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Our Alumni

The Master's Program is enriched by a diverse group of alumni who are leaders in the sport and fitness industries and are a valuable resource to the program and its students.

Tara August, VP of Talent Relations, Turner Sports

Tara AugustWorking for one of the largest broadcasters of televised and online sports programming, Tara August (MA ’04) recruits and oversees the biggest on-air announcers and commentators in the industry, including Shaquille O’Neal, Pedro Martinez, Charles Barkley and Gary Sheffield. Her lineup includes NBA, MLB, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball, NASCAR, and professional golf broadcasts for TNT, TBS, and TruTV. Read more »

Alex Montoya, Manager of Latino Relations, San Diego Padres

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"The USF Sport Management program came at a very interesting time in my life. I had just landed my first full-time job working in the sport industry, with the San Diego Padres, but felt I needed a more holistic understanding of the industry. USF provided that more than I could have anticipated. The program equips students with knowledge of not only how to become a sports professional, but a sports leader. The curriculum provided a depth of understanding into a multitude of leagues, professions, and the cultures of sports and business and how they intersect. Most rewarding were the relationships developed with faculty, staff, and my cohort mates. Years later they are all industry leaders, and they are peers, and they are friends. I am grateful to be an alumnus."

DeShá Runnels, Director of Corporate Relations, USC Sports Properties, Fox Sports Media Group

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"When my dad passed away the fall of 2001, I knew I needed to start living life to the fullest, and that started with my career. I had played sports my entire life and like so many others, dreamed of a career working in the sports industry. It was time to stop dreaming and start doing and the University of San Francisco Sports Management Program was the first step. From the first course, Leadership Critical Thinking, I was hooked! Each person associated with the program has an innate ability to connect with the students. In addition, every aspect of the program teaches you to think about things in a different way than you normally would, while challenging you to be better human beings. I was impressed how each professor brought first hand industry knowledge and presented it in their own unique way. That resonated with me and inspired me to become an Adjunct Professor in the program myself. If you want to have a career in the sports industry, there is no better place to start than the USF Sport Management Program; it changed my life and it can change yours too."

