Meet Our Team

Michael Ross, PhD

Adjunct Faculty, Subject Matter Expert Designer & Manager

Department: Business Administration

Office Location: Lancaster

Dr. Michael Ross graduated from Piedmont University in 2012. During his studies there he played basketball while assisting in the training room and athletic department in various capacities while earning his undergraduate degree in History. He then attended the University of Georgia and earned his MS degree in Kinesiology – Sport Management in 2014. He earned his PhD from Troy University.

Dr. Ross has worked at the interscholastic level serving as an athletic director, served as a Basketball Development Staff Member for the Atlanta Hawks, and is currently the Department Chair of the Sport Management program at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. While serving with the Hawks’ organization, he was able to assist running various corporate events, community court and site activations, game day operations, off-site development, player engagement among other community, and youth-oriented opportunities. He also runs a youth sport development company that focuses on skill and functional movement training for athletes ranging from six years old to professional players currently competing overseas.

Dr. Ross also has a passion for travel (17 countries and counting), hiking (17 state high points and counting), scuba diving, spending time with friends and family, and anything else that are ‘memory making’ oriented. Dr. Ross is dedicated to serving his students through his passion of sports, traveling, and life in hopes to serve as a mentor and springboard for them to fully pursue their own passions and positively influence those around them.


PhD in Sport Management, Troy University, Troy, AL
MS in Kinesiology (Sport Management concentration), University of Georgia, Athens, GA
BA in History, Piedmont University, Demorest, GA

Publications/Creative Works:


  • Ross, M.A. (2022). Auburn Men’s Basketball Avoids Increased Sanctions Despite Highest-Level Infractions Incurred. Journal of NCAA Compliance, (2), (Online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2022). S.B. v. Minn. State High Sch. League – Misconduct Actions Lead to Missed Memories. Legal Issues in High School Athletics, 14(1), (Online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2021). Madruga v. Utah High Sch. Activities Ass’n – Denying Exception Used to Protect the Greater Good. Legal Issues in High School Athletics, 13(6), (Online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2021). Georgia Tech Basketball Programs and their Continued Compliance Woes. Journal of NCAA Compliance, (5), (Online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2021). Agent and NIL: Navigating the Uncertainty of the Professionalization of Collegiate Athletics. Lead1 Association: Name, Image, and Likeness (“NIL”) Institutional Report, (1), (Online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2021). Keith v. Talladega City Bd. of Educ. – Discriminatory Claims Fail Due to Procedural and Precedential Guidelines. Sport Litigation Alert, 18, (online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2021). Avoiding Increased Punishment: USC’s Proactive Approach Received Favorably in NCAA Corruption Case. Journal of NCAA Compliance, (3), (Online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2021). ‘Testing the Waters’ – the NCAA Issues a Memo about Best Practices for DI Basketball Players Seeking a Career in the NBA. Journal of NCAA Compliance, (2), (Online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2021, March 26). Re: Business and Basketball. Faith Driven Entrepreneur.
  • Ross, M.A. (2021). Court Finds School Board Has Immunity in Wrongful Death Case Despite Liability Policies Creating Conflicting Interpretation of Statutes. Sport Litigation Alert, 18(6), (online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2021). Humphries v. Pa. State Univ. – Application of state law and interpretation of the U.S. District Court. Sport Litigation Alert, 18(3), (online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2021). Tveter v. Pinkerton Acad. – A closer look at accommodation development and adherence. Sport Litigation Alert, 18(1), (online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2020). Student-athletes at HBCUs file class action lawsuit against NCAA over inequality of academic performance program. Sport Litigation Alert, 17(24), (online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2020). AD’s race discrimination claim falls short as court deems evidence circumstantial. Legal Issues in High School Athletics, 12(6), (online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2020). There’s a push for Rooney rule-like policies within the NCAA. Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, 17(19), (online).
  • Ross, M.A. (2020). Tennessee house bill 1572 proposes high school athletes must compete based on gender assigned on birth certificate. Sport Litigation Alert, 17(6), (online).
  • Ross, M. A. (2016). A father’s legacy for his son. Retrieved from


  • Ross, M. A. (2021). Ethics (pp. 169-170). In Encyclopedia of sport management. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Hooper, H. & Ross, M. A. (2021). Mental health (pp. 315-317). In Encyclopedia of sport management. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Ross, M. A. & Hooper, H. (2021). Risk management (pp. 409-410). In Encyclopedia of sport management. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” — Paulo Coelho


As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. – Proverbs 27v17