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Last Updated 2017-02-16

Sport Business Management MSBM

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Plan of Study

The DeVos Sport Business Management Program curriculum has a strong business focus along with required traditional sport management courses as well as courses focusing on ethical standards, diversity, sport and social issues and leadership in sport.  Students must have a 3.0 to graduate and no more than two C’s to graduate from the program.

These courses are built into a full-time schedule for students. Classes are held Monday through Friday along with the DeVos Distinguished Speaker Series. All students admitted into the program will start courses in the fall. Credit hours may vary from semester to semester. The program will offer no less than three credit hours (in the last semester) and no more than 15 credit hours per semester. 

General Policies

Students in the DeVos Sport Business Management Program are required to conduct themselves in the highest professional manner in the classroom as well as while attending conferences and other events on behalf of the program. The program has a dress code of business casual for the classroom and professional attire when attending the DeVos Distinguished Speaker Series. The program expects all of the students to arrive to class on time, turn all cellular phones off and computers off, unless authorized by a specific professor, and give the professor their full attention. This program is designed for the students to complete their degree in five consecutive semesters. If for some reason, requiring approval, the student must complete any unfinished courses within seven years as the seven year rule stipulates on the graduate studies website > policies > academic policies. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to graduate from the DeVos Sport Business Management Program or be dismissed. Intent to graduate must be completed through myUCF.


The DeVos Sport Business Management MSBM program requires a minimum of 45 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program includes 18 credit hours of professional core courses, 24 credit hours of sport business management core courses, and 3 credit hours of an internship. This is a nonthesis program in which the internship serves as a capstone experience.

The two-year full-time curriculum includes the College of Business Administration’s foundation core; selected required courses from the college’s professional core for solid business skills and knowledge; and required sport business management courses that will create a unique knowledge base for our students.

Required Courses—45 Credit Hours

Professional Core—18 Credit Hours

The professional core consists of 18 credit hours of advanced course work.

  • MAN 6245 Organizational Behavior and Development (3 credit hours)
  • MAR 6466 Strategic Supply Chain Management (3 credit hours)
  • ACG 6425 Managerial Accounting Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • FIN 6406 Strategic Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • ECO 6416 Applied Business Research Tools (3 credit hours)
  • ECO 6115 Economic Analysis of the Firm (3 credit hours)

Sport Business Management Core—24 Credit Hours

The sport business management core consists of 24 credit hours of course work in the related areas of sport.

  • SPB 6506 Moral and Ethical Issues in Sport (1.5 credit hours)
  • SPB 6606 Diversity and Social Issues in Sport Business Management (1.5 credit hours)
  • SPB 6725 Leadership in Sport (1.5 credit hours)
  • SPB 6716C Strategic Sport Marketing (3 credit hours)
  • SPB 6406 Sport Law (3 credit hours)
  • SPB 6806 Business of Sport Media (3 credit hours)
  • SPB 6735 The Global Environment of Sport (3 credit hours)
  • SPB 6715C Professional Selling in Sport (1.5 credit hours)
  • SPM 6108 Facilities and Event Management (1.5 credit hours)
  • SPB 6608 The Sport Industries in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities (1.5 credit hours)
  • SPB 6706 Sport Analytics (3 credit hours)

Internship—3 Credit Hours

An internship equivalent to three credit hours with a designated sport organization is required. It would normally be a full-time, 15-week internship taken after the completion of all academic courses. The internship is an independent learning activity that takes place in authentic settings (all settings are professional sports settings, such as the NBA, NFL, etc.) in which students must apply, reflect upon, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program.

Additional Program Requirements

Any student enrolled in a College of Business Administration master's degree program who earns more than two final course grades below a B- will be dismissed from the program and retention plans will not be supported by the College of Business Administration.

MBA Option—51 Total Credit Hours Required

If accepted into the MBA program, students must complete MAN 6721 Applied Strategy and Business Policy (3 credit hours) and MAR 6816 Strategic Marketing Management (3 credit hours). Please note that a student admitted to the MSBM program with provisional admission to the MBA program will take 13 credit hours of coursework in the first semester, 12 of which are courses that count toward both the MSBM and MBA degrees. The student must earn a grade of B (3.0) or higher in all MBA courses taken, otherwise the student's provisional admission to the MBA program will be revoked.

Financial Support


The program has raised scholarship assistance specifically for DeVos students. These scholarships include but are not limited to: The NASCAR Diversity Scholarships, The DeVos Program Scholarships, The DeVos Orlando Magic Scholarships, The Jermaine A. Jones Perseverance Scholarship, and the Joe Lapchick Scholarships.

