Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at Isenberg

Name:  Derek Bennett


Hometown:  Ashland, MA


Major/minor/honors:  BS Sport Management



Nelligan Sports Marketing at UMass Amherst - Sales/Marketing Intern

Springfield Armor - Sales Intern


On campus extra curricular activities:  

NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion

1972 Society Annual Fund for the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management

Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management Student Ambassador


Community service:

Alliant Helps, my family's non-profit organization


Quote:  "Thanks to its unbelievable faculty, curriculum, students and vast alumni network, the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management is simply a cut above the rest. I owe all of my success to my classmates, professors and alums of the program. I could not be more proud to now be an alum myself and I look forward to giving back and helping future students just the same."


NOW:  Inside Sales Representative, Boston Red Sox





Name:  Evan Briere


Hometown:  Westford, MA


Major/minor/honors:  BS Sport Management, Dean's List Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012



Nelligan Sports Marketing - Sales and Marketing Intern

Springfield Armor - Inside Sales Intern

Town of Amherst Leisure Services - AYBL Coordinator


On campus extra curricular activities: UMass Faculty Athletic Council


Community service: Habitat for Humanity


Quote:  "I chose to come to UMass for Sport Management because it is the best program in the nation hands down. The program prepares you to become an industry leader and the faculty are always looking to push students for success."


NOW:  Football Sales Coordinator, UMass Athletics, Marketing and Sales.





Name:  Nicholas DeChristopher        


Hometown:  Warminster, PA


Major/minor/honors:  BS Sport Management



Philadelphia Flyers - Marketing Intern

Global Spectrum Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA - Marketing Intern

Global Spectrum Mullins Center, Amherst, MA - Marketing Intern

Front Row Marketing Services - Marketing Intern


On campus extra curricular activities:  

Mark H.McCormack Department of Sport Management Career Fair

Association of Diversity in Sport


Sport Management Student Mentor

UMASS Club Ice Hockey



Community service: 

Pond Hockey Classic Volunteer

Springfield Armor Volunteer

UMASS Street Team Marketing Volunteer


Quote:  "One of the greatest memories I have during my time at UMASS and being a part of the sport program is the success of the McCormack Career Fair. Leading into the second and third year we were able to grow the amount and quality of representatives and organizations substantially.  An event such as the career fair requires a lot of work and dedication and everyone working on it did an amazing job!  I hope, in the near future, that I can attend the career fair as a representative.  I am thankful for the opportunities and connections that the sport program has given me."\


NOW:   Philadelphia Flyers, Digital Marketing and Programs Coordinator




Name:  Robby Ficker


Hometown:  Fremont, New Hampshire


Major/minor/honors:  BS Sport Management, Information Technology minor; Commonwealth Honors College



IMG Academy - Digital Marketing Intern

PUMA Golf - Product Line Management Intern

Pro Edge Sports - Marketing intern


On campus extra curricular activities:  

Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management Career Fair - Marketing Director

UMass Association of Student Sport Managers - Marketing Director

Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management - Student Ambassador

Isenberg ExCel Case Study Competition


Community service: 

Volunteer high school and youth basketball coach


Western Mass. small business web design & marketing project


Quote:  "I am lucky to have had the opportunity to get my education through the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management. I came in determined to work in one discipline (athletic apparel), but learned to broaden my vision. I came in with a fear of putting myself out there, but learned to expand my comfort zone. I came in without any idea of how to begin my career, but learned to become a sport professional. Most of all I came in with no network, but made important connections and established life-long friendships. As I pursue my career in sports, incorporating my passion for digital technology, I will remember where it all started."


NOW:  Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Performance division of IMG (on IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, FL)


Name:  Matthew Graham  


Hometown:  Feeding Hills, MA


Major/minor/honors:  BS Sport Management



Philadelphia Flyers- Sales and Client Development Intern

Mass Mutual Financial Group- USIG Policyholder Service and Claims Intern

Dan Duquette Sports Academy- Assistant Camp Director Intern


On campus extra curricular activities:  

Supercuts SoccerFest Marketing staff member

NASCAR Kinetics Marketing in Motion staff member

Sport Business Milestone Project

Fellows Business in Society Residential Academic Program

Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society


Community service: 

All Hands Springfield Tornado Relief volunteer

Ronald McDonald House Board Member

Supercuts SoccerFest volunteer and key volunteer

HTM Career Day volunteer

Rays of Hope fundraiser

Relay for Life participant 


Quote:  "Being a part of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, has not only grown me into a business professional, but has grown me into a young man ready to take on life challenges. Pursuing my dream to work in corporate partnership strategy and activation has been made possible through the great staff and experiences in the department. I look forward to staying connected with everyone in the future and GO UMass!"


NOW:  SJX Partners, Account Executive




Name:  Tricia Grasso


Hometown:  Newburyport, MA


Major/minor/honors:  BBA Marketing and BS Sport Management



Northshore Navigators - General Intern

Compete - Business Development Intern

451 Marketing - Public Relations Intern


On campus extra curricular activities:  

UMass Sport Ambassador

Sport Management Mentor

Vice President of Women in Sport Management

Head of fundraising for the Isenberg Marketing Club

Key Volunteer for the Isenberg Open House

Member of ExCEL (Exploring Careers through Experimental Learning)


Community service: 

Relay for Life

Pumpkin Painting with the Boys and Girls Club of Holyoke

Volunteer at Hoops for Hope


Quote:  "The Isenberg School of Management has exceeded all of my expectations. Isenberg has allowed me to transfer my passion for sport management and marketing into a rewarding education. I chose this program for its renowned professors, countless networking opportunities, challenging classes, and peers who share the same drive to succeed. My dream career would allow me to work with people and inspire them as others have done for me."


