Advisory Board

Sport Management Advisory Board


Gerry Tschinkel '85
Title: VP Sales, Marketing & Sponsorships
Company: Hunter Mountain
Work: 518-263-4223, x.2318
Cell: 518-514-8528
Email: gtschinkel@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/gerry-tschinkel/1b/526/1a9

Currently I chair the Sport Management Advisory Board and I am a SUNY Cortland alum. I have been in the Snow Sports Industry since 1978. For 23 yrs I was the SVP of Operations & Event Marketing for a National non-traditional Media Network and its Event Marketing Division. I am now VP of Sales, Marketing & Corporate Sponsorships for Hunter Mt., New York's largest ski resort.


Ken Cieplik
Title: President
Company: Independent Business Consultant
Email: kencieplik@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/ken-cieplik/13/a9a/369

Ken has consumer product experience with leading Athletic companies (Reebok, Fila, New Balance). His focus has been on Sales and Operations, P&L Management, Strategic Planning, and Grass Roots Marketing. Currently he is an Independent Business Consultant assisting small to medium size companies. He enjoys mentoring college students and assists them in developing strategies to find their first job after graduation.


Matthew Coats

Information will be posted soon.


Kathryn Coneys
Title: Event Management & Olympic Facility Director
Company: The University of Notre Dame
Email: kconeys@nd.edu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathryn-coneys-50a09444/

Growing up in upstate New York, I spent most of my life playing every sport imaginable. As you can imagine, I thought I was going to be the next Billie Jean King! When reality hit and I was trying to come to grips with not being able to make a career out of playing sports I thought I might be able to make a career in the Sports Medicine field, turns out I was very good at that either. After taking a few Sport Management classes at Cortland I quickly fell in love with event operations and have been working in the field ever since. I took an internship for credit at The University Notre Dame in the Fall of '07 in Event Management, eventually made some money (which I am sure my parents were thankful for!) and have enjoyed and learned from almost every second of it!


Ameena Dye
Title: Inside Sales Representative 
Company: Boston Red Sox
Email: adye@redsox.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ameena-dye-33632b101/

Currently I am an Inside Sales Representative at the Boston Red Sox where I am responsible for selling season tickets, group and premium inventory. Before the Red Sox I worked as a Sales Associate at Fenway Sports Management and completed my Masters in Sports Leadership at Northeastern University. I graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2015 as a Communications Major and Sport Management Minor and was also a member of the cross country and track teams.


Robert Emmett
Title: Assistant Coach - Men's Soccer
Company: Binghamton Univeristy
Email: remmett386@gmail.com

Robert Emmett joined the Binghamton University men's soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach in February 2017. Prior to joining the Bearcats staff, he spent one season as the top assistant at Division II Lake Erie College in Painesville Ohio. Emmett assists Marco in all facets of the program, including the training and development of the goalkeepers, recruiting, field player training and development, game preparation and opponent scouting. In 2016, Emmett assisted the Lake Erie College Storm who opened the year with team's best start in program history at 5-1-0, before concluding the season with an 8-7-4 record, the second-most victories in single-season program history. Fueling the team's run were its efforts on defense, as the Storm ranked inside the top-11 in the nation in several statistical categories, including shutouts (3rd), goals-against average (4th), save percentage (9th) and shutout percentage (11th). That same year, six players received All-GLIAC and All-Tournament Team honors. Additionally, Lake Erie was the only institution to have a freshman receive First-Team accolades. He also helped to develop goalkeeper Hugo Fauroux, who was the 2016 GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year. Prior to joining the Storm, Emmett served as an assistant coach for the SUNY Cortland men’s soccer program where he assisted in the development of second team All SUNYAC Goalkeeper Joe Brandofino. Emmett competed for the Red Dragons men’s soccer program from 2010-2013 as a goalkeeper. In 2014, Emmett served as an assistant coach for the Cortland women’s soccer program. He also had a part in the development of the local soccer community, as he served as a staff coach for the OnePlus Soccer Academy. In December of 2016, he earned his masters degree in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland. He earned his bachelor's degree in Sport Management and a minor in communications from SUNY Cortland in 2014. Emmett holds his NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma, an Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.


Tom Gallagher
Title: Chair of College Council
Email: tgallagher1@twcny.rr.com

Business Owner - Pepsi Cola Dist.
Exe. Dir. - Cortland County Chamber
Former Mayor - City of Cortland
President - The Cortland Community Foundation


Katie Keenan
Title: Director, Event Operations
Company: National Football League (NFL)
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katiekeenan


Tyrel Kirkham
Title: Vice President, Global Merchandising
Company: Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center
Email: Tkirkham@brooklynnets.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tyrel-kirkham/4/868/64a

Kotaro Okada
Title: Sports Reporter
Company: JIJI Press
Email: kotaro@jijiusa.com

Rob Rademacher
Title: Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director | Chief Operating Officer
Company: University of Michigan
Email: tarheel@umich.edu

Rob Rademacher, originally from North Babylon, N.Y., first came to the University of Michigan in 1994 as an intern with the Department of Recreational Sports. He was an Assistant Director of Recreational Sports from 1995-98 before becoming an Athletic Department Facility Manager in 1998, overseeing Schembechler Hall, Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, Fisher Stadium, Ferry Field and Alumni Field. In 2000, Rademacher was named Director of Facilities for Michigan Athletics, where his responsibilities included all athletic facilities as well as game operations for football, men’s basketball and ice hockey. He was shortly promoted to Assistant Athletic Director before being named to Associate Athletic Director of Facilities and Operations in 2010 where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Athletic Facility Campus including scheduling, maintenance, event management, new construction and renovations. In 2015, he was promoted to Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief Operating Officer where the additional responsibilities of IT, Human Resources, and Business Operations were added. Rademacher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from SUNY-Cortland and a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Mitch Reynolds
Title: Football Operations Manager
Company: Kansas City Chiefs
Email: mreynolds@chiefs.nfl.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchell-reynolds-82980b36/

Mitch Reynolds enters his seventh year with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 as the organization’s Football Operations Manager. Some of Reynolds’ responsibilities include handling logistics of team travel, scheduling, and the set up and operation of training camp. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Reynolds joined the Chiefs after working 10 training camps and one season with the Buffalo Bills in various roles. Along the way Mitch attended SUNY Cortland for his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management before receiving for his Master’s Degree in Sport Administration from Canisius College. In 2013, Reynolds was named NFL Travel Director of the year. Mitch and his wife, Diana, have a 1-year-old daughter, Maya.


Kaylin VanDusen
Title: Associate Director of Audience Research
Company: ESPN
Email: kaylin.vandusen@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaylin-vandusen-09119b5

I am currently the Associate Director of Audience Research at ESPN. I joined ESPN’s Research & Analytics department a few months after graduating from SUNY Cortland in May 2006 and have been with the company for almost a decade. I am responsible for analyzing all audiences to the domestic ESPN TV networks and providing insights to the Programming, Finance, Ad Sales, PR and Production teams.


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