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California State University, Long Beach



Fall Application Deadline: June 1, 2019


- 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


- 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, 2019


Diane Higgs, M.A., M.Ed.

Diane 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.

Dedan Brozino, M.A.

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-range 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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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.

chCharles Harris joined Visit Anaheim in 2014, bringing an extensive background in travel, sports and technology marketing to the organization. As senior vice president of marketing, Harris leads the organization’s strategic efforts and oversees the marketing, communications and tourism departments.

In 2015, Harris led the organization’s integrated marketing rebranding efforts to streamline the  brand, Visit Anaheim. Marketing and branding is a key proponent of attracting visitors to the destination and Anaheim has experienced four record-breaking visitor volume records in a row, most recently with 23 million visitors in 2016, adding $8.1 billion to the local Orange County economy.

Since Harris joined Visit Anaheim, the marketing department has earned over 40 notable industry awards, recognizing his team’s innovative marketing, social media and pubic relations campaigns, programming, tactics, assets and digital partnerships.  

Harris is an industry thought leader and speaker who has presented on a variety of topics including social and digital trends, branding and destination marketing.

Prior to Visit Anaheim, Harris served in various senior executive marketing roles throughout his 25-year career including the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Dodgers, University of California, Irvine and Experian Interactive.  He founded and successfully grew Coast 2 Coast Communications, an international marketing and PR firm. Harris co-authored “Social Media in Sport Marketing” (2013, Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers), which analyzes the infusion of social media to promote sports organizations.

For the past 13 years, Harris has served as an adjunct professor in the sports management graduate program at Long Beach State.

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, Ed.D.

Wayne Stickney serves as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts and Resource Acquisition. He provides over sixteen years of experience in college athletics, university advancement, and student leadership development. In this role, Stickney manages the Development Unit, which includes the major gifts program, annual fund (Beach Athletic Club), estate and planned giving program, hospitality and premium seating programs, and special events. LBSU Athletics has raised over $16 million in the last four years under Stickney's leadership, highlighted by the largest fundraising year in the department’s history of over $8.9 million in 2017-2018.

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Stephen Hawn, Ed.D.

Dr. Stephen Hawn is the Managing Director of the program. Stephen 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 two sons.

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.

Aaron Arak, M.A.

Aaron Arak (LT 18) currently works as the Director of Suites & Premium Services for the Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Center arena. Aaron’s primary responsibilities are to provide a customer service and retention strategy for the Kings’ highest profile clientele. He reports to Kings executives to ensure their multi-season premium owners are 100% satisfied with their premium seating. Aaron also manages all game/event staff on event days for the premium levels of the state-of-the-art Golden 1 Center in Downtown Sacramento, California.

Before joining the Kings, Aaron worked for the Ontario Reign, AAA affiliates of the LA Kings, LA 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 where he served as the Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Service.

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 Long Beach State in Sport Management. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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.