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

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

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

In 2014, Matt Coats was named 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.

Matt has served as the Tournament Director for all of the conference and NCAA Tournament games that have been held at Cornell from 2002 to present.  Some of the post-season games include; Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse NCAA Quarterfinals, Women’s Ice Hockey NCAA Quarterfinals,  Men’s Soccer NCAA First Round, Ivy League Indoor Track Championships, Ivy League Fencing Championships, Wrestling National Duals, Men’s Ice Hockey ECAC First Round and Quarterfinals, and Women’s Ice Hockey ECAC Championships.     

Additionally, Matt serves on the Board of Directors for the Cortland YMCA.

He 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.

Coats resides in Cortland with his wife, Johanna, and their two children.

Kathryn Coneys
Title: Event Management & Olympic Facility Director
Company: The University of Notre Dame

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

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

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

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)

Tyrel Kirkham
Title: Vice President, Global Merchandising
Company: Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center

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Kotaro Okada
Title: Sports Reporter
Company: JIJI Press

Rob Rademacher
Title: Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director | Chief Operating Officer
Company: University of Michigan

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

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.


Dan Thompson
Title: Director of Marketing & Partnerships
Company: New York State Golf Association

I am currently the Director of Marketing & Partnerships for the New York State Golf Association (NYSGA). In this role, I lead all marketing, communication and sales efforts for the association. Additionally, I act as the staff person in charge and head official at certain United State Golf Association qualifiers, state championship qualifiers, and other single-day tournaments held throughout each season.
Previously, I worked at Hunter Mountain Resort in the Catskill Mountains where I was responsible for an array of marketing, public relations, special events and sales duties for the organization beginning in the Fall of 2015.
Before heading to Hunter Mountain, I was an operations intern at the NYSGA throughout the summer/fall of 2015.
I graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2015, with a Sport Management degree and a minor in Communication Studies. During my years at Cortland, I was involved in a few different organizations on campus including Sport Management Club, CSTV, Red Dragon Sports Network, Speak Magazine and the SGA.
I 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.

Kaylin VanDusen
Title: Associate Director of Audience Research
Company: ESPN

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.