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Sports Fields Attract Lasell Grads

Matt Tieri '11 at Fenway Park

It's exciting, it's sexy and it's competitive. The business of sports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with some estimating revenues in the $50-$100 billion/year range.

Lasell and its students jumped on this fast moving train with the creation of Sport Management majors, minors and a graduate program in recent years and they are not alone in wanting a piece of the action.

With entertainment moguls like Jay Z creating sports agencies and the popularity of professional sports growing, the field - including marketing, business, entertainment, coaching, communication and media -- is hot.

"People realize they want to be associated with winners and that associates with sports," says Dwayne Thomas, chair of the College's Sport Management Department.

Thomas says Lasell's program, which will soon be accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, urges students to complete multiple internships and gain hands-on experience so that after graduation they are confident and ready to compete.

Lasell students have completed internships at the Boston Bruins, New England Revolution, ESPN - Boston, Boston College Athletics, and Jam'n 94.5/Kiss 108 leading to positions at a wide variety of organizations including the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Anaheim Angels, NASCAR and many others.

The collection of young alums highlighted by Leaves below demonstrates just how that Lasell-born field experience has paid off.

CoiroOlivia Coiro '12
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL

How did you land your position?
I applied to every job on the NCAA job market website that interested me including seven athletic communication jobs and was denied immediately from most of them. Two weeks later Lynn University called. Before I knew it, my car was packed and I was moving to South Florida.

Best aspect of your job (so far)?
I have been able to cover our women’s golf team the past two years when we won back-to-back Division II National Championships. To me, there is no greater joy than watching my athletes work hard to achieve their goals, and being there to support them along the way.

Skills developed at Lasell?
If it wasn’t for Lasell I would not be where I am today. Director of Athletics Kristy Walter and Sports Information Director Todd Montana gave me a lot of responsibility during my time as an undergraduate. Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Janice Savitz connected me with Lesley University, where I interned for three years. By the time I graduated I could input statistics for every sport, write a post-game recap and create videos.

FarrKatie Farr '11
Title: Doctoral Candidate in Physical Therapy Simmons College, Boston, MA (anticipated August 2015)

How did you land your position?
My passion for physical therapy grew as a student at Lasell after my internships at CATZ Physical Therapy Institute. Following graduation, I worked at CATZ for a year, continuing to expand my knowledge and prepare for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Simmons.

Best aspect of your job (so far)?
Every day I learn something new and interesting. It is a great opportunity to be involved with the care of patients in different settings that have a wide variety of conditions such as sports injuries, joint replacements, and strokes. One of the best aspects of physical therapy is having the ability to impact people's lives in a positive way.

Skills developed at Lasell?
As a student athlete, work ethic and time management were crucial to my success. I use skills that I developed and strengthened at Lasell every day.

GradyRory Grady '09
Title: Certified Athletic Trainer, U.S. Athletic Training Center

How did you land your position?
During my interview I was able to talk about my clinical opportunities while at Lasell. I had a chance to experience every type of setting and that gave me a leg up on other applicants. I believe I got the job because of how well Lasell prepared me for interviews, and having a philosophy of treatment and handling athletes was crucial. Charm doesn't hurt either.

Best aspect of your job (so far)?
The ability to work with and learn different rehabilitation techniques from physical therapist.

Skills developed at Lasell?
The Athletic Training program helped me develop the skills that I use on a daily basis including my evaluation skills and on field management. This has helped me grow into a better practitioner.

TieriMatt Tieri '11
Title: Inside Sales Representative, Boston Red Sox

How did you land your position?
Networking. My first opportunity in sports was an internship with professional indoor lacrosse team the Boston Blazers. The minute I started I made an effort to meet and connect with as many people as possible within our company, and the industry. These connections led me to various interviews with different teams until I landed a job with the Red Sox.

Best aspect of your job (so far)?
I’m excited to come to work every day. I think it’s important to find a job where you enjoy what you do because it will be easy to stay motivated to work your hardest each day. The best experience I have had here at Fenway was being part of the 2013 World Series Championship run.

Skills developed at Lasell?
At Lasell I was fortunate enough to have professors and advisors with experience in the sports industry. I built my credentials through internships for various sports properties, while networking with people inside the industry. It was a major part of how I got to where I am today.

TrainaAustin Traina '09
Title: Manager, Network and Studio Operation, The Madison Square Garden Company, NYC

How did you land your position?
I was working at WNET NY, when a friend’s father alerted me to the position at MSG, and said I should “throw my hat in the ring.” I had an interview and I nailed it. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Best aspect of your job (so far)?
Every night I see the results of my hard work on one of our network stations. When I see my studio and my shows on live air throughout NYC in various sports bars and restaurants, it gives me an incredible sense of pride to know everyone enjoys watching our teams, and I had a small part is making that happen.

Skills developed at Lasell?
Real world skills are very hard to obtain unless you are in the real world. Lasell afforded us the opportunity to get that experience in a controlled environment, which was tremendous. My public speaking class assignments gave me the confidence and the knowledge about how to speak effectively in front of people. It’s a main reason why I am where I am today.

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