Alumni Spotlight: Alex Land

Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 2.32.38 PMCurrent role: Camp Sales Manager for ProCamps

Graduation: May 2015

When did you graduate from Xavier and what did you study?

A:  I graduated from Xavier in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in business.

Q: Explain what Procamps is and your role.

A:  ProCamps is a best-in-class event management and sports marketing company specializing in developing, managing, and operating camps, appearances, brand activations, and related experiences for professional athletes and coaches in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, PGA, ATP, NCAA, NASCAR, WPSL, MLL, AND NFHL. ProCamps helps Fortune 500 brands activate & execute more than 200 events across the country to effectively deliver brand messaging to thousands of parents, kids, and coaches via retail promotions, TV/radio/print, social media, and on-site activations.

My title at ProCamps is Camp Sales Manager. My basic duties include generating camp revenue, creating a strong camper experience, and managing partner relationships. I am directly responsible for each events revenue growth and registration success.  

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Student Spotlight: Scotty Gruszka

HeadshotMajor: Sport Marketing

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois 

Graduation: May 2017


Q: You started a website a few years back. How has something like that benefited you? What was the purpose of that?

A:  I started it simply as an attempt to try out sports writing. I was able to have some different people contribute and it was fun but not something I ultimately wanted to keep up with. It didn’t benefit me much from a sports standpoint, mainly on small business items. I learned how to get a website off the ground, start social media accounts and do some digital marketing, and establish a reader base (albeit pretty small).

Q: You’ve held a number of different internships in the athletics department at Xavier. What were those? Which one have you most enjoyed and why?

A:  I started out as a sophomore in the BarrackX, then junior year I moved to game day marketing while continuing to help out with the BarrackX, and then this year I moved over to Xavier Sports Properties (XSP) as their Property Assistant. I’ve most enjoyed working with Xavier Sports Properties. I enjoyed working in the other departments but I kept wanting more at the end of the year. In working for XSP and Learfield I’ve found a career path that I truly enjoy doing.

Q: What was the transition like from Marketing and the BarrackX as a Junior to working with sponsorships with Xavier Sport Properties as a Senior?

A:  It was a surprisingly smooth transition. XSP and the Athletic Department work hand in hand together and there is a lot of overlapping. With my experience in social media/digital and marketing for the Athletic Department, there were very few things that I was playing catch up on with XSP. I’ve loved the creative challenges that come with trying to sell corporate sponsorships and working with clients to help them achieve the recognition they desire for their brand.

Q:  What is something you wish you had experience in or knew how to do before going into these internship positions?  

A: Honestly, there wasn’t much. Had I stuck with one internship in my time then there would have been a lot of things that I wish I knew or had experience in. But because I was able to try out so much in 4 years, I’ve been lucky enough to have my hand in a lot of different departments that help Xavier Athletics operate.

Q: Do you have any advice for anyone trying to break into the sport industry?

A:  If you’re having trouble figuring out what you want to do, then work on figuring out what you don’t want to do. I was clueless freshman year what I wanted to do within the sports industry and that is when I started my website and began looking at opportunities within the Athletic Department. From then on I kept trying different tasks and crossing them off my checklist of things that I might want to do until I was able to whittle it down and land at Xavier Sports Properties.

Also, once you land an internship or job, make yourself available. When your boss says that he/she needs help with something or they need someone to take on a task that may be outside of your requirements, offer yourself up. It gives you necessary experience and lets your boss know that you’re willing to work hard and make an impact.

Q: What are you doing next after graduation?

A:   I don’t have a job yet, but I am working with Learfield’s two hiring recruiters to be placed within the company after graduation.


Alumni Spotlight: Tylor Hull

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.24.51 PMCurrent Role: University of Illinois – Business and Financial Analyst

Graduation: BS Sport Management; BA Economics, 2013

Hometown: Chester, Montana


Q: What did you study at Xavier and when did you graduate?

A: I graduated in 2013 with a bachelor of science in sport management and bachelor of arts in economics.

Q: You held a number of different positions as an undergrad at Xavier, what were they and how did they help you.

