Sport Management spring 2019 newsletter

Victoria Bishop
Kirk Delatte
Ashley Dufrene
Blaire Erdmann
Brian Fleury
Brendyn Heath
Chanice Holmes
Jordan Meisner
Eric Seaman 

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Alumni Information

We are excited about what 2019 has to offer:

Over the past few years, we have experienced combined growth in our LSU Sport Management program – both on-campus and online. We are currently accepting students for the Summer and Fall of 2019. 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 at 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 sent to Dr. Chad Seifried at

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

What's New?

We are on Twitter! 

Follow @LSUSportMgt to stay up to date with everything our students, faculty, and alumni are doing.

Recent Alumni Updates: 

Congratulations to the following alumni on their recent promotions or new positions! 

Dillon McGowan- Video Coordinator for the Northern Arizona Suns (Tempe, AZ)

Michael Palmer- Director of Operations University of Illinois Softball (Champaign, IL)

Katie Lindelow- Director at Silver Beach Volleyball (Austin, TX)

Jordan Meisner- Rogers Roundhouse (Fort Worth, TX)

Isha Richardson- Executive Sales at Goosehead Insurance Agency (Westlake, TX)

Samantha Gonzalez- Customer Experience Specialist at ROKA (Austin, TX)
Drew Altavilla- Director of Facilities and Event Operations at The University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX) 

Apriana Phelps- Senior Administrative Coordinator Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)

Nick Wible- Account Executive, Operations LSU Sports Properties (Baton Rouge, LA)

Kyle Huber- Director of Live Programming & Entertainment at New Orleans Pelicans (New Orleans, LA)

Student Spotlights
LSU Sport Management graduate student Amanda Sanchez

Amanda Sanchez 

Amanda is currently in her first year of the LSU Sport Management program. She is originally from the West Coast and grew up in West Covina, CA. She attended the University of Missouri where she received her bachelor’s degree in business. Also while at the University of Missouri, Amanda put up some impressive stats as a member of the Softball team. As a graduate transfer, Amanda now competes on the LSU softball team and plans to graduate with her master’s in spring 2020. Upon completing her playing career, she hopes to use the skills and knowledge she learned as a player and student in aspirations for a career in coaching at the collegiate level. 

“The LSU Sport Management program has really taught me a lot of vital skills that I plan to utilize in my future career path.” 

LSU Online Sport Management graduate student Loryn Smith
Loryn Smith

Originally from Alexandria, LA, Loryn completed a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a concentration in public relations from LSU in 2013. Currently, she lives in Austin, Texas and works at The University of Texas at Austin as a marketing coordinator within the college of engineering. In this position, she is responsible for social media management, design of all marketing collateral, website coordination, event and tradeshow planning and much more. Upon completion of this degree program, Loryn plans to continue her marketing career within the sport industry at a collegiate athletic department. 

“The LSU Online Sport Management Degree program has given me a chance to continue my education while working full-time in another city and state. I’ve learned so much through this program and know that I’m gaining skills that I will be able to use within my career moving forward. Working in college athletics is a dream of mine and this degree is helping my accomplish that goal.”

Alumni Spotlights
LSU Sport Management Alum Rick Lefebvre

Rick Lefebvre

Before becoming a graduate of LSU’s sport management program in 2017, Rick Lefebvre began his strength and conditioning career at UTEP in 2004. After three years, he transitioned to North Texas and oversaw the same teams in addition to women’s soccer and women’s golf until 2011. The Milwaukee native returned to his home state to become the head strength and conditioning coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay before heading south to lead the strength and conditioning efforts for FC Dallas in 2012. 
Lefebvre came to LSU as the head strength coach for men’s basketball in 2012 and also worked with men’s golf and women’s tennis. After earning his master’s degree, he arrived back at North Texas to become the first full-time strength and conditioning coach for women’s basketball. Lefebvre also spent time with UNT men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s tennis, and also taught in the kinesiology department as an adjunct professor. Throughout his career, Lefebvre has been very fortunate to work with several world-class athletes.
“What makes the LSU Sport Management program so unique is the leadership and knowledge the professors provide. My experience within the program was very memorable and gained knowledge and perspective that prepared me even more in my profession.”
LSU Online Sport Management alum Robby Snelling