Graduate Assistants

The DeVos program has numerous students who receive Graduate Assistant positions in our office. Many GAs are required to conduct research for the Racial and Gender Report Cards, graduation rate studies, and other studies produced by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES). Also, GAs support DeVos Program faculty with Sport Business Management undergraduate courses.  Students can express their interest in these positions after they have been accepted into the program. There are also Graduate Assistant positions in the National for Academics and Sport (NCAS) and UCF Athletics, both of which are DeVos partners.  Additionally, there are Graduate Assistant positions in the other departments of the College of Business Administration.

Out of State Students

The University of Central Florida is a participating institution in the Academic Common Market (ACM) program with other southern universities sharing unique academic programs on the undergraduate and graduate level. However, the University of Central Florida only participates at the graduate level. 
The Academic Common Market offers students the opportunity to enter degree programs that are not available in their home state, while being eligible to pay Florida in-state tuition rates. Students taking part in this program must be admitted by a participating university (notifying the university of their planned attendance as an ACM Scholar), and will need to obtain a letter of certification from their respective ACM state coordinator.

International Students

International students must contact International Student Services for the latest information on student and work visas as well as other important required documentation.  Their website is Also international students must submit their transcripts through World Education Service for evaluation or

The state of Florida has established various linkage agreements to assist in the development of stronger economic and social ties between Florida and strategic foreign countries. To participate in these exemptions, students must apply to the select other resources.

For more information regarding financial support specific to the DeVos Sport Business Management program, visit the Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships webpage on the College of Business Administration website.

Graduate Student Associations

Visit the Student Organizations webpage on the College of Business Administration website for information regarding graduate student organizations specific to this discipline.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF’s graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students’ personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit

Professional Development

The DeVos Sport Business Management Program offers professional development to all of its students in many ways. Our students are required to complete community service.  They also can have internships, attend conferences, and other special student programs to promote professional development. A select number of graduate students are hired as GA’s to compile research data for the nationally known Racial and Gender Report Card, as well as other national studies on graduation rates.  Students are listed as co-authors of the reports.

The DeVos students take various trips throughout the program. During the second semester students will attend Team Leadership Presentations at ESPN Wide World of Sport, NASCAR, and the Orlando Magic. Senior executives in these organizations give presentations regarding their organizations vision, mission and values among other subjects.

DISC Assessment

Every student entering the program will participate in an individual DISC assessment during the first semester.  The assessments classify four aspects of behavior by testing a person's preferences in word associations. DISC is an acronym for:

  • Dominance – relating to control, power and assertiveness 
  • Influence – relating to social situations and communication 
  • Steadiness – relating to patience, persistence, and thoughtfulness 
  • Conscientiousness – relating to structure and organization

Team SBM

Team SBM is comprised of current graduate students of the DeVos Sports Business Management Program at UCF. Team SBM was created to provide members with business learning experiences through speakers, planning events, and networking activities, while also focusing on community service and fundraising. The TEAM is comprised of seven board members including one president, one vice-president, one treasurer, one secretary, one alumni relations chair, one brand development coordinator, and one fundraising chair.

Community Service

Community Service is an integral component of the DeVos Program. Working in teams, students are required to spend 62 hours throughout the fall and spring semesters and an additional 10 hours during summer at a minimum of one of the designated community service programs: Deliver The Dream, Camp Boggy Creek, Restore Orlando, Frontline Outreach, Harbor House, New Hope for Kids, Orlando City Soccer Foundation and Scholar Baller.

DeVos students have performed more than 53,000 hours of service in Central Florida.

DeVos Students Continue Hope For Stanley Foundation for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program students and faculty started a fund-raising campaign that raised more than $28,000 for the victims. Program Chair Richard Lapchick and his wife, Ann Pasnak, matched the first $8,000. In a matching arrangement with the Orlando Magic, that $36,000 was then matched by the Magic so that the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program was able to send $72,000 to the Hurricane victims. DeVos students Jeff Gosey and David Mueller, both from New Orleans, were able to join Richard Lapchick and the Orlando Magic team when they flew to Louisiana with 6,000 pounds of relief supplies one week after the storm in September 2005.

In December 2006 DeVos students traveled to New Orleans with Richard Lapchick, his with Ann, their daughter Emily and Smitty Pignatelli and Allyce Najimy, two friends from Massachusetts, to help with the disaster relief efforts. While there, they met Stanley Stewart whose home was nearly destroyed by the storm. His hope, faith and inspiration so touched the students that in the Spring of 2007 the DeVos students, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sport, and assisted by the New Orleans City Council, founded Hope for Stanley Foundation (which was later changed to Alliance). The mission is to create opportunities for people in sports across the United States to help rebuild and revive the City of New Orleans.

