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California State University, Long Beach



Fall Application Deadline: June 1, 2017


- M.A. Sport Management


- Long Beach, CA


- 18 months/36 credits


- $18,900

Required GPA

- minimum 2.75

Admission Requirements

- Statement of Purpose
- Three reference forms
- Resume
- Proof of GRE scores: minimum 145 quantitative, 145 verbal, 3.5 analytical


- 9 credits
- Minimum 500 contact hours

- Over 400 affiliations



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The Graduate Program in Sport Management

Fall Application Deadline Date: June 1, 2017


Stephen E. Buchan, MBA

Image : Dr. Sharon GuthrieSteve is the Managing Director of the program. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Secondary Teaching Credential from LBSU in 1974. He began his teaching career in Special Education in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was a member and captain of the Long Beach State Crew team, receiving the '49er of the Year' and 'William Lockyer Awards' for outstanding contributions. He later returned to LBSU in 1980 to serve as the Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach. He teaches the Foundations in Sport Management course.

Diane Higgs, M.A., MEd.

Diane HiggsDiane Higgs graduated from the Graduate Program in Sport Management in 2003.  She is one of  the three internship coordinators for the program. She received her MEd from the University of Arkansas in 1976. Diane has nearly 30 years of experience in management and leadership positions. Those years have primarily been with the U.S. Marine Corps and FedEx. She has also served as the '09 Conference Manager for the Western Society of Physical Education for College Women. Diane is the program's Manager of Student Affairs, dealing with current and prospective students in a variety of ways.

Tiffanye Vargas, Ph.D.

sadf Tiffanye M. Vargas is the Program Director, and an Assistant Professor of sport psychology.  A native Texan, she received her B.A. in Plan II and Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin before earning her M.A. in Counseling and Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from Michigan State University.  She is an AASP Certified Consultant and is listed on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry.  At LBSU, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in sport and coaching psychology and consults with both university and community competitive athletes.  Her research interests focus on improving coaches’ and athletes’ confidence through improved coaching education.  Tiffanye’s firm belief in the need to bridge research and practice guides her community service as she uses her research findings to develop coaching curriculum and seminars.  She also serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, on NASPE’s Professional Preparation and Research Steering Committee, and is completing her Presidential term for the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education.

Rich Foster, J.D., M.P.A.

Image : Dr. Sharon GuthrieRich Foster is the owner of the Law Office of Richard J. Foster, where he specialized in representing Olympic Athletes and other sports figures and celebrities. Rich was the President of United States Water Polo for twelve years and President of the United States Aquatic Sports from 2006 through 2010. He also served a four year term on the United States Olympic Committee. Rich received his bachelor's degree from Long Beach State, his M.P.A. from USC and his law degree from Loyola Law School. Rich will be teaching the Sports Law and Ethics course for the Graduate Program in Sport Management at Long Beach State.

Dedan Brozino, M.A.

Dedan Brozino Dedan Brozino is currently the Executive Director of Development at the Rose Bowl Operating Company, bringing over a decade of sport management experience within the Southern California region and East Coast, along with a heavy background in fundraising, resource acquisition, sales, and marketing. At the Rose Bowl, Dedan is primarily responsible for developing a strategic long-rang fundraising plan for the stadium and the surrounding Arroyo, through securing increasing resources and financial support through philanthropy to the Legacy Foundation...

Otto Benedict , M.A.

Otto Benedict

Otto began his career in the field of sports medicine as the owner and operator of a strength training and physical therapy studio in Pasadena, CA. While simultaneously pursuing his master's degree as a member of LT 8, he found his passion for live events. His first official gig was with Wasserman Media Group as an event operations associate. While on assignment at The Home Depot Center, Otto quickly proved his worth and...


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Megan Deer , M.A.