A: I worked and volunteered in a variety of positions within the Xavier Athletic Department.  I started as a student worker answering phone calls, sorting mail and delivering documents to other departments on campus.  This position allowed me the opportunity to start relationships with other employees in the athletic department and throughout campus.  Through these newly formed relationships, I was able to take on an additional role with the women’s basketball team as a student manager.  As a women’s basketball manager, I assisted setting up for practice and games while also travelling to away contests.  During my junior year, I volunteered for the marketing department at Xavier Athletics.  As a volunteer, I assisted in game day promotions for men’s and women’s basketball.  Each of these  positions allowed me to experience and observe a unique aspect of college athletics.  As I progressed as a student, I was able to put together the big picture of how athletic events are constructed and how they comply with the mission of the university.  The most influential position I had was interning for the Xavier Athletic Business Office.  As a business intern, I mostly processed invoices, purchase orders, cash advances and expense reports.  As the internship progressed, I began to prepare financial reports and analysis under the supervision of the Associate AD for Business.  Working in the athletic business office allowed me to pull back the curtain and learn how athletic finance functioned in a college setting.  I was also able to gain experience in the financial structure of a university.  Most importantly, Greg Park, the Associate AD for Business and my supervisor, was a remarkable mentor.  Greg frequently took time out of his day to teach me about various aspects of athletic finance.  His most famous words were, “You will not read that in a textbook.”  He was right.  I was learning the basic skills of an athletic business manager that could not be easily transcribed into a textbook.

Q: What classes or experiences at Xavier best prepared you for your job today?

A: I am not sure if there was any one particular class that prepared me for my current position at Illinois.  Xavier challenges their students to think critically and analytically in every situation.  This is evident through Xavier’s implementation of a diverse and rigorous core curriculum.  Constantly, I was challenged to collaborate with my peers over texts and topics I was unfamiliar with.  Through these cooperative discussions, I developed critical and analytical skills that are desirable to future employers.  My economic courses enhanced these skills by using quantitative analysis and theoretical discussions to tackle practical issues.  The two most important experiences I had at Xavier were traveling abroad my entire junior year and interning for the Xavier Athletic Business Office.  While abroad, I backpacked through Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.  Traveling opened my eyes to new cultures and theories I was unaccustomed to.  I took the time to meet other travelers in buses, coffee shops and hostels to discuss their culture, lifestyles and values.  It was equally as interesting to listen to other people’s observations about American culture(s), values and influence.  I gained a remarkable amount of personal growth while traveling abroad.  Interning for the Xavier Athletic Business Office gave me firsthand experience in athletic finance.  I was largely responsible for business processing which eventually led into some financial reporting and analysis under the supervision of the Associate AD for Business.  Interning allowed me to learn about athletic finance and the university structure outside of the borders of a classroom or textbook.  When I interviewed for athletic finance positions, I was able to focus on my critical thinking, analytical and collaborative skills which were supported from my successful internship. Continue reading “Alumni Spotlight: Tylor Hull”

Student Spotlight: Marie Strickland

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.36.33 PMCurrent Roles: 

-Clinical Faculty within the Sport Leadership and Management program (Miami OH)

-Internship Director for the Sport Leadership and Management program (Miami OH)

-Academic Advisor to Sport Leadership and Management students (Miami OH)

-Formerly a Xavier Sport Management Professor, currently pursuing an MBA for Xavier’s Smith College of Business

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio


Q:Where did you graduate from, what did you study and when?

A: University of Cincinnati (Bachelor of Sports Administration) and Ohio University (Master of Sports Administration)

Q: What drew you to Xavier’s Grad program?

A: I already have a master’s degree from Ohio University. However, I want the career flexibility that comes with having an MBA. Likewise, I wanted to study within a school of business that is accredited at the highest level, (AACSB accreditation), and pursuing my MBA through Xavier’s Williams College of Business allows me to do just that. Moreover, it was important for me to be able to remain close to my family and friends during my studies, and Xavier’s Cincinnati location accomplishes that.

Q: How did you get into teaching? What did you enjoy about teaching at Xavier?

A: While taking my very first sports administration course at UC, I was tasked with completing a career planning paper. While this was merely a final class assignment for many of my peers, as a non-traditional student, I took the paper seriously and thought long and hard about my personal skill sets, strengths, and interests, and quickly realized I would like to teach one day. Keeping this in mind, before even deciding to pursue my first master’s degree, I reached out to Dr. Doug Olberding, who is the chair of the Department of Sport Studies at Xavier, to inquire about graduate teaching opportunities.

Although there were no graduate teaching assistantships offered by the department and I would eventually decide to purse a master of sports administration from Ohio University before coming to Xavier to pursue my MBA, I made it a point to keep in touch with Dr. Olberding. As such, a few months starting my MBA, I reached out to Dr. Olberding again to inquire about teaching opportunities as I felt a graduate position would allow me to gain teaching experience. Much as had been the case on the previous occasions, there were no openings available at that time. However, Dr. Olberding encouraged me to keep in touch and check back in the future. So, I did just that and was there just so happened to be an opening and the rest is history.

