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Students Experience Sport Management in Action through Internships

June 26, 2019

During the summer months, sport management students at Fisher do anything but relax. In fact, they’ll spend hours staffing athletic events, executing marketing plans, and managing client expectations, all in an effort to gain real-world insight into the sport industry.

Derek Raux is an intern with the Atlantic City Blackjacks.

Pat Gordon, director of experiential learning and outreach, said that the success of the internship and practicum program is due in large part to the close relationships the department has with industry professionals across the country.

“Our partners continue to play a vital role in shaping the next generation of sport industry professionals and we rely on them to provide guidance and specialized training to our students,” said Gordon. “During the summer, our students have the opportunity to engage with seasoned professionals not just in Rochester, but across the country.”

Any organizations interested in partnering with the department can email Gordon at or call (585) 385-7376.

Below is a glimpse at summer 2019 placements:

Around Rochester

  • Duncan Bastedo, Newark Pilots
  • Cody DuBiel, Rochester District Golf Association
  • Will Blake, Burd Physical Therapy
  • Matt Bonafede, Evolution Metrix Collegiate Scouting
  • Zach Bowden, Canandaigua Country Club
  • Mike Burton, Camp Good Days and Special Times
  • Maddie Eckmann, Rochester Red Wings
  • Anna Faso Miranda, Carpe Diem Basketball
  • James Finch, AFP Analytics
  • Taylor Ketcham, Rochester Red Wings
  • Shea Lynch, Rochester District Golf Association
  • Mike Mrzywka, Blackbird Design
  • Nick Poehlmann, Rochester Red Wings
  • Matt Raap, Rochester Red Wings
  • Brandon Sadlier, Pinnacle Athletic Campus
  • Emily Schultz, Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic
  • Evan Siebert, Saint Kateri Parish
  • Nick Teerlinck, ESPN Rochester
  • Erika Wittmeyer, Rochester Americans/Knighthawks
  • Joe Zickl, Mach 2 Management

Buffalo Bills Training Camp Interns

  • Bernie Daoust
  • Ryan Desautels
  • Dennis Hare
  • Jordan O’Connell
  • Ryan Westfall
  • Brent Schultz

Around Buffalo

  • Tyler Ahearn, Buffalo Bills
  • Niko Mirizio, Buffalo Bills

Around Syracuse

  • David Cerqua, Syracuse Salt Cats
  • Anna Diorio, Live Nation
  • Tim Grover, Syracuse University/Carrier Dome
  • Dom Pensabene, Bellevue Country Club
  • Dillan Wilkinson, Syracuse Spartans

Around the State

  • Kyle Chambers, Hayner Academy Baseball Club
  • Ryan Eddy, Amsterdam Mohawks
  • Matt Hull, Colgate University Athletics
  • Donte Filletti, Utica Blue Sox
  • Cesar Lopez, Manhattan College Athletics
  • Antony Mantova, New York State Public High School Athletic Association
  • Josh Michels, Wagner College Football
  • Alex Mittiga, Hobart/William Smith Colleges Athletics
  • Brooke Napoleon, Golden Goal Soccer Park
  • Ben Osborn, Lake George Expedition Park
  • Allie Osterhoudt, Cortland Crush
  • George Richardson, Auburn Doubledays
  • Cole Sullivan, Watertown Rapids

Around the Country

  • Ryan Henderson, Camp Wiandu (Massachusetts)
  • Andrew O’Hara, Atlanta United FC (Georgia)
  • Derek Raux, Atlantic City Blackjacks (New Jersey)
  • Anthony Rinaldo, Detroit Lions (Michigan)
  • Mack Stewart, Carolina Hurricanes (North Carolina)
  • Skylar Swatt, Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington, D.C.)