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Sport Management Alliance

an award-winning organization at BGSU


Sport Management Alliance

an award-winning organization at BGSU


Mission Statement

The Sport Management Alliance is a student-run organization committed to providing its members with professional experiences, network connections, and the skill-set necessary to fill the future leadership roles in the sport industry.

"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome."

-Arthur Ashe



We are dedicated to building the leaders of tomorrow through elected positions, volunteer experience, and event creation.


We are dedicated to building the leaders of tomorrow through elected positions, volunteer experience, and event creation.

2018-19 executive board


Kyle Edmond


Kyle is a third-year minoring in journalism. His hometown is Tiffin, OH. After college, he wants to work in the NFL. As the 11th president of SMA, Kyle looks to continue the success of the organization and enhance the SMA experience for members. Kyle's favorite sports teams are the Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers.






Zach Miller

Director of Events

Zach is a third-year student from Franklin, OH. He is minoring in marketing. After college, Zach would like to work for the NFL or MLS, but is currently unsure of what position. Over the summer, Zach will be working for the Cincinnati Reds. His favorite teams are the New York Jets and FC Cincinnati.


Jessie Dietzen

Director of Marketing

Jessie is a second-year student minoring in marketing from Gurnee, IL. After graduation, Jessie hopes to work in the marketing department of a professional hockey team. This year, she hopes to continue to help SMA grow as an organization. Jessie's favorite teams are the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Chicago Blackhawks.



Julia Blum

Assistant Travel Coordinator

Julia is a second-year student minoring in marketing from Rockford, IL. After graduation, Julia hopes to work in college athletics. At BG, she is the student manager for the BGSU gymnastics team. Julia's favorite sports teams are the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Blackhawks.



Brian Blake

Senior Advisor

Former Vice President

Brian is a junior minoring in communication from Chagrin Falls, OH. He strives to work in community relations for a soccer organization so that he can use sports as an outlet to give back to the community. Brian was the past community relations char and last year's Vice President. Someday, he plans on moving to Minnesota to reach those goals. Brian's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns.


Jessica Rollins

Vice President

Jessica is a third-year student minoring in marketing from Laguna Beach, CA. After college, Jessica aspires to work for a professional sport team in either the community relations or marketing department. Besides SMA, Jessica holds a leadership role for Alpha Chi Omega sorority. For the past two years, she has held a summer internship with the Los Angeles Rams. Jessica is a fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams.



David Dietrich


David is a second-year student from Tiffin, OH. He is minoring in marketing. David hopes to work in the communications department for a professional football team, and he is currently a summer intern in the Heidelberg University marketing department. David's favorite sports teams are the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers.




Tom Cassity

Director of Professional Development

Tom is a second-year student minoring in general business from Perrysburg, OH. He aspires to work in professional baseball. Tom is tasked with organizing a new development in the Fall of 2018, as well as building upon the success of the Sport Management Expo at BGSU. His favorite teams include all Cleveland sports teams and the Green Bay Packers.



Brian Lobban

Senior Advisor

Former President

Brian is a senior minoring in general business from Medina, OH. Besides SMA, Brian works as a manager in the BGSU Ticket Office. This summer, held an internship with the University of Michigan. Brian roots for Cleveland sports, but especially the Indians.



Cameron Podolski

Senior Advisor

Former Director of Marketing

Cam is a senior minoring in marketing from Macomb, MI. Formerly the SMA Director of Marketing, he is excited to assist this years crew with his knowledge and experience. Over the summer, Cam will be employed by the Detroit Tigers on their Event Staff team. He roots for those Maize & Blue up north and the Detroit Red Wings.


Clay George


Clay is a second-year student from Russia, OH. He is minoring in general business and is currently a Student Equipment Manager for both BGSU Baseball and Hockey. Clay wants to be an Athletic Director for either a university or a large high school. His favorite teams include the Cincinnati Red, Bengals, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Ohio State.





Cory Radebaugh

Travel Coordinator

Cory is a senior minoring in general business from Mount Blanchard, OH. Entering his third year being involved with SMA, Cory has served on the event planning committee, marketing committee, and presently the travel coordinator. After college, Cory would like to be a high school athletic director. His favorite team is the Green Bay Packers. 



Allie Popp

Director of Member Experience

Allie is a second-year student minoring in marketing from Piqua, OH. Currently, Allie is interning with BGSU Athletic Marketing and Promotions, where she enjoys running music for BGSU Hockey games. After college, Allie would like to work in minor league baseball. This year, she hopes to bring a welcoming and member bonding atmosphere to SMA. Allie's favorite team is the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Courtney Burson

Senior Advisor

Former Travel Coordinator

Courtney is a senior minoring in international business. She is from Grove City, OH and wants to work with USA Hockey after obtaining a Master's Degree in international sport business. This year, Courtney has an internship with Falcon Sport Properties, dealing with sponsorships. Her favorite team is the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Our Executive Board is selected annually through application and interview. We select individuals with outstanding leadership qualities who are dedicated to driving the organization forward. Members are encouraged to get involved as leaders as early as possible.


frequently asked questions

Q: Do I have to be a Sport Management Major to be a part of the Sport Management Alliance?

A: Nope! Anyone who is interested in a career in sports should consider joining SMA. This past year, besides Sport Management, we had members who majored in General Business, Statistics, and Marketing.

Q: What happens if I don't pay my dues?

A: Members may not travel or apply for positions if they have not paid the annual dues. You'll certainly miss out on the great opportunities offered through SMA.

Q: Who has the opportunity to attend Mega Events and Networking Trips?

A: The answer is anyone! All members are encouraged to apply for Mega Events and attend Networking Trips. Members who are active and show a passion and drive to their future career and our organization have the best chance of being selected to attend. Check out our Events and Travel pages for details about how many members have attended different Events.

Q: Who has the opportunity to serve on the Executive Board? Is it just upperclassmen?

A: Everyone has an opportunity to apply for the Executive Board. The most involved, qualified, and leader-ready individuals are chosen from the field of candidates, but we want to ensure these are our best representatives, so there is no restriction on who can apply. The 2017-18 Executive Board was made up of 2 seniors, 6 juniors, and 4 sophomores. The current 2018-19 roster is made up of 5 seniors, 3 juniors, and 6 sophomores. All members may submit applications for the Executive Board when they are available each February and March.

Q: Do I have to attend the monthly meetings?

A: Attendance at our monthly meetings is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory (we understand life gets in the way). However, we always bring in great speakers, who can be your connection into the industry; share details on our exciting upcoming events; and serve pizza– so you definitely do not want to miss out.