Meet the Department of Sport Management

Faculty

Vicky Martin, D.S.M
Full Professor/ Department Chair

Dr. Vicky Martin
DH 1165A
Telephone (434)582-2110
vmartin@liberty.edu

After joing the Sport Management faculty at Liberty in 2005 as an associate professor, Dr. Vicky Martin was promoted to the chair of the Sport Management Department in 2006.  After becoming chair, Dr. Martin desired students to have the ability to study sport management not only at the undergraduate but graduate level of learning while at Liberty University. In 2009, Dr. Martin proposed the sport management graduate program that she had been developing for three years and was officially approved by SACS and launched in the spring of 2010. Dr. Martin lead the Department of Sport Management through the specialized accreditation process with the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). "My greates passion is to be a teacher and mentor to my students, most importantly in their walk with the Lord, and secondly as they prepare for their futures and discover the direction in which God is calling them."

Scriptural Inspiration

"But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they chall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint" Isaiah 40:31

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" Proverbs 3:5-6

Education

D.S.M, United States Sports Academy
M.A., University of Tulsa
B.S., Oral Robert University

Research Interests

Women in Sport, Female Mentorship in Sport Management, Sport Marketing, Student-Athlete Welfare and NCAA Sports. 

Career Highlights Dr. Vicky Martin

In 2009, Dr. Martin was invited to attend the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England. The topic of discussion at the Round Table was "women in leadership". In 1987 Dr. Martin was presented with the "Outstanding Woman in America Award" and was deemed as an "Extraordinary Studen of America" from 1985-1998.

Prior to Liberty University, Dr. Martin taught in the Sport Management Department of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. while simultaneously pursing her Doctorate of Sport Management at the United States Sports Academy, which she received in 2003. Dr. Martin has taught physical education courses for both Peace College and oral Roberts University.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Martin played professional tennis in Europe. She was offered a full tennis scholarship to Oral Roberts University and upon graduation, Martin was appointed as the Division I women's tennis coach for Oral Roberts Universty. She coached and taught at the university for 10 years. Afterwards, Martin coached Division III tennis at Peace College, and later Division Ii tennis at Florida Southern College. Which coaching for Florida Southern College, Martin was honored to receive the "Coach of the Year" award for the Sunshine Conference in 2001.

 

 

Christopher Amos, M.S.
Assistant Professor

Mr. Christopher Amos
DH 1165 P
Telephone (434) 592-5472
cmamos@liberty.edu
 

Mr. Amos atteded Liberty University where he completed his Bachelor's degree in Sport Management with a minor in Coaching, graduating Summa cum Laude and was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; and, his Master's degree in Sport Administration, graduating Summa cum Laude with Distinction. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Sport Management through the United States Sports Academy in Daphene, Alabama.

Scriptural Inspiration

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3

Education

M.S., Liberty University
B.S., Liberty University

Research Interests

Sport Marketing, Event Management, Equipment, Coaching and Communication in Sport.

 

Career Highlights Mr. Christopher Amos

Mr. Amos has worked over 11 seasons for the Washington Redskins as an Equipment and Staff Assistant. Prior to his employment with Liberty Univesity, Mr. Amos worked as an Athletic Director in Virginia, was on staff with the Washington Nationals, and Coached High School Football. In addition, he holds seven certifications from the Federal Emergency Management Institute (FEMA). Mr. Amos is from the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area. He continues working with the Redskins and travels between Washington, D.C. and Lynchburg on his weekends.

 

Phillip Blosser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Phil Blosser
DH 1165 R
Telephone (434) 582-2629
pblosser@liberty.edu

Dr. Blosser joined the Sport Management faculty at Liberty as an assistant professor in 2002 and was promoted to associate professor in 2010. Dr. Blosser pursued and earned his Ph.D. in 2009 with an emphasis in sport tourism, hallmark/mega event tourism, host community perceptions and tourism/sports event impacts while teaching undergraduate courses at Liberty University.

Scriptural Inspiration

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" Psalm 139:23

Education

Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S., Baylor University
B.S., Liberty University

Research Interests

Sport Tourism, Event Impacts and Sport Ministry.