After gutting the Stewart’s home, the Foundation enlisted Smitty Pignatelli to aid with the rebuilding of the Stewart home. Mr. Pignatelli had a volunteer crew of 25 licensed contractors including electricians, plumbers, sheet rockers and carpenters at the Stewart home for eight days in September 2007. All of the materials were donated including floors, windows, cabinets, plumbing fixtures and sheet rock. One week later the original DeVos team returned and painted the inside of the home. The Stewarts moved back in before Thanksgiving 2007.

To date the Foundation has raised over $400,000 in cash and in-kind materials. The DeVos students schedule at least one trip per semester to New Orleans to continue their efforts. In total, between the Pasnak/Lapchicks, the students and the NCAS; Hope for Stanley has worked 47 trips in NOLA as of March 2016. Hope for Stanley has also organized students and student-athletes from many other campuses to volunteer in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. They have helped rebuild 134 homes with more than 50,000 hours of service.

The HFSA has also worked in Tuscaloosa, AL after the tornadoes and in Long Island, NY after Hurricane Sandy.

Please visit Hope for Stanley at to learn more about how you can help bring hope to New Orleans.

Internship Programs

While students in many sport management graduate programs may have to seek their own internship opportunities, the DeVos leadership is committed to assisting in securing a strong internship position for every student in the DeVos Program. It now features one of the most effective internship programs in the country.

DeVos 2017 Internships

Orlando City Soccer
The Aspire Group at Colorado State
Combine Academy
FIBA,  International Basketball Foundation
Boston Celtics
Florida FireFrogs
Amateur Athletic Union
TurnKey Sport and Entertainment
United States Tennis Association
3n2 Sports
Feld Entertainment
PGA Tour
United Athlete Agency
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rollins College Athletics
UCF Athletics
Ocoee High School Athletics
Minor League Baseball
UCF Global
Jacksonville Jaguars
Team Epic
Third Half
Florida Panthers
Atlanta United
The Marketing Arm
Central Florida Sports Commission
Florida Hospital

DeVos 2016 Internships

Walt Disney World
US Soccer
Senior PGA Championship
San Jose Sharks
Red Lion Hotels
Monumental Sports
Moss Farms Diving
Major League Lacrosse
Johnson & Johnson
UCF Football
NetSource Technologies
UCF Athletics
Charlotte Hornets
Orlando City Soccer Club
Philadelphia 76ers
City of Port Orange
Jacksonville Jaguars
The Aspire Group
Orlando Venues
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Jayson Taylor Foundation
University of Mississippi Athletics
Sea World
Lead Dog Marketing
NY Red Bulles
Victoria Azarenka
US Navy
Sports Business Solutions
PGA Tour
Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Solar Bears
University of Georgia Tennis
Navigate Research
KC Chiefs

DeVos 2015 Internships

UCF Athletics
Arnold Palmer International
Odgers, Berndtson
UCF Men's Basketball
Indianapolis Indians
Global Spectrum
Florida State University
Orlando City Soccer Club
Feld Entertainment
Minor League Baseball
Florida Citrus Sports
RBC Heritage Classic
The Aspire Group
Brevard County Mantees
Navigate Research
Florida Atlantic University
International Basketball Training

DeVos 2014 Internships 

Atlanta Hawks
Minor League Baseball
Sport Management Partners
Team Epic
San Antonio Stars
Washington Wizards
Washington Capitals
Wasserman Media Group
Cleveland Cavaliers
Sport in Society
Tulsa Shock, WNBA
PBK Sports
Capitanes de Arecibo
Disney Sports
Shaquille O'Neal Life Skills Program
UNC - Wilmington, Academic Services for Student Athletes
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Oakland Athletics
Major League Soccer
Disney Vacation Club
Genesco Sports Enterprises
IMG Learfield - University of South Florida
Orlando Magic 

Special Student Programs

Beyond their full-time required coursework, students participated in a variety of special activities and events that challenged them to consider a broader view of sport and society and exposed them to a number of sports leaders and world-renowned athletes.

TEAMWORK Leadership Institute

All students in the DeVos program receive diversity management training, gender violence and sexual harassment prevention training through the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. The mission of Teamwork Leadership Institute is to assist the provision of diversity training services, to apply the principles of teamwork to all areas.

Challenges that stem from cultural prejudice, intolerance and poor communication can be proactively addressed in intelligent, safe and structured ways. Diversity training is a principle means of assessing and responding to needs within a department and on a campus. Training demonstrates that diverse people have a great deal in common. Rather than being divisive issues, racial, ethnic and gender differences can serve as building blocks that strengthen any department.