The Alumni Connection

Professional Teams

  • Thomas Olshan, Operations Manager, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Krystal Arce, Premium Seating Executive, Oakland Raiders
  • Stevie Gray, Senior Director of Ticketing Operations, Golden State Warriors
  • Bobby Baksa, Player & Community Relations Coordinator, San Francisco Giants
  • Ryan Brown, Manager/Premium Seating, Golden State Warriors
  • Ryan Jagoe, Ticket Sales Representative, Edmonton Football Club
  • Missy Matzen, Business Development Manager, Sacramento Republic FC
  • Shana Daum, Director of Public Affairs and Community Relations, San Francisco Giants
  • Douglas Carnahan, Director of Partnership Marketing, Chicago Bears
  • Peggy Della Rochetta, Financial Analyst, San Francisco Giants
  • Nick Bisho, Senior Director of Suites and Hospitality Solutions, Golden State Warriors
  • Zeric Sigmon Jr., Premium Services Coordinator, Oakland Raiders
  • Michael Nieves, Director of Ticket Sales and Services, San Jose Sharks/Sharks Sports and Entertainment
  • Eric Flemming, Minor League Operations Assistant, San Francisco Giants
  • John Rally, Ticket Services Coordinator, San Jose Giants
  • Paul Giuliacci, Associate Director, San Francisco Giants
  • Brian Hampton, Director of Football Administrations, San Francisco 49ers
  • Jennifer Hansen, Corporate/Community Relations, New York Yankees
  • Cavan Happel, Ticket Service Representative, Oakland Athletics
  • Alesia Harris, Assistant/Team Marketing, Golden State Warriors
  • Nakia Hill, Scouting Supervisor, Boston Red Sox
  • Clara Ho, Coordinator of Personnel Administration, San Francisco Giants
  • Albert Jaimes, Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Community Relations, San Francisco Giants
  • Caleb Jay, Assistant General Counsel, Oakland Athletics
  • Tom Jones, Assistant to the Head Coach, Football Operations, Oakland Raiders
  • Eric Kwait, Director, New Partnership Ventures, Golden State Warriors
  • Joseph Nevin, Director of Sales and Marketing, San Francisco Giants Enterprises
  • Chris Lee, Director of Partnership Development, Golden State Warriors
  • Casey Leppanen, Director of Marketing and Broadcasting, Los Angeles Galaxy
  • Colleen MacKinnon, Marketing Coordinator, Anaheim Ducks
  • Jaron Madison, Director of Scouting, San Diego Padres
  • Michael Martin, Sponsorship Services Coordinator, San Francisco Giants
  • Hosei Maruyama, Director of Stadium Operations, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Mark Matsunaga, Account Executive for Group Sales, San Diego Padres
  • Alex Montoya, Manager of Latino Relations, San Diego Padres
  • Joe Mulford, Director of Partnership Development, San Diego Padres
  • Adam Nieting, Assistant, Baseball Operations, San Francisco Giants
  • Rick Pellum, Client Services Manager, Oakland Raiders
  • Scott Simmons, Manager of Premium Sales, Sacramento Kings
  • Auggie Torres, Director of Stadium Operations, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Dane Vandernat, Pro Personnel Director, Oakland Raiders
  • Bobby Walker, Manager of Season Ticket Services, Sacramento Kings
  • Steve West, Football Operations, Oakland Raiders
  • Scott Zumsteg, Ticket Finance Analyst, San Francisco Giants
  • Scott Streeter, Sales Associate for Business Development, San Francisco Giants
  • Jose Bonilla, Baseball Operations Assistant, San Francisco Giants
  • Spencer Williams, Corporate Partnerships Seasonal Assistant, Atlanta Falcons
  • Paul Ratner, Sr. Manager of Premium Seating, Golden State Warriors
  • Matt Chan, Account Executive, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Mike Ford, Corporate Sponsorship Department, San Francisco 49ers
  • Farnoush Ansari, Client Services Manager, Marketing Partnerships, Oakland Raiders
  • Ninno DePatrick, Video Assistant, Miami Dolphins
  • Justo Vazquez, General Manager, Orem Owlz Baseball
  • Justin Cuomo, Account Executive, New England Revolution
  • Jason Green, Manager, Membership Development, San Diego Padres
  • Carly Petersen, Account Service Representative, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Steve West, Scouting Assistant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Zi'en Ding, PR/NFL Home Field Events Coordinator, NFL China
  • Randy Rigali, Customer Service Agent, San Francisco Giants
  • Zeric Sigmon, Jr., Corporate Sponsorship and Premium Service Assistant, Golden State Warriors
  • Paul Arsenault, Video Assistant, Colorado Rockies/Modesto Nuts

Collegiate Athletics

  • Joshua Thiel, Associate Director of Development, Stanford Athletics
  • Julian Russell, Head Baseball Coach, Ohlone College
  • Jack Kennedy, Asst. Coach Men's Basketball, San Jose State University
  • David Sertich, Director of Business Strategy, Stanford Athletics
  • Katie Lee, Associate Director of Fan Experience, UC Berkeley Athletics
  • Scott Abbott, Track and Field/Cross Country Coach, CSU Sacramento
  • Matt Andrus, Controller, Pac-12 Conference
  • Matthew Atwell, Coordinator, Fitness Services Education, Washington State University
  • Matt Doyle, Associate Athletic Director for Football Operations, Stanford Athletics
  • Jorge de la Torre, Athletic Director, Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington
  • Joris Drayer, Assistant Professor, Temple University
  • Robin Embry, Assistant Athletic Director, UC Merced Recreation and Athletics
  • Maggie Fenton, Manager of Facilities Operations Events, Stanford University
  • Christine Flynn, Associate Director for Recreation, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bill Fusco, Director of Athletics, Sonoma State University
  • Flynn Ginty, Director of Annual and Special Gifts, University of San Francisco
  • Kathryn Glunt, Director of Marketing Game Operations, Wichita State
  • Glendon Hardin, Ticket Sales Manager, University of Idaho
  • Rocky Harris, Sr. Associate Athletic Director, Arizona State University
  • Sean Jordan, Assistant Director of Marketing, USC
  • Rich Campbell, Assistant Professor, Sonoma State University
  • Earl Koberlein, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Stanford University
  • Tim Koncel, Facilities Operations Coordinator, Northwestern University
  • Kathryn Proffitt, Event Management, Oregon State University
  • Shondell Reed, Senior Associate Director, University of Washington, Seattle Athletics
  • Scott Robson, Assistant Director Ticket Sales Marketing, U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
  • Joe Schaumburg, Lead Assistant Coach Men's Basketball, Lewis and Clark College
  • Kevin Holman, Director of Ticket Sales and Services, Stanford Athletics
  • Mariella Trombetta, Assistant Director, On Campus Recruiting Events, UCLA
  • Chris Watts, Director of Athletic Communications, Claremont McKenna College
  • Dave Weber, Athletic Director, Evergreen State College
  • Julie Martin, Director of Operations for Women's Basketball, University of San Francisco
  • Kelsey Lee, Assistant Director, Burns Recreation Center, Loyola Marymount University
  • Matt Woodward, Sponsorship Coordinator/Account Executive, Learfield Sports at Stanford University
  • Robert (Robbie) Handy, Head Coach for Mens Soccer, William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA
  • Joe Schaumburg, Assistant Coach Men's Basketball, Western Oregon University
  • Timothy Rice, Assistant Athletics Director, Northern Illinois University
  • Mario Trutanic, Jr., Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, CSU Northridge
  • Eric Bankston, Assistant Director, Athletics Communications, UC Davis
  • Kelly Coffey, Assistant Soccer Coach, San Francisco State University
  • Sam Cohn, Communications Assistant, University of San Francisco Athletics
  • Kathryn Glunt, Director of Marketing and Game Operations, Wichita State University Athletics
  • Jason Katz, Assistant Director of Development for Athletics, Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Michael Rorabaugh, Director of Development, Oregon State Athletics
  • Jason Weber, Head Swim Coach/Aquatics Director, University of Chicago
  • Leilani Wagner, Assistant AD, Marketing and Promotions, Saint Mary's College of California
  • Lauren Reid, Academic Support Coordinator, Pepperdine University Athletics
  • Nicholas Stromberg, Club Sport Coordinator, University of San Diego
  • Wally Funk, Running Back Coach and Adjunct Professor, Butte Junior College
  • Justin Piergrossi, Head Men's Basketball Coach, Skyline College
  • Keith Marin, Business Operations Analyst, San Jose State
  • Adam Sopris, Athletic Communications/Multimedia, Siena College
  • Alyssa Carillo, Assistant Athletics Director of Marketing, UC Riverside

