LSU Sport Management
Fall 2019 Newsletter, LSU Sport Management


Amanda Adams
Emmy Allen 
Carl Alley
Shay Ashford
Mike Bridges
Joshua Brookshire
Skye Bryant 
Kymber Crawford 
Christian Colburn
John Eppes
Joel Gangi
Morgan Howard
Jennifer Hutyra
David Jackson
Dustin Jackson 
Paige Kleffner
Hailey Kuhns
Blake Mitchell
Chris McNeice
Renada Mouton
Jineane Perkins
Jay Petterson
Marissa Rimbert
Brooke Robinson
Ashley Sandoval-Colon
Loryn Smith
Marc Spears
Tayler Stiles
Cassidy Strickland
Jennifer Trewett
DeChristeon Wilson


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Over the past few years, we have experienced combined growth in our LSU Sport Management program – both on-campus and online. 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 other classmates 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! 
We are actively seeking individuals interested in pursuing their PhD! If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Dr. Chad Seifried at An Open House will be held on October 18th. 
LSU PhD in Kinesiology (Sport Management PhD) LSU Sport Management PhD Open House Schedule for October 18th. 10:00am, welcome and schedule overview. 10:15am, prospective student intoductions. 10:30am, meet the faculty an hear about their research. 11:00am, current PhD student backgrounds, research interests, and publication/presentaiton success. 11:30am, program overview, curriculum, reserach expectations, funding, teaching opportunities, and process (start of defree to completion and job placement). 12:30pm, lunch provided. 1:15pm, open discussion. 1:45pm, campus tour. 2:30pm, adjourn.


This semester we welcome two new faculty members: 

Dr. Claire Zvosec and Dr. Yizhou (Tyreal) Qian!

LSU Sport Management Faculty
Mike Martinez
Chad Seifried
Per Svensson
Yizhou (Tyreal) Qian
Claire Zvosec
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Dr. Yizhou Qian (pronounced YEE-joh CHI-en; go by Tyreal/Ty) is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management. Originally from mainland China, he received his PhD from the University of Georgia (UGA). His research is primarily focused on new media (e.g., esports, online streaming, social networking services) and motivational information systems (e.g., gamification) in sports consumption. His secondary research interest pertains to the identification and examination of the cultural, social, and political complexities and influences that characterize the contemporary Asian sports industry. Tyreal’s research has been published in academic journals including European Sport Management Quarterly, Communication and Sport, International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, and Social Behavior and Personality. He has also made multiple presentations at both national and international conferences. 

Prior to joining the LSU faculty, Tyreal worked closely with the International Center for Sport Management (ICSM) at UGA. This connection helped him explore collaboration opportunities with international scholars and publish a few peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Tyreal was also an instructor of record during his years as a
doctoral student, teaching a variety of courses including but not limited to sport marketing, philosophy and ethics in sport, and sport management internship. He was selected for the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA) in 2018. In addition to scholarly publications and teaching activities, Tyreal was actively involved in research grants. He was, for instance, the principal investigator (PI) of NASSM Doctoral Grant and a contributing investigator of the ‘Elite Coach Training’ program, funded by General Administration of Sport of China.  

Tyreal is passionate about bodybuilding. He is currently on intermittent fasting and striving for 10% body fat. Tyreal is also a lifelong gamer. Though no longer playing video games, he has been closely following esports actions (e.g., DOTA2, LoL, Fortnite, OW, CS:GO) via live-streaming platforms (e.g., Twitch).

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Dr. Claire Zvosec (nee Schaeperkoetter) is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management within the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. Her research interests primarily rely on examining the financial underpinnings of athletics department decision-making and athletics department marketability. In doing such research, Dr. Zvosec often utilizes various theories and conceptual frameworks from organizational behavior, sociological aspects of sport, and the higher education setting. As a secondary research interest, Dr. Zvosec examines the realm of sport officiating.

Dr. Zvosec has published research in Sport Management Review, Case Studies in Sport Management, Journal of Amateur Sport, Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, International Journal of Sport Management, International Sport Coaching Journal, Managing Sport and Leisure, International Journal of Sport Management, Leisure Sciences, and the Journal of the Professoriate. 

A native of Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Zvosec double-majored in Psychology and Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team (2010 National Champion). After a brief stint in Miami, Florida working in athletics compliance for the University of Miami and in the ticket office for the Miami Heat, Dr. Zvosec moved to Lawrence, Kansas where she was an athletics compliance graduate assistant at the University of Kansas. She received her master’s (MSE, Sport Management) from the University of Kansas in 2014 before starting her PhD. While working on her doctorate at the University of Kansas, Dr. Zvosec taught several undergraduate sport management courses (Sport Finance, Sport Communication, and Sport Ethics) and served as the internship supervisor for undergraduate students completing their 600-hour capstone sport management internship. Additionally, she worked events in the KU athletics department and served as a youth and high school basketball official. Dr. Zvosec received her PhD from the University of Kansas in 2017.

Prior to joining the LSU faculty, Dr. Zvosec served on the faculty at Northern Illinois University where she was part of planning efforts to launch a BS in Sport Management. At NIU, she taught undergraduate courses in Sport Marketing, Sport Communication, and the eSports Industry and graduate courses in Sport Finance and Sport Marketing. During time in Illinois, Dr. Zvosec also began working as a women’s college basketball official.

Dr. Zvosec and her husband, Colin, live in the Baton Rouge area.