Gender Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Program

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program is a leadership program that motivates student-athletes and student leaders to play a central role in solving problems that historically have been considered "women's issues:” rape, battering, and sexual harassment.

The mixed gender, racially diverse MVP Program, composed of former professional and college athletes, motivates men and women to work together in preventing gender violence. The four main goals of the MVP Program are to: Raise Awareness of participants about the level of men's verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse of women; Challenge Thinking by countering mainstream messages about gender, sex and violence; Open Dialogue by creating a safe environment for men and women to share their opinions and experiences and Inspire Leadership by empowering participants with concrete opinions to effect change in their respective communities.

DeVos Distinguished Speaker Series

A major part of the DeVos Program is the Distinguished Speaker Series. Students of the DeVos Sports Business Management Program gain insight and advice from accomplished sport industry professionals. Among those who came to the University of Central Florida for the series were:

Annual Speaker Events

NASCAR Team – NASCAR leadership team presentation in Daytona
ESPN/Disney Wide World of Sport – Leadership team presentation
Orlando Magic – Orlando Magic leadership team presentation at Amway Center
Generation W Conference

2016-2017 Speaker Series

Keith Lee - Director, National Consortium for Academics and Sport
Jeff O'Brien - Director of Huddle-Up, National Consortium for Academics and Sport
Mike Whan - LPGA Commissioner
DeVos Alumni Pannel
Attend Gen W Conference - Jacksonville, FL
Cathy Andruzzi - Associate Director/Faculty, Global Sports Business M.S. Program, Rutgers University
Dave Wright - CCO, Minor League Baseball
Maria Santana - Director, UCF Women's Studies
Dan Rossetti - Founder, Ascension Sports
Corey Smith - Sr. Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Major League Baseball
Bernie Mullin - Founder & CEO, The Aspire Group
Alex Martins - CEO & President, Orlando Magic
Bill Sutton - University of South Florida
Orlando Magic Leaders with Pat Williams
Bernard Franklin - Executive VP & Chief Inclusion Officer, NCAA
Abe Madkour - Editor and Publisher of Sport Business Journal & Sport Business Daily

2015-2016 Speaker Series

Rasesh Thakkar - Senior Managing Director, Tavistock Group
Judy Sweet - Co-Director of the Alliance of Women's Coaches, first women AD, first women NCAA president and Title IX Pioneet
Pat O'Conner - CEO, MiLB
Alex Martins - CEO and President, Orlando Magic
Billy Bean - VP, Social responsibility & Inclusion, MLB
John Walsh - Former EVP, ESPN
Generation W Conference - Jacksonville, L
Daytona Speedway Training - Daytona Beach, FL
April Holmes  2008 Paraolympian Gold Medalist
DeVos Program Alumni Panetl
Abe Madkour - Publisher, Sports Business Journal
Jeff O'Brien - Director, National Consortium for Academics and Sport
Anucha Browne Sanders - Former women's basketball player and executive for the New York Knicks
Keith Lee - COO, National Consortium for Academics and Sports
NASCAR Team - NASCAR Leadership Team Presentation in Daytona
Jamey Rootes - President Houston Texans
Donna Orender - Former President, WNBA
ESPN Wide World of Sports Leadership Team Panel
Chad Estis - EVP, Business Operations Dallas Cowboys
Phil Rawlins - Founder and President, Orlando City Soccer Club

2014-2015 Speaker Series

Jeff O'Brien - Director, National Consortium for Academics and Sport
Rick Diskson - Director of Athletics, Tulane University
Alice Petzold - Executive Coach, Leadership Trainer and Recruiter
Mike Stanfield - Vice President of Ticket and Suite Sales, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans
Steve Worthy - CEO, Fore!Kids Foundation
Dr. Eduardo Salas - University Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology, UCF
Cyndi Gundy - Instructor of Sales and Marketing, UCF
Keith Lee - COO, National Consortium of Academics and Sport
Cari Coats - President, C2 Advisors
Pat O'Connor - President and CEO, Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Marc Bluestein - Founder and President, Aquarius Sports and Entertainment
Kevin Rochlitz - Vice President of Corporate Sales and Development
Bob Ley - Sportcaster for ESPN/Host for Outside the Lines
Wayne Embry - NBA Hall of Fame and Pioneer
Frank Deford - HBO Sports and award winning journalist
Carolyne Savini - Senior Vice President, Turnkey Sports and Entertainment
Emily Pasnak-Lapchick - Director, US Fund for UNICEF's End Trafficking Program
Tiffany Roberts-Sahaydak - UCF Women's Soccer Coach and Olympic gold medalist
Max Siegel - CEO, USA Track and Field; Owner, Rev Racing
Eric Little - Director, Membership Experience, Phoenix Suns and Mercury
JT McWalters - Director, Corporate Partnership Activation, Orlando Magic
Shelly Wilkes - Director, Event Presentation, Orlando Magic
Trish Wingerson - Assistant Director, Business Intelligence and CRM, Orlando Magic
Jack Elkins, business Innovations Manager, Orlando Magic
Ashley Turner - Assistant Director, Premium Activation, Orlando Magic
Pat Williams - Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic
Steve Lauletta - President, Chip Ganassi Racing
Todd Hardy - Daytona International Speedway
Sandy Cross - Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, PGA
Stacey Allaster - Chairman & CEO, Women's Tennis Association (WTA)