 

Career Highlights Dr. Phil Blosser

Dr. Blosser's Ph.D. research in the area of sport tourism and mega event trouism has places a lot of focus on the Olympic Games. In 2007, Dr. Blosser was given an honorary award for his presentation at the 2nd world Congress of Sport Management in Sparta, Greece. Dr. Blosser has submitted research to a number of established congresses and conferences, such as the Euro CHRIE Congress in Thessaloniki, Greece and the ATLAS International Conference in Viana do Castelo, Protugal.

Dr. Blosser had spent a number of years in marketing/prmotions, sales and customer/client relations both in and outside fo the sport industry. He has served in the marketing/promotions and ticketing sales areas with the Colorado State University Athletics Department. He also recieved experience in sponsor and media relations while interning with Triple Crown Sports, and he has volunteered with Special Olympics and other local sporting events.

 

T. Andrew Coleman, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor

Mr. Andy Coleman
DH 1165 N
Telephone (434) 592-4343
tacoleman@liberty.edu
 

Mr. Coleman joined the Sport Management faculty at Liberty in 2010 as an assistant professor after serving as an adjunct professor in 2009. Mr. Coleman is currently pursuing his his Ph.D. in Sport Management leadership at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. Mr. Coleman earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and criminal justice from Liberty in 1995 while receiving his teaching certficiationa and special education endoresement from Logwood and Lynchburg College. He completed his Master of Education degree from Liberty in 2009.

Scriptural Inspiration

"For I know the plans I have for you," Declares the LORD,"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. They you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" Jeremiah 29:11-13

Education

M.Ed., Liberty University
B.S., Liberty University

Research Interests

Leadership in Sport, Coaching and Politics in sport.

Career Highlights Mr. Andy Coleman

While working as the Academic Coordinator for the Liberty football team, Mr. Coleman served as a liaison between the football program and the academic campus, aiding in daily operations in the football office. During that time, the eam made Big south Champions in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Coaching is Mr. Coleman's passion. He currently serves on the varsity coaching staff for Liberty Christian Academy football team assisting the team in earning the State Championship in both 2004, and 2005.

While a Special Education teacher, prior to moving to the Liberty Athletics Department, Mr. Coleman served as the junior varsity and varsity football coach for Rustburg High School, the varsity football coach at Amherst High School where he led the team to win the State Championship in 1995, and as the football defensive coordinator, assistant baseball coach, and middle school basketball coach at Appomattox High School.

 

Jordan B. Davies, J.D.
Adjunct Professor

Mr. Jordan Davies
DH 1165
jbdavies@liberty.edu
 

Mr. Davies is a trial attorney practicing with the law firm of Harris & Allen, P.C., located in downtown Lynchburg. His practice focuses in the areas of criminal defense, family law, civil litigation and creditors’ rights. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for both the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia. Davies is a member of the American Bar Association and the Lynchburg Bar Association.

Davies is a graduate of Liberty University School of Law. During law school, he was a member of the Law Review and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. Additionally, Davies interned at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of General Counsel. While there, he published an article in George Mason University School of Law’s “CIP Report,” entitled “National Security and International Law: Information Flow in Foreign Waters.”

Scriptural Inspiration

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved" Ephesians 2:4-5

Education

J.D., Liberty University School of Law
B.A., Liberty University

 

Career Highlights Mr. Jordan Davies

Prior to law school, Davies interned at a sports agency in Atlanta, Ga., working closely with professional athletes and coaches in Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the Professional Golf Association.

 

Kevin C. Heisey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr Kevin Heisey
DH 1165 Q
Telephone (434) 592-5659
kheisey@liberty.edu
 

Dr. Heisey came to Liberty University in 2011 after serving as the Graduate Coordinator at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland, where he was a faculty member since 2002.

Scriptural Inspiration

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will” Romans 12:2

Education

Ph.D., German Sport University
M.A., University of Central Missouri
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College

 

 

Career Highlights Dr. Kevin Heisey

Dr. Heisey served as a lecturer in the Economics Department at the State University of New York (SUNY)from 2002-2007. He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor and relocated to a position in the Sport Management Department in the fall of 2007. In the fall of 2008, Dr. Heisey was promoted to the position of International Graduate Coordinator, and susequently the coordinator over all of sport management graduate programs in December of 2010.

