Get to know a few recent graduates of the Sport Management Department.

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Ryan Cranston '20

Talent and Special Project Lead
Winstate Sports Consulting

Past sport industry experiences
The skills acquired at the various conferences and case studies I participated in while studying at Elon have been easily transferable to my current position. The practical experience developing a cohesive strategy or solution to a real-world scenario gained at those case study competitions was easily transferable to the work setting.

How did the Department of Sport Management prepare you for your career?
The Sport Management Department provided me with ample opportunities to prepare myself for life as an industry professional, whether it was undergraduate research with Elon’s varsity teams, conferences and case studies, networking events, among others. The professors were well-connected and committed to setting me up for success following graduation.

Kevin Cunningham stands in a sport jacket.

Kevin Cunningham '19

Head of Commercial Pre-Sales

Past sport industry experiences
At Elon:
– Stadium Operations Intern, Greensboro Grasshoppers

– Intern, Sports Impact Limited, a marketing and PR firm with a variety of golf and tennis brands in the UK

– Marketing Intern, Octagon, a leading sports marketing agency

– Elon Athletics Facility and Events Administration

– Competitive Intelligence Analyst, Kambi

– Pre-Sales Consultant, Kambi

How did the Department of Sport Management prepare you for your career?
One of the most valuable elements of the major is how connected all the classes are to current trends and industry news. When I started with the major, sports betting was several years away from legislation and I couldn’t have imagined working in this sector of the sports industry. The continuous exposure to industry developments and market trends we would dissect in the classroom is a huge reason for my career path now.

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Paige Cunningham '18

Assistant Director, Annual Giving
Brown University Sports Foundation

Past sport industry experiences
– Participant, Fenway Sports Management University (online 12-week program offered in 2020)

– Tickets Intern, Travelers Championship PGA Tournament

– Programming Coordinator, Charlotte Soccer Academy

– Game Day Assistant, IMG College Elon

– Promotions/Community Relations Intern, New Britain Bees Baseball

How did the Department of Sport Management prepare you for your career?
I feel lucky that I genuinely enjoyed going to class every day when I was a sport management student. I got to learn and talk about sports with dedicated faculty and classmates who all shared a passion for the industry, which led to lively and engaging discussions. The experiential learning opportunities prepared me for the real world through group projects, internships and volunteering, where I gained valuable industry insight while also learning the importance of working and collaborating with others. My teachers and classmates became lifelong connections who are supportive, helpful and rooting for everyone to succeed.

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Alexis de Groot '17

Account Director
Underdog Venture Team

Past sport industry experiences
– Senior Account Executive at Intersport

– Senior Project Coordinator at CSM Sport & Entertainment – Worked on the partnership sales team selling sponsorships for non-profits

– Project Coordinator at CSM Sport & Entertainment – Provided daily multi-faceted support to the CEO of CSM North America and the Client Partnerships team on business development initiatives

– Communications Intern at the Atlantic Coast Conference

How did the Department of Sport Management prepare you for your career?
The Elon Sport Management program opened my eyes to the type of job opportunities that exist in the sports industry. I quickly learned from my professors that you don’t have to work for a league or team to be in sports. I have successfully worked at agencies my entire career thus far and have been able to wear multiple hats on very large sport accounts. Aside from the education, I would not be where I am professionally without the guidance and leadership from Dr. Tony Weaver. He not only supported my undergraduate research project, but he also has continuously provided mentorship since graduation. The professors in the Sport Management program go above and beyond as teachers to ensure every student is set up for success as they enter the workforce.

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Matthew (Matty) Gladstone '18

Account Executive, Premium Season Tickets
Boston Red Sox

Past sport industry experiences
– Intern, Brooklyn Cyclones

– Intern, Burlington Royals

– Inside Sales Representative, Boston Red Sox

– Member, Board of Advisors, Boston College Sports Administration Program

How did the Department of Sport Management prepare you for your career?
Elon and the Sport Management program did an outstanding job of preparing me for a career in sport after college. The experiential learning requirements (internship, study abroad, etc.) were instrumental in developing my resume and honing skills which I use daily at Fenway. In addition, the classes, faculty and staff also prepared me to excel in my graduate program at Boston College.

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Ved Kumar '18

General Manager
Centre for Sports Excellence Private Limited (India)

Past sport industry experiences
My internship and subsequent job at Campus Recreation at Elon gave me a great look into the day-to-day operations of a recreational center.

How did the Department of Sport Management prepare you for your career?
The Sport Management program at Elon is absolutely fantastic. It covers a vast array of topics giving students a taster of all facets of the industry. The faculty are absolutely amazing, with great industry experience and a network in the sports field. They genuinely want to see you succeed, and it is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting into the sports industry! I would honestly say that more than anything the faculty and your cohort become your family by the end of the program, which is something that stays with you for life. Now years after graduating, I still follow the advice, support and teachings I received from the faculty.

Kyle Sarazin stands in a maroon Virginia Tech shirt.

Kyle Sarazin '19

Director of Player Development, Baseball Technology/Analytics
Virginia Tech Baseball

Past sport industry experiences
Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston Bruins, USA Baseball, Inside Edge, Elon Baseball student data analyst, Elon baseball analytics club

How did the Department of Sport Management prepare you for your career?
Elon gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in meaningful experiences right away. This was key in me attaining my goal of getting an internship following my first year. The three significant experiences I got involved with right away were the intro course first semester, going to the Dominican Republic during Winter Term, and getting involved in the baseball analytics club. Nothing beats industry experience in our field with how much emphasis is put on networking. Having four different relevant internship experiences on my resume by the time I graduated gave me a major advantage, and I was able to find a job where I could learn and grow long term.

Andrew Scarlata stands with a red Washington Nationals shirt.

Andrew Scarlata '19

Coordinator, Minor League Operations & Player Education
Washington Nationals

Past sport industry experiences
– Summer 2016 Cultural Development Intern with the Kansas City Royals in the Dominican Republic

– Summer 2017 Minor League Operations/Cultural Development Intern with the Royals’ then rookie affiliate Idaho Falls Chukars

– Summer 2018 Intern in Baseball Development at Major League Baseball in New York

– Published research on Major League Baseball teams’ education efforts at their Dominican Republic Academies

– Volunteer Student Manager with Elon Baseball

– 2019 Player Development Intern with the Washington Nationals

How did the Department of Sport Management prepare you for your career?
The mentorship of the sport management faculty has meant the world to me. It began the first day I set foot on Elon’s campus, on a tour, still deciding which university I wanted to attend. I learned I could study the baseball industry in the Dominican Republic during Winter Term my freshman year. Because of the mentorship and support of those within the department, I went from being a young freshman with little direction to near-perfectly positioned for the job I wanted. The faculty has had a profound impact on my growth and are still present in my life today.

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Alyssa Zee '21

Visual Merchandising Specialist

Past sport industry experiences
I worked as an assistant merchandising manager for apparel (run/train) at PUMA Group. Additionally, I completed internships with Team Impact and the National Senior Games Association, and competed as a Division 1 track and field athlete at Elon University.

How did the Department of Sport Management prepare you for your career?
The program gave me hands-on, experience-based learning that enabled me to adjust seamlessly into real-world settings post graduation. The curriculum helped foster connections with each professor which had significant impact both in the classroom and beyond. They provided me with an opportunity to engage in experiences such as undergraduate research and internships to help broaden my knowledge in the industry.