2013-2014 Speaker Series

Dr. Eduardo Salas - University Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology, UCF
Bernard Franklin - NCAA Executive VP and Chief Inclusion Officer
Rasesh Thakkar - Senior Managing Director, Tavistock Group
Floyd Keith - DeVos Program Sr. Associate Advisor and former Director of the BCA
Lucille O'Neal - Motivational Speaker and mother of Shaquille O'Neal
Leah Wilcox - Vice President, Player and Talent
Bob Ley - Sportscaster for ESPN and host of Outside the Lines
Lonnie Ali - Wife of Muhammad Ali and Co-Founder of The Muhammad Ali Center
Stacey Allaster - Chairman and CEO, Women's Tennis Association (WTA)
Rob King - ESPN: Senior Vice President of SportsCenter and News
John Walsh - Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, ESPN
Nancy Hogshead-Makar - Women's Sports Foundation: Senior Director and Olympic Champion in Swimming
Rosalyn Durant - Vice President of College Sports Programming, ESPN
Abe Madkour - Sports Business Journal/The Sports Business Daily: Executive Editor
Gary D. Howard - Former, Sporting News: Editor in Chief
Jeff Benedict - Author, journalist and feature contributor, Sports Illustrated

2012-2013 Speaker Series

Val Ackerman – Founding President of the WNBA, former President of USA Basketball, U.S. Representative to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). 
Bob Beamon – Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Artistic and Educational Director for the Art of the Olympians Museum 
Kerry Chandler – Executive Vice President, Human Resources, NBA 
Garry Howard – Editor-in-chief of  The Sporting News 
Marcus Jadotte – Vice President, Public Affairs and Multicultural Development, NASCAR
Wendy Lewis – Senior Vice President, Diversity and Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball
Abe Madkour – Executive Editor, Sports Business Journal/Daily 
Alex Martins – CEO, Orlando Magic 
Jon McCullough – Chair, USOC Athletes Advisory Council 
Diane Murphy – Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Columbia University
Anucha Browne-Sanders – Vice President of Women’s Basketball Championships, NCAA 
John Skipper – President, ESPN Inc. and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Network 
Judy Sweet – Co-director of the Alliance of Women Coaches, first women AD, first women NCAA President, and Title IX Pioneer 
Rory Verett – Vice President, Talent Management, NFL
Tony Waldrop – Provost and Executive Vice President at UCF
John Walsh – Senior Vice President, ESPN, Inc. 
Pat Williams, Founder, Orlando Magic

Visiting Executives In the Classroom

Throughout the academic year we are fortunate to have key figures from the sports business world address our students. Some of those who presented in class are listed below.

DeVos Class of 2017 in Class Speakers

Luke Burket - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ben Boaz - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kristin Vazquez-Diaz - Wasserman Group
Heidi Pellarano - Wasserman Group
Leslie Martinez - Tampa Bay Rays
Joni Lockridge - PGA of America
Corey Bernstine - Minor League Baseball
Chris D'Orso - Orlando Magic
Gary Mata - Orlando Magic
Chick Lichty - Orlando Magic
Kathy Burrows - Sold Out Seating
Casey Romany - Pepsi
Kevin Carr - Pro2CEO
Alexa Linger - Navigate
Patrick Ransdell - UCF Athletics
Jay Jones - NCAA
JT McWalters - Orlando Magic
Jason Clerkin - Orlando Magic
Frank Supovitz - Fast Traffic Events and Entertainment
Alex Wold - Orlando City Soccer
James A. DeMeo - Unified Sports & Entertainment Security Consulting, LLC
Adam Martin - United Soccer League
David Cohen - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jason Cohen - Dallas Cowboys
Zoie Springer - MillerCoors
Danny White - UCF Athletics
Brandi Stuart - UCF Athletics
Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak - UCF Athletics
Delise O'Meally - National Consortium for Academics and Sport
Shannon Owens - Orlando Sentinel
Charlie Freeman - Orlando Magic
Linda Landman-Gonzalez - Orlando Magic
Keith Lee - National Consortium for Academics and Sport
Dawn Harris - NASCAR
Terrance Harris - Associated Press
Sean Hanrahan - ESPN

