Advisory Board

Sport Management Advisory BoardFaculty and advisory board

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 sport industry (amateur to professional, non-profit to for-profit). By establishing connections with practitioners in areas of expertise relevant to the needs of the student body,mitch1 the practice-theory-practice model to which the department subscribes can be enhanced through meaningful conversation with the advisory board. The advisory board assists the department and the student body in the areas of mentorship, curriculum input, guest speakers and visits to campus, supporting student research, supporting international students, and connecting students with internship opportunities.

The advisory board meets on campus a minimum of once per year and  are available for consultations.

Advisory Board Members

Gerry Tschinkel '85
Title: VP Sales, Marketing & Sponsorships
Company: Hunter Mountain
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Gerry is the chair of the  Sport Management Advisory Board and a SUNY Cortland alum. He has worked in the Snow Sports Industry since 1978. For 23 years he was the SVP of Operations & Event Marketing for a National non-traditional Media Network and its Event Marketing Division. He currently serves as the VP of Sales, Marketing & Corporate Sponsorships for Hunter Mt., New York's largest ski resort.

Ken Cieplik
Title: President
Company: Independent Business Consultant
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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.

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Associate Director of Athletics for Intercollegiate Operations
Company: Cornell University
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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.

Kathryn Coneys
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: Sponsorship Coordinator
Company: Fenway Sports Management
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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
Title: Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
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 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 masters 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

Kaylin Fitzsimmons
Title: Director, Sports & Fan Intelligence
Company: ESPN

Kaylin joined ESPN’s Research & Analytics department a few months after graduating from SUNY Cortland in May 2006. She has been the Director of Sports and Fan Intelligence since 2016.

Tom Gallagher
Title: Chair of Board of Trustees
Company: SUNY Cortland

Business Owner - Pepsi Cola Distubition; Executive Director - 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
Tyrel Kirkham is the Vice President of Global Merchandising for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. He joined the Nets in July 2012 as Merchandising Director and was promoted to his current role in July 2014. Tyrel is responsible for all aspects of the Nets merchandising business, including managing the company’s relationship with adidas and other NBA licensees, product and sales development, visual merchandising, retail marketing, global initiatives, and promotions. Since joining the team, Tyrel has played an integral role in the opening of all three Nets Shops and catapulting the Nets from last place to top five in the NBA’s merchandise rankings.

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.

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Kotaro Okada
Title: Sports Reporter
Company: JIJI Press

Kotaro is Japan-based sports reporter who covers Japanese baseball players who join Major League Baseball.

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

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 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 has worked for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2011. 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 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 daughter named Maya.

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

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 head official at certain United State Golf Association qualifiers, state championship qualifiers, and other single-day tournaments held throughout each season.

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.