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Solid Foundation. Building Toward Your Future.

If you have a love of sports and want to pursue the dream beyond college, the sport management program is designed for you. 

Whether you want to focus your career in administration, sports or recreation programming, team or event management, athletics operations or sports marketing, this program will help prepare you.

The door is wide open with this degree. Pursue careers in sport tourism, as director of operations, as an athletics director, or many more options are possible. This program prepares you to climb the ladder of success.

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Real World Experience.

One of the unique aspects of Huntington University's Sport Management Program is a semester-long, in-depth internship in an area of particular interest to you.  

Whether it be college athletics management, sports information, professional team marketing, travel team management, students have an exciting and professional capstone experience that helps them stand out from the competition when its time to apply for that first job out of college. The capstone and other activities in the program mean that you will gain plenty of hands-on experience. For more internship opportunities, visit Huntington University's Enterprise Resource Center.

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Where are HU grads today?

Coach Jake Essig earned his recreation management degree from Huntington University, a Christian college.

Jake Essig, 2014

When Jake Essig stepped onto campus, he knew Huntington University was the place for him. For Essig, it wasn't the size of the weight room, taste of the food or distance from home that drew him to HU; it was the people.

From Cincinnati, Ohio, Essig majored in recreation management because of the influences his coaches had on his life. 

“To be honest, it’s hard for me to say where I would be without the support and guidance from a few of my coaches,” he said. “I felt like recreation management and ultimately a master’s degree in sport coaching would challenge me in ways to think about what a coach is, how I would establish a culture and live out what I feel God is calling me towards.”

Athletics, professors, and the Front Line Foresters program all influenced Essig while a student at HU. His professors challenged him to think differently, and he valued the genuine belief they had in him to succeed. The Frontline Forester program helped him grow as a professional and taught him how to connect with people, as well as show gratitude.

After graduating in 2014, he went on to earn his master’s in sport coaching in 2016 from Indiana State University and became employed as the assistant men and women’s soccer coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

His advice for incoming recreation management students?

“Experience is not waiting for time to pass,” he said. “Experience is getting involved, meeting people, asking questions, and not being afraid to ask for help. It can be a tough profession to break into, especially with a livable income, but stay the course and remember to follow your passion that God has placed on your heart.”