Check out all the latest news and updates from Sport Management at LSU.
Check out all the latest news and updates from Sport Management at LSU.
Fall 2020 newsletter Sport Management
Ben Bresson
Colin Bosco
Marcella Otto
Carolyn Clary
Scott Fitzgerald
Arthur Gagliano
Braxton Hinton
Ashley Judlin
Denzel Lewis
Blake Patrick
Michaya Richardson
Joseph Williams
Eduardo Arias
Kevin Bellard
Ragan Benton
Ashli Coggins
Mark Fritz
Heather Hall
Andre Hardy
Patrick Hoppe
Brentdouglas Jackson
Patrick Klimko
Robert Mahoney
Haley Morgan
Danielle Potts
Jordan Rheams
Jeffrey White 


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 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! 


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

tiger eyes with purple overlay; text in yellow: Student Spotlights
photo of Nathan Baer


Nathan is a first-year PhD student in Sport Management and a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Overall, he has spent six years working in the sport industry as both a high school wrestling coach and a ticket sales executive. During that time, he discovered that sport employees are unique in their commitment to their craft, and he became committed to examining the motivations and personalities of sport stakeholders. As a result, his primary research interests include sport organizational behavior and human-resource development. Additionally, he explores youth sport development as a minor area of study. 
photo of Taylor Beck

Taylor is from Kalama, Washington and attended Washington State University – Vancouver. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in biology in spring of 2019. While in school, Taylor worked as an assistant high school basketball coach and spent time volunteering with the Southwest Washington Special Olympics swim team as an instructor. In deciding on her career, she wanted to continue her love for the sports environment and expand her opportunities to be a mentor to athletes. Taylor hopes to work in college athletics and expand her experience in the vast world of sports to reach her goal of becoming a director of operations in women’s college basketball.

photo of Bethani Glover


Bethani is from Gonzales, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Spring of 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Bethani will be completing her Master’s Degree here at LSU this December and hopes to pursue a career in Community Relations. For the past year, Bethani has worked with the LSU Geaux Team through Event Management. Bethani currently works with GMG Management, a management consulting agency. Her passion for sports and giving back to others lead her to pursue community relations. “I have always loved sports and my love for community service matched it. Choosing this path, I get the best of both worlds by creating events and programs that give back to the community. I am excited to see what this journey holds and the lives I impact.”
photo of Justin Jackson

Justin is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with his Bachelor's degree in May 2019. Justin is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management. His goal is to pursue a career in football operations. During his undergraduate studies and time at LSU, Justin has worked at the collegiate level as an intern for the Southeastern Football Team in day-to-day operations and on field duties and interscholastic level as an Assistant Coach. Justin also owns, hosts, and operates his own sports podcast called the Justin Time Sports podcast and Twitter page to share his insight in sports and have another avenue for his passion. "I always knew I wanted to be a difference maker in athletics, specifically football. Through experiences I have had, it reaffirmed my goals and passions to be a leader in the world of football."

photo of Blake Patrick


Blake is a first year PhD student specializing in Sport Management. Patrick has prior experience in the sport industry working as a student manager for UCLA Baseball. He also served as the Director of Player Development for UCLA Baseball, assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program. Blake earned his Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management from the LSU Online program. He is passionate about the use of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) to drive systemic change around the world. Specifically, Blake wants to increase environmental sustainability through sport and will conduct research on sport, social change, and environmental sustainability. 
photo of Javier Villanueva

Javier is born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in both Criminology and Spanish in 2016. After this accomplishment, he decided that since sports are his passion, he would apply to begin his Master’s program. He wanted to do so at a prestigious and sport-oriented university, and decided on Louisiana State University. Javier will be graduating in the Fall of 2020. He currently works at a local and popular brewery and has plans to obtain his real estate license. He also hopes to someday work in the NFL as a part of a team’s media relations department, to showcase his people skills and hardworking ethic. “LSU really molded and developed me into the man I am today, and also further supported my love for sports and the NFL specifically. I hope I can one day visit the campus and help out in any way I can.”

tiger eyes with purple overlay; text in yellow: Alumni Spotlights
photo of Aaron Boseman


Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Aaron graduated from LSU in 2017, earning his master's in sports management while also serving as a graduate assistant in the Event Management division of the LSU Athletic Department. Before LSU he graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Kinesiology in 2014 and was on the operations staff of MLS club D.C. United for their 2014 & 2015 seasons. 

He resides in Winston-Salem, NC having joined Wake Forest Athletics in September 2017. He is the event & facility manager for men's and women's soccer and baseball. He is also the field manager for football and has been an integral part of the athletic department’s response to Covid-19. 

“LSU was a once in a lifetime experience for me with excellent academic opportunities & instruction in tandem with one of the country’s premier athletic departments. It truly changed my life.” 

photo of Savannah French


Savannah French from Long Beach, Mississippi graduated from LSU in 2016 with an MS in Kinesiology after previously earning a BA in Communication Studies and Broadcast Journalism from The University of Southern Mississippi.

For two years Savannah served as Football Operations Assistant for LSU’s former head coach, Les Miles. Upon graduation from LSU she accepted a recruiting position with Ole Miss and subsequently became Director of Football Operations and Recruiting Coordinator for Jones College. Currently, she is on the recruiting team at The University of Alabama serving as Marketing Coordinator. Recently Savannah was selected to Tuscaloosa’s “Top 40 Under 40.”

