Class Profile

Our students make an impact

The San Diego State Sports MBA requires students to get real world experience upon completion of the program with their BA 795 course. Designed to have students address and solve real world problems. Throughout the year-long program, the students have many opportunities to volunteer and work for sporting events in the Southern California area.

Current Students in Action

Go Gulls!

Go Gulls!

Joshua Himbury (SMBA ‘23) and Alexis Ross (SMBA '23) work for the San Diego Gulls, the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.  They assist with the setup of entertainment aspects each game, ensure on time activations, and facilitate fan engagement.
Golf in January

Farmers Insurance Open!

Gaelen Kepics (SMBA '23) presenting Max Homa with the Champion's Surf Board, presented annually to the Farmers Insurance Open winner, along with a trophy representing a Torrey pine, a rare pine species found almost exclusively around the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, CA.
Surfs Up!

SuperGirl SurfPro

Jack Lyon (SMBA '23), Devon Sundquist (SMBA '23), Jonathan Nicholson (SMBA '23) and Rylan Greenlee (SMBA '23) were among the students who worked for Super Girl Surf Pro, one of the largest women’s surfing competitions in the world. This year's class met legendary surfer Bethany Hamilton, who competed in the star-studded event.
Sunny Skies at the Ballpark

Opportunities at Petco Park

Kaitlin Lynch (SMBA '23), who works in Ticket Services, is one of four current students employed by the San Diego Padres on a part time basis while enrolled in SDSU Sports MBA full-time. Sports MBA students also serve as "secret shoppers" to help the club's guest experience department provide MLB's best fan experience to its fans.
Marketing intern for the Century Club of San Diego-  Gabrielle Fan-Yang SMBA

Student Highlight

It was an amazing experience for me to gain hands-on experience as a marketing intern with the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open. I was able to make connections with industry professionals throughout San Diego as a result of my involvement in the tournament. I truly admire the Century Club staff and their members' hard work, professionalism, and passion for the tournament.
Marketing intern for the Century Club of San Diego- Gabrielle Fan-Yang SMBA '23

Sports MBA Faculty Bring the Sports Industry to You

Faculty FeatureDr. Vassilis DalakasProfessor, Sports Marketing & SponsorshipsIn my course, students develop sponsorship plans on behalf of real properties and pitch them directly to an employee of the brand they targeted. This is as close to a real-world context as a classroom experience can get. It's truly experiential learning.Learn More

Angelica Gamez

Alumni Spotlight

Angelica Gamez, '22

Angelica Gamez (SMBA ‘22) Account Executive, Corporate Partnership Sales at San Diego Wave Fútbol Club. Gamez Is a recent graduate of the Sports MBA program (2022) and also holds a bachelor’s degree from SDSU, where she was a student-athlete cheerleader and intern for Aztec Athletics Marketing.



Student Profiles

Iñaki Aguirre

Born in Mexico City and raised in Spain. I am extremely passionate about soccer and about relationships. I want to be a soccer agent that is dedicated to providing players with the most positive and effective career advice.

Areas of Interest: Athlete Representation
Most Recent Employer: Starting XI Player Management
Open to: Not seeking a position at this time
Education: Saint Louis University
Work Experience: Football Agent

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Jody Ashline

Originally from Upstate NY. My hobbies include MMA, golfing, and hiking. Strategically focused on reimaging the security industry within Sports and Entertainment.

Areas of Interest: Consulting, Venue Security, Military Affairs
Most Recent Employer: The IRONMAN Group
Open to: Internshios, Contract/Part-Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: Missouri Valley College ‘08
Work Experience: Military/Law Enforcement, Counterintelligence

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Quentin Baker

“Originally from upstate South Carolina. I worked as an analyst in the financial sector before pivoting my career to pursue my dream of working in sports. I’m an analytical leader with a passion for sports analytics and a strong interest in the burgeoning sports betting industry.” 

Most Recent Employer: Fisher Investments
Open to: Internships, Contract/Part-Time/Full-Time Positions 
Education: Clemson University
Work Experience: Financial Representative, President & Co- Founder at Side Hustle Bets

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Ryan Bunner

Born and raised in Oakland, CA. Hobbies outside of sports include traveling, cooking, and movies. Social and analytical thinker. Passionate about expanding the growth of the MLB to reach a wider audience.

Areas of Interest: Sports Marketing, Baseball Operatons & Analytics, Corporate Partnerships
Most Recent Employer:
Open to: Internships, Part-Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: UCLA
Work Experience: Broadcasting, Marketing, Sales

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Zeke Camarena

Born and raised in San Diego, California. My passions are sports, music, and video gaming. I hope to utilize my business proficiency to further drive success in the sports entertainment industry.

Areas of Interest: Sports Operations, Fan Engagement
Most Recent Employer: San Diego Padres
Open to: Internship, Part & Full Time, Contract, Consultant
Education: University of Oregon
Work Experience: Department Manager, Guest Services Representative

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Kaylee Deutsch

I grew up just outside of Chicago, go White Sox! I enjoy painting, snowboarding, and hiking. My goal is to drive fan engagement through my creativity and personality.

