win” in Small College Athletics: Strategic Contingency Theory and Alternative Success. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.

Howell, S.M., Gilson, T.A., Zvosec, C.C., & Wahl-Alexander, Z. (2021). Zebras in the Basketball Serengeti: Perceptions of High School Basketball Officiating. Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management.

Baer, N., Zvosec, C.C., Oja, B.D., & Kim, M. (2021). A New Pitch: Building an Innovative Sport Organization through Sport Employees. Case Studies in Sport Management, 10, S30-35.

Martyn, J., Brannigan, K.J., Oja, B.D., & Zvosec, C.C. (2021). An Examination of Sport Management Doctoral Programs and the Organizational Environment Through Person-Environment Fit Theory. Sport Management Education Journal.

Zvosec, C.C., Brown, C.M., Richardson, H., & Bass, J.R. (2021). Division III Student-Athlete School Selection: A College Choice Framework for Recruits and Recruiters. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics.

Zvosec, C.C. & Bass, J.R. (2021). Gaming the Game: An Examination of the Coach-Referee Relationship. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual.

Svensson, P. G., Jones, G., & Kang, S. (Accepted). The influence of servant leadership on shared leadership development in sport for development. Journal of Sport for Development.

Kang, S., & Svensson, P. G. (In Press). A framing analysis of organizational communications in sport for development. Managing Sport & Leisure.

McSweeney, M., Svensson, P. G., Naraine, M. L. (In Press). Sport4Change: Adapting to COVID-19 through innovation. Case Studies in Sport Management.

Miller, J. J., Martinez, J.M., & Stoll, J. (Accepted). Conducting a special small-scale sporting event in a small city: What motivates people to volunteer? Managing Sport & Leisure.

Otto, M. G., Martinez, J.M., & Barnhill, C. B. (2021). Impact of engagement on satisfaction and retention among volunteers at college football bowl games. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics.

Professional Service
Sport management faculty reviewed papers for the following journals: Academy of Management Learning & Education, Management Decision, Journal of Management History, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, Journal of Sport Management, Sport History Review, Journal of Sport History, International Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Sport Economics, Annals of Iowa, Sport Management Education Journal, Review of Industrial Organization, International Journal of Sport Communication, Sport, Business, and Management: An International Journal, Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, Sport Management Education Journal, European Journal of Marketing, Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, Case Studies in Sport Management, Communication & Sport, International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, European Sport Management Quarterly, Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Sport Management Review, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Managing Sport and Leisure, Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Strategic Marketing, Journal of Interactive Advertising, Telematics and Informatics, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Sport in Society

Conferences Faculty and Doctoral Students Attend/Present 2021-22

Sport Marketing Association

North American Society for Sport Management

Applied Sport Management Association

Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations

Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand 

Other News 
  • Chad Seifried named Best Reviewer for Academy of Management Learning & Education.
  • Chad Seifried named Best Reviewer for Journal of Management History.
  • Chad Seifried named Best Reviewer for Southern Management Association in Organizational Theory, International Management, & Management History Track.
  • Chad Seifried invited to Distinguished Research Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida.
  • Chad Seifried received Provost Grant Award at Wake Forest University to study history of their football stadia.
  • Tyreal Qian joined the Editorial Board for the Journal of Electronic Gaming and Esports.
  • Claire Zvosec named co-editor of Journal of Amateur Sport. 
  • Claire Zvosec awarded Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Grant.
  • Per Svensson promoted to Associate Professor. 
  • Per Svensson awarded the Outstanding Article of the Year in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
  • Per Svensson invited to by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to speak to new UN delegates on innovation and sport for development and peace.
  • Amanda Barefoot selected as an incoming doctoral student, working under Dr. Martinez.
  • Seungmin Kang, advised by Dr. Svensson, graduated and hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University.
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