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Sport and Recreation Management


Don’t sit on the sidelines. Use your skills and talents to work in the exciting fields of sport and recreation event management, collegiate or professional athletics, sports marketing or sport and recreation facility management. PennWest Edinboro's sport management degree can get you on your way.

The Time Is Right To Make Your Move .

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for athletic directors will grow faster than most other occupations between now and 2026.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

The Sport and Recreation Management program is part of Edinboro's renowned School of Education.

You'll thrive in small classes where each professor knows you by name. They will serve as your mentors as you develop a solid foundation that includes leadership theory, personnel management, and law and liability. Your well-rounded coursework also provides insight into program development, implementation and evaluation, and sport and recreational facility design.

A semester-long internship will complement your classroom learning and prepare you for the road ahead.

By following our curriculum, you'll graduate more than ready to enter the workforce and make your mark on the field of sport and recreation management.

A Rewarding Career


How Edinboro Supports You.

At Edinboro, internships give you an edge. You'll spend a full semester getting hands-on experience in a setting that is aligned to your career goals.

During this time, you will earn 12 credits and have the opportunity to conduct a research project that you design and implement. Recent internship sites include:

  • Cleveland State University
  • Denver, Colo., Municipal Recreation Department
  • Erie Sports Commission
  • Erie Bayhawks, Otters and Seawolves
  • LECOM Health and Fitness Center
  • Medina, Ohio, Community Recreation Center
  • National Hockey League
  • Presque Isle Partnership
  • Tom Ridge Environmental Center
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • YMCAs

Your Future

As a graduate of the Sport and Recreation Management program, you'll join successful alumni who are Edinboro proud. They’re working nearby and around the country, in a variety of organizations. Here’s what a few recent graduates are doing:

  • Maureen (Cerrito) Dowell (BS ‘04) - Program Specialist, Medina Community Recreation Center, Medina, OH
  • Sean Beers (BS ‘04) - Executive Director, Erie Metro YMCA Downtown Branch, Erie, PA
  • Chaz Kellem (BS ’05) - Senior Director, Advocacy for Race & Gender Equity, Greater Pittsburgh YMCA; former Manager of Diversity, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh, PA
  • AJ Moore (BS ‘06) - Operations Manager, Lake Erie Speedway, Erie, PA
  • Derrick Dorvit (BS ‘11) - Former Account Executive, Orlando Magic, Orlando, FL
  • Kori Hahn (BS ’17) - Program Specialist, Erie Sports Commission, Erie, PA

Questions About This Program?

Ruth Stauffer, PhD
Department Chair
103 Crawford Center
Phone: 814-732-1345

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