Consultancies, Agencies

  • Adrian Spinelli, Account Revenue Strategy Manager, GAGA Sports Entertainment
  • Lindsey Mirkovich, Partnerships Coordinator, StubHub
  • Conner Ferguson, Senior Account Executive, Octagon
  • Dave Almy, Principal, ADC Consulting
  • Chris Camacho, Director, GoFit
  • Kevin Carrera, Vice President of Events, Spectrum Sports Management
  • Kevin Caton, Associate, Folger Levin Kahn LLP
  • Jennifer Copeland, VP Marketing Program Director, Wells Fargo
  • Crystal De Jesus, Account Executive, Steiner Sports
  • Chrissy Deslisle, Global Event Management, Visa
  • Hemant Dua, CEO, Inspiranti Sports
  • Gabby Duno, Partnership Manager, StubHub
  • JP Holland, Partner, Cardinal Corporate Finance Group
  • Allison Hunt, Account Manager, GMR Marketing
  • Gregory Ivry, Manager, Business Development, StubHub
  • Pam Javandel, Senior Account Manager, Visa/SportsMark
  • Kendra Jordan, Owner/Instructor, Karve Studio, Scottsdale
  • Aki Kadotani, Business Development Manager, BRC Group
  • Joe Kemper, General Manager, Part Owner, Emerson Sport Training and Fitness
  • Matt Kern, Associate Director, Attention (Social Media)
  • Andrew Kihn, Marketing Manager, SportsMark Management Group
  • Chris Kwok, Director of Operations, Zeeto Group LLC
  • CJ LaBoy, Senior Associate, Octagon Football
  • Meghan Leon, Marketing Manager, Spectrum Sports Management
  • Allison Lucia, Sports Partnerships Coordinator, StubHub
  • Richard Martinez, Founder and Director, Pacific West Athletics
  • Jennifer McMullen, Project Manager/Graphic Designer, SportsMark Management Group
  • Ryan Moore, B2B Communications Manager, Yahoo!
  • Sean Otrakul, Marketing Coordinator, Sales and Marketing, AEG
  • Jonathan Pauley, Owner, Make-U-Fit
  • Tarrah Pollaro, Partnership Sales, Bank of West
  • Jeremy Rechtshaid, National Business Development, Thinkbigsites.com
  • Kim Sawyer, Client Coordinator, Octagon Marketing
  • Jonathan Schulman, Marketing Coordinator, BDA Sports Management
  • Tana Smothermon, Director of Ops/Player Market, Fritz Martin Management
  • Jessica Swain, Managing Supervisor, Fleishman-Hillard
  • Nicholas Tsu, Taiwan Baseball, Octagon
  • Nicholas Vay, Education Coordinator, Fitness Anywhere
  • Jesse Zitrin, Market Metrix, Sale Manager
  • Conor Ferguson, Sr. Account Executive, Octagon
  • Donna Lupton, Sr. Account Manager, IMG
  • Lyle Yorks, Group Director, James Grant Sport Management
  • Matt Sanger, Customer Relations, Bestival
  • Dan Markham, Vice President, NBA London
  • Peter Fairchild, Private Client Tax Partner, Smith and Williamson LLP
  • Peter Janes, Founder of shopa.com
  • Anwar McQueen, Vice President of Sales, Sportstec Inc
  • Jeong Huh, Director of Marketing and Partnerships, Senda Athletics
  • Walter Linares, Ticket Coordinator, GMR Marketing
  • Peter Aiello, Account Director, Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment
  • Dae Seok Chang, Sponsorships, Brion Sports Marketing Group