 

Clark T. W. Zealand, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Graduate Director

Dr. Clark Zealand
DH 1165 D
Telephone (434) 582-2887
czealand@liberty.edu

Dr. Clark Zealand joined the Sport Management faculty in 2008 as the first Sport Management faculty member at Liberty to specialize in outdoor recreation. While at Liberty, Dr. Zealand has served as the secretary of the Graduate Faculty Senate (2009-2010), vice chair of the Graduate Senate (2010-2011), and chair (2011-2012). Dr. Zealand is also the assessment coordinator for the Department of Sport Management.

Prior to joining the faculty at Liberty, Dr. Zealand received his doctorial degree from the University of Waterlook in Waterloo, Ontario.

Scriptural Inspiration

"For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God" Romans 1:20, NLT

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course" Psalm 19:1-5, NIV

Education

Ph.D., University of Waterloo
M.A., Liberty University
B.S., Liberty University

Research Interests

Adventure Sport Management, Outdoor Recreation Expereinces and Visitor Management, Wilderness and Environmental Philosophy, Interpretive Methodologies and Environmental Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Career Highlights Dr. Clark Zealand

Dr. Zealand possesses a wide range of experience and knowledge within the sport industry. While owning and operating an ecommerce business (www.theaidstation.com), which specializes in gear for trail runners; He is also the founder and owner of Eco-X Sports, a race management company that exists to provide individuals with recreational and competitive sporting events, athletic instruction, lifestyle education and outdoor-related research. Dr. Zealand is also the race director for a handful of well-known races, including the Terrapin Mountain 50k and Half-Marathon, Grindstone 100 and Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run.

Dr. Zealand works with the Run for a Reason organization in which he created and directs an annual race called Coleman’s Run. Coleman’s Run is a 5k benefit race for autism awareness. This race is named after Zealand’s son, Coleman, who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. The purpose of the race is to offer hope to parents of autistic children and encourage them to seek out the full potential of their child.

In addition to being on the business side of the sport industry, Zealand is also an elite athlete and former coach. He was the distance coach for the Liberty Track and Cross Country teams from 1996-2002, and is currently a sponsored ultra-runner, selected to run as a member of the Patagonia Ultra Running Team. He has competed in numerous ultra-races and has holds several course records. Throughout the year, Zealand also serves as a niche product tester for various outdoor adventure companies and has served as a consultant for numerous agencies including the Parks Canada Agency, the United States Forest Service, The Conservation Alliance and the Leave-No-Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

 

Staff

Melanie Cox, Department Secretary

Melanie Cox
DH 1165
Telephone (434) 582-2110
mccox2@liberty.edu

Melanie Cox is originally from Winston-Salem, N.C., and attended Elon University in Elon, N.C.  In 2009, Cox and her family went on a mission’s trip to Thailand where they evangelized to Chinese tourists. Cox enjoys interacting with students and works hard to ensure that their experience within the Sport Management program is positive and beneficial to their future.   

Scriptural Inspiration

"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps" Proverbs 16:9 

 

 

 

 

Personal

In 1984, Cox moved to Virginia and currently resides in Goode, Va., with her husband Barry and two sons, Zack and Alex who attend Liberty and is studying business management. Cox enjoys spending time with her family and attending her sons’ sporting events. She attends and is involved in Beulah Baptist Church in Lynchburg.
 

 

M. Alene Stallman, Graduate Secretary

M. Alene Stallman
DH 1165
Telephone (434) 592-5473
mstallman@liberty.edu

Alene Stallman is originally from Vinton, Va. She has worked the majority of her professional career in Information Systems Administration and as a Legal Assistant/Secretary.

 

Scriptural Inspiration

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me”  Matthew 16:24

 

 

 

 

Personal

Her great pride is her family. They lived in Louisville, Ky. for several years where her husband attended seminary and she has one child. Her family has a love for sharing the gospel with others and being witnesses for Christ. They love their church community in every area that they have lived, and enjoy participating with teaching the Gospel to youth.

