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Matthew Cacciato Named Director of Master of Sport Administration Program

Tuesday, January 16 2018 05:00pm

Industry pro brings experience to OHIO's top-ranked program

20170816Matthew Cacciato BwsOhio University’s College of Business has announced the appointment of Matthew Cacciato as director of the college’s Master of Sport Administration program. Cacciato, who also serves as a lecturer and executive in residence for the Department of Sport Management has taught at OHIO for more than two years and brings extensive industry experience to the position. The hire fills the vacancy left by the previous director, Robert Boland, who joined Penn State’s office of ethics and compliance in July, 2017.

“Matt’s experience in marketing and sales is extremely valuable to our students,” said Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business. “Our sport management department has always done a fantastic job at connecting classroom learning to industry best practices. Hiring faculty with this kind of real-world understanding is critical to preparing students for career success.”

Cacciato’s background includes founding and serving as president for American Education Television Network, and working with cable TV sports network leaders YES Network, Fox Cable Networks, and ESPN. He holds degrees from Syracuse and Ohio State universities. As an instructor at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, Cacciato joins a long list of recently hired full-time business faculty and a new executive fellow from University of Florida, Jeremy Foley.

In his role as director, Cacciato will lead the top-ranked Master of Sport Administration program’s recruitment, programming, and career placement efforts. The role also includes partnering with sport organizations around the world to provide hands-on learning experiences for students, and actual business solutions for partners.

“We’re very excited to have Matt leading the next generation of sport business leaders,” said Norm O’Reilly, Fox Professor of Business and chair of the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University. “A program director with Matt’s experience is valuable in and out of the classroom, and merits the lead position of one of the top programs in the world. He is student experience focused and I’m confident his industry connections will prove helpful to our students, his colleagues, and our alumni.”

About the Master of Sport Administration

Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration program delivers graduate-level education through classroom and practical experiences taught by sport business professors who are recognized as experts in their fields and who are active in the industry. By combining a broad core curriculum with the freedom of choosing certain elective courses, students receive an education that meets their needs, interests and future goals. The MSA program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, which promotes and acknowledges excellence in sports management education.

To learn more about Ohio University’s MSA program, visit