the sporting life

We interviewed some of our young alumni who, after majoring in Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS) with a concentration in sport management, have had success in the world of professional sports.

Each year, the college graduates 30 to 40 ESS majors, students who are interested in pursuing careers in sports — not as athletes, but behind the scenes. The major, which was launched in 1983, offers the opportunity to focus on athletic training, exercise science, or sport management.

Matt Godbout

Following graduation, I worked at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H., then earned a master's in sports management from Indiana State University in 2000. An internship led to a full-time position with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. After two seasons there, I spent one year as a fan development manager at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League before joining the Indianapolis Colts, where I have been for five years. As sponsorship sales manager, I work with local and national companies selling corporate sponsorships.

Ethan Casson

I manage the strategic development of our corporate sponsors, as well as day-to-day operations of the corporate sales and services department. As for my career trajectory, my first full-time job was with ESPN, which lasted about two years. Then I moved to Minnesota to work with the Timberwolves, starting as a corporate services coordinator and working my way up to become a senior vice president.

Melissa Weymouth

I received my Master's of Arts in education with a concentration in sport management from the University of Connecticut. I played volleyball in high school and at Colby- Sawyer so my current job is a good fit as it involves planning and coordinating the Boys Junior Olympic Championships, as well as all National Team domestic events, such as the World League tournament and the NORCECA Volleyball Championship. I also handle sponsor servicing and fulfillment.

Katrina Ryan

I knew as a senior that I wanted to go to graduate school, so I applied to three sports management graduate programs. I chose Ohio University, which has the country's first — and one of the best — sports administration programs. After graduating from OU I ended up in Raleigh, N.C., and have been here since. My job involves taking care of our suite clients at the RBC Center. There are about 75 companies who lease a whole suite or part of a suite and we run special events for them as well as manage their season tickets. That is just some of what takes place behind the scenes.

Jeph Fillion

I attended Colby-Sawyer in what I call the “Jerry Maguire” era, when “sports agent” became a household term. As I pursued a career in athlete representation, I found myself traveling a different path toward front office operations. Between my sophomore and junior years, I interned full time with the Nashua Pride, an Independent League baseball team out of Nashua, N.H., and followed that up with a full-time internship with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL). I graduated that May and took a job with the Albany River Rats. After one season, I was offered a position with the Monarchs as an account executive, and with the guidance of my predecessors I made my way to my current position as ticket sales manager.