Notable Alumni in Sports Management

Tiger Tracks for careers in Sports Management

Jarrod FicklinJarrod Ficklin '11
Production Assistant,
ESPN

An English major and Rhetoric Minor, Jarrod's voice was well known at H-SC athletic events.  He was the public address announcer for home football, basketball, and baseball games, calling more than 100 events.  He also provided color commentary for Tiger Football and Basketball games.  Jarrod honed his reporting skills as sports editor for The Tiger, and by interning at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, VA. At ESPN, Jarrod started as a Statistics Associate and is now part of ESPN's Content Associate Program, a rotational program targeted towards identifying and developing the next leaders at ESPN.  His main duties involve screening games and creating highlights for ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter. He also disseminates ideas for future content elements on ESPN platforms.

John HobartJohn Hobart '10
Tennis Coordinator,
USTA Southern 10 and Under

A History major and Spanish minor, John was a member of the Varsity Baseball team, Sports Editor for The Tiger, and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Upon graduation, he began classes at Georgia State University where he earned his Masters in Sports Administration while completing internships with Georgia State Athletics, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Atlanta Tennis Championships. In John's current role, he is tasked with increasing participation in 10-and-under tennis by promoting, developing, and servicing tennis programs throughout the nine states.

Matt Green Matt Green '07
Sports Information Director & Senior Associate Athletic Director,
Shorter University

Matt was captain and point guard of the 2007 ODAC-champion basketball team, ODAC Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year (as a mathematical economics major), and the Gammon Cup Award recipient. After graduation, Matt became Hampden-Sydney's sports informaton director. While working here, Matt earned a Master's in Sports Administration from VCU and its Sportscenter program, a mix of online and on-campus courses. In 2009, Matt became SID at Shorter University; he was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director in June 2010.

Ingram Smith '06Ingram Smith '06
College Football Personality,
Atlanta, GA

Ingram was President of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity, Chairman of the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), and worked as an investigator and advisor on the Student Court. After graduating with an Economics degree, he worked briefly in the field of Commercial Real Estate before entering Sports Media. Ingram is currently a college football personality based in Atlanta where he serves as a television analyst of Comcast Sports South, as a Senior Writer for ChuckOliver.net, and is the Producer of a syndicated radio show, The Chuck Oliver Show. You can follow him on Twitter @IngramSmith

Tim BurkeTim Burke '03
Box Office & Call Center Manager,
Tampa Bay Rays

An economics major, in his senior project Tim examined efficient ways to build a Major League Baseball team. He volunteered with varsity lacrosse, the SID, and the College's alumni office. After graduation, Tim took a position with Smith Barney in Raleigh, working parttime as a Durham Bulls fan host and applying to every MLB team. Eventually, he got a call from an H-SC alumnus with the Tampa Bay Rays, which led to his position in ticket operations at Tropicana Field.

Jonathan ParisJonathan Paris '96
Executive Director,
Massachusetts Sports Partnership

A four-year Tiger football player, Jonathan served as a student trainer for two years and worked in the athletic offices for two years during his off-season. He was also a member of the Student Court. After H-SC, he worked for one year at a county parks & recreation department before attending graduate school for sport management at Georgia Southern University. He subsequently interned at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Atlanta Sports Council, before moving to Boston and working for the Massachusetts Sports Partnership. For the past four years as the executive director, Jonathan has led the organization's efforts to attract major sporting events to Massachusetts.

Mac FreemanMac Freeman '89
Senior Vice President of Business Development,
Denver Broncos

Mac majored in political science and was a member of the lacrosse team. During his senior year he interned with SMG, the company that managed the Richmond Coliseum. The Monday after graduation he began working as the marketing manager for SMG. Eventually he became assistant general manager of Three Rivers Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers, and general manager of the old Mile High Stadium in Denver. When the Broncos began construction on what became Invesco Field at Mile High, they hired Mac as a consultant to help with the construction process. In the new facility Mac held the position of Vice President of Stadium Operations for eight years, overseeing nearly 4,000 employees. In 2009, he was promoted to Sr. VP of Business Development for the Denver Broncos, to oversee the business operations of the team including Marketing, Community Development, Ticketing, Premium Seating Sales, and the Stadium itself.  Mac is also the President of the Denver Outlaws, a professional lacrosse team playing in the MLL.

Michael WheelerMichael Wheeler '88
COO & General Manager,
Cherokee Town & Country Club

A psychology major, Michael was a brother of Phi Gamma Delta and played both basketball and golf. After graduating and managing a restaurant in his hometown, he became assistant manager at a private club and then pursued his MBA. Michael managed several well-respected country clubs in Maryland, Kentucky, and Illinois, all the while pursuing his Club Manager's Certification (CCM) from the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). At Cherokee Town and Country Club-voted the "Very Best Private Country Club" in America five times in the past fourteen years-Michael is continuing his education, aiming to become a Master Club Manager (MCM), of whom there are now only 15 in the US.

Tim FitzpatrickTim Fitzpatrick '81
Director of Athletics,
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

An English Major, Tim enrolled at Ohio University's nationally-respected Master's in Sports Administration program upon graduating. His first position in sports administration was as West Point's assistant marketing director. Tim has since served as Assistant Commissioner of the Southwest Conference, Senior Associate AD at the University of North Texas (which he helped transition to Division I), Associate AD for External Operations at West Point, and Senior Associate AD at Indiana University. His first full Athletic Director position was at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where he brought D-I football to the school. In the fall of 2011, he was named the Athletic Director at the only NCAA D-III Service Academy, and his football team has added Hampden-Sydney to their schedule.