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Department of Sport and Entertainment Management

Khalid Ballouli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sport and Entertainment Management

Khalid Ballouli, Ph.D.

Khalid Ballouli joined the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management in 2011 after receiving his Ph.D. in sport management from Texas A&M University. In 2018, Ballouli was appointed Ph.D. program director for the department.

Kim Boone, Director of Special Events, Sport and Entertainment Management

Kim Boone, B.S.

Kim Boone is the director of special events for the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. A native of upstate New York, she earned a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management and a minor in Business from the University of South Carolina in 2002.

Matthew T. Brown, Ed.D., Interim Dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, Chair and Associate Professor, Sport and Entertainment Management

Matthew T. Brown, Ed.D.

Matthew T. Brown has been at the University of South Carolina since 2005 where he teaches and researches in the areas of sport business and finance. Brown's research has led to publications in journals like the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly, Entertainment and Sport Law Journal, the International Journal of Sport Finance, and Sport Management Review.

Tena Crews, Ed.D., M.A.

Tena B. Crews, Ed.D., M.A.

Prior to graduating from the University of Georgia (UGA), Tena Crews taught at the secondary and technical school levels teaching business and technology courses. After graduating from UGA, Crews served as the technology coordinator developing the first schoolwide network at an elementary school and then began her higher education career in 1996 at Ball State University (BSU). She then continued her higher education career at the University of West Georgia and the University of South Carolina continuing to teach business and technology courses.

Matt Dunn, Clinical Instructor and Internship Coordinator, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management

Matt Dunn

Matthew Dunn has logged more than 19 years of independent live event promotion through his own company, Syracuse Shows LLC. Matt has worked in multiple different ventures within the industry across his 20+ years of experience, with expertise in live event promotion and production, entrepreneurship in the music industry, music industry marketing and promotion (including digital media and social media marketing), record company operations (including both major and independent label functionality), artist management and development, branded entertainment, and research methodology.

Andy Gillentine, Ph.D., associate professor, Sport and Entertainment Management

Andy Gillentine, Ph.D.

Andy Gillentine is a professor in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina. Prior to this appointment, Gillentine held positions as associate dean of the college and chair of the Department of Sport and Entertainment. Before accepting his position at UofSC, Gillentine was the associate dean, associate professor and director of the Sport Administration Programs at the University of Miami (2002-2010) and as graduate program director at Mississippi State University (1995-2002).

John Grady, J.D., Ph.D., associate professor and undergraduate studies director, Sport and Entertainment Management

John Grady, J.D., Ph.D.

John Grady teaches graduate courses in sport law and risk and security management. At the undergraduate level, he teaches courses in business law and risk management. Grady's research interests focus primarily on the legal aspects of the business of sport.

Paul Graham, instructor, Sport and Entertainment Management

Paul Graham

Paul Graham graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. After a successful career as tour manager for Hootie and the Blowfish, Graham took over the reins as the tournament director for the band’s Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, one of the most popular tournaments in the country.

Jessica Harris, administrative assistant, Sport and Entertainment Management

Jessica Harris

Jessica Harris attended Winthrop University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in theatre. Before becoming the administrative coordinator for Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE) in 2013, Harris worked in several other departments on campus, including Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions.

Yongjin Hwang, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management

Yongjin Hwang, M.S., Ph.D.

Yongjin Hwang received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Sungkyunkwan University, after which he moved to the United States to become an audio engineer. While working in the recording studio, Flux Studios, in New York City, Hwang completed a master’s degree in music technology at NYU. As a result of his educational experience, Hwang decided to combine the two degree subjects together as a doctoral student at UofSC in the Department of Sport and Entertainment, where he now serves as an assistant professor with the department.

Adonis 'Sporty' Jeralds, C.F.E., senior clinical instructor, assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Adonis Sporty Jeralds, C.V.E.

Adonis “Sporty” Jeralds is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Jeralds attended Guilford College and graduated with a degree in criminal justice. Jeralds holds a master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill in public administration and a second master's degree in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts.

Todd C. Koesters, assistant professor, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management, College of HRSM. Koesters is also the director of Center for Advancement of Sport and Entertainment Management

Todd C. Koesters, J.D., M.S.A.

A native of Ohio, Todd C. Koesters received his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School where he served as president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

Haylee Uecker Mercado, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Haylee Uecker Mercado, Ph.D.

A native of North Dakota, Haylee Uecker Mercado received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Coaching from Minnesota State University Moorhead, her Master of Science in Sport Management from Old Dominion University and Ph.D. (2008) from Florida State University. Prior to getting her Ph.D., Mercado worked for the athletic department at Old Dominion University as the director of promotions during the construction and opening of the Ted Constant Convocation Center, during which time she was a finalist for Employee of the Year.