Student Spotlights
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Ragan Benton is from Madisonville, Louisiana. She graduated from LSU with her Bachelor's Degree in three years and finished this past May. Ragan is currently pursuing her Master's in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management. She is a certified personal trainer and has been personal training at LSU for the past year and a half. She also teaches small group circuit classes for LSU faculty and staff, and a GroupX interval conditioning class at LSU’s recreation complex. Her passion for fitness lead her to a sport management program because she hopes to own a training business one day. "I love the health and fitness world and seeing my clients accomplish their goals both physically and mentally. I hope by choosing this path, I can help people become the best versions of themselves and feel confident in their everyday life".
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Savannah is from Dayton, Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in spring of 2018. Savannah will be finishing up her Master's degree here at LSU this December and hopes to pursue a career in Football Operations. During her time at LSU, Savannah has worked with the LSU Track and Field team as an administrative assistant working alongside LSU coaches and the Director of Operations. Additionally, Savannah has worked with the Football team assisting with day-to-day operations and season planning during her internship this past summer. "I have always known I wanted to work for a SEC football team and my time here at LSU has only solidified my passion for college athletics. I am excited to see what the future holds!" 
Alumni Spotlights
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Originally from Prairieville, Louisiana, Dillion graduated from LSU in 2018 with an MS in Kinesiology. He served as a student manager with the basketball team for four years. After graduation, Dillon took a Video Coordinator job with the Phoenix Suns G-League Affiliate, which led him to his current role as Head Equipment Manager for the Erie Bayhawks. Dillon's responsibilities include handling all team equipment and coordinate travel. "The LSU Sport Management program educated me on the many different roles, responsibilities, and issues in the sporting industry. Being familiar with all of these aspects has allowed me to successfully work within an organization and interact with my colleagues. Without LSU I would not be where I am today, and the LSU Sports Management program was a major part of it". 
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Jay Petterson is from San Diego, CA. Jay has a BS in Public Health, a preliminary teaching credential in Health Sciences and a Leading-Edge Certification (LEC-Blended Learning and Online Learning curriculum development certification) from San Diego State University. He is a former high school health education teacher and student health-education internship director. Along with his classroom duties Jay has also served as an assistant athletic director and head baseball coach at the high school level.

Jay currently works in the exercise science department at the community college level. Earning this MS Kinesiology - Sport Management degree has helped Jay earn a position as an adjunct faculty member in the exercise science department and assistant head baseball coach/recruiting coordinator at San Diego City College. 

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“The skillset I obtained through the MS KIN degree program has helped prepare me to grow as a person and a professional. I look forward to expanding my role within the San Diego City College Athletic Department as a coach, professor, and administrator. I am extremely proud to officially be an LSU alumni.” 
Research News
Our faculty have recently contributed to the following publications: 
Downs, B., Tutka, P., Seifried, C.S., & Dean, C. (accepted). The Development TCU Football and its Early Stadia: From Campus Fields to the Construction of a Campus Anchor. Southwestern Historical Quarterly
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., Downs, B., Otto, M., & Mamo, Y. (in press). Enhancing Sport Management Programs through Interdisciplinary Research Centers. Journal of Global Sport Management, *Published with graduate students
Foreman, J., Soebbing, B.P., & Seifried, C.S. (accepted). Executive Deviance as a Socio-political Force in Dismissals. Deviant Behavior.
Svensson, P. G., Mahoney, T. Q., & Hambrick, M. E. (Accepted). 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. (Accepted). Antecedents and outcomes of social innovation: A global study of sport for development and peace nonprofits. Sport Management Review.
Svensson, P. G., & Loat, R. (In Press). Bridge-building for social transformation in sport for development and peace. Journal of Sport Management.
Dixon, M., & Svensson, P. G. (In Press). A nascent sport for development and peace organization’s response to institutional complexity: The emergence of a hybrid agency in Kenya. Journal of Sport Management.
Svensson, P. G., Kang, S., & Ha, J. (In Press). Exploring the influence of shared leadership and organizational capacity on innovative work behavior and organizational performance in sport for development and peace. Journal of Sport Management.
Qian, T. Y., Wang, J. J., Zhang, J. J., & Lu, L. Z. (In Press). It is in the game: Dimensions of esports online spectator motivation and development of a scale. European Sport Management Quarterly.
Qian, T. Y., Zhang, J. J., Wang, J. J., & Hulland, J. (In Press). Beyond the game: Dimensions of esports online spectator demand. Communication & Sport.
Zvosec, C.C., Gordon, B.S., Hyland, S., Oja, B.D., & Bass, J.R. (In Press). An Exploratory Examination of Role Engulfment and NCAA Teacher-Coaches. Journal of the Professoriate.
Jacobs, B.L., Zvosec, C.C., & Oja, B.D. (In Press). The Role of the Referee In The Olympic Sporting Structure. Journal of Amateur Sport.
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. 
2019-2020 Faculty Conferences
Faculty will attend and/or present at the following conferences during fall 2019 and spring 2020:
Esports Research Conference (Irvine, California) October 9-11
Sport Marketing Association (Chicago, Illinois) November 6-8
Applied Sport Management Association (Waco, Texas) February 27-29 
Western Academy of Management (Waikoloa Hawaii) March 18-21 
College Sport Research Institute (Columbia, South Carolina) April 1-3 
Eastern Academy of Management (Portland, Maine) May 13-16
North American Society for Sport History (Iowa City, Iowa) May 21-25
North American Society for Sport Management (San Diego, CA) May 27 - 30 
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (New Orleans, Louisiana) June 18-20
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