Q: How can students become more involved while still in school? Do you know of any good resources? Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Marie Strickland”

Alumni Spotlight: Monika Goldschmidt

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.15.23 PMCurrent Role: Texas Marketing Service & Sales Representative

Graduation: Sport Marketing and minor in Business, 2014

Hometown: Westport, CT

Current Residence: Austin, TX


Q: What did you study at Xavier and when did you graduate?

A: I graduated from Xavier University in 2014 with a degree in Sport Marketing and a minor in business.

Q: Students always hear that ticket sales are a way into sports. How did you get into ticket sales and what do you like about it?

A: As a senior at Xavier, I saw an internship opportunity with Ohio University doing ticket sales for all of their sports. I never  considered going into sales, but applied and was offered the internship, and decided to see what it was all about. When I first arrived at Ohio, I was extremely intimidated that sales wouldn’t be for me. I left Ohio bringing in the most revenue that year, and decided to not count sales positions out. After Ohio, I found an opportunity with TCU Athletics focusing on group ticket sales. Once again, I had exceeded my own expectations for selling. I had the opportunity to do a lot of cool stuff with TCU; last summer, I took student-athletes to volleyball and basketball camps around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The coaches were more than willing to have their student-athletes help in the effort to sell tickets. We even had the women’s basketball coach play water volleyball at a nursing home. It was quite the experience! What I love about ticket sales is that with the right administration, you’re given the opportunity to do fun and unique experiences. As long as the ROI pays off, supervisors are always open to new ideas.

Q: Can you give us a brief overview of your career so far from Ohio University to TCU to Texas? What does it mean to be a Marketing Service and Sales Representative at Texas?

A: In my experience, many ticket sales departments now fall under marketing, as opposed to ticket operations. We communicate more with marketing on the outbound efforts (both phone and emails), theme nights and group nights, as well as what games need to sell out. It seems to make more sense to report to the marketing department, but we are in close communication with the ticket operations department as well. Ohio, TCU, and Texas have all had a similar set up, where I fell under the marketing department.

The biggest difference with Texas compared to any school I’ve been with previously is I have one main sport I take ownership of, but at all times need to be educated on what is going on for all sports. I work mostly with women’s basketball, and even helped organize an away game bus trip for one of our games.

Q: How did your internship with the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office prepare you for your current job?

A: Interning with the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office was a really awesome experience. It gave me experience in the office, on game days, and even working events that the Cintas Center hosted. I’ve talked with colleagues who interned in ticket offices where students weren’t on the phones. During my senior year, Patrick Dillon even had me doing some outbound calls for women’s basketball groups to prepare me for my internship with Ohio. I felt like everyone in the athletic department truly wanted the student interns to succeed and get the best opportunities out there.

Q: What job do you hope to obtain next and how are you preparing yourself for that? Continue reading “Alumni Spotlight: Monika Goldschmidt”

Student Spotlight: Kirby Boehm


kirbyCurrent Role: Graduate Student & Intern with Xavier SAASS

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017

Hometown: Worthington, Ohio


Q: Where did you earn your undergraduate degree and what did you major in?

A: I earned my undergraduate degree from Capital University and majored in Business Management.

Q: What attracted you to Xavier’s grad program?

A: Xavier’s grad program was enticing because it allowed me to gain a contrasting viewpoint to my previous experiences at Capital.  Coming from a small liberal arts school, Xavier gave me the opportunity to learn from a Division I athletic department as I pursued my Master’s degree in Sport Administration.

Q: Tell us briefly about your experience with the Xavier SAASS. Also, what does that stand for?

A: SAASS stands for Student Athlete Academic Support Services.  I work with Xavier student-athletes and help them with everything outside the field of competition.  Whether that be monitoring study tables or helping students schedule for the next semester, I do whatever I can to help support the full time advisors and student-athletes at Xavier.

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Alumni Spotlight: Justin Rogers


Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 11.14.53 AMCurrent Role:  Sun Devil Athletics Marketing Coordinator

Graduation: Sport Administration, 2015

Current Residence: Phoenix, AZ


Q: Where did you earn your undergraduate degree and what did you major in?

A: I received my undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University. I was a double major in Multimedia Journalism and Sports Media.

Q: What attracted you to Xavier’s grad program?

A: I’d been knocking on the door of college athletics for some time but with no direct experience, no one was willing to give me a chance. I needed something that was going to help me stand out. Something that was going to help guide me in the right direction and potentially open a door. I viewed the grad program as that something. If nothing else, I knew it would be a great learning experience and a chance to network.

Q: How did you balance working full time with the Boys and Girls club while doing grad school?

