B.S. Sports & Fitness Management

Are you interested in running a health club or managing a sports team? Then a B.S. in Sports and Fitness Management is the perfect fit for you. Small class sizes mean lots of hands-on, active learning with professors who take a personal interest in your well-being and success.


Career Field

A Sports and Fitness Management major is for students interested in running a health club or managing a sports team. Graduates who work in sport-related industries include leagues, professional, college and high school sports, sport management firms, and recreational facilities with competitive salaries.


Job Outlook

A continued interest in sports and recreation and a growth in the overall population are expected to increase the need for sports and fitness management professionals.


Educational Qualifications

  • Many sports and fitness managers begin their career with an internship at a center and work their way up the chain.
  • Experience within the sport of interest is often a benefit, as many former athletes go on to manage after their playing days are through.
  • To become a sports and fitness manager it is important to have a good business sense and the ability to communicate and negotiate in serious discussions about big issues. If you are interested in taking this path, we encourage you to pair this degree with a business degree.


With a B.S. in Sports and Fitness, you will be prepared to manage health clubs and sports teams. With this degree you can work with clients to hone their skills in their chosen sport and to assist in their exercise regime. With those involved in business you’ll be able to plan programs, work on budgets, and review contracts.


  • Health Club Manager
  • Sports Team Manager
  • Sports Agent
  • Fitness Center Director
  • Physical Therapist
  • Personal Trainer

Expected employment growth of athletic trainers between 2018-2028

Faculty Profiles

Vesa Naukkarinen, Ph.D.

Department of Kinesiology

Chad Hutchinson, MS

Department of Kinesiology
Assistant Professor

Paulino Santos-Andino, Ed.D.

Department of Kinesiology
Associate Professor & Department Chair