About the Master’s in Athletic Administration
The Ohio University online Master’s in Athletic Administration program specializes in developing interscholastic Athletic Directors, building on the students’ passion for serving young student-athletes and running a highly-successful athletic department. And because Ohio University established the first specialized academic sports program in the country in 1966, your degree will reflect a tradition of excellence nearly five decades long.
Why OHIO Athletic Administration?
Ohio University is the pioneer in sports education. By establishing the first academic program in the field of sports administration, this online program is recognized today as the premier professional training program for candidates seeking careers in the sports industry.
The graduate sports administration programs offered through Ohio University are ranked internationally, and the Department of Sports Administration, along with its academic programs, is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), which promotes and recognizes excellence in sport management education at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.
Recognizing a need for an educational program to support new and veteran administrators, Ohio University partnered with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) to provide the first master’s degree program specifically designed for high school and middle school athletic administrators. The focused curriculum of Ohio University’s online master’s degree in Athletic Administration prepares you to excel in the demanding field of interscholastic athletic administration, while also preparing for NIAAA certification.
As a Bobcat, you will be joining thousands of graduates of Ohio University sports administration programs, many of whom hold top positions throughout the sports industry. No matter where you go in your career, you’re probably not far from another OHIO sports administration alum. Today you can find alumni and students of the master’s program in Athletic Administration in 45 states and 4 countries. During the program, you will also have the opportunity at the 4-day Athletic Leadership Forum to network with fellow coaches, athletic administrators, faculty, and other industry leaders.
Sport Administration VS. Athletic Administration
The online Master of Athletic Administration is designed for those who aspire to become leaders in interscholastic athletic administration. Typically, a Master of Sport Administration or Sport Management is a general degree that provides knowledge for a variety of sports-related career segments, while the Master of Athletic Administration focuses specifically on the skills and strategies that epitomize successful middle and high school athletic administrators.
Designed to prepare you for NIAAA certification, the curriculum is a comprehensive exploration of the business behind interscholastic sports. Through the MAA curriculum, students will earn credit for 7 NIAAA Leadership Training Courses, and will be eligible to sit for the CAA exam if they meet the Personal Data Requirements specified by the NIAAA Certification program.
- SASM 6100|Athletic Administration Seminar
This course is an introduction to the Master’s program in Athletic Administration. The course is the first course in the MAA program, and is designed to give students an overview of effective practices in athletic administration. It also focuses on the duties and requirements of the athletic director position, encouraging students to focus on strategies for career development.
- SASM 6040|Administration of Interscholastic Athletic Programs
This course provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of interscholastic athletic administrators. Participants will discuss the philosophy of interscholastic athletics, and examine the technical, human, and conceptual requirements of athletic administrators.
- SASM 6280|Legal Foundations of Risk Management in Athletics
This course provides an overview of legal concepts related to risk management in interscholastic athletics. Topics include constitutional law and its application to school sports; negligence and tort law; federal law, including Title IX, ADA, and FERPA; and current issues in risk management.
- SASM 6670|Human Resource Management in Sport Organizations
This course provides an overview of the Human Resource Management task (HRM) for high school athletics directors. Students will learn effective practices for hiring, supervising, and evaluating coaches and other departmental staff. The course also covers sexual harassment policies and procedures; the impact of federal laws on school district policies on coaching contracts and compensation; and strategies for increasing diversity in coaching and athletic department staff.
- SASM 6260|Sport Governance and Policy Development
This course provides an in-depth look at the governance structure of national, state, and local organizations impacting interscholastic sport. Students will review internal governance processes, including strategic planning and internal decision-making, and will learn how to develop policies and procedures for effective management of interscholastic programs.
- SASM 6480|Facility Management and Programming
This course focuses on the theory and practice of planning and managing facilities and events in interscholastic athletics. Topics covered in this course include the strategic management of athletic facilities, planning for facility construction and renovation, the maintenance of athletic facilities and equipment, event planning and management for school and non-school users, and emergency planning considerations utilized in program administration.
- SASM 6420|Ethics in Sports
This course provides an overview of ethical theory and its application to ethical decision-making in interscholastic athletics. The course will also review strategies for promoting ethical behavior through organizational Codes of Conduct and character development programs.
