Ryan joins the NCAA staff from East Stroudsburg University where he received his Masters of Science in Sport Management. While at East Stroudsburg University, Ryan served as an assistant baseball coach and was involved with all aspects and operations of the baseball program.
The feel of work at the NCAA is very corporate and different than the campus setting or athletic department. The employees at the National Office do not have much interaction with student-athletes, but are very involved with administrators at the conference and institution level. The interaction with athletic directors and presidents provides a unique opportunity to meet and work with a wide variety of professionals within intercollegiate athletics. The NCAA national office has over 400 employees with varying background, which provides a network to explore other opportunities within sport management. The NCAA is broken down into groups to serve different roles functioning with the membership including: Administrative Services, Branding and Communications, Championships, Corporate and Broadcast Alliances, Diversity and Inclusion, Division I Men's Baseball and Football, Division I Men's Basketball, Division I Women's Basketball, Eligibility Center, Enforcement, Executive Office, Governance, and MSAA. Many of these groups collaborate on best practices, but each has their own function .
What would you say is the best part working for the NCAA
The best part of working at NCAA can vary depending on what department you work in. The best part about working in championships is getting to see the pinnacle experience for student-athletes at championship events. It gives allows you to see the big picture of the championship selection process, and is comprised of a team environment with professionals who are passionate about athletic. Another perk of the NCAA is unlike a campus and other athletic fields, the typical work day 8:30 to 5
“ The NCAA Drug-Testing Program was created to protect the health and safety of student-athletes and to ensure that no one participant might have an artificially induced advantage or be pressured to use chemical substances.”
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