MeganDeerMegan started her career in the event industry in 2003 while working for AEG at the Home Depot Center as a Premium Seating Services and Special Events Manager. After 3 years with AEG, she decided to explore the International events industry as an independent contractor. Her first International experience was in Doha, Qatar working for the 2006 Asian Games: a multi sport event with 13,000 athletes from countries within Asia. The next 9 years included stops in Los Angeles to work on...

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Andy Roundtree, B.A.

Image : Dr. Sharon Guthrie Andy has a B.A. from Claremont Men's College where he majored in Economics with an Accounting emphasis. He was the CFO of the NHL Anaheim Mighty Ducks for 10 years and the CFO of the Anaheim Angels for 7 years. Currently, Andy is the Vice-President, Corporate Controller for Shea Homes, one of the largest privately owned homebuilders in the nation. Andy has taught the Sport Finance course in the Sports Management Program since its inception in 2002.

Charles Harris, B.A.

ch Charles Harris, a 25 year veteran of the sports management business, joined the program when he was the Director of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Charles received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from UC Irvine. He currently serves as the Internship Coordinator for all three learning teams and teaches one class each semester. He has also taught the Sport Marketing course in the past and has offered a mini Communications/Media Relations segment workshop as part of the class. In addition to his senior leadership experience with the Ducks, Charles has also provided strategic and proactive public relations and marketing services for a number of sports related businesses including the Los Angeles Dodgers, UC Irvine Athletics and Major League baseball. He began his career in the 1980’s with the Los Angeles Angels. Charles also writes a blog on the sports business:

Peter Perkowski, J.D., M.A

Perkowski Peter Perkowski is the founder of Perkowski Legal, PC, which serves the legal needs of businesses and individuals in the creative-cultural industries including sports, entertainment, music, arts, publishing, research and development, tech and biotech, advertising, fashion and design, toys and games, medicine, and education.

A former partner at an international law firm, Mr. Perkowski has nearly 20 years of experience in intellectual property, business litigation, and immigration matters.

Angela LaChica, M.A.

Angela LaChica

      • Angela LaChica is the President & Chief Executive Officer of LaChica Sports, Incorporated, a comprehensive athlete management firm. Combining her years of sports industry expertise and business strategy, Angela leads the development and execution of national marketing and media campaigns for top athletes and premier sporting events.
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Wayne Stickney, M.S.


Wayne Stickney serves as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts and Resource Acquisition. He provides over twelve years of experience in college athletics, university advancement, and student leadership development. In this role, Stickney will be responsible for securing support for capital projects, endowments, planned gifts, and annual gifts for scholarship and team enhancement. Long Beach State is currently working on a number of capital projects, including major improvements to the Jack Rose Track, renovations to Blair Field, and the creation of locker room facilities for Long Beach State’s on-campus outdoor sports.

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Stephen Hawn, Ph.D.

Stephen HawnStephen Hawn graduated from the Rutgers University Sports Management program in 2004. He later earned his Doctorate Degree from Pepperdine University in the field of Organizational Leadership. Stephen has nearly 15 years of experience in leadership roles such as: K-12 Athletic director, CEO of an Aquatics Company, and partner in a Real Estate firm. He is currently lecturing for the Kinesiology Department at Long Beach State as well as in the Graduate Leadership Program for National University. He has earned accolades throughout his career such as: Academic All-American for a Division I Swim Team, Teacher of the Year Candidate, and Upcoming Orange County Entrepreneur. He currently resides in Huntington Beach with his wife Jessica and son.

Dario Soto, M.A. M.A.

Dario Soto is the manager of global sports sponsorships for Herbalife International. Dario runs Herbalife’s sports partnerships in Latin America. He works in various countries with athletes and teams such as: Cristiano Ronaldo, LA Galaxy, Barcelona Sporting Club of Ecuador, Costa Rica National Olympic Committee, Pumas Mexico, Caterine Ibargüen, and many more. Most recently Dario was selected to Huffington Post’s 40 under 40 Latinos in sports. .