  


Graduate Student Assistants

Julia Anderson, Graudate Student Assistant

Julia Anderson
DH 1165 T
jganderson3@liberty.edu

Julia graduated in 2011 from Liberty University with a degree in Kinesiology; Fitness Specialist. She Interned with LU Athletics working alongside the strength and conditioning coaches. She is currently pursuing her masters in Sport Management; Outdoor Adventure Sport at Liberty University.

Scriptural Inspiration

"Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wing like eagles, they chall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:30-31

 

 

 

Personal

Julia grew up in Northern Virginia and currently lives just outside of Lynchburg. She is the mother of four, two boys and two girls. Julia first came to liberty on a music scholarship in 1996. Between then and now, she had been a military wife for 10 years. "Finishing school was important to me and I am excited to help you do the same, no matter what stage of life you are in!"

 

 

Mark Romig, Graduate Student Assistant

Mark Romig
DH 1165 T
mromig@liberty.edu

Mark Romig is a 2013 graduate of Northland International University with a major in Sport Ministry and a minor in Spanish. Mark joined the Department of Sport Management in the Fall of 2013 as a Graduate Student Assistant seeking his masters in Sport Administration.

Scriptural Inspiration

"You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:1-5

 

 

Personal

Mark is from North Carolina, but his family will soon be transitioning to Florida within the next year. He was born in Michigan and lived in Texas. He loves traveling and new experiences. Mark has played soccer since the age of three and continues to play recreationally. He follows the English Premier League closely and cheers for Chelsea FC. This past summer Mark was able to attend his first Chelsea game when they came to the United States for their preseason games. I hope to one day see one of their home games in England.

 

 

Breckley Neale, Graduate Student Assistant

Breckley Neale
DH 1165 T
bjneale@liberty.edu

Breckley Neale graduated from Southeastern University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Sport Management and minors in Business, Coaching, and Physical Education.

Breckley joined the Department of Sport Management in the fall of 2014 as a Graduate Student Assistant seeking her masters in Sport Administration. 

Scriptural Inspiration

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”  Philippians 3:7-11

 

Personal

Breckley was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. She has three older siblings, Kittery, McLeod, and Skyler. She played basketball as an undergraduate student and continues to play recreationally. She has a passion for sports and also enjoys cake decorating. And says she feels extremely blessed to be joining the Sport Management Department as a GSA. 

 

Nelson Perez, Graduate Student Assistant

Nelson Perez
DH 1165 T
njperez@liberty.edu

Nelson graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Education (ESL). He joined the Department in the fall of 2014 as a Graduate Assistant while seeking his masters in Sport Administration.

Scriptural Inspiration

“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,  make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:1-4

 

 

 

Personal

Nelson was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He moved with his wife and 5½ month old daughter to Lynchburg VA this last summer. Nelson have a passion for baseball and played baseball in Puerto Rico from the age of 9 and later in some amateur leagues. He has also done sport outreaches in Latin America and the Caribbean using baseball. Nelson follows MLB and had the opportunity to do media coverage for the 2013 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. Nelson's hope is to coach, teach and mentor others to use their talents to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.

 

Jessica Roberts, Graduate Student Assistant

Jess Roberts
DH 1165 T
jlroberts1@liberty.edu

Jessica Roberts is a 2013 graduate from Missouri State University with a degree in Kinesiology. Jess joins the Department of Sports Management team for the 2014-15 year as a Graduate Student Assistant pursuing her masters in Sport Administration with an emphasis in Outdoor Adventure Recreation.

Scriptural Inspiration

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 NIV

 

 

 

Personal

Jess is from Mountain Grove, Missouri and has six brothers and three sisters. She loves trying new things and traveling the world especially with those she loves most. Her passion is in sports and outdoor adventure ministry were she hopes to begin a career. Jess cannot wait to see what God will do next in her life and is excited for the adventures and challenges to come.