Areas of Interest: Collegiate Marketing & Fan Engagement
Most Recent Employer: UC San Diego Athletics Marketing
Open to: Not currently seeking
Education: University of Northern Colorado
Work Experience: Athletics Marketing, Student Leader, Supervisor

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Gabrielle Fan-Yang

Born and raised in Beijing, China. I hope to use my diverse background and cross-industry marketing experience to build strong relationships between corporations and properties. My hobbies include golfing, cooking, and visiting museums with my family.

Areas of Interest: Marketing Communication, Sponsorship & Partnership Marketing, Business Intelligence & Strategy
Most Recent Employer: Oak View Group (Snapdragon Stadium)
Open to: Full-Time Positions, Internships
Education: Minzu University of China
Work Experience: Marketing, Sponsorship, Public Relationship

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Andrea Gramer

Practical thinkiner, analyticial problem solver. I spent 22 years working in and building elite teams in the Navy, and look forward to doing the same in the sports business industry.

Areas of Interest: Collegiate Athletics, Golf Operations
Most Recent Employer: US Navy
Open to: Internships, Contract/Part-Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: University of Pittsburgh, Jacksonville University
Work Experience: US Navy Nurse, Recruiting

Rylan Greenlee

I’m a lifelong baseball player and fan. I love to exercise, go to the beach, and golf. I want to discover insights and help decision makers make decisions in the sports world.

Areas of Interest: Business Intelligence & Strategy, Sponsorship & Partnership Insights
Most Recent Employer: Wasserman Sports and Entertainment Agency
Open to: Internships, Part Time/Full Time Positions
Education: Biola University
Work Experience: Baseball management Intern, Sales Associate

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Nathan Hall

Areas of Interest: Athlete Brand Management, Athlete Representation, Brand Marketing
Most Recent Employer: TEAM Enterprises (BioSteel)
Open to: Internship, Part & Full Time, Contract
Education: Arizona State University
Work Experience: Sales Associate, Partenerships

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Kelley Hertelendy 

Originally from Easton, MD, I am a structural and social thinker who loves to make new connections and long-lasting relationships. I am passionate about events, marketing and operations within the sports industry.

Areas of Interest: Corporate Partnerships, Sports Operations & Events
Most Recent Employer: Wells Fargo Championship
Open to: Internships, Contract, Part-Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: University of Maryland
Work Experience: Event Marketer, Football Operations, Ticketing

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Joshua Himbury 

A conceptual and social thinker with a collaborative yet firm and analytical style. I have a passion for relationship building and high performance that I hope to blend with my love for sport to creatve valuable long- lasting partnerships.

Areas of Interest: Corporate Partnerships, Organizational Behavior, Team Building
Most Recent Employer: Marketing - San Diego Gulls, Graduate Assistance - San Diego State University
Open to: Internships, Contract/Part-Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: University of Sydney
Work Experience: Athlete Training/Coaching, Board Directorship, Athlete and Stakeholder Management, Event and Operations Management

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Matt Hooper

I was born and raised in San Clemente, CA. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, and sailing. My goal is to work in marketing for in the international sports industry.

Areas of Interest: Marketing, Sponsorships, International Sports (UK)
Most Recent Employer: Gravitate Sports Marketing
Open to: Internships, Contract/Part-Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: San Diego State University
Work Experience: Agency Operations Coordinator

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Gaelen Kepics 

Born and raised in San Diego, California. I hope to use my experiences to create new and innovative ways for fans to consume sports. While building long lasting relationships between sponsors and properties.

Areas of Interest: Marketing, Sales, Corporate Partnerships, Operations
Most Recent Employer: Century Club of San Diego, and San Diego State University
Open to: Full Time Employment Upon Completion of Masters
Education: University of Oregon
Work Experience: Broadcasting, Marketing, Sales

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Tyler Krasicky 

Born and raised in Metro Detroit, I am passionate about Basketball, Baseball, and Football. Structural and analytical thinker who would like to bring my experience and knowledge to develop analytics in the sports industry.

Areas of Interest: Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, Operations
Most Recent Employer: San Diego Padres
Open to: Internships, Contract/Part-Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: Oakland University
Work Experience: Ticket Resolutions, Sales

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Wesley Liu 

Areas of Interest: Creative Marketing, Video Production, Live Broadcast, Esports
Most Recent Employer: Riot Games Open to: Internships, Full-Time Positions
Education: Cal Poly
Work Experience: Gameplay Capture Artist, In Game Director

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Kaitlin Lynch 

Areas of Interest: Marketing, Player Relations
Most Recent Employer: San Diego Padres
Open to: Internships, Full-Time Positions
Education: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Work Experience: Ticket Services Representative

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Jack Lyon 

Areas of Interest: Consulting, Agency, Corporate Partnerships

Most Recent Employer: Oracle NetSuite
Open to: Internships, Contract/Part-Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: University of Southern California
Work Experience: Account Executive

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Jonas Maier

Areas of Interest: Agency, Sales, Marketing
Most Recent Employer: Torrey Pines Marketing, ATP
Open to: Full & Part Time, Internship, Contract
Education: University of Arizona
Work Experience: ATP Tennis Professional

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Jacinda Molina

Born and raised in Southern California, I am passionate about attracting high- profile sports and entertainment events to San Diego. Structured and social thinker and value developing lasting relationships.

