College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Sport Administration and Leadership

Student Profiles

  • Ryan Brown

      Ryan BrownGrowing up in Mount Vernon, WA I always had a passion and interest in sports. I have a well-rounded athletic career having completed in soccer, baseball, basketball, cross-country, and golf up through high school. I was then a part of the nationally ranked men's club lacrosse team at Pacific Lutheran University while earning my bachelor's degree in history. I continue to play for a local men's club team and have coached for Stanwood and North Sound Starz Lacrosse teams. Following my time as a project engineer at a local construction company, I enrolled in the MSAL program to follow my passion in sports. I would like to pursue a career in sports information or sports communication for a university or professional franchise.   

    Britney Carlson

     BritneyCarlsonPhotoI was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and my active family helped fuel my interest in sports and other physical activities.  As a youth, I was involved in soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, track, swimming and even tap dancing. Soccer was my passion, however, and I played competitive soccer for most of my life.  I was fortunate to play soccer at the collegiate level at Seattle University before transferring to the University of Washington where I graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice. During my undergraduate work at the UW, I began working for a fitness studio called Pure Barre and have been an instructor for the past several years. I love to run, hike and am always looking for new athletic challenges! I have also continued my athletic interests by working as an intern in the University of Washington's Athletic Department. I am excited to start the MSAL program and look forward to the many new sports-related experiences and opportunities ahead!   

    Russell Cleveland

     Russell ClevelandGrowing up in Montana, I had the pleasure of having the great outdoors in my backyard, something that is hard to find in many other areas of the country. I grew to love hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, and most of all sports. Stevensville Montana stood as a tough competitor in varsity sports in Western Montana, of which I competed in Football, Basketball, and Track & Field. After high school I continued my sports career in Football at Montana Tech as a wide receiver, and studying electrical engineering. Two years passed before I decided to put my academic studies on hold, and serve in United States Navy, later being stationed in Norfolk Virginia with Helmineron Fourteen as an Aviation Electricians Mate 3rd Class. It is there that I found my love for fitness and nutrition, finding a dire need for both during a painful recovery of being involved in a rollover accident, fracturing three vertebrae. I bounced back though, and after being honorably discharged in 2009, I worked hard to become certified as a Master Fitness Trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association, as well as to finish my bachelor's degree at the University of Nevada Reno in Nutrition-Dietetics. After working with clients for several years there at Anytime Fitness, I knew I was in the field I belonged in, and began falling back to my teenage dream of owning my own fitness franchise and in turn deciding to continue my studies in sports management. What better place to do so than in the great city of Seattle, close to my home and in undoubtedly one of the best programs in the country! Before moving, I dedicated my summer to riding my bike coast to coast, raising money for the prevention of childhood obesity with a fundraiser I created called Pedal4Prevention. 3300 miles, and nearly $5500 raised later, I found my way back to Seattle Washington, where I began work as the Graduate Assistant for Fitness Programming at Seattle University's Eisiminger Fitness Center in August 2012. I have since revamped the URec training program and brought everything digital, allowing people to now sign up for training and classes all online, or through our MemberMe App for smart phones! I look forward to what the future holds here at Seattle University, and am incredibly excited to get started

    Kat Haywood

     Kat Haywood I grew up in Darrington WA; a small logging town in the foothills of the Cascades. Growing up in a rural town gave me the opportunity to experience ample amounts of sports and recreation. In college, I was able to pursue a degree in Athletic Training, which allowed me to reinvest my love of sports in a professional way. While in college I found and fell in love with roller derby by way of a small league in Salt Lake City. After I graduated I moved back home to be closer to my family and work in my chosen field. During the course of events, I was fortunate enough to continue my participation in roller derby by joining the Rat City Roller girls, Seattle's premier flat track roller derby league. Through my participation with Rat City, a DIY sports organization, I found I had a real interest in sports management. I was lucky enough to be admitted to Seattle University and to be able to invest in my interest in sports management through the MSAL program. 

    Taylor Huerta

     TaylorHuertaPhotoI grew up in Eagle River, Alaska and have been passionate about sports from a very young age.  Living in the beautiful state of Alaska, I obviously spent quite a bit of time outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping and snowboarding.  I love the winter (and winter sports) and actually don't like seeing green grass in January.  I also played just about every team sport available as a kid, gradually narrowing my focus to baseball, which I played through high school.  After high school I came south to Seattle Pacific University and graduated with a degree in History.  Since graduating in 2008 I have worked in the financial industry, most recently as a mortgage banker.  While my experience in banking was valuable, it was clear that I needed to make a change and follow my dream of working in the sports industry.  So I applied and was accepted into the MSAL program at Seattle U in June, left my job shortly after and began working as a Graduate Assistant for Development in the SU Athletic Department and as a Marketing Intern at K2 Sports. 