 


Liberty University Online (LUO) Adjunct Faculty

Marsha Coker, Ed.D.
LUO Adjunct Professor

Dr. Marsha Coker
mwcoker@liberty.edu
 

Dr. Coker joined the Department of Sport Management in 2012 as an adjunct professor with Liberty University Online. Dr. Coker has spent many of her 15 years of teaching educating students in nutrition in middle school as a volunteer basketball, volleyball, and soccer sponsor. It is her desire to model community and school involvement while emphasizing, not only physical health, but spiritual and mental health, as well.

Scriptural Inspiration

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength”  Philippians 4:13 NIV

Education

Ed.D., United States Sports Academy
MLA, Spring Hill College
B.S., Stephen F. Austin State University

 

Career Highlights Dr. Marsha Coker

Dr. Coker has spent many of her 15 years of teaching nutrition in middle school as a volunteer basketball, volleyball, and soccer sponsor. It is her desire to model community and school involvement while emphasizing, not only physical health, but spiritual and mental health, as well.

 

 

Eric Cohu, Ed.D.
LUO Adjunct Professor

Dr. Eric Cohu
ecohu@liberty.edu

Cohu served as a full-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Sport Management at Liberty University from the fall of 2006 until spring semester of 2009. He then left Liberty to pursue his passion of coaching high school football and working with young people by accepting the head football coach position at Madison Academy in Huntsville, Ala. Cohu grew up in Southwest Missouri and met his wife Carolyn (from Memphis, Tenn.) in Arkansas while in college. They have two children, Baylor and Cassie, and strive to serve the Lord daily. 

Scriptural Inspiration

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty” Zechariah 4:6

Education

Ed.D., Union University,
Ed.S., Union University
M.Ed., Freed-Hardeman University
B.A., Harding University

 

Career Highlights Dr. Eric Cohu

Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Eric Cohu spent four years working in the financial industry, highlighted by approximately three years with First American Corporation (now Regions Bank) in Nashville, Tenn. Some of his clients included the Tennessee Titans, the Nashville Predators as well as many executives in the music and health care industries.

While at Liberty University from 2006-2009, Cohu worked as an assistant football coach at Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) in Lynchburg with Coach Frank Rocco.

In the fall of 2010, Cohu was named the Director of International Relations for the IFL (Israel Football League). Cohu has been consulting for the IFL since 2007 and travels to Israel twice a year to work for the league.

 

 

Jeff Briggs, Ph.D.
LUO Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jeff Briggs
jpbriggs2@liberty.edu

Dr. Briggs joined Liberty University Online as an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Sport Management, Graduate Studies in 2011. He is a Professor of Sport management at North Greenville University, in Tigerville, South Caroline.

Dr. Briggs earned his Ph.D. in Sport Manageemnt from Florida State university in 1999 and currently is the Department Chair for Sport Management and Program Coordinator for the Coaching Education Program, Sport Ministry Program, and the Physical Education Program at North Greenville University.

 

Education

Ph.D., Florida State University
M.S., Marshall University
B.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene College

Career Highlights Dr. Jeff Briggs

Dr. briggs has published over 150 articles, instructional manuals,a nd research materials for local, state,a nd antional organizations; Bowling This Month Magazine, 7-10 Split Magazine, The asian Bowling Digest, The Nebraska Alliance of Bowling Coaches, Pro Shop Today,a nd newspapers nationwide. His most popular publication, The Bowling-Specific Training Manual, is now in its 4th edition and has sold several thousand copies in over 50 different countries. Dr. Briggs has had over 120 professional persentations since 1994 and routinely conducts seminars in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Dr. Briggs continues to be acive in the sport profession in coordinating students, graduates, and general population to support operations and activities of local and regional sport organizations (road races, racquetball tournaments, senior & disabled Olympics, bowling tournaments, collegiate athletics, fund raisers, and etc.). Dr. Briggs personally volunteers in management and administration for several sport organizations annualy.

 

Thomas M. Mingus, Ph.D.
LUO Adjunct Professor

Dr. Tom Mingus
tmmingus@liberty.edu

Dr. Thomas Mingus serves Liberty University and the Department of Sport Management as one of our crucial distance learning faculty. Mingus is a former two-sport athlete with a passion for sports and U.S. history.