Areas of Interest: Event Management, Corporate Partnerships, Business Strategy, Consulting
Most Recent Employer: Sports San Diego, San Diego State University
Open to: Full-time, Contract, and Consulting Work
Education: San Diego State University
Work Experience: GameDay Development, Marketing

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Jonathan Nicholson 

Grew up in Southern California, and fluent in Spanish. I have a passion for culture and many sports. Going forward I would love to use my diverse background to grow youth development in grassroots sports programs.

Areas of Interest: Soccer Operations, Sports Marketing/Athlete Marketing, Consulting
Most Recent Employer: San Diego Loyal SC
Open to: Internships, Part Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: Arizona State University
Work Experience: Behavioral Therapist

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Laura Rodriguez-Andia

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Globetrotter. Great working capacity and willing to learn, keen for the opportunity to acquire knowledge and grow personally and professionally. Ready to revolutionize the world of events & marketing in sports.

Areas of Interest: Event Planning/Operations, Marketing, and International Sports
Most Recent Employer:
Open to: Internships, Contract/Part-Time/Full-Time Positions
Education: International Strategic Communication Studies
Work Experience: Business Development, Insights

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Tanner Rohr 

Areas of Interest: Analytics, Consulting, Big Data and Statistics, Broadcasting
Most Recent Employer: Navigate - Data-Driven Sports Consulting Firm
Open to: Internships, Part/Full time, Contract
Education: University of Alabama
Work Experience: Research & Consulting, Content Creator

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Alexis Ross

Southern California native, eager to amplify innovation within the #SportsBiz via relationship development and imaginative storytelling.

Areas of Interest: Corporate Partnerships, Marketing, Community Relations
Most Recent Employer: San Diego Gulls, San Diego State University
Open to: Part & Full Time Work, Contract, Consultant
Education: Boise State University
Work Experience: Marketing, Event Operations

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Liam Shaw 

Areas of Interest: Corporate Partnerships, Sports Media Partnerships
Open to: Internships, Part-time, Full-Time
Education: New College of Florida
Work Experience: Account Executive, Business Development

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Joe Sheldon 

Areas of Interest: Outdoor Recreation. Still figuring out exactly what role I want to serve, but I would like to utilize my quantitative/analytical skills in an organization in the outdoor recreation industry

Most Recent Employer: Teton Sports (Executive Internship Program)
Open to: Part time/Full Time work, Individual Projects
Education: University of Florida
Work Experience: Teaching, Coaching, Marketing

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Kyle Silverthorn 

Born and raised in San Diego, California. Outside of sports I enjoy boating, playing guitar, and going to the beach. I am passionate about baseball, football, and hockey. I would like to bring my analytical background and the growing use of technology to these sports to help develop and move them forward

Areas of Interest: Data Analysis, Statistics, Analytics
Open to: Part time/Full Time work, Internships
Education: San Diego State University
Work Experience: Ticketing Specialist, Shift Manager

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Serenity Steward 

From Silverdale, Washington. I enjoy volleyball, Latin dancing, and pugs. I aspire to bridge my Cognitive Science/ Neuroscience and Sports Business education by researching consumer behavior, analyzing consumer behavior data, and delivering actionable business insights.

Areas of Interest: Data Analysis and Statistics for ensuring Athlete Health and Safety, especially for Concussion and TBI
Most Recent Employer: UC San Diego Athletics Ticketing, Compliance, and Business Operations
Open to: Part time/Full Time work, Internships starting in late May/early June
Education: UC San Diego
Work Experience: Ticketing, Sales, Business Office Associate

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Devon Sundquist 

Areas of Interest: Baseball, Data Analytics, Management, Operations
Most Recent Employer: UCSD Baseball
Open to: Full Time Work, Internships, Contract, Consulting, and Networking
Education: San Diego State University
Work Experience: Baseball Scouting & Analytics

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Matt Turner 

Grew up in Corona, CA. My favorite sports to play include ping pong, golf, and wiffle ball. Interested in curating my knowledge of sports analytics and player development.

Areas of Interest: Analytics, Finance, Corporate Partnerships
Most Recent Employer: Optimal Sports Management
Open to: Full-Time Positions, Internships
Education: University of Sothern California
Work Experience: Athlete Marketing & Game Presentation

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Jesse Zimmer 

Areas of Interest: Agency, Corporate Partnerships, Brand Management
Most Recent Employer: Outside Sales Open to: Full time, Consultant, Internship
Education: University of Lethbridge
Work Experience: Sales & Marketing

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