Brian J. Mihalik,  Ed.D., professor, Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management, Sport and Entertainment Management

Brian J. Mihalik, Ed.D.

Brian J. Mihalik is a professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management and former dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. Mihalik received his doctorate of education from Temple University, and two master's degrees with an undergraduate degree in business administration from Syracuse University.

Danny Morrison, professor of practice, sport and entertainment management

Danny Morrison, Ph.D.

Danny Morrison, Carolina Panthers president, Professor of Practice, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management, SPTE faculty, Sport and Entertainment Management faculty

Mark Nagel, Ed.D., professor, sport and entertainment management

Mark S. Nagel, Ed.D.

A native of California, Mark S. Nagel became a faculty member in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management at the University of South Carolina in 2006. Prior to joining the department, Nagel was the director of the graduate sport management program at Georgia State University.

Susan O'Malley, senior instructor, sport and entertainment management

Susan O'Malley

At age 29, O'Malley became the first female president of an NBA franchise as well as one of the first women in a major front-office position in major league sports. She is the former president of the NBA's Washington Bullets (now the Wizards) and Washington Sports and Entertainment. In her 20-year tenure with Washington Sports, she also ran the Verizon Center (formerly the MCI Center), the WNBA's Washington Mystics, and Ticketmaster Washington-Baltimore.

Thomas H. Regan, Ed.D., Interim Chair, Associate Professor, Sport and Entertainment Management

Thomas H. Regan, Ed.D.

Thomas H. Regan's work experience includes working as a staff accountant for Fox & Co., CPAs and eight years as a comptroller for a fully integrated oil and gas company. Regan has consulted with many professional organizations concerning financing venues and determining the economic benefit of facilities, events and teams.

Armen Shaomian, D.M.A., Assistant Professor, sport and entertainment management

Armen Shaomian, D.M.A.

A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Armen Shaomian has extensive background in performing arts, higher education, and project management consulting. Shaomian joined the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management in 2012. He is the founder and CEO of Armenize, Inc., an arts consulting agency specializing in non-profit arts management and foundational strategies.

Stephen Shapiro, associate professor, sport and entertainment management, interim director of graduate studies, director of international graduate programs

Stephen Shapiro, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen Shapiro joined the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management in the fall of 2017. He previously worked for nine years as a faculty member in the sport management program at Old Dominion University. He served as graduate program coordinator from 2012-2017. Dr. Shapiro received his Ph.D. in Sport Administration with a doctoral minor in Statistics from the University of Northern Colorado. He received his M.S. in Management and B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida.

Deb Southall, instructor, sport and entertainment management

Deborah Southall

Deborah Southall served as executive director for the Birmingham division of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation for four years. Southall was also the owner of the Jazzercise fitness franchise for 25 years and taught in public schools for four years.

Richard M. Southall, Ed.D., professor, sport and entertainment management, director of College Sport Research Institute

Richard M. Southall, Ed.D.

Richard M. Southall came to the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2013 and teaches and researches in the areas of sport ethics, college sport and research methods. His research has led to publications in journals such the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. Southall also serves as director of the College Sport Research Institute at the University of South Carolina.

Steven Taylor, M.S.E.M., Instructor, Director of Student Opportunity and Industry Involvement

Steven Taylor, M.S.E.M.

A native of Summerville, S.C., Steve Taylor received both his Bachelor of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management and Master of Sport and Entertainment Management from the University of South Carolina. Before joining the faculty in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management, Taylor was employed at The Citadel where he was the assistant director of Compliance and Academic Services.

Samuel Todd, associate dean for faculty and operations, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Samuel Y. Todd, Ph.D.

Sam Todd serves as the associate dean for faculty and operations and interim chair for the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. Todd came to UofSC in 2017 as an accomplished administrator with senior level exposure to a vast array of university matters. He has been instrumental in a number of valued, strategic achievements within the college.

Nick Masafumi Watanabe, assistant professor, sport and entertainment management

Nicholas Masafumi Watanabe, Ph.D.

Dr. Watanabe is an associate professor in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. He received his Master of Science in Leisure Studies and his Ph.D. in Recreation, Sport and Tourism from the University of Illinois. Prior to coming to South Carolina, Watanabe served as assistant professor from 2016-2017 and assistant teaching professor from 2010-2016 at the University of Missouri.

Cheng (Grace) Yan, assistant professor, sport and entertainment management

Cheng (Grace) Yan, Ph.D.

Grace Yan is an assistant professor in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

 


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