Robby Snelling

Originally from Burney, CA, Robby attended Butte Community College and Boise State University while playing football at both institutions.  At Boise State, he was selected to the Big West All-Academic teams both seasons and made the Dean’s List multiple semesters.  He was also nominated for the Golden Key National Honor Society and All-American Scholar Collegiate Award during his time there.  Following graduation, he pursued a brief career in the NFL and NFL Europe.  He then began his coaching career at Butte College. 
After one season at Butte, he accepted a Graduate Assistant position at Arizona State University with the football program.  While at Arizona State, he earned his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  The opportunity to return to Butte as the Offensive Coordinator and Head Track & Field Coach was extended to him upon the completion of his time at ASU.  He remained in this capacity at Butte until the Spring of 2017.  He was then appointed as the interim Head Football Coach and pursued his Master of Science in Kinesiology (Sport Management) at Louisiana State University.  He was officially hired as the Head Football Coach in August of 2019 and was selected as the NorCal Conference Coach of the Year and led his team to an overall 9-2 record.    
Quality of Life Lecture Series, Dr. William A. Sutton
Dr. William Sutton lecturing to LSU students and faculty
We welcomed distinguished academician and sports marketing practitioner, Dr. William Sutton, to campus on February 6, 2019 through the College of the Human Sciences and Education's Quality of life Lecture Series. Dr. Sutton spoke to students and faculty on attracting and maintaining attention through a historical approach. We thank all who attended!
Sport Management Research News
Our faculty actively pursue their research interests and recently contributed to the following publications: 
Seifried, C.S., & Bolton, C. (Accepted). The University of South Carolina Football Stadia through the Founding of Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina Historical Magazine.

Seifried, C.S., Soebbing, B.P., & Agyemang, K.J.A. (Accepted). The Impact of Interorganizational Relationships on an Uncertain Industry: The Development, Survival, and Failure of College Football Bowl Games. Journal of Sport Management

Seifried, C.S., & Kellison, T. (Accepted). The Modernization of Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Georgia Historical Quarterly Foreman, J., Soebbing, B.P., & Seifried, C.S. (Accepted). The Impact of Deviance on Head Coach Dismissal and Implications of a Personal Conduct Policy. Sport Management Review

Marshall, D.R., Novicevic, M., Humphreys, J., & Seifried, C.S. (Accepted) Microhistory of James Meredith' Contested Leadership: An ANTi-History Approach. Organization

Downs, B., & Seifried, C.S. (Accepted). Kenan Memorial Stadium: Philanthropy from 1926 to 1962. North Carolina Historical Review

Martinez, J.M., Barnhill, C. R., Otto, M. G., & Mosso, A. (Accepted) The influence of managerial practice and job-related characteristics on employee perceptions of service quality and turnover intention. Recreational Sport Journal.

Singer, J. N., Shaw, S., Hoeber, L., Walker, N. A., Agyemang, K. J. A., & Rich, K. (In press). Critical conversations about qualitative research in sport management. Journal of Sport Management.

Hambrick, M. E., Svensson, P. G., & Kang, S. (Accepted). Using social network analysis to investigat interorganizational relationships and capacity building within a sport for development coalition. Sport Management Review.

Svensson, P. G., & Hambrick, M. E. (In Press). Exploring how external stakeholders shape social innovation in sport for development and peace. Sport Management Review.

Kang, S., & Svensson, P. G. (In Press). Shared leadership and sport for development and peace: A conceptual model of antecedents and outcomes. Sport Management Review.

Svensson, P. G., & Moorman, A. M. (Accepted). Cross-border regulations: Exploring legal considerations in the United States of nonprofit sport organizations engaged in international charitable work. Journal of Legal Aspects in Sport.

2019 Conferences and Presentations
Faculty will attend and/or present at the following conferences over spring and summer 2019:
Applied Sport Management Association (Nashville, TN) February 14-16
Academy of Human Resource Development Conference (Louisville, KY) February 14-16
The Davis Conference on Qualitative Research (Davis, CA) March 22-24
College Sport Research Institute (Columbia, SC) April 2-5
North American Society for Sport History (Boise, ID) May 24-29
North American Society for Sport Management (New Orleans, LA) May 29-31
Asian Association for Sport Management (Tokyo, Japan) August 7-9
Academy of Management (Boston, MA) August 9-13

Dr. Per Svensson and Seungmin Kang at 2018 European Association for Sport Management Sport Management Logo Quality of Life Lecture Series, Dean Roland Mitchell, Dr. William A. Sutton, Dr. Melinda Solomon, Dr. Mike Martinez
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