Student Spotlight: Tiffany Webster


Current Role: Graduate Student & Program Assistant for Xavier Women’s Basketball

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017

Hometown: Washington, DC


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

A: I earned my undergraduate degree at Quinnipiac University in Public Relations. Quinnipiac is a small, liberal arts school in Hamden, Connecticut. Quinnipiac does not offer Sports Management, so I decided to major in Public Relations.

Q: When will you graduate from Xavier’s grad program?

A: I will graduate this Spring and I can’t believe this academic year is coming to an end soon!

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Alumni Spotlight: Joe Palmer

joe palmer

Current role: Fundraising and Operations Coordinator for Cincinnati Reds Community Fund (RCF)

Graduated: Spring 2015

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

I graduated Xavier in 2015 with a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies. When I arrived at Xavier I was a Sports Marketing major but switched my first day to Marketing.  I picked up Entrepreneurial Studies as a second major my junior year.

Discuss your role with the Reds organization.

The RCF seeks to improve the lives of youth by using the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball as the tool. Working with a small group of people, you are expected to hold a lot of responsibility. In my position I am in charge of the following:

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Xavier Athletics Internship Meet-and-Greet

Join us on Monday, April 3 at 6 p.m. for a Meet-and-Greet with Xavier Athletics employees! Learn about internship opportunities for the 2017-18 academic year.

Event Details:

Monday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in the Cintas Center Media Room

Event Purpose:

– Promote and provide details on available Xavier Athletics internship positions for the upcoming academic year.

– Present students the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the staff of Xavier Athletics.

Event Format: 

– Each speaker in attendance will give a brief 3-5 min introduction of themselves, as well as, detail the internship opportunity and what they are looking for in applicants.

– Q&A to follow for anyone with questions regarding prior information.

– Meet-and-Greet to follow for networking and more info.

Student Spotlight: Joe Metz


Future Job: Sales Associate, Milwaukee Bucks

Hometown: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (10 minutes west of downtown Milwaukee)

Expected Graduation: May 2017


Q: What are some of the past internships and jobs you’ve had?

A: I served as a Gameday Marketing Intern for Xavier Athletics throughout my sophomore year (2014-15), strictly working men’s and women’s basketball games. Coming into my junior year, I got bumped up to a Lead Marketing Intern position which I remained in for both my junior and senior years. I worked in the marketing office 3-4 times per week with Patrick Dillon, Xavier’s Director for Marketing, working on managing the auctions, fulfilling fan-mail requests, working on annual reports, etc. while also working men’s and women’s basketball games and operating as the lead on men’s soccer.

I also work as a student caller for Phonathon. While it’s not a sports internship, it’s a sales position that really helped prepare me for my upcoming job.

Q: You recently got a job with the Milwaukee Bucks, tell us about that.

A: I got hired for the position of a Milwaukee Bucks Sales Associate. Luckily I was able to land a job with my dream organization straight out of college and will be working in the Bucks’ front office selling single-game, mini-package, and season-ticket packages, surveying fans, and maintaining client relationships while also working all 41 Milwaukee Bucks home games plus potential playoff games. Overall, my job is to sell the Bucks, talk the team up, boost revenue and ticket generation and help optimize the fan experience. Some day-to-day responsibilities will include cold calling individuals who are on record with purchasing tickets in the past and surveying them and gauging their current interest in the team and what not, setting up in-person meetings with clients (in order to sell tickets to businesses and corporations interest in group packages, work outings, etc.), and maintaining relationships with current clients (checking in on them at games, taking them on tours of the new arena to keep them interested, attend community events with the team). Obviously, there are going to be a lot more here and there, but these are the general responsibilities and more will stem from them.

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Alumni Spotlight: Becky Griesmer

beckyCurrent Role: Programming & Event Coordinator, Cleveland Sports Commission

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio


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

A: I graduated in May of 2015 with a major in Sport Management, with minors in Business, Communication Arts, and Gender and Diversity Studies.

Q: What internships did you have while at Xavier that helped prepare you for your first job after college?

A: My first internship in college was the Fall of my Junior year and with the Anthony Munoz Foundation, where I helped to develop and manage school outreach and coordination for their annual Youth Leadership Seminar. I then accepted a position with the Cincinnati Sports Corporation, where I managed their social media sites and public relations during a sixth month unpaid internship, which actually led to part time employment for a year until I left Cincinnati. During my Senior year, I interned for both the Cincinnati Independent Business Alliance and Xavier Athletics as a Game Day Marketing Intern.

Q: You now work for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission – what is that and what do they do?

A: We are a non-profit organization that works to enhance the economy, image, and quality of life in the Greater Cleveland community by attracting and creating sporting events. We are a full service sports commission that offers services like sponsorship activation, event management, marketing, public relations, volunteer recruitment and management, community programming, and more. We work very closely with local community partners, the NCAA, National Governing Bodies, and other event rights holders, to ensure that their events are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities.

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Welcome to Xavier SBC!

Welcome to the Xavier Sport Business Club website. Through this site, we plan to provide resources to Xavier students who are studying Sports Management or Sports Marketing or are simply interested in pursuing a career in sports.

Our goal is to open up opportunities for students to see many avenues they can explore and to provide the proper tools so that they can make the most of their education and experiences in order to pursue and excel their career in sport.

The primary content on this site will profile current Xavier students in the Department of Sports Studies as well as Xavier alumni currently working in the sports field.

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