- SASM 6800|Seminar – Research Methods
This course covers statistical applications and research in athletic administration. Topics include foundational statistical concepts, survey design, presentation of research results, and uses of research to address issues in interscholastic athletics.
- SASM 6550|Sport Marketing
This course provides an introduction to marketing and sponsorship principles and their application to interscholastic athletic programs. Students will develop a marketing strategy to effectively reach the various consumer groups of their school’s athletic program.
- SASM 6700|Financial Administration of Sport Facilities and Programs
This course helps students apply basic principles and concepts of finance to the operation of interscholastic athletic programs, and develop critical financial management skills required of athletic administrators. These skills include budget planning and management, the requisition and purchasing of athletic supplies and equipment, and developing fundraising campaigns to generate supplemental revenue.
- COED 6120|Management and Leadership in Sport
This course reviews contemporary theories related to management and leadership, and their application to interscholastic athletics. Topics include strategies for building teamwork, communicating effectively, and managing conflict. Students will analyze their own leadership style, and will develop a personal leadership philosophy.
- SASM 6990|Capstone Seminar
This course involves the development of a professional portfolio by each student that highlights knowledge, skills, and abilities developed through the MAA program.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Is the GRE required?
GRE scores are not required for qualified applicants. However, if you have already taken the GRE, you may submit the scores with your application.
- I have taken a number of graduate courses. Can I transfer those credits to this program?
No. This is a lockstep program, so all students admitted during the same year will start the program together (in the same cohort) and complete the required courses in a sequence.
- What is unique about this online MAA program?
The uniqueness of this program is several-fold. First, it is one of the only programs that focuses solely on interscholastic athletic administration. Second, it is a product of collaboration between the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). The collaboration with the NIAAA ensures that the contents of the program curriculum and coursework are applicable to interscholastic athletic administration. Third, qualified and experienced NIAAA leaders have been appointed as adjunct faculty members for the program.
- Do we complete all the courses online?
All of the courses are online, except for the Athletic Leadership Forum, for which you are required to come to the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. During this seminar, you will build your professional network by interacting with the program faculty and fellow students face-to-face. The on-campus visit typically lasts about four days.
- How long does it take to complete the program?
It will take about 24 months to finish the program.
- Do you allow participants to take a few, or a majority of the courses, but not all of the courses required of the whole program?
No. All students admitted will be required to take all courses for the program.
- As I understand, Ohio University has a program in Sports Administration. Is this program the same or different from that program?
This program is different from the Master of Sports Administration (MSA) program. As mentioned previously, the MAA program is designed specifically with a unique focus on interscholastic athletic administration. The MSA program, however, trains students for various segments in the sports industry, such as professional sports, intercollegiate athletics, sport marketing, event management, athletic representation, etc. The admission process and requirements for these two programs are also different.
- What type of networking does the program have in regards to placement?
At the Athletic Leadership Forum, you will have many opportunities to meet athletic administrators from middle and high schools all over the country.
- Is this appropriate for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in college athletics?
This program is designed specifically to train individuals who want to pursue a career in interscholastic athletic administration, not intercollegiate athletic administration. The program has a curriculum that addresses all the areas of interscholastic athletic administration, such as risk management, marketing, human resources management, athletic governance, ethics, financial management, facility management, etc. The course projects are always directly related to interscholastic settings.
- When I graduate, what will my diploma read?
Your diploma will read “Master of Science in Athletic Administration.” Your diploma will not say the word “online”.
- What is the cost of the program?
The cost per credit hour for in-state students is $569 for a total of $20,484 and for out-of-state it is $588 for a total of $21,168. Fees, books and other learning materials used during the program are not included in the tuition. For the on-campus seminar in Athens, you are responsible for your travel costs, room, breakfast, and special group dinners during your visit. Your Program Manager will help you coordinate room sharing and car-pooling for the seminar.
Why Choose Ohio University
A Tradition of Educational Excellence
Founded in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest university in Ohio, and the ninth oldest public university in the United States. Ohio University’s main campus is located on 1,800 acres in Athens, Ohio, with five regional campuses spread across the state.
