Witnessing one’s team literally at the top of its game is the hope of many. Brad Thomas got to live the dream in fall 2014.
Thomas, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management in 2012, joined the Kansas City Royals baseball team as an account executive in group and suite ticket sales in November 2013—just in time to witness the organization’s first post-season run in 29 years.
About the photo: Brad Thomas with the 2014 American League Championship trophy
“The Royals took all of their front office staff to all the World Series games,” says Thomas. “I got to view the full spectrum of the series.”
A graduate of Randolph High School in San Antonio, Thomas loves baseball. He played four years on the Mountaineer baseball team, and was academic all-conference three years. He didn’t start Schreiner as a sport management major, but decided to take courses in the subject from Dr. J. Barry Shaw and Dr. Tom Wells, and “fell in love with it. That turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
After graduation he took on three part-time jobs, one with the Houston Astros urban youth league. Then he joined the Minnesota Twins organization for 14 months before moving to the Royals.
Thomas hopes to keep working in baseball in one form or another. “I never planned on being in sales, but I love being around the game.” He misses playing, however, and should the opportunity arise, he might consider coaching.
He’s enjoying Kansas City and his work, but Thomas fondly remembers his alma mater. “Schreiner University is my home, more than anywhere else.”
Schreiner University’s Exercise Science curriculum provides education in the science of exercise and wellness and includes competency in the skills needed to develop customized exercise programs for people in clinical, health, wellness, and/or athletic settings. It prepares students for a variety of health-related professions and also for graduate school. This major prepares students for national certification in personal training, strength and conditioning, and many other health and fitness pursuits.
Our Sport Management curriculum prepares students for careers in the fields of sport business, management of a sport or sporting event, sport marketing, and sport law by combining business related courses with studies of sport and physical education. Students pursuing this major typically want to work with athletic teams or professional athletes, or they may wish to manage sport or wellness facilities, or are interested in graduate studies in Sports Management, Sports Marketing, or Sports Law.
In addition to pursuing one of these two majors, many of our exercise science and sport management students choose to combine their degree with a career in education and—through Schreiner’s unique 5th Year Distinguished Educators Program—have the opportunity to complete their Master’s Degree in only three additional semesters. This curriculum is a hybrid curriculum utilizing both online and in-class experiences. Many students leave this program with additional certification in areas such as ESL, Bi-Lingual, Special Education, or content specializations like Physical Education.