NOW:  MGM Grand, Manager Associate





Name:  Kevin Lombard


Hometown:  Longmeadow, MA


Major/minor/honors:  BS Sport Management, BBA Finance, Commonwealth Honors College



J.P. Morgan - Corporate Analyst Intern

Hasbro, Inc. - Global Finance Intern

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox - Summer Intern


On campus extra curricular activities:  

UMass Association of Student Sport Managers Executive Board member

MLB GM Event Coordinator

Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management Event Coordinator

Supercuts SoccerFest Tournament Operations member


Community service: 

Suburban Amateur Football League Championship volunteer

Youth Soccer Volunteer Referee


Quote:  "My four years in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management have been highlighted by teamwork and opportunity. My two best memories are the MLB GM Event and Supercuts SoccerFest where I helped organize two great events while working with some of the hardest working students in the program with strong support from our faculty. I feel lucky to have met them and look forward to keeping in touch with everyone as we rise in our respective fields."


NOW:  JP Morgan, Corporate Analyst Development




Name:  Carly Salerno


Hometown:  Cohasset, MA


Major/minor/honors:  BS Sport Management, Psychology minor; Honors:  Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, Joan E. Barr Scholarship, Kristian J. Rose Memorial Scholarship



Boston Celtics-Ticket Operations and Service Intern

Supercuts Soccerfest-Head of Registration/Hospitality Department

Let Me Play Ltd.-Marketing/Operations Intern (located in London, UK)

Town of Amherst Leisure Services (LSSE)-Youth Basketball Sponsorship Coordinator

Bay State Games-Operations Intern

Brockton Rox Baseball Team-Intern


On campus extra curricular activities:  

Club Softball-4 year Vice-President and Co-Captain

Women in Sport Management Club-Vice-President

Sport Management Mentor

Sport Management Ambassador

UMass Dance Club


Community Service: 

Relay for Life

Coach/help run Amherst basketball tryouts


Quote:  "It is safe to say the past four years have been the best fours years of my life. Not only have I made amazing friends and memories that will last me a lifetime, but the Mark H. McCormack Sport Management Department has helped me develop the skills, tools, and confidence I need to have a successful career as a female in the sports industry. In the years to come, I hope that I will be able to work with more UMass graduates, as well as mentor and help any students that will be coming through the sport program in the future!"


NOW:   Monumental Sports and Entertainment, Inside Sales Account Representative




Name:  Melcolm Ruffin


Hometown:  Maywood, Illinois


Major/minor/honors:  BS Sport Management/ Commonwealth Honors College



UMass Men's Basketball - Student Manager

Octagon - Basketball Division Intern

Philadelphia 76ers - Basketball Operations Intern


On campus extra curricular activities:  

Association of Diversity in Sport - President

Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management Career Fair - Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Isenberg Out of State Recruitment Ambassador

Resident Assistant

Teaching Assistant


Community service: 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp Counselor

Amherst Survival Center Soup Kitchen


Quote:  "I have had a ton of amazing experiences at the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, but some of my favorite memories have come from reading thank-you notes and emails from other students after I co-founded the McCormack Sport Management Career Fair. It feels great to know that I helped dozens of my peers gain internships and employment in sports over the past three years.  I look forward to bumping into other proud UMass sport management alumni as we navigate our way through the industry."


NOW:  NBA League Office, Development


Name:  Maxwell Smith


Hometown:  New Durham, NH


Major/minor/honors:  BS Sport Management, Communications Double Major



US Club Soccer - Event Management Intern

University of New Hampshire Athletics - Media Relations Intern

University of New Hampshire Athletics - Game Day Operations Intern

Amherst Leisure Services and Supplemental Education (LSSE) - Front Desk Assistant


On campus extra curricular activities:

Event Staff for the Mullins Center

Marketing Coordinator for Supercuts SoccerFest 2013

Co-Captain and Marketing/Promotions Liaison for the 1972 Society Annual Fund

Association for Diversity in Sport (ADS) Member

University Brand Ambassador for

Isenberg ExCEL Program, 2010-2011

Isenberg Business in Society Fellows, 2009-2010


Community service: 

Relay for Life - Group of 100 students in Residential Academic Program raised $12,000

Amherst Youth Basketball League (AYBL) Referee and Scoreboard Operator


Quote: "Attending UMass to study Sport Management at the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management was the best investment decision I have ever made for my collegiate career, my professional future, and my personal well-being. The high quality of the department's extraordinary faculty, as well as its unique focus on experiential learning, has given me the hands-on tools necessary to translate what I've learned into a well-rounded, valuable skill set. I feel extremely prepared and excited to take on the challenges of life after college and proudly represent the Isenberg School of Management."


NOW:  Event Coordinator, T3 Travel