    Tamara Jansen

     TamaraJansenPhotoI found my passion for sports on a volleyball court and continued my interest by creating a career path in Campus Recreation. Playing sports taught me discipline, humility, how to learn from a loss and celebrate a win with my team, and the importance of perseverance as well as how to approach a challenge. Working in athletics I have the unique opportunity to inspire others in the same way and to share their passions. I grew up on Camano Island in a large family with four brothers, which taught me to always be first in line for food and how to be a super fan. Spending the majority of my youth on the court or on the sidelines cheering on a sibling; sport culture is in my blood. I then went on to get my B.A. in Communication from Western Washington University, create a club volleyball program, coach youth volleyball, work as a Sport Club Liaison and plan community athletic events. Now, the Operations Coordinator for Campus Recreation at Western I get to go to work everyday doing a job that I love. I am very excited to learn and grow more in my industry by continuing my education at Seattle University with the Sports Administration and Leadership program. 

    Stephanie Lee

     StephanieLeePhotoIn her tenure as the Assistant Director of Communications and Event and Program Manager at the Seattle Children's Museum, Stephanie Lee has established and maintained several community partners, including the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, One Reel and Key Arena; built and expanded the Museum's educational programming, including a year-long camp program; and contributed to the conception of the Museum's social media brand, including the creation of an educational blog.
    With a bachelor's degree in Public Relations from San Diego State University, Stephanie is looking forward to applying her education, her work experience and her knowledge from a lifetime of being involved in and surrounded by the competitive sports community into the Seattle University's Master of Sports Administration and Leadership program.

    Adriana Logan

     AdrianaLoganPhotoSince the day I was born I have been a nomad. I was born in Bogota, Colombia and adopted at an early age to my family in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Around second grade was when we moved to North Yorkshire, England. We lived in England until I was in seventh grade and then we moved to Westminster, Maryland. Finally, after my sophomore year of high school we moved to Augusta, Georgia which would end up being the longest time I've lived in a place consecutively. Regardless of my geographic location one thing that remained constant was my love of sports...ALL sports. Growing up, I participated in a little bit of everything: soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, cross country, bowling, basketball and lacrosse. I should also mention the sports I learned over time in school: rounders, cricket, tennis, and racquetball. I am a die hard football fan. My love for sports, all sports, is what drew me towards pursuing an athletic training degree at Valdosta State University (VSU). During my time at VSU I have worked with a variety of athletic teams to include college football, tennis, volleyball, softball as well as a mixture of sports at the high school level. Before graduation, I completed a full time athletic training internship at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania working with the men's lacrosse team. Naturally due to my nomad instincts, I wanted to use graduate school as an opportunity to expand my horizons. Having never been to the West coast, Seattle seemed like a great place and Seattle University seemed like an even better fit. I'm excited to start the MSAL program as I hope to gain knowledge of the athletic world from a business and administrative side and intend on using the skills that I gain to achieve both my personal and professional goals.

    Jessica Lyons

     JessicaLyonsPhotoI'm a transplant to the northwest after growing up in Columbus Ohio. Sports and athletics have always been a part of my life since the ripe age of 4 when I joined my first team and I have been hooked ever since.  Year round I was traveling to and from practices, games and tournaments for different sports and teams. When I wasn't playing one I was watching them.  When it came time for college there was no doubt Ohio State was where I was going. I completed my undergrad in Sports Leadership and Humanities and knew my passion for people and sports was something I needed to pursue for my career. Over the years I've been actively involved with various sports and recreation based companies and organizations and continue to be reaffirmed daily in my desire to pursue this field. I'm excited to be a part of the MSAL program and for the new adventures that are ahead. 

    Kirstin Mahoney

     Kristin Mahoney My Dad always told me, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life." I didn't truly understand his advice until I began to feel the day-to-day struggles and monotony of my first career after college. Even in my compensated job, it could not compare to the enjoyment I experienced interning for the Seattle Mariners, even with unpaid 60-70 hour work weeks. After being one of the only girls to enroll in a 'Sports Marketing' class at McMinnville High School, I decided to pursue a degree in business at Oregon State University. Through my five years at OSU I interned for the Sports Marketing department, specifically for the Beaver's football, baseball, basketball and gymnastics programs; studied abroad at the University of Technology Sydney, joined Chi Omega sorority and helped manage the technology sector of a million dollar portfolio for the OSU Investment Group. My double degree in Business and Education; with a double option in Marketing and Finance, have proven to be one of the proudest accomplishments of my life. Never did I think I would return to school, but when I discovered the MSAL program at Seattle University, I knew it was where I was supposed to be. It has been an honor to be accepted into the program with so many impressively qualified candidates, I know that graduation from this program will be yet another extremely proud day in my life. Thanks to my Dad, and my Mom, for supporting me, and teaching me to 'Love what I do'. 

