The Van Loan School at Endicott College’s athletic administration program has led to more than a master’s degree for Thomas Hurley M’18 and countless other alumni; it’s helped them launch careers in the competitive world of sports.
The list goes on and on with the likes of JJ Alberts M’17, general manager for Learfield Sports’ Providence College properties, soon-to-be St. John’s Prep Athletic Director Jameson Pelkey ’07 M’11, and Denise Archetto M’17, athletic communications manager for Stonehill College. Oh, and don’t forget the international alumni who are working in similar fields across Asia and Europe or those working in apparel and merchandising, nonprofits, and government agencies.“A lot of people are being placed in jobs in the sports industry who graduate from here,” says Hurley, who recently joined Van Loan’s athletic administration team as the assistant director. “Really across the board, you’re seeing graduates from this program get high-level jobs. And there are alumni from this particular program who are across the spectrum in sports, not just in administration.”
With 100 percent online, on your schedule courses, this program is perfect for working professionals looking to take that next step. They experience 10 core courses ranging from sports law to sports marketing, and they have the flexibility to choose three electives based on their own interests. Throughout the process, Director of Graduate Athletic Administration, Anthony D’Onofrio, guides students with personal advising and job placement support.
“I remember when I was looking at different programs, I called Endicott and spoke with Anthony for an hour,” says Hurley. “You don’t get much more personal than that. I’d say the personal touch is what drew me to the program, and I’d say that’s why I have a job here now.”
Another benefit for students is the number of high-profile professionals representing the MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, and more who teach or are on the advisory board. That includes Carolina Hurricanes Vice President of Hockey Operations, Paul Krepelka, former Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, and New York Islanders General Manager, Mike Santos, Gordie Gronkowski, and former MLB pitcher, Bob Tewksbury. The list also includes area athletic administration professionals and beyond, many of whom attend bi-monthly networking events, including the most recent one at Tony C’s in Burlington, Mass.
“Our experienced faculty, advisory board, and real-life practitioners help our students make lifelong connections that will help them throughout their careers,” says D’Onofrio.
To learn more about how the athletic administration program helps students score their dream sports jobs, visit endicott.edu.