“LSU and the Sport Management Program were instrumental in laying the foundation for my successful career as well as providing me with memories and experiences I will always treasure. LSU gave me the tools to forge a rewarding career as a woman in a male-dominated industry. I’ve never looked back.”


We are actively seeking individuals interested in pursuing their Master's and PhD! If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Dr. Chad SeifriedVirtual Open House events will be held as follows:

PhD in Kinesiology (Specialization in Sport Management) Virtual Open House | Friday, November 6 from 10am-12:15pm

MS in Sport Management Virtual Open House | Friday, November 13 from 10am-12:15pm
Sport Management Research News
Our faculty have actively been pursuing their research interests and have recently contributed to the following publications: 
Seifried, C.S., Soles, M., Downs, B.J., & Bolton, C. (accepted). The Build-up to Death Valley: Clemson Football Facilities Before Memorial Stadium. South Carolina Historical Magazine.

Seifried, C.S., Downs, B., Graham, J., & Love, A. (accepted). Life before Neyland: The Early Development of Football Fields at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Tennessee Historical Quarterly 

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

Downs, B. J., & Seifried, C.S. (accepted). Modernization and Multipurpose Arenas: Providing Context for Tomorrow. Sport Business & Management.

Tutka, P., & Seifried, C.S. (accepted). An Innovation Diffusion Ideal-type on the History of American College Football Stadia. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics 

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

Qian, T. Y., Wang, J. J., Zhang, J. J., & Hulland, J. (accepted). Fulfilling the basic psychological needs of esports fans: A self determination theory approach. Communication & Sport.

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.

Watanabe, Y., Qian, T. Y., Wang, J. J., Pifer, N. D., & Zhang, J. J. (2020). Sport spectatorship and health benefits: A case of a Japanese professional golf tournament. Frontier in Psychology, 11 (1494), 1-15.

Mastromartino, B., Qian, T. Y., Wang, J. J., & Zhang, J. J. (2020). Sustaining a fanbase in niche sport markets: An examination of NHL fandom in the sunbelt. Sustainability, 12(3), 1115-1130.    

Svensson, P. G., Andersson, F. O., & Faulk, L. (2020). Organizational capacity and entrepreneurial behavior. Nonprofit Management & Leadership.

Svensson, P. G. & Mahoney, T. Q. (2020). Intra-organizational factors associated with the process of innovation in sport for development and peace. Managing Sport and Leisure.

Svensson, P. G., & Cohen, A. (2020). Innovation in sport for development and peace. Managing Sport and Leisure.

Jones, G. J., Misener, K., Svensson, P. G., Taylor, E., & Hyun, M. (2020). Analyzing collaborations involving youth sport nonprofit organizations: A resource-dependency perspective. Journal of Sport Management.

Svensson, P. G., Andersson, F. O., Ha, J., & Mahoney, T. Q. (2020). 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. (2020). A community capacity building approach to sport-based youth development. Sport Management Review.

Svensson, P. G., Mahoney, T. Q., & Hambrick, M. E. (2020). What does innovation mean to nonprofit practitioners? International insights from development and peace-building nonprofits. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Seifried, C.S., Martinez, J.M., Miller, J., & Croft, C. (accepted). Fighting for Legitimacy: The Impact of Football and Stadia at the University of Southern Mississippi. Journal of Mississippi History

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

Other News
  • Chad Seifried awarded Best Reviewer Award with Academy of Management Learning & Education 
  • Chad Seifried awarded Research Fellow Award with the College Sport Research Institute 
  • Chad Seifried invited to write a chapter entitled “Predicting Sport Management Research
    Based on the Past,” in the upcoming textbook: A Research Agenda for Sport Management 
  • Chad Seifried invited to serve as Section Head of Event and Facility Management submissions for 2021 North American Society for Sport Management Conference (Minneapolis, MN) 
  • Chad Seifried completed Designing and Teaching Accessible Course Certificate program 
  • Chad Seifried awarded Provost Research Grant from Wake Forest University 
  • Michael Martinez promoted to Associate Professor 
  • Michael Martinez invited to serve as Co-Editor for the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics 
  • Marcella Otto, advised by Dr. Martinez, graduated and hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University 
  • Jeff White selected as an incoming doctoral student, working under Dr. Martinez 
  • Nathan Baer selected as an incoming doctoral student, working under Dr. Zvosec  
  • Blake Patrick selected as an incoming doctoral student, working under Dr. Svensson 
  • Tyreal Qian awarded SEC Faculty Travel Grant 
  • Tyreal Qian awarded Open Access Author Fund 
  • Tyreal Qian invited to give a virtual lecture entitled: Beyond the Game: Contemporary Issues in Esports at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany 
  • Tyreal Qian will present research entitled Gamify Esports Viewing Experience: A Study of Twitch and DouyuTV at Esports Conference 2020 (Virtual Conference, October 8) 
  • Per Svensson inducted as a Research Fellow with the North American Society for Sport Management 
  • Per Svensson awarded the Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant 
Sport Management Logo
powered by emma
Subscribe to our email list.