• the technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills required to function as an effective sport manager in today’s complex sport environment
  • the governance structure of various sport organizations
  • the legal and regulatory environment of contemporary sport

You will enjoy the Abbey’s sport management Major if you

  • like athletics and sports
  • enjoy working with people
  • have well developed communication skills
  • want to motivate and lead people
  • have an interest in finance, marketing, and operations
Our program will enable you to

  • recognize the importance of planning, management and leadership in contemporary sport organizations and apply that knowledge from a managerial perspective
  • appreciate the impact of sport on people and societies
  • evaluate the ethical demands of today’s sport environment
  • develop appropriate ethical practices, applying them in sport management settings
With a sport management bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Coaching
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports and team management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Community relations
The Sport Management Department inculcates a variety of skills and knowledge in its students in the areas of the business, management, and legal characteristics of sport.

The Abbey Difference:

Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, Belmont Abbey College strives to provide its students with a well-rounded education that promotes wise and ethical decisions.

The sport management faculty is committed to modeling and encouraging the further development of honesty, integrity, and virtue in our students. Focused on developing the whole student in mind, body and spirit, Belmont Abbey College is the ideal place to prepare for your career in sports management. We aim to form students who can integrate skills and knowledge of the sports industry with the values of our liberal arts curriculum. As a result, we produce both talented and principled professionals in the field of sport management.

Highlights of your experience:

This class teaches students important theories of leadership and management in sports organizations. Additionally, students will explore personal strengths to develop leadership capacities.
Instructs students in the unique properties of sport in relationship to marketing theory. This course examines the primary functions and principles of sport marketing, including consumer behavior, market segmentation, licensing, sponsorship, and more. Public relations and the legal considerations of sport marketing will also be addressed.
This class teaches the relationship of facility design and capabilities to event possibilities with a particular emphasis on managing those facilities. Our students will have opportunities to design and develop sports facilities and events.

Sport Management Resources:

Program Requirements:

(This option is available for traditional students only.)

Major Requirements

Lower-level courses to be completed prior to enrolling in any 300 level or higher Sport Management course:

  • SM 200 History, Culture, & Philosophy of Sport
  • SM 201 Introduction to Sport Management

Six of the following:

  • SM 310 Organizational Theory & Leadership in Sport
  • SM 320 Administration, Governance, and Policy
  • SM 330 Sport Marketing
  • SM 340 Sport Facility and Event Management
  • SM 350 Sport Law and Risk Management
  • SM 360 Sport Business and Finance
  • SM 370 Special Topics in Sport Management
  • SM 380 Independent Study

SM Senior Capstone courses:

  • SM 400 Senior Seminar
  • SM 450 Internship

Required Business Courses :

  • EC 201 Introduction to Economics
  • BU 265 Spreadsheet and Database Applications
  • BU 315W Business Communication

Other courses:

  • General elective courses

It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

  • SM 200 History, Culture, & Philosophy of Sport
  • SM 201 Introduction to Sport Management
  • Any three additional 300-400 level SM classes

The preponderance of the courses for the minor must be taken at Belmont Abbey College.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.


IMG_3296Trey Cunningham

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sport Management

Phone:  704.461.5021

Email:  TreyCunningham@bac.edu

Office:  Sacred Heart Campus – Mercedes 301 (#31 on Map)

B.S., Louisiana Tech University

M.S., Louisiana Tech University

Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi

AndyRudd1W Andrew Rudd

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Phone:  704.461.5088

Email:  AndrewRudd@bac.edu

Office:  Sacred Heart Campus – Mercedes 304A (#31 on Map)

B.S., Lewis-Clark State College

M.S., University of Idaho

Ph.D., University of Idaho
I became a professor not to simply be a scholar but to share my knowledge and excite others about learning. It is those teaching and learning moments and the opportunity to help students grow as people that make being a professor a highly rewarding career.” – Dr. Andrew Rudd


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