Today, Ohio University is one of the largest universities in Ohio, with a total enrollment of more than 19,000 on the Athens campus, and more than 28,000 students on all campuses. The school features more than 250 undergraduate programs spread through 11 distinct colleges. There are currently close to 4,500 students in graduate programs at Ohio University.
Ohio University is proud of its rich history, diverse campus, international community, educational offerings, accomplished faculty, and remains dedicated to helping students achieve their intellectual and personal development.
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This environment stimulates student learning and faculty research so that our graduates are able to apply a holistic, integrated approach to business problems, and implement the communication, leadership, team and technological skills needed to succeed in their business careers. Additionally, our students develop an understanding of the social responsibilities individuals and organizations have and an ability to evaluate the ethical dimensions of decisions in a business context.
Nationally RankedOhio University has been recognized for academic quality and value by such publications as U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review’s Best Colleges, and Peterson’s Guide to Competitive Colleges.
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- The John Templeton Foundation has recognized Ohio University as one of the top character-building institutions in the country. Currently, Ohio University ranks first in the state of Ohio for nationally competitive awards won by its students.
Ohio University is a Corporate Partner of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
Ohio University is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.
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The Department of Sports Administration and its academic programs, including the Master's program in Athletic Administration are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).
- Proof of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours
- A minimum of 2 years athletic administration or coaching experience at the middle or high school level
- Three letters of recommendation from professional references with one coming from a current interscholastic athletic administrator
- A two- to four-page statement of purpose essay
- Current resume detailing professional experience
- A completed admissions application $50 application fee; $55 for international students*
- GRE not required
- Spring 2016
- Application deadline is December 4, 2015
- Registration deadline is January 4, 2016
- Orientation begins January TBD, 2016
- Summer 2016
- Application deadline is TBD 2016
- Registration deadline is TBD 2016
- Orientation begins TBD 2016
TuitionInvest in your future by investing in yourself. Ohio University prides itself on offering affordable, yet academically rigorous, education.
Master’s in Athletic Administration online (2014-2015)*
- Total program tuition $20,484 (Ohio resident); $21,168 (non-Ohio resident)
- Cost per semester credit hour $569 (Ohio resident); $588 (non-Ohio resident)
- 36 total semester credit hours
Getting the Money You Need for School
Financial aid to help you pay for your graduate-level education is available from a variety of sources, such as federal Stafford loans, private sources, and sometimes employer assistance programs. We encourage you to research all of the financing options available.
For more assistance please contact the Ohio University Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.
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Students & Graduates
“I am really enjoying the program and one of my favorite parts is the collaboration with classmates. Although the work is online, we do a lot of Google Hangouts together, we work on projects together, we spend time getting to know each other, we share our experiences and what is going in our states. The interactions themselves are so valuable.”
- Darlene Bible, Online MAA Student
“The coursework in the online master’s in Athletic Administration program challenged me and helped me to grow professionally. It taught relevant material that I was able to use in my current position as an AD. Additionally, having faculty that were in the profession gave me the opportunity to get real world help right away.”
– Jeff Walrich, 2013 Online MAA Graduate
“The online master’s in Athletic Administration program provided me with tools and experience that are incredibly valuable to the work I do as an athletic director. In addition to the skills and knowledge I acquired, the networking I was able to take part in will lead to many great opportunities in the future for myself and my family.”
– Charlie Gorman, 2013 Online MAA Graduate
“The flexibility of the program has been very helpful for me as I am a teacher, a coach, and I have a family. I’m also impressed by the online interactions and discussions with other students. The networking I am doing now with my peers as well as with my professors, is beneficial to me now and will continue to be in the future.”
- Lee Ann Ballard, Online MAA Student
“The master’s in Athletic Administration degree provided me with precise information that directly assists me in both my day-to-day responsibilities and my long term vision as a high school AD. This program was huge for me and my future!”
– Danny Herz, 2013 Online MAA Graduate
Ohio University’s online master’s program in Athletic Administration has the benefit of accomplished faculty members who have dedicated their careers to interscholastic athletic administration. Our instructors hold leadership positions in the NIAAA and state athletic director associations, and have helped develop and deliver the NIAAA’s leadership training curriculum. They are passionate about education-based athletics, and enjoy sharing their first-hand experience directly with our students.
