Sport Management

Bachelor of Science (BS), Sport Management and Biblical Studies

Put your passion into action.

Study Sport Management at LBC

Faith in Action

If you’re looking for an education in sport management or a sports administration degree that’s hands-on, practical and focused on giving you résumé-ready skills and experience, look no further. At Lancaster Bible College, our Sport Management degree allows students to be a part of the 400 billion dollar industry – before they even graduate.

Our Sport Management degree offers students 3 different areas to specialize in:

  • Sport Management
  • Coaching
  • Sport Ministry (camp, fitness, church ministry)

While many colleges offer sport management programs, there’s none quite like ours. With a program that is intentionally designed to give students field experience before graduating, our students leave equipped and ready to lead in their industry in sports administration, coaching or sport ministry. Starting freshman year, students begin working in their field, first by helping to pull off athletic events on campus, followed by an apprenticeship under a skilled professional in their sophomore year, then internships and practicum in their junior and senior years. In total, our students leave with a minimum of 440 hours of relevant sport management experience. As you can tell, we’re firm believers in giving our students the chance to get as much hands-on experience as possible.

Furthermore, our students get the chance to integrate their faith into their profession through our unique program that places a strong emphasis on Bible classes, professional classes and coaching classes. In fact, our students graduate with two majors: sport management and biblical studies.

So if you’re looking for a Christian college that will give you and education in the Bible and beyond, consider applying to LBC to study sport management.

Why Study Sport Management at LBC?

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at how amateur, collegiate, and professional sports teams are run.
  • Gain hands-on experience in working with local sports organizations.
  • Earn nationally recognized certifications through LBC’s sport management program, including certificates from the American Sport Education Program in Coaching, American Sport Education Program in Sport First Aid and American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED.
  • Enjoy earning a degree that offers you flexible job options following graduation – sport management careers are varied and versatile.

The sport management degree program at Lancaster Bible College has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Fort Collins, CO, USA. The sport management program in the following area is accredited by COSMA: Bachelor of Science, Sport Management & Biblical Studies.

Your Journey

Program Credits: 120

Locations: Lancaster


Degree

Bachelor of Science, students major in Sport Management and Biblical Studies
Associates of Science is also available.


Internships
Here are some examples of internships completed by students in the past:

  • Intern at Cal Ripken’s Baseball Clinic
  • Intern at Spooky Nook (Largest Indoor Recreational Complex in North America)
  • Intern at YMCA

Options

  • Traditional
  • Online & Evening (Adult Education)
  • Available as Minor

“…let us run with endurance the race set out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1b

A Closer Look: Sport Management

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Real-World Experience

A 2012 graduate of Lancaster Bible College, Taylor Dooley has used his degree to go far. Today, he works at Under Armour and helps to design and develop the world-recognized shoes worn by professional athletes and aspiring athletes alike. Listen to him explain why studied at LBC and why a biblical education matters.

Meet the Faculty

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Amanda Zuschmidt, M.Ed.

Assistant Professor

“A good leader takes a little more than her share of the blame, a little less than her share of the credit.” — Mrs. Zuschmidt

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Vickie Byler, Ed.D.

Professor, Chair of Health & Physical Education

“If we truly believe we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we will look to God for our validation and not be pulled off course by the changing standards of the world.” — Dr. Byler

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Tom Randolph, Ed.D.

Professor

“A first-class teacher is one who embraces the profession with passion, confidence and ingenuity.” — Mr. Randolph

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Zach Freeman, MS

Director of Advancement Operations
and Adjunct Faculty in HPE

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Sample Course Outline

Required Core Courses

SPM 105 Intro to Sport Management3 credits
SPM 130 Sport Communication3 credits
SPM 320 Organizational Leadership3 credits
SPM 315 Administration of Sport3 credits
SPM 400  Cross Cultural Experience1 credit
SPM 420 Sport Finance3 credits
SPM 470 Sport Law and Ethics3 credits
Field Experiences (SPM 175, 275, 355 and 450)7 credits

Sport Management Specialization Professional Core

SPM 270 Marketing3 credits
SPM390 Sport Governance3 credits
SPM 475 Facility/Event Mgmt3 credits
Major Elective3 credits
Major Elective3 credits

Coaching Specialization Professional Core

SPM140 Fundamentals of Coaching3 credits
SPM 190 Team Sports3 credits
SPM 322 First Aid and Athletic Training3 credits
Major Elective3 credits
Major Elective3 credits

Sport Ministry Specialization Professional Core

SPM 322 First Aid and Athletic Training3 credits
SPM 210 Sport in Ministry3 credits
SPM 430 Recreation Management3 credits
Major Elective – SPM 160 Outdoor Ed (suggested elective)3 credits
Major Elective3 credits

OBJECTIVES

This major prepares you for careers in professional sports, college athletics, amateur sports, youth sports, a sports-related position with corporation or sports ministry. You will leave with a variety of practical “hands-on” experience and professional skills to organize, administrate and facilitate sports programs at corporate, agency, professional and amateur levels. You will also be able to receive national certifications in coaching, first aid and CPR.


PROGRAM DISTINCTIVES

Field Service/Internships. Students receive field service experience each year they are enrolled at LBC. These field service opportunities are key to the students’ educational experience as it is where they put into practice what they have learned in the classroom. Internships may include working with professional sports organizations, college and high school athletic departments, recreational departments, churches and sport ministry organizations performing functions including facility management, sport promotion and marketing, sport media, customer or community relations, sport sponsorship, licensing, sport information and coaching.

Careers and Jobs in Sport Management

  • Athletic Director
  • College Coach
  • League Manager
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Administration
  • Staff for Professional Sports Team

What’s your next step?