Dario started his career interning for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour, where he got hired in their sponsorship department handling the tour’s major sponsorships. Prior to working at Herbalife, Dario worked at Cartan Global, where he ran the company’s FIFA World Cup sales program in South America and was in charge of the Olympic partnerships program with over 35 National Olympic Committees worldwide.  

Dario graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in history. He then received his M.A. in Sports Management from Long Beach State University. Followed by an M.A. in Sports Organization Management from the University of Lleida in Spain, which was supported by the Spanish Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee.

Michael Morrow, MBA. MSA.

Michael Morrow is currently the Chief Operating Officer for AutoProcessor. 

AutoProcessor is a software company that specializes in real time technology for the ticketing industry.  Prior to joining AutoProcessor in January of 2016, Michael was the Sr. Director of Sales for the Denver Nuggets where he spent three and a half years developing the department as well as helping approve the all-inclusive Lexus Club which opened for the Nuggets 2016-17 season.  Michael spent 2002 – 2012 with the Anaheim Ducks where he worked his way up from Account Executive to Sr. Manager of New Business Development and Retention.  Michael has also working for the Tampa Bay Lightning and interned with the San Jose Sharks as well as the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Michael is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives in Yorba Linda with his wife Christina.

Aaron Arak, MA.

Aaron Arak (LT18) currently works as the Senior Director of Season Ticket Service & Retention with the Ontario Reign Hockey Club, AAA affiliates of the Los Angeles Kings within the AEG organization. Aaron’s primary responsibilities are to manage the Reign’s season ticket service executives and to strive for new and innovative ticket packages to fill Citizens Business Bank Arena to give the team the best home ice advantage in the American Hockey League.

Before joining the Reign, Aaron worked for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and several major banking institutions. At the Galaxy, he began as a season ticket Service Executive and set record sales and retention numbers for the clubs Supporter Groups. Aaron worked his way into management as the Manager of Season Ticket Sales & Service before transitioning within AEG to the Ontario Reign.

A native of Oak Park, California, Aaron received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from California State University, Northridge, before receiving his Master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, in Sport Management. He resides in Pasadena, California with his wife Jenna and their dog, Teigen.

Gary Darcy , MBA.

Gary Darcy is a sales and marketing executive with more than 30 years of experience in the sports entertainment and consumer packaged goods industries. Gary spent 18 years with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the governing body for the sport of drag racing and the second largest motorsport in America next to NASCAR. As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing he led all aspects of marketing and sales including sponsorship and ticket sales, event marketing and promotion, brand and social media marketing, corporate marketing and client service, licensing and publications.  Gary led the development, growth and retention of NHRA's multi-million dollar sponsorship portfolio through the creation of unique client-centered marketing solutions, combined with premier execution and service. Working with top brands such as Auto Club, Chevrolet, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Sunoco, The Coca-Cola Company and the U.S. Army, Gary secured series and event entitlements, venue naming rights, official sponsorships, exclusive rights agreements, customized marketing programs, and integrated media packages that included television, digital, social, print and database assets. He was also a key member of the executive leadership team and played a significant role in strategic planning designed to increase the visibility and growth of the sport of NHRA Drag Racing.

Prior to NHRA, Gary specialized in consumer packaged goods brand marketing.  He spent eight years with specialty health care company Allergan Inc. directing brand marketing and sales efforts for its contact lens care division, and five years with Mars Inc. where he developed brand marketing and advertising programs and worked on strategic planning for its pet food division.

Gary was a member of the Board of Directors for the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum from 2005 through 2012.  He has served as a guest speaker and panelist at national motorsports industry symposiums and conferences and at local university business and sport management programs including LBSU, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Pepperdine, Vanguard University and Concordia University.

Gary is an alumni of California State University, Long Beach with a BS in Finance and a BA in Anthropology. He also earned a MBA from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in marketing.

Gary and his wife Jennifer reside in North Tustin and have three sons, Michael, Jack and Chris.