- Program Faculty
- Adjunct Faculty
Scott J. Smith, PhD, CAA, Program Director,
Online Master’s in Athletic Administration
Dr. Scott Smith is the Program Director for Ohio University’s Online Master’s in Athletic Administration program. Prior to this position, he was an Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Physical Education & Sport at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He also served as the Director of the Sport Management program at Central Michigan, where he still teaches graduate courses in the program.
Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Science Education from Bluffton University in Ohio, his M.Ed. in Athletic Administration from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a PhD in Sport Management and an educational specification degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
With the exception of four years of work in the University of Missouri Athletic Department, most of Scott’s professional experience prior to Central Michigan University was in interscholastic athletic programs. Scott served as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at single high school districts in Ohio and Missouri and also served as an Assistant Superintendent and District Athletic Director in two large districts: Dayton Public Schools in Ohio and Wichita Public Schools in Kansas.
Even though his full-time position is currently in higher education, Scott continues to maintain his association with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Currently, he serves as the University Liaison and the Curriculum Coordinator for the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute.
Mike Crauder has 26 years of experience working in public education in Oregon. During his time in Oregon, he held a variety of positions at elementary, middle school, high school, and district level, including eight years as a high school athletic director.
After Mike received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics Education from Ohio University in 1968, the Navy took him West. Prior to being drafted, he worked in student services for the University. Once released from active duty, he returned to college at the University of Oregon where he received his Master’s in Recreation and Park Management in 1974. His work with the Portland Park Bureau led to positions with Molalla School District and eventually to Corvallis. During this time, he earned his standard principal’s license from Lewis and Clark College.
Mike returned to Ohio University to earn a Master of Sport Administration in 2003. Once in Athens, he was asked to resume working for the University; this time as a faculty member in the Department of Sport Administration. After a four-year assignment at the State University of New York at Cortland, he returned to Ohio University to teach again. Over the span of his career, Mike worked various game day broadcasts for Time Warner Sports, Fox Sports Northwest, and ESPN.
Kelley Walton, JD, SPHR,
Kelley Walton is an attorney, professor and consultant with over ten years of legal and human resources experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. Kelley worked for the Columbus Blue Jackets (National Hockey League) for its first 10 years of existence. Her first three years with the Blue Jackets were spent in the legal department. The last seven were as the Director of Human Resources, overseeing the employment of 150+ full-time and 300+ part-time employees. During that time, she oversaw all efforts involved with recruiting, workers compensation, 401(k) administration, benefit administration, employee contracts, and employee evaluations. For all 10 years at the Blue Jackets, she oversaw all immigration efforts for the club.
Kelley became a full-time faculty member in the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University in 2013. She is also a consultant, specializing in human resources and career counseling in the sport industry, and an adjunct professor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Aaron Wright is a lecturer in the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University. He served as Director of the online Master’s in Athletic Administration program from 2010-2015. Aaron became an Ohio University faculty member in 2005, and taught in the undergraduate Sport Management program from 2005-2009. He also served for three years as Undergraduate Coordinator for the Sport Management program.
Aaron received both his MBA and Master’s in Sports Administration degrees from Ohio University in 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Haverford College, where he also played varsity basketball. After completing his undergraduate studies, Aaron played and coached basketball professionally in Europe for three years. He then returned to the United States and spent eight years as a high school athletic director, teacher, and boys’ basketball coach at Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland. During his tenure at Sandy Spring, he also served as President of the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference for three years.
Aaron also worked in Division III intercollegiate athletics administration at Middlebury College in Vermont before relocating to Ohio to begin his graduate studies.
In 2013, Aaron earned his CAA from the NIAAA.
- Adam Benner, Adjunct Faculty
Adam Benner is the Principal at Tri-West High School in Lizton, Indiana. He began his career in education as a Chemistry/Health Teacher and Varsity Baseball Coach at Waldron High School. He then moved to Tri-West High School where he was Chemistry Teacher and Varsity Baseball Coach for 3 years, full-time Athletic Director for 3 years, then Assistant Principal and Associate Athletic Director before taking his current position.
Adam earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University, his master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and he completed the Administrative Leadership Program at Indiana Wesleyan.
