Sport Management (B.S.)

Business Administration/Sport Management Major 2 Year Course Plan (pdf) Major Checklist (pdf)
The sporting industry is a vast field with numerous opportunities. The field of sport management has exploded over the past two decades. This has created much demand and great career opportunities in the world of sports. Aquinas, recognizing this demand, developed the Business Administration/Sport Management major in 1996 with Ernie Romine as the founder. This major provides students with the knowledge and background of a business degree and the field specific knowledge needed for success in the careers tracks of sport, athletics, and fitness. In addition, students can gain hands on experience though internships and the Sport Management Club.
The city of Grand Rapids itself provides many professional teams that provide students with internship opportunities. The Grand Rapids Griffins and West Michigan Whitecaps are just a few of the organizations where Aquinas students have completed internships. Opportunities are also available in the field of sports broadcasting, sports information, fitness management, and college and high school athletics administration to name just a few. One of the top ten largest majors on campus, sport management is a growing field with great potential for any student interested in sports and business.
Sport Management Faculty:

Program Director: Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush, Ph.D.

Qualifications: Experience in sport management includes: Director of Employee Wellness at Lansing Community College, 5K Race Director, Alma College Sport Information, and Youth Sport Coaching. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University, Master's of Sport Administration from Central Michigan University and Doctorate in Sport Psychology from Michigan State University.

Major Courses Taught: Introduction to Kinesiology studies, Administration of Sport and Recreation


Faculty: Duane Ambrose, Ph.D.

Qualifications: Experience in sport management includes: Wellness Director Knape & Vogt Manufacturing, Wellness Director for Grand Valley Health Plan; Staff Model HMO, President and founder of Walker Amateur Hockey Association Board of directors; predecessor to the current HAWK Hockey Association. His educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Master's Degree from Western Michigan University, Master's in Coaching from USA Hockey, and Doctorate of Sport Management from United States Sports Academy.

Major Course Taught: Promoting and Funding of Sport and Exercise


Faculty: Brad Winkler, J.D.

Qualifications: Brad received his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster, his Master's Degree from Bowling Green State University, earned an A.B.D. from Michigan State University, and an attorney licensed to practice in Michigan, he received his Doctorate in law from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he specialized in sport law.

Major Course Taught: Ethics and Law of Sport, Parliamentary Procedure

Major Requirements
58-64 semester hours of the following depending on credit value of internship:
AG 210 One case study: BS 442, BS 457, or BS 492 KN 159
AG 211 CN 101 KN 332 (spring only)
BS 201 CN 205 KN 362 (fall only)
BS 202 CS 152 KN 397 Internship
BS/CN/PS 212

ES 211

KN 402 (spring only)

BS 305

ES 212

MS 151
BS 415    
For further description of the classes offered, please look in the course catalog.

Advisor: Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush Ph.D.


For more information, contact Dr. Kesselring-Quakenbush at or (616) 632-2898.