Several students in the Lock Haven University sport studies program plan to complete field experience with professional sport franchises and universities during the spring semester. Three LHU sport studies students, who plan to graduate in May, already have been offered full time employment with professional sport teams.
LHU students who have been offered employment include:
- Angelo Hronis, of Chambersburg – Cleveland Cavaliers
- Kristyn Gates, of Lansford – Portland Trail Blazers and completing field experience in the spring with the Philadelphia 76’ers and the New Jersey Devils
- Scott Brown, of Abington – Detroit Pistons and completing field experience with Liberty Arena, Williamsport
LHU students who will be completing field experience include:
- Adam Thompson, of Millerstown – FC Dallas
- Ellie Chambers, of Clarence – Philadelphia Eagles
- Ryan Dyke, of Milesburg – Florida State University
- Zachary Smeal, of State College – Penn State University
- Daniel Delbaugh, of Shamokin – Bloomsburg University
- Zach Cecce, of Sayre – LHU sports information office
The sport studies program at LHU has two main programs – a bachelor’s degree in sport administration and a master’s degree in sport science. The program was offered as part of the health and physical education program beginning in 2002 and in 2012 it became a separate program.
Through field experience, the students are given the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to real life work situations in the sport industry, with the guidance of a faculty advisor and professional mentor, according to Dr. Patricia Lally, professor and chair of the Sport Studies Department.
“The students all work hard during their four years at LHU to make themselves marketable and competitive when applying for positions in their professional area of interest in the field of sport administration,” said Peter Campbell, sport studies professor.
LHU student, Zachary Smeal, of State College, is a fifth year student in the sports administration program with a minor in coaching. He is completing field experience with Penn State University as an event management assistant. He credits LHU and the professors in his program for making sure the students are aware of all of the opportunities available to them.
“As an avid sports fan growing up, it is very interesting to look at sporting events from a perspective other than being a ‘fan,’ ” he said. “A career in the sporting industry has always been my dream, and it is exciting to be entering a field that I am so passionate about.”
Ellie Chambers, of Clarence, is a senior in the sports administration program with a minor in business. She is completing field experience with the Philadelphia Eagles, working in ticket operations and guest services.
She said she is excited to be able to work in multiple departments with the Eagles, which expands her experience. “When you are participating as an athlete, you never realize what goes on behind the closed doors of the sports world,” Chambers said. “Sports administration creates opportunities to further your competitive drive into a career.”
Senior Ryan Dyke, of Milesburg, is a senior in the sport administration program. He is completing field experience with Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, in the area of equipment management for varsity sports.
He said his education has helped to prepare him for the obstacles he will face in his field and is looking forward to building great relationships with those he is working with in Florida. “Networking is key in this field, so I am excited to broaden my network to potentially help me with future endeavors,” Dyke said.
The new accelerated program was approved in the spring of 2017 and students are completing the program now, according to Lally. The program allows juniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher to take graduate courses that count toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree. There are two accelerated programs offered with two different tracks at the graduate level. The programs are – accelerated Bachelor of Science in sport administration to Master of Science in sport science – sport administration track and accelerated Bachelor of Science in sport administration to Master of Science in sport science – sport and exercise psychology track.
“The accelerated program is a very innovative way of leveraging our existing resources to tailor education to students’ and industry needs and interests, while saving students and their families money,” Lally said. “Like having more work experience in the sport industry increases our students’ competitiveness for jobs in the sport industry, so too does having a graduate degree. It places them above other applicants and increases their likelihood of securing highly sought after jobs in sport.”
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