Bachelor of Science in Sport Management (BS)
Put your passion into action.
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.
Bachelor of Science with majors in Sport Management and Biblical Studies
Here are some examples of internships completed by students in the past:
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.
"A good leader takes a little more than her share of the blame, a little less than her share of the credit." — Amanda Dowhen
"A first-class teacher is one who embraces the profession with passion, confidence and ingenuity." — Thomas Randolph
"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
Amanda Dowhen graduated from LBC in 2003 and Millersville University with an M.Ed. in Sport Management in 2005. Upon graduation, Amanda accepted a position as a teacher and athletic director at a Christian school on the island of Guam. Amanda traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia scuba diving, hiking and exploring new cultures for over three years. Upon moving back to the states, Amanda began teaching as an adjunct professor at LBC in 2011 while her son was still an infant. Amanda came on full-time in 2013 primarily as a professor of Sport Management. Amanda is the race director for Shadey's Rugged Run, an event run by seniors in one of her sport management classes'. Shadey's has generated well over $100,000 in just the first four years, supporting LBC Athletics and Penn State Hershey Children's Miracle Network.
Mr. Tom Randolph is the Chair of the Health & Physical Education Department at LBC. He has twenty-five years of teaching and coaching experience, the last six years at Lancaster Bible College. Tom Randolph is a firm believer that high quality physical education programs and staff don’t just roll out the ball. They help students develop the movement skills they need. Tom’s entire purpose is to deliver a high quality HPE Teacher Certification Program that provides quality health and physical education instruction, increases fitness and activity levels, teaches new activities and games, encourages social interaction with other school-age children, and above all else integrates a biblical world view.
Vickie received her B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education from The King’s College, and her Master in Sport Science in Sport Management and her doctorate in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy. She has had a passion for teaching and has been in education since 1981 teaching and coaching at the K-12 level. She moved to the college level in the role of teaching and athletic administration and coaching in 1990.
Vickie joined the LBC staff in 1994 to begin the process of starting the Health and Physical Education program. During her time, she also developed the Sports Ministry/Management program. In 2005 She left to be home with her son. Having the passion to teach and the love for LBC she returned to be an adjunct faculty in 2009 and is excited to rejoin the department full time this fall.
Vickie and her husband have been blessed to build their family through adoption. Hunter joined the family at birth and DJ and Nicholas joined the family in 2014. Adoption has given us a true picture of what Christ has done for us. In her spare time, Vickie enjoys time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and enjoying a variety of recreation activities.
Vickie also has a passion for families affected by disability and has served as a volunteer and staff person for Joni and Friends ministry her in Lancaster. She feels this experience has made her a better teacher and helped broaden her view of God’s love and the uniqueness of each individual being created by God.
Other memorable experiences for Vickie have been her leadership roles in Church Sports Recreation Ministers, and serving as the first female President of the National Christian College Athletic association.
This course is designed to teach the principles, techniques, and strategies of coaching individual and team sports. In addition, an overview of the philosophy and psychology of coaching are examined. National coaching certification through The American Sport Education Program (ASEP) is also granted upon successful completion of course requirements.
This course is a study of the principles, guidelines, and recommendations for planning, construction, use of, maintenance and management of various types of sport facilities. Indoor facilities, equipment uses and upkeep are studied. Outdoor complexes are investigated with special attention given to lightning systems and turf management. Course topics included examining planning, designing, financing, and selecting of sites for stadiums and arenas as well as operational functions such as personnel, finance, security, concessions, seat distribution, event scheduling, equipment management and maintenance of facilities and equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.