LBC | Sport Management

Sport Management

Bachelor of Science in Sport Management (BS)


Put your passion into action.

Study Sport Management at LBC

Faith in Action 

If you're looking for an education in sport management 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 program allows students to be a part of the 400 billion dollar industry - before they even graduate. 

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. 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.

Additionally, our students are nearly entirely responsible for Shadey's Rugged Run, our annual 5K charitable mud run that raises and average of $25,000 each year and draws a group of over 500 runners - and that's not even counting the spectators. 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 and professional 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.   

" . . . let us run with endurance the race set out for us." - Hebrews 12:1b

A Closer Look: Sport Management

Real-World Experience

During your junior year as a sports management major, you will have the opportunity to help to create and run LBC's 3.5 mile mud/obstacle course, called Shadey’s Rugged Run. This is a great way to get real world experience planning and executing a large scale sporting events. To top the experience off you are part of raising funds for LBC's Athletic Department and Penn State Hershey Children’s Miracle Network.

Meet The Faculty

Amanda Dowhen

Assistant Professor

"A good leader takes a little more than her share of the blame, a little less than her share of the credit." — Amanda Dowhen

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Thomas Randolph

Chair of Health & Physical Education Department

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

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Dr. Vickie Byler

Professor

"Each day, we write another page in our story. Some pages are full of excitement and accomplishment, while other pages are full of failure and heartache. I pray to be attentive to the Lord’s leading as I travel this journey. " — Dr. Byler

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Careers and Jobs in Sport Management

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

Sample Course Outline

SPM 105 - Introduction to Sport Management

This introductory course in the sport management program is designed to provide the student with an overview of the tools necessary in organizing and administering a sport management program. General principles, basic sport management skill development as well as practices and concepts in the sport management field will be discussed.

SPM 130 - Sport Communication

This course provides the student with an under­standing of the uses of sport communication at the professional, scholastic, parachurch and church levels. The course will cover areas including the role of commu­nications in management, news release writing, working with and utilizing the various forms of media, use of the internet in com­munications and sports, crisis management, pitch­ing stories, interviews, and ethics. Emphasis will be placed on development communi­cation, telecommunication, audio-visual commu­nication, mass communication, sports informa­tion, public relations, and community relations.

PHE 180 - Sports & Games

This core course is designed to assist students in preparing appropriate sports and game activities for children, youth, and adults. Students explore the developmental stages of growth as they relate to play and games. Students also explore fundamental strategies of sports and games for efficient play and providing a safe environment for play. The interaction of non-traditional gaming and traditional sports and the impact on team performance and personal growth are a consistent theme.

SPM 270 - Sport Marketing

This course is designed to give an overview of the marketing process and the marketing plan as they pertain to sport organizations. Topics to be covered include marketing terminology, formation of a marketing plan, making marketing decisions and factors that affect the successful promotion of an organization.

SPM 322 - First Aid & Athletic Training

This course is designed to give the student an introduction to the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Taping, care of common injuries, conditioning, basic anatomy, and training programs are discussed. American Red Cross CPR and American Sport Education Program for First Aid certifications may be granted upon successful completion of the course.

SPM 190 - Team Sports

This course is designed to introduce students to the games of softball, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental skills, rules, and basic strategies for each sport. Lifetime fitness and wellness are stressed in this course.

SPM 320 - Organization Leadership in Sport

This course is designed to provide and examination of effective leadership. Students will examine general concepts in leadership (theories, principles, traits, skills, etc.) that exist and are necessary to every sport organization. In addition, the core of organizational leadership will center on the four traditional fundamentals of management, which include: management planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

SPM 315 - Administration of Physical Education & Athletic Programs

This course is designed to give an overview of the administration of a physical education and school athletic program. Topics covered include staff recruitment and supervision, budgeting, equipment purchase, maintenance, scheduling of athletic events, officials, facilities, public relations, sport management, and sport promotions.

SOC 412 - Sociology of Sport

This is a required course for students in the sport management curriculum and is designed to assist students in understanding the sociological aspects of sport in our culture as well as other cultures in an attempt to prepare them to use sport as a tool for management.

CSPM 420 - Sport Finance and Economics

This course is designed to give an overview and analysis of financial and economic concepts applied to sport environments. Students will examine the biblical guidelines for financial management and stewardship. Fundraising from various constituencies will be explored. Topics to be covered include preparation of financial plans, business plans, market trends, strategic budgeting and operating budgets.

SPM 470 - Sport Law and Ethics

This course introduces the student to the fundamental tenets of the law, the legal structure, and basic legal terminology. Students will examine various types of law such as contracts, torts, and the ways in which these laws affect the sport environment. The review of law and ethics will include an investigation of the biblical perspective on these topics. The material will seek to heighten the student’s awareness of the preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of liability with various sport settings.

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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.

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