For Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration alumni, NFL isn’t fantasy, it’s reality
Thursday, September 8 2016 12:00am
Nearly 40 MSA alumni kick off the 2016 season working for the NFL
In 2015, there were 56.8 million people playing fantasy sports in the U.S. and Canada, with the most popular sport being football, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
For a large portion of the population, football is focused around watching games and playing fantasy sports– but for Master of Sports Administration alumni from Ohio University’s College of Business, football isn’t just fantasy, it’s reality.
In the 50 years of the sports administration program at OHIO, many students have gone on to work in the NFL.
This year, as the 2016 NFL season is about to kick off, more than 71 percent of the teams in the league are represented by front office personnel that hold a master’s degree in sports administration from OHIO.
A total of 39 alumni work for 23 NFL teams, including one assistant general manager, eight vice presidents, 11 directors and countless other managers, scouts and personnel.
“Every fall it is exciting to see the increasing number of our alumni working for NFL teams across the country,” said Jim Kahler, executive director of the AECOM Center for Sports Administration. “The breadth of experiences and backgrounds our alumni bring to their respective organizations is a true testament to the diversity of the MSA program.”
See the full list below of Ohio University’s MSA alumni who are working for NFL teams:
|Team||First Name||Last Name||Class Year||Position|
|NY Giants||Kevin||Abrams||1997||Assistant General Manager|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Sean||O'Hara||2010||Account Executive – Corporate Partnerships|
|Dallas Cowboys||Jennifer||Surgalski||2004||Senior Director, Corporate Partnership Services|
|Dallas Cowboys||Chad||Estis||1994||Executive Vice President – Business Operations and President of Legends Global Sales|
|Dallas Cowboys||Joe||Simler||2013||Senior Manager – Corporate Partnerships|
|Dallas Cowboys||Eric||Sudol||2005||Vice President – Corporate Partnership Sales & Marketing|
|Washington Redskins||Allie||Pisching||2012||Director – Community & Charitable Programs|
|Green Bay Packers||Chad||Brinker||2014||Pro Scout|
|Green Bay Packers||Andrew||Kinn||2014||Executive Assistant – General Manager|
|Green Bay Packers||Jason||Wahlers||2001||Director of Public Relations|
|Detroit Lions||Mark||Gildersleeve||2012||Senior Manager – Corporate Partnerships|
|Detroit Lions||Bill||Keenist||1981||Senior Vice President – Communications|
|Detroit Lions||Joe||Kelleher||2008||Regional Scout|
|Carolina Panthers||Edward||Elowson||2015||Event Coordinator|
|Carolina Panthers||Mark||Koncz||1993||Director of Pro Scouting|
|Carolina Panthers||Ryan||Petrus||2012||Guest Relations/Security Manager|
|Carolina Panthers||Becky||VanSandt||2012||Guest Relations Assistant|
|Atlanta Falcons||Robert||Sibbitts||2014||Premium Sales Consultant|
|Atlanta Falcons||Mal||Glazier||2016||Seasonal Corporate Partnership Associate|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Andy||Speyer||2002||National Scout|
|Arizona Cardinals||John||Drum||1996||Vice President – Stadium Operations|
|Los Angeles Rams||David||Sherrill||2001||Assistant Director of Operations|
|San Francisco 49ers||Alexis||Pinson||2014||Sales & Service Coordinator|
|San Francisco 49ers||Brent||Schoeb||2006||Vice President – Corporate Partnerships (Sales & Services)|
|NY Jets||Andrew||Agro||2008||Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships & Business Development|
|NY Jets||Bruce||Speight||1992||Senior Director of Media Relations|
|Buffalo Bills||Scott||Berchtold||1980||Senior Vice President – Communications|
|New England Patriots||Monti||Ossenfort||2002||Director of College Scouting|
|Miami Dolphins||Brett||Brecheisen||2012||Football Communications Manager|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||AJ||Poole||2006||Director of Partnership Sales and Activation|
|Cleveland Browns||Jeffrey||Engelken||2013||Manager, Guest Services|
|Cleveland Browns||Sean||Othen||2011||Manager – Corporate Partnership Sales|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Ryan||Holmes||2010||Director of Corporate Sales|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Brian||Sells||1991||Vice President – Chief Marketing Officer|
|Houston Texans||Kevin||Krajcovic||2006||Football Administration Coordinator|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Dan||Edwards||1984||Senior Vice President – Communications|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Kirsten||Grohs||2013||Manager of Football Administration|
|Kansas City Chiefs||James||Royer||1999||Director of Digital Media & Strategy|
|Denver Broncos||Mark||Thewes||2000||Director of Team Administration|
About the AECOM Center for Sports Administration:
The Center links faculty, students and alumni to sports-related organizations and businesses, emphasizing research and harnessing knowledge to benefit the industry.
Ohio University's Master of Sports Administration program has been consistently ranked amongst the top in the world. In 2016, the program was ranked as the #1 overall program, #1 online program, #1 graduates’ choice and #1 course leaders’ choice according to the SportBusiness International Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings.
Katie Foglia, digital marketing director, AECOM Center for Sports Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-593-9370.