Check out all the news from the Sport Management program at LSU!
Check out all the news from the Sport Management program at LSU!
Sport Management Spring 2020 Newsletter with image of trees and quad.


Brandon Berrio
Savannah Farnsworth
Cristina Vincente
Amanda Barefoot
Lauren Brown
Antouan'neka Jones
Cameron Linck
Edward Passini
Fernecia Phillips
Emily Shudy
Mary Swalby
Patrick Williams


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We welcome Tiffany Demiris!

Tiffany is a first-year PhD student in the Sport Management program under Dr. Seifried. She grew up in Roselle Park, New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Media Studies through the Albert Dorman Honors College at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also received minors in Science, Technology, and Society & History. Tiffany then spent time working in food and beverage operations with Delaware North at MetLife Stadium before enrolling in Temple University’s Master of Science program in Sport and Recreation Management. Upon graduation in 2014, Tiffany was quickly promoted within Delaware North twice within a six-month span, moving from the Giants and Jets to the Baltimore Orioles and ultimately on to the San Diego Padres.
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Eventually, Tiffany settled into residential dining operations at Temple University and then Cabrini University, both located in the greater Philadelphia area. However, feeling unfulfilled, she decided to leave operations behind and seek a career in academia. Tiffany is interested in facility development, specifically stadia. Her cognate area is history, and she has already begun working on papers related to the history of various college football stadia. Her dissertation will focus on the history of college football stadia funding. We are excited to have Tiffany as a member of our program! 

Student Spotlights

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Melissa Harmon

Originally from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Melissa graduated from Bridgewater State University with a bachelor’s degree in 2014. As an undergraduate, she was a member of Bridgewater’s softball team for four years. During that time, Melissa worked closely with Team IMPACT. Team IMPACT is a non-profit that pairs children with chronic illnesses with collegiate teams. After college, she worked at a middle school in New Orleans for City Year – an AmeriCorps program. Melissa then went on to teach at The New England Center for Children in Framingham, MA. Now, she is pursuing her master’s degree in Sports Management. Melissa chose to get her degree at LSU because she wanted to grow professionally and gain as much as she could from a large SEC program. Her short-term career aspirations include working in player development or working with a professional baseball or hockey organization. Melissa's long-term career goal is to become an athletic director at the university level. "Being a part of LSU athletics has reignited my passion for sports and I hope to bring that passion while continuing to work with my community."

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Heather Hall

Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Heather discovered LSU when she was stationed in the South with the United States Air Force. After her military service and moving back to her home town, Heather graduated from American Military/Public University with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and member of Sigma Beta Delta honors society. Currently, Heather works for lululemon athletica as an assistant manager and community coordinator. Heather manages a team of 20+ at a $6m annual volume location, coordinates sport events to build community connection through Sport for Development, and assists in opening new locations in Northern California. Heather's career goals after completion of LSU Online's Master's of Science in Kinesiology-Sport Management include large-scale community sport event coordination. 

Alumni Spotlights

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Cameron Linck

Originally from Kingwood, Texas, Cameron completed a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Louisiana Tech University in 2017. While at Tech, he was an integral part of the Bulldog’s Football and Baseball programs, earning All-Conference awards his senior year. Following graduation, he worked in a variety of roles for the Baseball program before landing as the Chief of Staff for the Athletics Department. He served in that role for over a year and a half. He earned his Masters of Science degree in Kinesiology-Sport Management from the Louisiana State University Online Program. Cameron has an unrelenting passion for Intercollegiate Athletics and is now working for Colorado State University. He hopes to continue developing his professional career in aspirations to become the Director of Athletics at LSU one day.

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Jeffrey Martin

 Jeff Martin is currently LSU Football's Assistant Director of Player Personnel and Development. In his position, he works with the football staff in prospect identification and facilitating prospective athlete visits to LSU. Additionally, Jeff works with current athletes in development and also social media management. Prior to being hired as a full-time staff member, Jeff worked as a Player Personnel Assistant for two seasons. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, he obtained a bachelor's degree in mass communications along with a sport administration degree from LSU before receiving his master's degree from our program. 
Sport Management Research News with tree background.
Our faculty have actively been pursuing their research interests and have recently contributed to the following publications: 
Downs, B., & Seifried, C.S. (in press). Exploring the Use of Modernization in Sport Scholarship: Contributions, Proponents, and Critics. International Journal of Sport Management.

Seifried, C.S., Downs, B., Otto, M., & Mamo, Y. (in press). Enhancing Sport Management Programs through Interdisciplinary Research Centers. Journal of Global Sport Management.

