Sport Management Faculty & Staff Directory

For general questions or concerns, please send an email to sport.management@wichita.edu or call (316) 978-5445. We are located in the Hubbard Hall room 221, so please stop by for a visit!

Bobby Berry EdD

Assistant Dean, Assistant Professor

bobby.berry@wichita.edu

(316) 978-5759

Wonyoung Kim PhD

Associate Professor & Executive Director of SMART Lab

wonyoung.kim@wichita.edu

(316) 978-5449

Mika Moss

Academic Advisor

mika.moss@wichita.edu

316-978-5998

Jeff Noble EdD

Associate Professor/Applied Learning Coordinator

jeffrey.noble@wichita.edu

(316) 978-5442

Mike Ross EdD

Asst. Professor/Coordinator eLeadership Program

mike.ross@wichita.edu

(316) 978-5980

Susie Steinbach

Administrative Specialist

susie.steinbach@wichita.edu

(316) 978-5758

Mark Vermillion PhD

Interim Associate Dean & Department Chair

mark.vermillion@wichita.edu

(316) 978-5444

Sport Management Adjunct Lecturers

Courtney Calder

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Courtney Calder
Area Manager,
Amazon
SMGT 511 Selling in Sport Industry
courtney.calder@wichita.edu

Ricki Ellison

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Ricki Ellison
Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
SMGT 300 Tech in Sport Management
ricki.ellison@wichita.edu

Ricki Ellison is the Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce where she serves as an ambassador and advocate for inclusive and equitable initiatives, as well as act as a strategic partner to Chamber leaders, DEI workgroups and key stakeholders and investors. Also working to align DEI initiatives with business strategies focusing on the overall workforce, marketplace, and community, and develop and deliver innovative inclusive programs that align with business objectives for the city of Wichita and the surrounding region.

John Lee

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John Lee
Director, Campus Recreation
Wichita State University
SMGT 525 Sport Facility Management
john.lee@wichita.edu

 

Academic Interests and Expertise:
  • Master of Education in Sports Administration from Wichita State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Creighton University
Areas of Teaching Interest:
  • Sport Facility Management (SMGT 525)
    - mission development
    - Industry structure
    - funding and budget
    - site selection/planning/design
    - sport
Professional Experience:
  • Wichita State University : Campus Recreation
      -  Director : March 2017-Current
      -  Associate Director of Facilities : 2008-2017
      -  Associate Director of Programming : 1997-2008
      -  Facilities Coordinator : 1993-1997
  • Instructor - American Red Cross CPR, AED, First Aid
  • American Red Cross CPR, First Aid, and AED certified
Awards & Honors:
  • Bender of Twigs : 25 years at Wichita State University
  • Sports Management Practitioner of the Year : 2009
  • NIRSA National Service Award Winner : 2004
Areas of Service:
  • National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
    • Member 1993-Current
    • Region IV North Soccer Coordinator-2000-Current
    • National Conference Presentor : F45 2017
    • NIRSA State Director of Kansas : 2004-2006
    • National Soccer Sport Club Championship Board Member-2003-2005
    • Assistant to the Competition Director at the NIRSA National Soccer Sport Club Championships 1994-2004
  • City of Maize Recreation Department
    • Board Member : 2009-Current
  • Certified Volleyball and Basketball Official
    • Kansas State High Schools : 1991-2010.
Other Interests:
  • Traveling
  • Baseball : Especially cheering on the Angels
  • Golfing
  • Disneyland : History

 

Tyler Levesque     

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Tyler Levesque
Marketing Associate Analyst:
Action Sports & Esports
PepsiCo
SMGT 450A Overview of Esports
tyler.levesque@wichita.edu

• Creates and designs the curriculum for the first ever Esports course, SMGT 450A “An Introduction to Esports” for 4 consecutive semesters in which over 55 students have successfully completed the course
• Coordinates with the Sport Management department to teach the Esports Management minor as an academic option for students within the Sport Management program
• Guest lectures in a multitude of sport management courses including: Sport & Technology at the graduate level, Facilities Management, and Sport Communication

Sarah Mathews

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Sarah Mathews
Manager
Career Development at WSU Shocker Career Accelerator
SMGT 545 Sport Governance and Policy
sarah.mathews@wichita.edu

  • Previously worked for 9 years in the WSU Athletic Department with roles in Athletic Academic Services and Compliance. Has a M.Ed. Sport Management from Wichita State and B.A. Mathematics from the University of North Texas. Former volleyball student-athlete at UNT. Wife and mom of 2!
Brad Pittman

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Brad Pittman
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Wichita State University
SMGT 461 Legal Aspects Sport & Phy Activity
bpittman@goshockers.com

Brad Pittman, who served as the associate athletic director for facilities and operations for 15 years, was promoted to senior associate athletic director for facilities and operations at Wichita State in the summer of 2019.

Pittman currently oversees all athletic facilities operations, event management and also has oversight for new construction and renovations to athletic venues. In addition, he supervises the equipment room, strength and conditioning, baseball and men’s and women’s tennis.
 
He has secured, managed and led several large events in his tenure at Wichita State including the Rolling Stones Concert in 2006, NCAA Baseball in 2007, NCAA Women’s Basketball in 2011, NCAA Volleyball in 2017, NCAA Men’s Basketball in 2018 and The Basketball Tournament in 2019. He also led the bid efforts to secure First/Second Rounds of NCAA Men’s Basketball in 2021 and Regional Rounds of NCAA Women’s Basketball in 2022.

He previously served as Athletic Facilities Director at Western Kentucky from 2001-04. He was also the assistant facilities director from 2000-01 for the Hilltoppers.

A 1998 graduate of Wisconsin-La Crosse in sport management, he also earned a master's degree in sport administration from the school in 1999. He then interned at the University of Iowa where he coordinated the 2000 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Pittman and his wife Emily have a son, Sam and a daughter, Camryn. They reside in Andover, Kan.

Nick Taylor

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Nick Taylor
Men's Tennis Coach
Wichita State University
SMGT 520 Sport Tourn/Event Mgmt
Nicholas.Taylor@wichita.edu

One of the world’s most decorated wheel chair tennis players, Nick Taylor also lends his time to the Shocker men’s tennis program, in his ninth season with the Shockers, and first as Director of Operations. Taylor spent the last eight years as a Volunteer Assistant.

The three-time Paralympic doubles gold medalist carried the world’s No. 1 ranking for over 12 years and also spent 11 years in the top five of the singles charts.

Taylor is a 11-time grandslam champion, winning seven U.S. Open titles and four Australian Opens. He’s also represented the U.S. in every World Team Cup (the wheel chair equivalent of the Davis Cup) since 2000.

Taylor is active in the community through mentorship, often giving his time to help new players get started. He serves as Vice President of Wichita Adaptive Sports, Inc., is a member of the National Wheelchair Committee, and serves as chair of the Missouri Valley section of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

A Wichita native, Taylor started out as a fan of Shocker tennis 25 years ago, and began working with the team in 2004 as an intern through Wichita State’s Sport Administration program, where he earned his masters degree in 2007. Taylor began his work as a Volunteer Assistant in 2009.