- Bill Bowers, CMAA, Adjunct Faculty
Bill Bowers retired in 2003 after 31 years as an educator, coach and athletic director in the Springfield School District, Springfield, Oregon. Since then he has served as the executive director of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association. Bill has worked with the Oregon School Activities Association, the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, and the National Federation of High Schools Coaching Education Program presenting a variety of courses related to athletic administration at the local, state, national and international level. He has assisted with the writing of three Leadership Training Institute courses, and serves on the National Faculty for the NIAAA Leadership Training Program. Bill is the current Chairperson of the LTI 799 Assessment course: Standards of Excellence in Interscholastic Athletic Programs. He authored Chapter Six of the July 2013 issue of Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Guidebook. Since 2010, Bill has worked with the Ohio University MAA program as a program facilitator and instructor.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Education in 1972 from Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, Oregon and his Master of Education degree in Mathematics and Applied Curriculum in 1976 from the University of Oregon. Bill began his teaching career in 1972 as a junior high school math teacher. He also coached football, wrestling and baseball at the junior high level for seven years. In 1979, Bill moved to Springfield High School for the next 24 years. He spent 14 years as the head varsity baseball coach, and 21 years as assistant varsity football coach. Bill spent the last nine years of his career as the director of athletic and activities, overseeing 19 sports and 56 coaches, all the while continuing to teach mathematics. He received his CAA in 1998 and became the first athletic administrator in Oregon to achieve the CMAA certification in 2002.
Bill has served as the Oregon Leadership Training Coordinator for 14 years while presenting over 18 different LTI courses at various league, section, and state conferences. He presented NFHS Coaches Education and LTI 501, 502, 504 & 506 courses in Guam in 2005. In his current position as Oregon Athletic Director Association Executive Director, Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NIAAA as a representative of the National Executive Directors Council. He has also served on the Third Strategic Plan Finance Committee for the NIAAA. Bill has been recognized as the AAAA Athletic Director of the Year, State of Oregon Athletic Director of the Year, a nominee for the Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award, and has received the NIAAA State Award of Merit, NIAAA Distinguished Service Award and the NFHS Citation Award.
- Kippie Crouch, Adjunct Faculty
Kippie Crouch is currently the Middle School Athletic Director for The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida. She previously spent 8 years at Columbus (OH) School for Girls, where she was the Athletics Director and Department Chair of the Physical Education and Health Departments, and coached varsity field hockey and lacrosse. Kippie also worked at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas, where she was the Dean of Students and coached in the Athletics Department. Kippie also taught physical education, volleyball, field hockey, softball, and soccer at St. John’s School in Houston.
Kippie completed the Master of Coaching Education program at Ohio University in June of 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a master’s degree in Physical Education, Sports Administration from the University of North Texas. Kippie currently teaches courses for both the MAA program and the Coaching Education program at Ohio University.
- Jim Diagostino, Adjunct Faculty
Jim Diagostino serves as the Assistant Superintendent at Mill Creek Community School Corporation in Clayton, Indiana. Prior to this endeavor, Jim worked in five other school corporations as assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, dean, teacher, and coach. He has coached several sports at various levels from varsity football to 8th grade girls’ basketball to weight training and conditioning.
Jim received his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Health Safety and a minor in Computer Endorsement from Marian College, Indianapolis, Indiana. Jim is on the board of directors for the IASP/NASSP and is also an executive committee member of the IHSAA.
- John Evers, CMAA, Adjunct Faculty
John Evers retired in 2011 from Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana after 35 years in education. He spent 18 years as a teacher and coach. The last 17 years of his career were spent as Athletic Director at Castle High School.
John served for 13 years on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. His tenure included appointments as President, Secretary and Chair of several IIAAA committees. He was named Indiana AD of the year by the group in 2006. Since 1999, he has chaired and served as lead instructor for the New AD Workshop, sponsored by the state association (IHSAA). John also has been lead teacher for LTC 502 in Indiana for the past 15 years.
He joined the NIAAA Publications Committee in 2003, where he was named Vice-Chair for Publications in 2005 and became Chair in 2012. He also serves as National Chair for LTC 511 (Finance). John has been a presenter at six NIAAA national conferences and has written over 30 articles for the professional journal of the NIAAA (IAA Magazine). He is an NFHS Citation winner and recipient of the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award and State Award of Merit.
