College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Sport Administration and Leadership

Alumni Accolades

  • MSAL'13 Alumnus Nick Schmidt appointed South Puget Sound Community College's Athletic Director

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    The Olympia native served as head boys golf coach at Tumwater High School and worked as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's championship and marketing assistant. Photo Courtesy: Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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    MSAL'10 Alumna Katie Manor is helping young people in Northern Texas

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    Working as the Foundation Coordinator, MSAL'10 Alumna Katie Manor is helping young people in Northern Texas for whom opportunities are limited have a brighter future. She works with the Fairway to Success program, which uses the game of golf to help young people develop lifelong skills and attend college.

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    MSAL '10 Alumnus Dan Giuliani's Volt Athletics partners with NSCA.

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    In 2011, shortly after earning his MSAL from SeattleU, Dan Giuliani, MSAL, CSCS, saw a glaring need for affordable access to high-quality strength and conditioning in athletic departments nationwide. Through his own playing a coaching career, Dan had experienced firsthand the disparity of strength and conditioning resources as high schools and small colleges as compared to major D1 schools. So he decided to do something about it by co-founding Volt Athletics , a company dedicated to bringing better strength and conditioning to more athletes worldwide. Volt's mission is to make strength and conditioning affordable so that every athlete has the same opportunity to develop, stay healthy, and reach their full athletic potential. To accomplish this lofty goal, Dan and his team set about developing a unique cloud-based software that combined decades of strength and conditioning industry expertise with cutting-edge technology. The result was the Volt platform which launched in 2013. Since that time, thousands of coaches and their teams have joined the Volt Family and Volt has become a global leader in technology solutions for sport performance training. As a testament to Volt's impact on the strength and conditioning industry, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) , the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, recently partnered with Volt to advance athletic performance and fitness, and to continue shaping the future of the strength and conditioning industry. Dan credits his experience in the MSAL program at SeattleU for sharpening the skills required to run a successful startup company. "Seattle U's MSAL program exposed me to multiple facets of the sports industry and prepared me with a wide breadth of knowledge applicable in a variety of experiences," says Giuliani. "My job at Volt is constantly changing and I use skills built at SeattleU on a daily basis. My ability to manage my company and navigate the ever-evolving sports industry is greatly enhanced because of the MSAL program. It's been an incredible resource to pull from as a CEO."

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    MSAL'06 Alumnus Quinn S. Pacini joins Bobcat Sports Properties

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    After spending the last 12 years in advertising, marketing and management in Seattle, Pacini joins Learfield Sports as General Manager of Bobcat Sports Properties at Montana State University

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    MSAL '10 Alumna Anjelica Sloan published on the Marketing Cloud Blog

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    "Through it all, we must ensure that all marketing, regardless of channel, is delivered in a cohesive and consistent manner, with an excellent user experience, while fulfilling the objectives and KPI’s of our clients."

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    MSAL'13 Alumna Molly (Lindahl) Lovelin presented "Leadership and Management: A Model for Female Sport Leaders"

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    Presentation took place at the Women's Leadership Affiliation Group's inaugural conference in California June 9-12, 2013. Abstract: While women have made notable progress in the management ranks in business corporations, little has changed in the sport industry with still far fewer women than men in senior decision-making positions in sports management. This qualitative study explores the strengths of successful female sport leaders and what they consider important to their development and advancement as a leader in the industry through Kotter's framework of leadership and management. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 high-ranking, successful female administrators from organizations spanning the sport industry, including collegiate and professional sport teams, non-profit sport organizations, and sport equipment manufacturing and retail companies. The findings of this research indicate that female sport leaders recognize that leadership and management serve separate, but complementary functions in an organization. Not only do these women indicate differences, but they understand them in such a way as to practice both leadership and management in their work. In other words, they have a keen sense of what they need to do to lead but are very careful to wield management skills as well when the situation calls for them. For women, these findings can serve as a model for how to be effective leaders in the sport world.

    Meet MSAL'11 Alumnus, Dick Fain: the Voice of the WNBA Seattle Storm

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    Dick is a 1992 graduate of Mount Rainier High School where he played basketball and swam on the state championship team. He then went to UW and was a member of the Husky Marching band. He received his Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Seattle University in 2011. Dick began his career in broadcasting at KJR in 1997 and worked his way up to show host and sports director. Dick currently is the host of the Live @ 5:30 show Monday thru Friday and is co-host on the Mitch in the Morning show from 6a-10a. Dick is also the voice of the WNBA Seattle Storm. He and his wife Janna live in Normandy Park with their son and daughter. Dick has a passion for high school sports and is a boys basketball coach at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines.

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