In accordance with the mission of the Sport Management Department, the Advisory Board is committed to preparing students for professional employment at all levels of the
The advisory board meets on campus a minimum of once per year and are available for consultations.
Title: Director, Facility Operations and Events
Company: MetLife Stadium
Mike Alperstein '04, currently works at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Mike has worked at MetLife for nearly 10 years, starting with the stadium's inaugural season in 2010. During those ten years, Mike has had the opportunity to work many high profile events including NY Jets and Giants' home games, Super Bowl XLVII, Wrestlemania 29 & 35, COPA Centenario, and numerous concerts from many of today's top artists. Prior to working at MetLife Stadium, Mike spent five years working with the Jets in their Events and Game Day Operations Department. In 2009, Mike had the fortunate opportunity to return to Cortland with the Jets, when the team moved their training camp location to SUNY Cortland's campus. During his time at Cortland, Mike was an Event Manager for Cortland's Athletic Department. He credits this opportunity and his Cortland Sport Management degree with preparing him for his career.
Matt Coats is the Associate Director of Athletics for Intercollegiate Operations at Cornell University. He oversees the management of athletic facilities, contest scheduling, game contracts, and all home athletic events. He serves as the primary administrator for baseball, equestrian, fencing, gymnastics, men’s and women’s polo, men’s and women’s soccer, and sprint football. Matt first arrived at Cornell in 2001 as the Athletic Operations Manager until 2005 when he was named Assistant Director of Athletics for Intercollegiate Operations and then promoted to his current role as Associate Director of Athletics for Intercollegiate Operations in 2014. Additionally, Matt serves on the Board of Directors for the Cortland YMCA.
Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland in 1997 and completed a Master of Business Administration concentrating in Marketing from Wagner College in 2000. Matt resides in Cortland with his wife, Johanna, and their two children.
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,
Ameena is the sponsorship coordinator for Fenway Sports Management. She has also worked as an Inside Sales Representative at the Boston Red Sox. She completed her Masters in Sports Leadership at Northeastern University and graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2015 as a Communications Major and Sport Management Minor. While at Cortland she was also a member of the cross country and track teams.
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 also served as an assistant coach for the SUNY Cortland men’s soccer program. Emmett competed for the Red Dragons men’s soccer program from 2010-2013 as a goalkeeper. In December of 2016, he earned his master's degree in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland. He earned his bachelor's degree in Sport Management with a minor in communications from SUNY Cortland in 2014
Title: Chair of Board of Trustees
Company: SUNY Cortland
Business Owner - Pepsi Cola Distribution; Executive Director - Cortland County Chamber; Former Mayor - City of Cortland; President - The Cortland Community Foundation
Title: Group Sales Account Executive
Company: Madison Square Garden
Tim graduated with a degree in Sports Management from SUNY Cortland in 2011. During his years at Cortland, he was an active member of the Sport Management Club and 4 year player on the Club Baseball team, including being Vice President his Senior year
Tim then made his way to the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in 2015. He started as a Group Sales Specialist and is currently a Group Sales Account Executive. His prime responsibilities include handling group sales and hospitality packages for the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Radio City Christmas Spectacular & other sporting events.
Katie Keenan is a passionate, seasoned sports and entertainment event professional specializing in large-scale event operations and project management with 13+ years of experience at industry-leading organizations.
In her role as Director of Event Operations at the National Football League, Katie oversees
Katie started at the NFL in 2012 as Manager, Event Operations and Accreditation tasked with orchestrating an overhaul of the league’s antiquated Super Bowl Accreditation process. Katie did so successfully, implementing
Prior to joining the NFL, Katie was part of the team that opened the state-of-the-art Prudential Center arena in Newark, NJ, serving as its first Special Event Coordinator and then as an Event Manager from 2007 to 2012. Katie spent her time
Katie started her career completing internships with the National Hockey League and International Paralympic Committee, followed by a short stint in ticket sales with the New Jersey Devils.
Katie graduated SUNY Cortland with a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in 2010, and 2005 respectively.
Title: Vice President & General Manager, Merchandising
Company: Los Angeles Rams
Formerly the Vice President of Global Merchandising for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, Tyrel recently joined the Los Angles Rams to oversee all of the team's merchandise-related operation.
Prior to joining the Nets, Tyrel was a mainstay in the New York Mets organization. Starting as an intern in 2004, he worked his way up to Director of Venue Services, in which he oversaw all elements of the team’s merchandising and promotions operation. Tyrel currently resides in Long Island City, NY.
Title: Latino Club Marketing, Senior Coordinator
Company: Major League Baseball
Originally from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, I have been working in sports since 2010, starting with ESPN PR Tip-Off (NCAA College Basketball) and FIBA Americas regional tournaments in Puerto Rico. I was a student-athlete
In 2015, I worked with Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rico Winter League, where I was an intern and worked team's In-game promotions, Marketing, and Community Relations.
In 2016, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona to work with Arizona Diamondbacks as an intern in Hispanic Marketing, where I worked as a translator and worked with the team's marketing in the Hispanic community. I also worked with the team's and MLB's
Currently, I work for the Office of the Commissioner of MLB, as the Senior Coordinator of Latino Club Marketing. In that
Originally from North Babylon, N.Y., Rob 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
Mitch Reynolds has worked for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2011. Some of Reynolds’ responsibilities include handling the logistics of team travel, scheduling, and the setup 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 his Master’s Degree in
Title: Director of Marketing and Promotions
Company: Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Edward Maynard Kennett Saunders is a Five-Year Veteran in Minor League Baseball with the New York Mets Double-A Affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. He has worked in a wide array of fields in Minor League Baseball including Marketing, Promotions, Sales, Community Relations, and Ticket Operations. Currently, Edward oversees the Community Relations Department as well as keeping an eye on the Box Office during the baseball season. When this Red Dragon alumnus is away from the ballpark he enjoys spending time with family and making home cooked meals for his family and friends. Saunders cooking skills earned him the title of 1st place in the 2019 Celebrity Spiedies Cooking Competition at the annual Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally.
In his current role with the NYSGA, Dan leads all marketing, communication and sales efforts for the association. Additionally, he acts as the staff person in charge and
Previously, Dan worked at Hunter Mountain Resort in the Catskill Mountains where he was responsible for an array of marketing, public relations, special events and sales duties for the organization beginning in the Fall of 2015. Dan also interned for the Albany Dutchmen baseball team for three summers in sports media and operations and spent a semester interning in Cornell University’s Alumni Affairs & Athletic Development office in 2015.
Dan graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2015, with a Sport Management degree and a minor in Communication Studies. During his years at Cortland, he was involved in a few different organizations on campus including the Sport Management Club, CSTV, Red Dragon Sports Network, Speak Magazine, and the SGA.