A: Initially, the time commitment wasn’t an issue. I kept it manageable by only taking two classes per semester. I’d work until 5 p.m. and then head to class two nights per week. I’d use my remaining weeknights for studying and homework, and I’d have my weekends to myself. Not having a wife or kids certainly helped. It was probably pretty similar to being a full-time undergrad student and having a part-time job. What worked in my favor, however, is that I had an employer who understood what I was looking to accomplish and allowed me to flex my schedule if needed. They supported the pursuit of my degree and encouraged me to do what I needed to do as long as it didn’t affect my job performance. When the internship was added to the equation, that was a different ball game. We’re talking about a full-time job, part-time grad school and a part-time internship. As you could imagine, the time commitment was intense. And in any situation like that, sacrifices must be made. That’s when I said goodbye to my social life. I just didn’t have time for it. I needed to make a living, and I wanted to do well in my courses and internship to ensure that I could make a living in the future. I tightened my circle and hoped that people would understand. I just kept telling myself that it’s temporary and kept what I was working toward at the forefront of my mind. At the end of it all, it was one of the most gratifying feelings I will ever know in that I was able to maintain everything at a high level and set myself up for something that would soon pay off.

Q: Tell us about your process of getting the job at ASU.

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Student Spotlight: Kyle Tooley

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Major: Sport Management & Public Relations

Hometown: Sacramento, California

Expected Graduation: May 2017


Q: What are your plans upon graduation?

A:  I will be doing a postgraduate internship with Cincinnati Bengals in their media relations department.

Q: This past summer you had a PR Internship with the Madison Mallards minor league baseball team. What were your responsibilities for this internship?

A:   When you work for a collegiate summer league team, a better question is what did you not do for the team. I logged over 800 hours that summer, being in charge of the daily program, the website, all press releases, managing the roster, statistics, baseball operations and more. It was a grueling internship, but I grew so much from it. I highly recommend an internship of that extent to anyone who wants to work in sports. You get very little sleep, but a bevy of experience and knowledge.

Q: Were there any classes at Xavier that best prepared you for this internship in PR?

A:  Most of the notable classes that prepared me for this position were all in the communications department. Everything from Writing for the Media and Public Relations Writing to Media Ethics gave me valuable tools to move forward in athletic communications. The biggest thing that I’ll take from Xavier, though, was my time with the Xavier Newswire. Producing content on a weekly basis and working with other people to make a product that you are proud of was extremely valuable experience.

Q: What is one skillset that you think is most important in a PR job?

A:  Organization is a huge one. You have to be able to stay on a schedule with all the different tasks that are involved. If you lose track of those, you can fall behind in the blink of an eye. Another valuable skillset would be the ability to work well and communicate with others. With my role in media relations, I am constantly communicating with people that outrank me in a major way and that I don’t know. It’s important to act professional and communicate in a positive way.

Q:  You have an extensive background in sports, where did you look to find these internships/jobs?

A:  Every position I’ve ever received was from Teamwork Online or from connections in some way, shape or form. Sometimes both. My internship with the Bengals is one that I applied for on Teamwork Online and asked some contacts to reach out to them on my behalf. Sports is so much of “who you know,” so building a strong network is important. That is why all members of this club should attend as many of speaker events as possible. You never know where it will take you!

Q:  Any advice you wish you were given?

A:  If you have an idea of what field of sport you want to work in (sales, marketing, communications, etc.), get internships in those fields! I’ve done marketing, ticketing and corporate sales internships that make no difference in my job candidacy in communications. The fact of the matter is you can’t get an entry-level job in a major league without AT LEAST two to three internships with relevant experience. No internship should be too small, so rack up the knowledge.

Social media:

Twitter: @k_tools

Instagram: @k_tools

LinkedIn / Facebook: Kyle Tooley

Alumni Spotlight: Hayley Schletker

image_handlerCurrent Role:  Athletics Communications Messaging Assistant

Graduated: Sport Admin, Summer 2014

Hometown: Union, Kentucky


Q: Where did you earn your undergraduate degree and what did you major in?

A: University of Kentucky – B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Sociology

Q: Why Xavier? What attracted you to their grad program?

A: I looked into Xavier because a number of people who I worked with during an internship with the Cincinnati Reds had gone through the Masters of Sport Administration program here. Two selling factors were also that it was local (for me) and it was fairly inexpensive as far as Masters programs go.

Q: What does it mean to be an Athletics Communications Messaging Assistant / what is your role at Xavier?

A: Athletics Communications Messaging Assistant is a bit of a confusing title, but the bulk of what I do is what is generally considered “sports information.” Our department disseminates information that people might be interested in before, during and after sporting events. This includes everything from writing previews, keeping stats, recapping events, creating photo galleries and post/game highlights (all, of course, as a team effort) and making sure all of that is distributed through our website, our social media channels and to local media. We also maintain the website and general information for reference, such as athlete’s biographies, media guides and record books.


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