DeVos Class of 2016 in Class Speakers

Tom Cordova - Corova Marketing Group
Kathy Burrows - Sold Out Seating
Rob Thompson - North American Sports Group
Luke Burket and Ben Boaz - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chuck Lichty and Greg Mata - Orlando Magic 
Brian Carroll - LPGA
Alexa Linger - Navigate
Cliff Parks - LBUSD

DeVos Class of 2015 in class speakers

Kevin Warren - COO, Minnesota Vikings
Marcus Sedberry - Director, Player Personnel and Development, Philadelphia Eagles
Walter Brock, Director, Major Gifts and Development, University of California - Berkeley
Cliff Parks - Counselor and Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District
Dr. Janice Hilliard - VP, Player Development, National Basketball Association (NBA)
Dr. Cyntrice Thomas - Visiting Professor, Jacksonville University
Howe Quinn Wallace - CEO, Pallet One
Sean Willis - Senior Sales Director, UPS
Nikki Bowey - Coordinator, Fan Relations & Membership Services, Jacksonville Jaguars

DeVos Class of 2014 in class speakers

Brendan Armitage – Director of Compliance/Financial Aid, UCF
Adam Bates – Business Development Manager, Allen Sportswear
Julian Bowman – Director of Marketing, Global Spectrum
John Cochol – Director of Ticket Sales, Orlando City Soccer Club
Amanda Cromwell – Head Coach, UCLA Women’s Soccer
Scott Einhorn, Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service, Orlando Solar Bears
Ryan Eklund – Assistant Athletics Director, Fan Development, UCF
Charles Freeman – Executive Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer, Orlando Magic
Linda Landman-Gonzalez – Vice President, Community Relations and Government Affairs, Orlando Magic
Stephanie Hanisak – Parade Manager and Scouting Coordinator, Florida Citrus Sports
David Hansen – Senior Associate Athletics Director, Internal Operations, UCF
Kyle Hightower – writer, Associated Press
Jay Jones – Commissioner, Sunshine State Conference
Zack Lassiter – Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations, UCF
Jennifer Lastik – Director of Events, Central Florida Sports Commission
Todd Marinshaw – President, Allen Sportswear
Kimya Massey – Director of Academic Services for Student-Athletes, UCF
Shawn McGee – Senior Vice President of Sales, Miami-Homestead Speedway
Brent Nelson – Senior Vice President, Central Florida Sports Commission
Cliff Parks – Co-Founder/Director, Scholar Baller
Sarah E. Ratzlaff – Senior Sales Manager, Disney Sports Attractions
Jessica Reo – Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services, UCF
Ron Rideout – Assistant General Manager, Global Spectrum
Iliana Limon Romero – College Sports Editor, Orlando Sentinel and Sun Sentinel
Shaun Rooney – Assistant Director of Events, Florida Citrus Sports
Bobby Ruple – Interactive Project Manager, evok Advertising
Scott Siegel – Entrepreneur, Sport Business Industry
Joe Simon – Associate Athletics Director, Internal Operations, UCF
Brad Stricklin – Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Financial Officer, UCF
Andre Therrien – Director of Business Operations, Florida Panthers
John Thomas – Former President, Sacramento Kings
Mitch Varner – Owner, BoardSports Management and Smooth Running, LLC.
Jamie Weinstein – Ticket Sales Manager, Orlando Magic
Alex Wolf – Senior Director of Operations, Orlando City Soccer

Mentoring Program

Each second-year student in our program will have a mentor in a major sports organization. Our policy advisory board members and other business executives volunteer to mentor our students. The process begins as our Director of External Affairs meets with each student to discuss the student’s primary field of interest.  Once the student’s career goals and interests are identified, the Director places each student with a mentor that works with them for the remainder of their graduate career in the DeVos program.

The students are required to keep in contact with their mentor. The time and frequency of this contact will depend on the mentors/mentees schedule. This can be done on a weekly or monthly basis.  DeVos students will share experiences with their mentors throughout their second year at UCF and, hopefully, throughout their careers.

Each first year student will have a second-year student as a mentor. Listed below are some of the mentors for the program.

