Bachelor of Science in Sport & Recreation Management


Saint Joseph’s sport & recreation management major provides students with a strong working knowledge of sports & recreation from an operational perspective. Upon completion, students will have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to work in sports and recreation industries.

Throughout the program, students study courses in sports and recreation marketing, sports and recreation law, sport and society, facilities management, and event planning. Additionally, students must complete a business administration minor in business. Internships are required to give students exciting networking opportunities available in order to gain experience and make contacts for future employment after graduation.

At a Glance

  • Faculty with real-world experience in the sport and recreation management field.
  • Faculty members provide personal attention and mentoring for students.
  • Access to outstanding, flexible internships, including ties with the professional sports community in Portland, as well as local recreation organizations.
  • Integrated major with business administration prepares students for the possibility of later working in sales, merchandising, or management as it relates to sports and recreation.

New Track in Recreation Management

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of recreation workers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.” The New England states currently have a high number of employment opportunities in recreation. With a greater emphasis on well-being through the lifespan, there will be a need for more recreation programming and professionals to administer those programs. The new track in recreation management addresses this need!

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The Bachelor of Science in Sport & Recreation Management curriculum enables student to apply business knowledge and skills to the unique demands of a sports- or recreation-related industry. As such, students majoring in sport management are required to complete a 20-credit minor in business administration.

There are three tracks available for sport and recreation management majors.

  • Sport management track – prepares students for a variety of entry level positions in sports related industries.
  • Recreation management track – prepares students for careers in such settings as parks and recreation departments, recreational sport centers, sports clubs, youth centers, and other community and commercial organizations.
  • Athletic administration track – prepares students for careers in interscholastic, university, and collegiate sports.


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Meet Our Faculty


Dr. Karen Croteau
Dr. Karen CroteauProfessor of Health & Wellness Promotion/Exercise Science
EdD, Boston University
MEd, McNeese State University
BS, Bridgewater State College
Christopher Willer
Christopher WillerAssistant Professor
MSEd, Saint Joseph’s College (Maine)
BS, Saint Joseph’s College (Maine)
Christopher Woodside
Christopher WoodsideAssistant Professor, Sport and Exercise Science / Sports Management
EdD, Concorida University of Chicago (ABD)
MA, University of Connecticut
BS, Eastern Connecticut State University


Courtney Rague
Courtney Rague’11

Courtney Rague ’11 worked firsthand with two minor league sports teams that put her on the path to a winning career. As a result of her real-world experience, she is now the ticket sales director for the Portland Sea Dogs.

Sean Caldwell
Sean Caldwell’11

Sean Caldwell ’11 was all about sports and sports organization as a student. Now, as a member of game day operations with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, Caldwell’s leading the charge with a professional sports team.

Shakira LaFond
Shakira LaFond’11

Shakira LaFond ’11 was originally reluctant to take a course on facilities management. Then, a few classroom field trips changed her mind and set her on a new career path.


Explore the possible career paths available with a degree in sport management: sports media, merchandising, professional team and league operations, and more.