John has served as a moderator and member of the NIAAA Blue Ribbon Panel at the NIAAA national conference. He has also served as a member of the NIAAA Host Committee for two NIAAA national conferences. He was named the National High School Athletic Director of the year in 2007 by NASPE (National Association for Sports Education).
John graduated Summa Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree in 1976 and later completed his master’s degree, both from the University of Evansville. He currently holds both CAA (1998) and CMAA (2000) certification from the NIAAA.
In his retirement, John serves as Secretary and Sports Information Director for the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference.
- Terry Hanson, CMAA, Adjunct Faculty
Terry Hanson retired in August 2013 as the Athletic Director at Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon, a large suburb of Portland, where he was responsible for 20 successful varsity programs with over 50 league championships in the past 10 years.
Terry has been an educator, coach, and athletic director in Oregon for over thirty years, at large and small schools, teaching mostly mathematics and computer applications. As an athletic administrator, he has been on the board of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association (OADA) for over 8 years and earned his Certified Master Athletic Administrator certification through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Terry has been honored as the OADA Athletic Director of the Year and received the Distinguished Service Award from the NIAAA in 2008. Terry is also an instructor for NIAAA Leadership courses and is locally involved in statewide non-league scheduling and helps run the regional and state Wrestling and Track & Field Championships. He also maintains a daily online subscription email service with over 700 subscribers for athletic directors to help post open dates and coaching openings.
Terry is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and did post-graduate studies at the University of Oregon.
- Mike Maghan, CMAA, Adjunct Faculty
Mike Maghan is retired after 35 years in education, most recently as the assistant principal/athletic director of McNary High School in Keizer, Oregon. Mike began his career in 1975 as a teacher at Sacred Heart Academy in Salem, Oregon, and started his administrative career in 1979 as an athletic director, vice principal and coach at Gervais (Oregon) Union High School. He later was athletic director at Dallas (Oregon) High School for six years before joining McNary High School in 1995.
While at McNary, Mike served the Central Valley League as chair of the basketball, soccer and softball committees. He also served as the district meet director for swimming, track and wrestling, and from 1995 to 2010, served on the District Athletic Code Committee. During his coaching days, Mike led his girls’ basketball and softball teams at Gervais Union to state championships.
At the state level, Mike was active with the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), serving on the OSAA Championship Committee in 2010 and as an OSAA Executive Board member from 2001 to 2007. He also served as an OSAA Delegate Assembly member and a term on the OSAA Budget Committee.
Mike was a member of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association (OADA) Executive Board from 1996 to 2007 and served as the organization’s liaison to the OSAA. In 1998-99, Mike was the OADA president after serving as its vice-president in 1996-97.
Nationally, Mike served on the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute state faculty from 2002 to 2010, and has been a National Athletic Directors Conference presenter four times. Mike was active in coach education as a member of the NFHS Coach Education National Faculty from 2000 to 2010 and as a member of the NIAAA Ad Hoc Coach Education Committee in 2009-10. Mike also chaired the NFHS Coaches Education Committee for four years. Mike earned the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and an NFHS Citation Award in 2011.
Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and his master’s degree from Oregon College of Education.
- Tony Mollica, JD, Adjunct Faculty
Tony Mollica currently practices Law in Athens, Ohio. He has also taught Health and Physical Education for 25 years. For ten of those years he was an instructor for a Sports Administration Graduate Sports Licensing class. Additionally, he’s taught courses for the Paralegal Program at the Adult Education Center of Tri-County Vocational School for ten years. Tony is a licensed Ohio High School Athletic Association Track and Field and Cross Country official. He also runs with and has assisted the local Cross Country team for the last twelve summers.
In 1987, Tony graduated from the Ohio University Sports Administration and Facility Management graduate program. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master’s degree in Physical Education both from Ohio University. In addition, Tony earned a Juris Doctorate from Ohio State University and passed the Ohio Bar Examination in 1983.
- Allan Sersland, CMAA, Adjunct Faculty
Allan Sersland retired in 2011 after 36 years in education. He spent 18 years as a teacher and coach and 18 years as an athletic director and principal in Colorado and Kansas. Throughout his career, Alan was an active participant in the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute at the state and national levels.