DeVos Class of 2017 Mentors

Todd Kobus - Vancouver Canucks
Tom Cordova - Cordova Marketing Group
Kimya Massey - Oregon State University
Jessie Gardner - University of Alabama
Brent Schoeb - San Francisco 49ers
John Olguin - Chip Ganassi Racing
Allen Johnson- Orlando Venues
Michael Rust - The Aspire Group
Stacey Allaster - USTA
Eric Sudol - Dallas Cowboys
Joni Lockridge - PGA of America
Matt Laczkowski - Tandem Sports
Lauren Houston - NASCAR
Cathy Andruzzi - Legendary Women's Basketball Coach
Mike Millay - Clancy Sports
Alex Vergara - ESPN Wide World of Sports
Joey Giunta - Dickinson College
Ryan Sleeper - Evolytics
Jessica West - Orlando City Soccer Club
Rob Thompson - North American Sports Group
Kathy Burrows - SOS Marketing
Jarrod Krisiloff - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pat Merna - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Bond Shymansky - University of Iowa

DeVos Class of 2016 Mentors

JT Louviere - Atlanta Hawks
Jason Bitsoff - Feld Entertainment
Phil Stambaugh - PGA
Jose Duverge - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Eric Little - Phoenix Suns
Alejandra Diaz-Lebreque - U.S. Track and Field
Zoie Springer - MillerCoors
Nikki Bowey - Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcus Sedberry - Philadelphia Eagles
Matt Kittle - Teamwork Online
Cory Dolich - Portland Timbers
Mike Millay - Clancy Sports
Kevin Rochlitz - Baltimore Ravens
Eric Sudol - Dallas Cowboys
Jaqueline Uram - Houston Astros
Steve Worthy - Fore!Kids Foundation/Zurich Open Golf Tournament
Kathryn Chappetto - United States Tennis Association (USTA)
Autin Moss - National Football League (NFL)
Sam Stark - Massey Communications
Jez Ratliff - Wasserman Media Group
Sean Smith - Orlando Magic
Alicia Mauger - Orlando Magic
Tom Cordova - Cordova Marketing Group
Stacy Martin - Universal Theme Parks
Allen Johnson - Orlando Venues
Alex Vergara - ESPN Wide World of Sports
Steve Lauletta - Chip Ganassi Racing

DeVos Class of 2015 Mentors

Mark Muzzi - Milwaukee Brewers
Matt Wolfert - NCAA
Andy Gladstone - USTA Player Development
Matt Justine - Golf Now
Kevin Abrams - NY Giants
Mike Golub - Portland Timbers
Judy Sweet - Disney
Gregg Crone - Memphis Grizzlies
Tony Barone - Denver Nuggets
Allen Johnson - Orlando Venues
Alex Vergara - ESPN Wide World of Sports
Matt Warner - Philadelphia Eagles
Billy Hogan - Liverpool Football Club
Marty Bechtold - Banker's Life Field - Indiana Pacers
Steve Worthy - Fore!Kids Foundation 
Chris Kamke - Tampa Bay Lightning
Jody Bennett - Aquarius Sports and Entertainment
Cameron Scholvin - IMG College Midwest
Erin Lewis - Tampa Bay Bucs
Paz Magat - Institute of International Sport
Lauren Hoffmann, RCR Racing
Eric Sudol - Dallas Cowboys
Shawn Bennett - NY Knicks
Heidi Pellarino - Wasserman Media Group

DeVos Class of 2013 Mentors

Sheri Anderson – Orlando Magic
Brandon Beane – Carolina Panthers
Eric Bresler – AEG Facilities
Kari Conley – Orlando Health
Lou DePaoli – Pittsburgh Pirates
Shelly Driggers – Orlando Magic
Dan Gladstone – New York Knicks
Jeff Goering – Baltimore Ravens
Jeff Ianello – Phoenix Suns and Mercury
Megan Jolly – The Marketing Arm
Lisa Kuosmanen – Team Epic
Robert Morrissey – NFL
Jim Paguette – University of Maryland – Loyola
Robert Rardin – FC Dallas
Jezali Ratliff – Wasserman Media Group
Nathalie Reshard – SISU (Denmark Club Team)
Jay Riola – Orlando Magic
Kim Stone – Miami Heat
Scott Sabatino – San Francisco 49ers
Ashley Turner – Orlando Magic
Roman Vega – Orlando Magic
Alex Vergara – Disney Sports
Rodnell Workman – New York Racing Association
Brian Wright – Orlando Magic

