“There are many types of participation. One can observe so intensely that one becomes part of the action, but without being an active participant.” – Jerzy Kosinski

One of the great things about Canisius, especially being an Master of Sport Management (MSA) student, is that you get the opportunity to be actively involved in many capacities. While I was working the instant replay system at the Griff’s Men’s basketball game, I counted twelve students working the game. Brian Moretti, and Allyson Clifford run the promotional side of the game. Andrew Moser, Tim Seil, Tyler Cady, Will Nowadly work the shot clock, score board, the operational side, etc. Jack Craig, Alyson Daley, and Megan Oosting work the facility and crowd management side. Tom Barrett and Kimberley Silverstein operate the ticket window, and Mathew Ferguson is a manager for the Griffs Men’s team. If you were to incorporate the alumni whom have positions at Canisius in the athletic department then your looking at fifteen MSA students/alum that run a D-1 basketball game in some way. When you account for MSA students that work either part-time, GA, volunteer,or intern, then your looking at close to 30 MSA students.

At Canisius, MSA student are actively involved in almost all departments of the athletic department. We have students involved in compliance, academic services, coaching, promotional and marketing, facility management, sports communication, and intramurals. Although the MSA students have a strong connection to Canisius, MSA students are at all the major colleges in the region including University of Buffalo, Daeman, Buffalo State and Medaille. We have alumni at all these locations and include, Erie County Community College, Niagara, St. Bonaventure, R.I.T, and the list can go on and on.

I often talk about the professional side of sports, but at smaller schools like Canisius, Graduate Assistants run the school. Many of our students are getting the practical experience that goes along with industry-based curriculum. If you want to go into intercollegiate sports, the odds of landing a GA position or a position that gets you in the department goes up tremendously. Out of the 50 students we have on campus, 30 plus have positions in the athletic department. So the question to ask is, do you like those odds?

Until Next Time,

Brent Gray, MSA GA