Born in Painesville, Ohio, he is a current resident of York, Pa. Mingus co-wrote a Civil War book with his brother entitled "Human Interest Stories of the Civil War." In addition to being a published author, he had photographs published in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star and in his father’s book, "Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Gordon Expedition, June 1863."

Scriptural Inspiration

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13 NIV

Education

Ph.D., Northcentral University
M.S., Slippery Rock University
M.A., Slippery Rock University
B.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene University
B.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene University

 

Career Highlights Dr. Tom Mingus

Dr. Thomas Mingus assisted in various duties and capacities for the PGA Nike Tour Cleveland Open golf tournament where he obtained valuable experience in management of a professional athletic event. He was a sports broadcaster for Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s radio station for the university’s baseball and softball teams during the 2002 season. In addition, he served as an assistant coach for the MVNU baseball team during the 2003 baseball season. As a graduate student, Mingus obtained first-hand experience managing, budgeting and financing an athletic event as a co-manager of the 2005 Slippery Rock University Sport Management Golf Tournament. He also conducted and wrote a risk management analysis for the New Castle (Pa.) YMCA Sports Zone in 2005.

 

Chrystal Denmark Porter, Ph.D., Ed.S.
LUO Adjunct Professor

Dr. Chrystal Porter
cdporter3@liberty.edu

Since 2008, Dr. Chrystal Porter has served as the Assistant Dean of Sport Science and Fitness Studies and Assistant Professor/Chair of Sport Management at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. Dr. Porter has provided leadership and vision for the Sport Management, Athletic Training and Physical Education academic majors, the Exercise Science minor and the coaching certification.

In 2012, Dr. Porter was appointed as the Dean of the Graduate School at Endicott College.

Scriptural Inspiration

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” Psalm 16:8 NIV

Education

Ph.D., Capella University
Ed.S., Florida State University
M.S.A., Ohio University
B.S., Ohio University

 

Career Highlights Dr. Chrystal Denmark Porter

Since 2008, Dr. Chrystal Porter has served as the Assistant Dean of Sport Science and Fitness Studies and Assistant Professor/Chair of Sport Management at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. At Endicott College, Porter provides leadership and vision for the Sport Management, Athletic Training and Physical Education academic majors, the Exercise Science minor, and the coaching certification. She is responsible for the supervision of six full-time faculty, eight part-time adjuncts, four non-teaching faculty academic advisors and an administrative assistant.

From 2006-2010, Porter ran her own academic consulting company, College Strategies LLC in Aurora, Ill. She also held a variety of academic and administrative positions from 2002-2005 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. These positions included Assistant Director of Graduate and Continuing Education Admissions (2004-2005), Assistant Director of Freshman Admission (2003-2004) and Freshman Admission Counselor (2002-2003).

Prior to entering higher education, Porter served as a sales associate for the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche in Denver, Colo. She also completed a variety of quality internships at prominent sports organizations such as the Bonham Group, The Women's Sports Foundation, Denver Nuggets and Ohio University Athletics.

 

Julie Powel, Ed.D.
LUO Adjunct Professor

Dr. Julie Powell
japowell9@liberty.edu

Since 1995 Dr. Julie Powell has served full-time at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and joined the Liberty faculty in June of 2012. Dr. Powell has served in several roles within Union University such as sports information director and intramural director before moving into teaching full time in 2000. When Union developed the undergraduate sport management program, she was offered the opportunity to teach and could not resist the opportunity to blend a passion for sports with a love of teaching. Currently in her 18th year at Union, Powell has been blessed to see the program grow and watch students serve the Lord through sports in various ways.

Scriptural Inspiration

" Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." Colossians 3:23

Education

Ed.D., North Central University
M.Ed., Union University
B.S., Union University

Career Highlights Dr. Julie Powell

Since 1995 Dr. Julie Powell has served full-time at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and joined the Liberty faculty in June of 2012. Powell has served in several roles within the university such as sports information director and intramural director before moving into teaching full time in 2000. When Union developed the undergraduate sport management program, she was offered the opportunity to teach and could not resist the opportunity to blend a passion for sports with a love of teaching. Currently in her 18th year at Union, Powell has been blessed to see the program grow and watch students serve the Lord through sports in various ways. After completing a Doctorate in Sport Management and Leadership in 2009, she has enjoyed teaching graduate students who come from a variety of backgrounds such as teaching, coaching, and sport management.