DeVos Class of 2014 Mentors

Kristy Belden – UCF
Ralph Capdevila – Miami Marlins
Kevin Carr – NBA
Gail Dent – NCAA
Kim Durand – University of Washington
Todd Ervin – Cultur8
Nicole Fowler – Atlanta Speedway
Jason Glushon – Wasserman Media Group
Michelle Jenkinson – Orlando Magic
Brendan Kitsch – Orlando Magic
Chris Kolodinsky – Orlando Magic
James Laughlin – AAU
Wendy Lewis – MLB
JT Louviere – Atlanta Hawks
Austin Moss - NFL
Heidi Pellerano – Wasserman Media Group
Anthony Perez – Orlando Magic
Benjamin Pincus – Aspire Group
Tom Pullella  - Jordan Brand
Alicia Rankin – NFL
Sarah E. Ratzlaff – Disney
Christian Spears – Northern Illinois University
Ashley Thomas – Orlando Magic

Special Program Partners

Orlando Magic

Orlando's NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic's mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. On an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorship of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 75,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually.

Since the purchase of the Orlando Magic in 1991, Rich DeVos has implemented his values of philanthropy, leadership, and family into the Magic Culture. The Magic are consistently recognized for their positive impact on the Central Florida community through philanthropic investments and community outreach. His values set the ethical standards for the DeVos Sport Business Management Program. Under the DeVos leadership, the DeVos Program has put in more than 87,000 hours of community service, and over the history of the program has improved the Central Florida area as well as the city of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The Orlando Magic hosts an annual leadership presentation exclusively for the DeVos Students. The Magic leadership team is involved in the DeVos Distinguished Speaker Series, in-class panels, and as professional mentors.  Students annually volunteer to help the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation  raise money for at-risk youth in the CentralFlorida area. More than a dozen DeVos graduates have worked for the Orlando Magic upon graduation.

National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS)

Founded in 1985 with help of Dr. Lapchick, NCAS is a group of over 260 colleges and universities that created the first of its kind degree completion and community service programs.   To date, 31,855 athletes have returned to NCAS member schools.  Over 14,985 have graduated.  Nationally, the NCAS athletes have worked with nearly 19.1 million students in the school outreach and community service program, which focuses on teaching youth how to improve race relations, develop conflict resolution skills, prevent gender violence and avoid drug and alcohol abuse.  They have collectively donated more than 20.8 million hours of service while member colleges have donated more than $300 million in tuition assistance.

The NCAS provides diversity management training (TLI) to sports organizations, including athletic departments and professional leagues and teams.  The NCAS has already conducted such training for the NBA, Major League Soccer, NASCAR and more than 100 university athletic departments.   The NCAS’ highly acclaimed MVP Program provides training in gender violation prevention and sexual harassment.  Branded A Leader (BAL) has provided leadership training to numerous campuses.   The same teams that deliver TLI, MVP and BAL nationally also train the DeVos students.

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES)

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport is part of the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program in the University of Central Florida’s College of Business
Under Lapchick’s leadership, the DeVos Program launched the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport in December 2002. The Institute focuses on two broad areas.  In the area of Diversity, the Institute publishes the critically acclaimed Racial and Gender Report Card. The Report Card, an annual study of the racial and gender hiring practices of major professional sports and college sport in the United States, shows long-term trends over a decade and highlights organizations that are notable for diversity in coaching and management staffs.

In the area of ethics, the Institute monitors some of the critical ethical issues in college and professional sport, including the potential for the exploitation of student-athletes, gambling, performance-enhancing drugs and violence in sport.  The Institute publishes annual studies on graduation rates for all teams in college football bowl games, comparing graduation rates for football players to rates for overall student-athletes and including a breakdown by race.  The Institute also publishes the graduation rates of the women’s and men’s basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament as March Madness heats up.


The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. In 1997, Brian France told Dr. Lapchick he wanted NASCAR to look like America.

The diversity management training, facilitated by NCAS, has played a significant role in changing the culture by spending eight-hour days with small groups of NASCAR employees openly discussing the challenging issues of diversity and inclusion. No sport has done more than NASCAR regarding such training.

NASCAR and its affiliated International Speedway have employed more than 10 DeVos graduates.  The also fund a graduate assistant position and provide $40,000 a year in scholarship money to the DeVos students. Each year the incoming DeVos class visits the NASCAR headquarters for a day of learning from the NASCAR leadership team.

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit

Job Search

Career Services and Experiential Learning is a valuable website which will have full/part time jobs listing either on or near campus. Students are highly encouraged to attend resume writing, interview skills, Career Fairs and other essential services hosted by the CRC.



Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).


The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

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