Alan began his career as a teacher and wrestling coach at Minneapolis (Kansas) High School in 1976. After three years, he moved to Monte Vista, Colorado, where he was wrestling coach and athletic director at Sargent Community School. In 1985, he returned to Kansas, where he was wrestling coach at Eureka Junior/Senior High School for three years, and activities director/assistant principal at Bluestem High School in Leon, Kansas for six years.
In 1996, Alan became principal and activities director at Flinthills High School in Rosalia, Kansas, for five years, followed by his final ten years as principal at Circle High School in Towanda, Kansas, from 2001 to 2011. In his various stops as wrestling coach, Alan coached ten individual state champions. His teams won three district team titles and four league championships. In 1981, his Sargent girls track team finished second in the Colorado state meet.
Alan is a member of the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as the continuing education chairman and has directed the state’s NIAAA Leadership Training Institute since 1998. He has also taught 19 different Leadership Training Courses at the state level.
At the national level, Alan is chairman of four NIAAA Leadership Training Courses and serves on the Leadership Training National Faculty. He has completed 30 of the 35 courses offered by the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute, and has assisted in writing or editing 15 of the courses. He presently serves on the NIAAA Accreditation Committee as Vice Chairman.
Alan graduated from Luther (Iowa) College and earned his master’s degree from Wichita (Kansas) State University.
- Eric Silverman, CAA, Adjunct Faculty
Eric Silverman comes to Ohio University with several years of experience in interscholastic athletics. Eric earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration. After graduating from OU, he spent the 2006-2007 school year working in an internship capacity at the Ohio High School Athletic Association in Columbus, Ohio. His time at the OHSAA provided Eric with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the administrative role that state associations play in the governance of interscholastic athletics both in Ohio and nationally.
In the summer of 2007, Eric returned home to his alma mater and accepted a position within the Mason City School District’s Athletic Department serving as Administrative Assistant for Athletics. Three years later, he became the district’s Assistant Director of Interscholastic Athletics. At Mason High School Eric helped oversee an interscholastic athletic program that fields 65 teams in 25 sports and has over 1,200 student athletes occupying over 1,500 roster opportunities in grades 9-12. In 2013, Eric accepted a position as the Athletic Director for Eaton Community Schools located in Eaton, Ohio, where he oversaw the school district’s entire athletic program for grades 7-12 supporting 19 different athletic programs.
While his career has taken him from a school district of over 11,000 students to a school district of 2,000 students, both opportunities have been extraordinary, unique, and rewarding in their own ways. Eric looks forward to using his experiences to assist and serve students throughout the online MAA program. He encourages students to make the most of their experience in the program by interacting and engaging with classmates.
Online MAA Videos
Preparing for NIAAA Certifications
During this webinar, online MAA alum, Jeff Walrich and established MAA faculty member, John Evers, joins program director, Aaron Wright as he discusses how the online MAA program prepares students for NIAAA certifications.
Meet Online MAA Faculty John Evers
John Evers is a seasoned professional in the field of interscholastic athletics. In this video he talks about the online MAA program and why it is important for middle and high school athletic administrators to gain the knowledge taught in this highly-regarded program.
Meet Our Online MAA Students
At this year’s Athletic Leadership Forum held in Athens, Ohio, we had a chance to catch up with some of our online MAA students. Hear from some of them as they share their experience in the online MAA program.
In this video, our students explain why they chose Ohio University’s online Master’s in Athletic Administration program. Discover why our online MAA program is highly sought after by interscholastic coaches and administrators across the country.
Interview with Aaron Wright, Program Director
Meet the online Master’s in Athletic Administration Program Director, Aaron Wright. Learn more about his background, the program and its relationship with the NIAAA, and discover what makes Ohio University’s online Master’s in Athletic Administration so unique.
Student Experience Webinar
This past May we had two student panelists join us during a program webinar to discuss their journey in the online MAA program. Hear how the program has impacted a teacher and coach, as well as a seasoned athletic director.
Meet Lee Ann Ballard, Current Student
Lee Ann Ballard is a teacher, coach, and mom. Hear about her experience in the program and how she is able to balance it all.