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Sports Management

The sports management major is designed for students to pursue careers in sports management, sports promotion, sports sales or sports facilities. This major provides the student with a solid background in sports and human movement, combined with a strong foundation in business and mass communication. The sports management major also allows students to compete successfully for a great variety of employment opportunities in the sporting industry. 

Faculty Highlights
Briar Cliff University students thrive in a supportive environment that fosters their personal growth and professional potential. Small class sizes mean individualized attention from the faculty who are specialized in their fields. The focus of our entire faculty and staff is on our students – even our president knows our students by their first names. BCU’s sports management faculty members are:

  • Dr. Jay Gunnels, professor and coordinator, HPER, Ed.D., University of Arkansas

  • Marian Pesky, assistant professor, HPER, M.S., Central Missouri State University

  • Rory Jackson, instructor, HPER, M.S., University of Louisville

Internship Opportunities
HPER development will be highlighted with an internship using one of the community or professional resources developed by the department. Recent internships include:

  • Sioux City Bandits, American Professional Football League

  • Sioux City Musketeers, United States Hockey League  

  • Boys and Girls Club         

  • Salvation Army 

  • YMCA   

  • Sioux City Explorers, American Association, Independent Professional Baseball

  • City and county parks and recreation departments

*NOTE: If the applicant’s goal is to be a high school athletic director, the teacher education endorsement is the primary requirement. The sports management major would be of great benefit to the high school athletic director, however, but it is not a primary requirement.