    Aaron Menard

      AaronMenardPhotoOriginally from Granite Bay, CA just outside of Sacramento, I moved up to the Northwest in 2007 to attend Washington State University where I graduated with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration. While at WSU I worked for the football team as videographer for 4 years. After my years in Pullman I moved over to the Greater Seattle area to pursue my Masters of Sport Administration & Leadership. I currently work with the Seattle Seahawks in their video department, and recently got to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience of going to and working at the Super Bowl. After completion of my degree at Seattle U it is my goal to work full time in football video for either an NFL franchise or Division 1 college football program.    


    Carlee Norquist

     CarleeNorquistPhotoI was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Thanks to my active and supportive family sport has always played a huge role in my life. Growing up I was the overly competitive little girl who wanted to excel in every aspect of sport. For years, my sister Summer and I participated in soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, swimming, and track. Nothing else made us happier. My dream was to compete at the division 1 level. My dream came true when I received a scholarship to play soccer at Seattle University. The four years of dedication, smiles, hard work, pre-game talks, road trips, camaraderie, inspiration, passion, and love for the game was everything I had hoped for. Even though my journey as a division 1 soccer student-athlete came to an end this past June as I graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, my passion for sport still remains!
    Beginning in August I became a part of the Seattle U Women's Soccer staff as the Director of Operations and have loved every minute of it! I'm very excited to start the MSAL program and look forward to the amazing experiences, challenges, and opportunities ahead! The program seems like the perfect fit and I am happy to make Seattle my home for a few more years.

    Andrew O'Connor

     AndrewOConnorPhotoI grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I attended Archbishop Moeller High School. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with minors in Coaching and Comparative Religion from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At both schools, service was an overarching theme. For three years I was the service chair of a campus ministry board in Oxford. Sport ethics, availability of sport facilities, and coaching effectiveness were the focus of my academic research interests. I wanted to work in athletic administration before I was old enough to even play sports. At four years old I was drawing up football plays and using situational coaching in hypothetical baseball games for fun. Over the years I have had the opportunity to coach three sports: baseball, football, and tennis. I have played recreationally and have a base understanding of many more. I love nature, hiking, reflecting, and traveling.  

    Ella Odland 

     EllaOdlandPhotoSport has been an important part of my life since I was a kid.  Growing up my favorite sport was volleyball, but after not making my high school team I was recruited for the crew team and fell in love with the sport. I went on to row for Washington State University where I studied sport management and worked part-time as a student-assistant with athletic communications. Upon graduation I spent the summer in Princeton, New Jersey interning for the communications department of the United States Rowing Association. At Seattle U I am a grad assistant with marketing and promotions for volleyball, men's and women's basketball, and softball. As an MSAL student at Seattle U I look forward to learning even more about the sport industry and figuring out my future career plans.  

    Andrew Patton

     AndrewPattonPhotoI am originally from Tualatin, Oregon and completed my undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University, where I majored in Health and Physical Education. While there I was a member of the Kennel Club board, a group of students who helped organize events and promotions for the athletic events. In my spare time I enjoy watching/playing baseball and basketball, playing disc golf, and exploring the greater Seattle area!   

    Wesley Phillips

     Wesley PhillipsI was born in Atwater, California, but I am originally from O'Fallon, Illinois. As a military brat, I have lived in a number of different places and visited countries across the globe. Sports have always been a passion of mine since I was little, and I always wanted to have a profession that involved sports and helping others. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale with a degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science with an emphasis of Pre-Chiropractic.  I attended chiropractic school for a short time, but soon realized my true passion was in sports performance.  Over the last two years, I have been blessed with opportunities to work with elite athletes in the private sector, collegiate level, and at the professional level. With internships as a sports performance professional at Athletes Performance and Stanford University, and a seasonal job with the Miami Marlins, I have been able to accumulate a large amount of experience in short amount of time from a wide variety of sources. I am excited now to be at Seattle University to continue my education with the MSAL program and work as a strength and conditioning coach with some of the athletic teams. I work specifically with Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer, and both Men's & Women's Tennis teams. 