Leagues, Facilities, Ownership Groups

  • Marc Philobos, Manager, Business Development Manager, Parking Panda
  • Courtney Jeffries, VP Retention and Service, Madison Square Garden
  • Peter Amador, Sales Planner, MLS Digital Properties, Major League Soccer Digital Properties
  • Jimmy Becker, Assistant Director, Rules Competitions, Southern California Golf Association
  • Catherine Danielowich, Manager Events, National Football League
  • Ruth Feldblum, Director of Eligibility Services, NAIA
  • Christine Halsey, Senior Women's Administrator, California Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Kim Hay, Assistant Commissioner, West Coast Conference
  • Mario Hirose, Senior Manager Corporate Marketing, NHRA
  • Everett Jacobs, Head of Sales, America's Cup Event Authority
  • Kenny Lee, Advertising and Promotions Manager, National Hot Rod Association
  • Patrick Luck, Guest Service Coordinator, HP Pavillion
  • Alison Sandman, Treasurer, Sacramento Sports Commission
  • Jonathan Sandoval, Premium Seating Ticketing Coordinator, AEG
  • Sean Pyun, Director, Tournament Business Affairs, LPGA
  • Brian Pierce, Team Coordinator for Team Australia, Major League Baseball / 2013 World Baseball Classic
  • Maritza Loyola, Director of Private Events at Seascape Golf Club in Aptos, CA.
  • Barbara Blocker, National Team Coordinator, U.S. Soccer Federation
  • Ron Nocetti, Associate Executive Director, California Interscholastic Federation
  • J.T. Klingenmeier, Director of Security Venues, Kroenke Sports Enterprises
  • Shawn Beckham, Sales Manager, Northern Trust Open at PGA Tour
  • Ashley Sinclair, Special Events Coordinator, AEG: Staples Center
  • Niall Treacy, Head of Partnership Analysis, Liverpool Football Club
  • Tom Glick, Chief Commercial and Operating Officer, Manchester City Football Club
  • Sharanya Subramanian, Corporate and Event Manager,Community Rowing, Inc.
  • Andrew Shreve, Assistant Box Office Manager, Greater Richmond Convention Center

Manufacturing

  • Wayne Chuang, CEO/President, Two Dots Production
  • Geoffrey White, Social Media Specialist, FBAT Lead
  • Shelby Cox, Director, 2K Games
  • Cary Dy Buncio, Director of Business Development, PacSports Philippines
  • Rob Dye, Specialist Manager, Nike
  • Jessica Edwards, Regional Community Guru, Lululemon Athletica
  • Amber Hadiosenarto, Marketing Director, Kinseys Performance Sunscreen
  • Adam Kinowski, Footwear Developer, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf
  • Kim Klinedinst, Director of Education Product, TRX
  • Rodney Knox, Communications Director, Nike
  • Matt Nuthals, Retail Marketing Coordinator, Taylor Made
  • Shawn Oatey, VP of Sales, Video Applications
  • Kazuaki Shinkawa, Sales Analyst, Nike Japan
  • Sandra Tabata, Marketing Manager, Perfect Pushup LLC
  • Patrick Weather, Specialist, Customer Service/Management Groups, Taylor-Made Golf
  • Mark Pasadilla, Social Media Specialist, Nike
  • Gabriel Garcia, Brand Manager, UDA, Upper Deck Company
  • Michael Distaso, Sport Brand Manager, McFarlane Toys
  • Liz Berecz, CFO, Bently Mills, Inc.