 

Jennifer Ruddell, Ph.D.
LUO Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jennifer Ruddell
jruddell@liberty.edu
 

Dr. Jennifer Ruddell joined the Sport Management Department in 2012 as an Online Instructor with an emphasis in Disability Sport.

Scriptural Inspiration

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”  Colossians 3:23

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
M.Ed., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
B.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

 

Career Highlights Dr. Jennifer Ruddell

Dr. Jennifer Ruddell joined the Sport Management Department in 2012 as an Online Instructor with an emphasis in Disability Sport. She has worked at many levels in sport, collegiate (University of Illinois), professional (Chicago Bulls, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), international (CD Zuharrak, U.S. Paralympics) and youth (Sports City Basketball Academy).

Ruddell competed in wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois where she was a four-time National Champion. Additionally, she is a two-time Paralympic gold medalist, competing in wheelchair basketball in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008).

 

Dr. Monica E. Sainz
LUO Adjunct Professor

Dr. Monica Sainz
mesainz@liberty.edu

Dr. Sainz joined the Department of Sport Management in 2012 as an adjunct professor with Liberty University Online. She is currently tgaking D.B. A courses in Internation Business Management at Northcentral University.

Dr. Sainz has a background in Division I tennis in college and works on several sport plans and programs for local, antional and international organizations.

Education

D.S.M., United States Sports Academy
M.S., United States Sports Academy
B.A., Glenville State Collage

 

 

 

Career Highlights Dr. Monica Sainz

Dr. Sainz has been teaching part-time at several universities since 2004. She is a French native and lived and worked in Europe on and off for twenty years. She speaks French, English and Spanish fluently, and several other languages fairly well. She has worked as a translator/interpreter, and marketing assistant.

Currently, Dr. Sainz enjoys teaching onine in sport management and business. She has a passion for photograph and has been exhibiting and selling her photopgraph locally where she lives. She has worked in Vietnam for short periods over the years. She enjoys working with organizations such as the YMCA and international tennis programs, to send equipment to aspiring youth tennis players in Africa.

 

Joseph C. Spears Jr., Ed.D.
LUO Adjunct Professor

Dr. Joseph Spears
jcspears@liberty.edu

Dr. Joseph Spears has a terminal doctoral degree in sports management with an emphasis in sports marketing, and his course work has covered a wide range of topics in the various marketing, sport management, leadership, sport law and other social issues in sports marketing and public relations. Spears’ research has provided him the opportunity to draw connections between different areas and communicate difficult concepts clearly to students of all levels. Spears is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and teaching, and strives to cultivate an interactive environment in which students can express themselves freely while learning to engage with the past in meaningful ways. Spears emphasizes critical thinking and the need to consider sports within its larger social, historical and intellectual contexts.

Scriptural Inspiration

“Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you” 1 Peter 2:11

Education

Ed.D., United States Sports Academy
M.Div., Virginia Union University
B.A., Logos Christian College

 

Career Highlights Dr. Joseph Spears

With direct sports experience in corporate sponsorship, sales, development, management and marketing, Spears drove new sponsorship revenue along with opportunities to manage other sponsorship sales and marketing executives. Spears generated appointments with A-C Level prospects through networking, prospecting, business clubs and social events. Spears presented custom sponsorship packages including signage, sport promotions, internet advertising, hospitality, tickets and all other sport marketing resources. Spears entertained and nurtured relationships with clients and prospects through creative means including networking events, speaking engagements, one-on-one meetings, visits at marketing and sales events, open houses, exclusive partner events and outside meetings. Spears has had responsibility for coordinating direct mail processes with agencies and vendors. Other sport marketing efforts in which Spears has experience includes preparing analysis of market trends, campaign performance and fundraising.