Chris Taylor '08 got to keep company with Trot Nixon and Bud Selig.
Saint Joseph's College sports management program helped to secure Taylor a permanent position in New Orleans at Zephyr Field, a 14,000-seat arena that stayed dry enough to serve as a FEMA and National Guard staging area during Hurricane Katrina.
Now Taylor is busy in the operations department with the Zephyrs, a minor-league ball club. Aside from sporting events, the facility also hosts concerts and other events. This kind of unique, multi-use facility keeps Taylor hopping with facilities duties.
Taylor's journey began in April 2006 when he interned in Boston near his hometown of Hingham, Mass. (Taylor decided on St. Joe's because his sister was enrolled before him; now his younger brother calls SJC home, too. "For the past 13 years there's been a Taylor at St. Joe's," he says.)
As a student, Taylor ate a steady diet of sports-related experience and logged many miles across the country. In January 2007, he interned as a Baseball Operations Assistant for the Memphis Redbirds; the Triple-A affiliate of the 2006 World Series Champions, St Louis Cardinals.
Chris worked on hiring game-day staff for the Memphis Redbirds. The Memphis Redbirds are one of the highest respected organizations in Minor League Baseball.
The following year he did a stint with facility operations at a stadium in Albuquerque, N.M.
Professor Ahearn helped Taylor cement his current career with the Zephyrs. In hindsight he says he owes St. Joe's a lot of credit. "They know what they're doing; it's a program that hasn't reached its full potential yet," he says.
While working in these different organizations Chris was able to learn and understand the business of sport. Chris encourages students who have an interest of sports to go into Sports Management when looking at a Major. The Sports Management program at Saint Joseph's College is growing fast and he encourages students who have a desire to go into the Business of Sport to look into their program.