Sport Management Club

Sport Management club group photo

The SUNY Cortland Sport Management Club provides students interested in sport management with the connections, knowledge, and experience they will need to get their dream job in sports. Through interactive presentations, internships, and professional development, our members become well-rounded and competitive for some of the best jobs in sports. The organization is open to any students no matter what year or major.

Join our organization today to get involved in sport business on campus! 

Our club is here to complement your academic journey by providing you with unique opportunities for hands-on experience, networking, and personal growth. As the largest student-run club on campus, supported by the Cortland Student Government Association. This support allows us to offer a wide range of activities and events designed to enrich your understanding of the sports business world and enhance your professional skills.

Throughout the past academic years, we have organized numerous campus-wide events that cater to various interests within the sports realm. From esports tournaments to traditional sports competitions like basketball and dodgeball tournaments, there is something for everyone to enjoy and participate in! These events not only provide entertainment but also serve as platforms for you to apply your knowledge in real-world settings and develop valuable teamwork and leadership skills. Club2.JPG

In addition to campus events, we offer educational field trips to sports venues in cities such as New York City, Buffalo, Boston, Toronto, Lake Placid, Syracuse, Binghamton, Rochester and Cooperstown. These trips give you the opportunity to gain firsthand insights into the operations and management of different facilities, as well as expand your professional network by connecting with industry experts and professionals.

One of the highlights of our club is our guest speaker series, where we invite speakers from the department advisory board, Cortland alumni, and professionals within the sports industry to share their insights and experiences with us. These sessions are invaluable for gaining industry knowledge, receiving career advice, and networking with potential mentors or employers.

Last but not least, we believe in the importance of social interaction and community building. That's why we organize social events throughout the year to provide you with opportunities to connect with your peers in a relaxed and fun environment.

Whether you're looking to gain practical experience, expand your network, or simply have fun, the Sport Management Club is here to support you every step of the way.

We encourage you to get involved and take advantage of all the opportunities our club has to offer. If you have any questions or would like more information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us on our Instagram @Cortlandspmclub. We look forward to welcoming you to the Sport Management Club family!

Sport Management Club Officers

Spring 2024

President: Jordan Pacheco

Vice President: Austin Matra

Secretary: Ronald Marchese-Silano

Treasurer: Bryce Carroll

Event Manager: Asa Mikelbank

SGA Representative: Colin Hughes

Lead Social Media Manager: Brianna Shemerhorn

Assistant Social Media Manager: Willis McNair

Diversity Equity Inclusive Officer: Nina Johansson

Shadow: Claire Engel

Senior Advisor: Garrett Aadal

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Erin Morris and Dr. Ryan Vooris


A group of students in a silly group photo at a sports management celebration

Cortland Sport Management Awards Ceremony Keynote Speakers

2023 - Ameena Dye '15, Partnership Management NBA/WNBA (Biography)
2022 - Jonny Williams '97, Managing Partner ProMotion (Biography)
2020 and 2021 - Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 - Michael Huyghue, lawyer, former commissioner of the UFL, former Vice President Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, and sports agent 
2018 - Sean Stellato, sports agent, Stellato Sports
2017 - Eric Reinhardt, United States Golf Association (USGA)
2016 - Mitch Reynolds, Football Operations Manager, Kansas City Chiefs
2015 - Katie Keenan (NFL), Tyrel Kirkham (Brooklyn Nets & Barclay's Center), Kotaro Okada (JIJI Press), Gerry Tschinkel (Hunter Mountain), and Kaylin VanDusen (ESPN)
2014 - Ellen Zavian, Professor, George Washington University
2013 - Bob Hurley
2012 - Matt Crevin, President of Voice of the Box
2011 - Brian Holloway
2010 - Awista Ayub, Author and Founder of the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange
2009 - Ethan Zohn, Winner of CBS television series Survivor: Africa and co-founder of Grassroot Soccer
2008 - Anucha Browne Sanders, Former Executive for the New York Knicks of the NBA
2007 - Mike Veeck, author, owner of several minor league baseball franchises and son of legendary sport owner and marketer Bill Veeck
2006 - Val Ackerman, president of USA Basketball and first president of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
2005 - Richard Pound, former vice president of the International Olympic Committee and president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
2004 - Dr. Donna Lopiano, executive director of the Women's Sports Foundation
2003 - Mark Murphy, president, Green Bay Packers and former player, Washington Redskins
2002 - Andre Taylor, sport business entrepreneur and consultant
2001 - Steve Tasker, television analyst and former player, Buffalo Bills