Seifried, C.S., Sullivan, G., & Czekanski, W.A. (accepted). Redeveloping Sport Management Conferences from a Conventional to Conversational Experience. International Journal of Sport Management.

Seifried, C.S., & Bolton, C. (accepted). The University of South Carolina Football Stadia through the Founding of Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina Historical Magazine.

Foreman, J., Soebbing, B.P., & Seifried, C.S. (accepted). Executive Deviance as a Socio-political Force in Dismissals. Deviant Behavior

Qian, T. Y., Wang, J. J., & Zhang, J. J. (accepted). Push and pull factors in esports live-streaming: A partial least square structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) approach. International Journal of Sport Communication.

Otto, M. G., Martinez, J. M., & Barnhill, C. R. (accepted) The transitioning process: A qualitative case study of international swimming and diving student-athletes competing in the NCAA. Journal of Amateur Sport.

Martinez, J.M., Dixon, A., & Koo, G.Y. (in press). Assessing fan motivation in college sport: Implications for the fan experience. Journal of Contemporary Athletics.

Jones, G. J., Misener, K., Svensson, P. G., Taylor, E., & Hyun, M. (Accepted). Analyzing collaborations involving youth sport nonprofit organizations: A resource-dependency perspective. Journal of Sport Management.

Svensson, P. G., Mahoney, T. Q., & Hambrick, M. E. (In Press). What does innovation mean to nonprofit practitioners? International insights from development and peace-building nonprofits. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Svensson, P. G., Andersson, F. O., Ha, J., & Mahoney, T. Q. (In Press). Antecedents and outcomes of social innovation: A global study of sport for development and peace nonprofits. Sport Management Review.

Jones, G. J., Edwards, M. B., Bocarro, J. N., Svensson, P. G., & Misener, K. (In Press). A community capacity building approach to sport-based youth development. Sport Management Review.

Oja, B.D., Stensland, P., Bass, J.R., & Zvosec, C.C. (In Press). Under the Lights: The Legitimacy, Survival, and Institutionalization of Rural Amateur Baseball. Leisure Sciences. 

Other News
• Chad Seifried appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Management History 
• Chad Seifried qualifies for 2020 Research Fellow Award with the College Sport Research Institute
• Per Svensson appointed Chair of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’s National Research Council
• Per Svensson received the 2019 Best Reviewer for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly Award
• Per Svensson and Marcella Otto won the 2019 SMAANZ Best Research Paper Award

Professional Service News
Sport management faculty reviewed abstracts for the following conferences: College Sport Research Institute Conference, North American Society for Sport Management, Applied Sport Management Association, Sport Marketing Association Conference, European Sport Management Conference, and World Association for Sport Management.

The sport management faculty also reviewed papers for the following conferences: Academy of Management Conference, Southern Management Conference, Western Academy of Management, and Eastern Academy of Management

Our sport management faculty reviewed papers for the following journals: Academy of Management Learning & Education, Management Decision, Journal of Management History, Journal of Applied Sport Management, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, European Sport Management Quarterly, Sport History Review, Sport Management Education Journal, International Journal of Sport Communication, International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, European Journal of Marketing, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Managing Sport and Leisure, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, Sport, Business, and Management: An International Journal, Sport Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, and Case Studies in Sport Management.

2020 Conferences and Presentations

Faculty will attend and/or present at the following conferences over the spring and summer of 2020:
• Applied Sport Management Conference: February 27-29, 2020 (Waco, TX)
• Western Academy of Management: March 18-21, 2020 (Waikoloa, HI)

• College Sport Research Institute: Apr 1-3, 2020 (Columbia, SC)

• Eastern Academy of Management:  May 13-16, 2020 (Portland, ME)

• North American Society for Sport History: May 22-25, 2020 (Chicago, IL)

• North American Society for Sport Management: May 27-30, 2020 (San Diego, CA)

Alumni Information

We are excited about what 2020 has to offer:

Over the past several years, we have experienced combined growth in our LSU Sport Management program – both on-campus and online. We are currently accepting students for the Fall of 2020. If you know individuals interested in a master’s degree from LSU and in Sport Management, encourage them to contact Dr. Mike Martinez, Director of Online Programs for Kinesiology or Dr. Chad Seifried at 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 others you were classmates with if possible.

Your updated information can be submitted here.

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


The LSU School of Kinesiology and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University co-sponsored this year's Commission on Sport Management Accreditation Conference, February 6-7, 2020. Check out images from the event below!
Image of Chad Seifried, Damon Andrew and Mike Martinez. Image of Melinda Solmon and Southeastern Louisiana University faculty member. Image of people in LSU Football facility.
Image of four students winning awards. Image of speaker Gianina Baker. Image of four student volunteers.
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