Media

  • Reggie Duan, Chief Sports Writer, Tencent
  • Will Exline, Account Manager for Sports Partnerships, Twitter
  • Anna Wylie, Programming Associate, FOX Sports
  • Sunny Saini, Stats Analyst, ESPN Stats and Information Group
  • Tara August, Director, Production Media Group, Turner Sports
  • Berren Salcedo, Assignment Desk Assistant, FOX Sports 1
  • Frank Cotata, International Researcher European Soccer, NFL NBA, ESPN
  • Sara Gotfredson, Senior Director, Multimedia Sales, ESPN
  • Jennifer Liu, Infrastructure Data Centers Team, Facebook
  • Jesse Hooper, Sales Development Manager, Global Media Sales, Electronic Arts
  • Ilisa Kessler, Chief Operating Officer, Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada
  • Kristen Lange, Production Manager, NFL Network
  • Dorth Raphaely, Director of Programming, Bleacher Report
  • Kelly Readinger, Account Coordinator, CBS Sports Interactive
  • Dustin Rocke, VP of Programming and Development, Pac-12 Enterprise
  • DeShå Runnels, Senior Account Executive/USC Sports Properties, Fox Sports Media Group
  • Jennifer Semien, Manager of Finance, NFL Network
  • Chris Stolte, News Desk Associate, NFL Network
  • Mark Petix, Programming Coordinator, Pac-12 Enterprise
  • Jae Wilson, Copywriter for Applications Commerce Marketing, AOL
  • Jonathan Stevens, Sr. Product Manager (Fantasy Sports), CBS Sports
  • Derek De Santiago, Co-Founder CEO, iSupportSports
  • Trinchy Floro, Teacher, Brent International School (Manila, Philippines)
  • Amy Gardner, Corporate Community Relations Manager, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
  • Heather Jones, Vice President, Corporate and Retail Initiatives, Special Olympics Northern California
  • Christina Low, Head of Broadcasting Services, International Olympic Committee
  • Peter Marsden, Recreational Manager, Youth Villages
  • Ron Nocetti, Senior Director, California Interscholastic Federation
  • Russell Sypowicz, Sponsorship and Economic Development, City of Santa Clarita - Rec Services
  • Nancy Waite, Project Coordinator, Sport for Development, Sierra Leone
  • Stacy Wong, Executive Director, Good Tidings Foundation
  • Eric Smith, Public Relations, Sony PlayStation
  • Ethel Brual, Lead for search marketing strategy MLB.com and all team sites, MLB Advanced Media (MLB.com)
  • Mylene (Martin) Mukhar, Production Assistant, Pac-12 Network
  • Jameson Shaw, Associate Manager, Sports and Competition, ESPN X Games
  • Joni Maybury, Partnership Marketing, Sony PlayStation
  • Tina Marie Sturdevant, Media and Talent Manager, Bleacher Report for Turner Broadcasting
  • Eugene Anyfantis, Action Sports Marketing
  • Per Apelqvist, Head of Content Operation, VIMN
  • Iain McDonald, Sports Media Associate, Lewis Silkin
  • Eric Drobny, Bleacher Report out of the CNN Office, London
  • Todd Owen, Director, University Relations, CBS Sports Greater Chicago
  • Rachel Thomas, Account Executive, Fox Sports/HTS

Non-Profits, Commissions, Associations, Councils

  • Kelli Sargent, Senior Event Coordinator, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Founder, Run for Her
  • Erica Bakeman Ralston, Director of Heart Walk, America Heart Association
  • Brennan Cassidy, Co-Founder, EcoKable
  • Kevin Solomon, Founder, Ulysses Project
  • Hyun-Soo Song, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Sports Division
  • Sheena Lister, Athletic Program Manager, San Francisco Jewish Community Center
  • Brent Koonce, Vice President, US Sports Camps
  • Jason Morris, Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, Lutheran High School in Elk Grove, CA
  • Ian Noh, Assistant Athletic Director, FAIS Athletic Coordinator/Transportation Coordinator, French American International School/International High School
  • Matthew Roberts, Associate Director, Annual Giving, London Business School
  • Lily Ebey-Field, Fit Alliance Manager, HealthCorps
  • Cuyla Coogan, Enterprise Manager, Juma Ventures
  • Sean Moler, Director of Athletics, OMI College Preparatory Academy