    Jenavieve Purcell

     JenavievePurcellPhotoBeing the first college graduate in my family, I have now set an example for the rest of them. Sports have always been my passion and without it I would have never been able to embark on this new opportunity. Growing up in California and being raised by a single mother, I never thought about college until I was offered a scholarship to play softball. I had a successful career at Southern Utah University and graduated with my Bachelor's in Business Marketing. As I made my way back home, finding a job became harder and harder. I was fortunate to be able to get a coaching job at a Division III school as well as at a high school. During those two years I have been coaching and working with many student-athletes, I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in Sports Administration to help young athletes achieve their goals and one day have the same opportunities that I have had. When I finally made the decision to go back to school, Seattle University and the MSAL Program caught my eye because of the involvement of the students and the content of the classes that are offered. I am excited for the new journey and for the chance to help others on their way towards success. 

    Alice Sax

     AliceSaxPhotoI am excited to be a part of Seattle University's community and to continue my career in athletics.  Growing up locally, in Bellevue Washington, I was fortunate to have plenty of opportunities to participate in sports.  Since 2003 I have worked as a swim instructor, following a childhood passion for swimming and physical activity. I earned my undergraduate degree at Western Washington University in Sociology in 2009 where I also worked at the Wade King Recreation Center on campus.  Through my work in athletics I have experienced first hand how important sports are to individual growth and to our community.  I currently work at Pro Sports Club in Bellevue where I am a Lead Instructor and teach private swim lessons to people of all ages and abilities.  This profession has nurtured my growing passion for coaching and working with children.  I take great pride in teaching my students to push themselves and exceed their own expectations.  I am looking forward to utilizing the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program to further my career in sports and expand the scope of athletics in our community.  

    Lizetta Solarik   

    LizettaSolarikPhotoI grew up in North Salem, NY, where I went to high school and was a three-sport athlete, participating in field hockey, alpine skiing, and lacrosse. I continued my passion for field hockey at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, where I was a goalie for four years. While at Endicott, I pursued my Bachelors of Science in Communication with a minor in Graphic Design. In my junior year I completed a full-time internship in the athletic department at Boston University working with the Marketing and Promotions staff. This experience led me to the decision that the sports world was exactly where I wanted to be. As my college career was coming to an end I looked into how I could pursue my dream of working in the sports industry and I found Seattle U. I am currently working in the athletic department as the Graduate Assistant of Donor Relations and love every second of living and studying in Seattle. 

    Valerie Stahl

    ValerieStahlPhotoMy life has always revolved around sports.  While growing up in Everett, Washington, I was involved in competitive softball and soccer.  I attended Everett High School and was part of the school's first ever Girls Soccer State Champion team in 2008.  I was able to continue my soccer career in Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland State University where I was a four year starter and team captain.  I always had a desire to be involved in sports administration, and after finding the MSAL program at Seattle U, I knew it was a perfect fit.   I completed my bachelor's degree in physical education and am looking forward to the MSAL program this fall.

    Tanner Swanson

     Tanner SwansonDuring my childhood years in Roslyn,  a rural coal-mining town of one thousand residents on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains, I learned the meaning of compassion and the importance hard work largely through athletics. These values provided me the competitive drive to pursue baseball after high school and beyond. After a string of junior colleges, I finished playing at Central Washington University and received a degree in Physical Education. From there I began teaching and coaching at the high school level and eventually landed back at CWU teaching in the Physical Education & School Health department and coaching at my alma mater. Currently, I am entering my first year as the head baseball coach at Green River Community College and am continuing to progress through the MSAL program. I have strong aspirations to coach at the Division I level and am looking to extend my professional network within the athletic administration and coaching fields.

    Jessica Ulrich

     JessicaUlrichPhotoOriginally from Lewiston, Idaho, I attended Seattle University on a Softball scholarship from 2010 -2013 graduating with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science.  I was awarded many honors during my college career including Team Captain, Dean's List, Division Pitcher of the Week, First Team All-Conference, Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll and Overall Top 15 Athlete at Seattle U.  I have assisted in hosting fundraising activities at SU and continue to do so at the University of Washington.
    I have enjoyed my work as an assistant to the strength and conditioning coach at Seattle University and also have continued my love for softball by coaching with Grand Slam Camps here in Washington and the prestigious Ladyhawks ASA Softball Program. I am now completing my Masters of Sport Administration and Leadership at Seattle U and am enjoying my fun and exciting internships with the University of Washington.  Seattle is a great place to live, work and play and I am excited for what my future holds. 

  • Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should accomplish with your ability.

    John Wooden .