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(Photo provided) Josh Mudgett at the 2022 NACDA Conference.

From staff reports

Josh Mudgett ’22 (Duncan Falls) has taken advantage of nearly every opportunity offered during his four years through Marietta College’s sports management program to hone his craft.

As he prepared to graduate, he tossed around the idea of ​​going to graduate school or starting to look for a job. Instead, Mudgett found what he believed to be the best choice to advance his career – a nine-month internship with the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

“I believe it will lead to many connections and many responsibilities. This is the best internship in the country for networking with colleges and universities,” said Mudgett, who begins the internship Sept. 6.

“In the sports management industry, you have to make a habit of making connections. In the world of sports, that’s how you get a job.”

Rick Smith, associate professor of sports management, said Mudgett got involved in co-op programming and participated in the Sports Business Association, job shadowing, doing informal interviews and earning internships early in his time in college.

“Josh will have the opportunity to work for the largest membership-based professional group in collegiate athletics.” Smith said. “They only hire three interns, and if Josh wins one of those spots, it will send a message to our students and the sports industry as a whole that Marietta College’s sports management program is preparing students for day one of their undergraduate education.”

Mudgett’s experience on the men’s soccer team (two seasons as a player and this past season as a varsity coach) also came in handy.

“Because Josh was a former student-athlete, we knew he was a candidate who had already demonstrated many of the soft skills employers look for – including learnability, time management, attention to detail and a strong work ethic.” said Dana LeRoy, Internship Program Coordinator at NACDA.

“Working in a more traditional office environment is often an adjustment for our interns, especially those who may have just finished their athletic careers or who have worked in a campus athletics department where the experience is highlighted by events and long hours .”

LeRoy said part of NACDA’s mission is to teach interns technical skills such as navigating internal computer programs and database systems, but also how to communicate effectively both inside and outside our office walls.

“It is critical that all of our staff have open lines of communication in order to remain successful and provide the best possible professional development opportunities for NACDA and affiliate members.” she said.

Mudgett will be assigned a small group of NACDA’s 17 partner associations with whom he will primarily work throughout the year.

“Along with the full-time staff member who runs the association, our interns assist in nearly every aspect of the day-to-day operations of their assigned groups.” Leroy said.

“Interns are also an integral part of our membership team, working to provide top-notch customer service to athletics administrators across the country by helping them join or renew their membership in the 17 associations under the NACDA umbrella .”

At Marietta, Mudgett gained valuable experience in the Boca Raton Bowl and Orange Bowl, as well as an intern with the Ohio Bison baseball program in Licking County.

This past spring break, he joined a group of other Marietta College students who helped the Savannah Bananas baseball team prepare for their world tour.

“It was definitely the best job shadowing I’ve ever done in Marietta,” Mudgett said. “It was so different. Seeing how they behave and learning about their culture was a real learning experience. (Professor Smith) tried to incorporate some of the things they do in our classes.”

Mudgett also praised Smith for his dedication to his students, the program and Marietta College.

“Anyone considering a major in sports management should be at Marietta because you will not find a professor who cares as much as Rick does about his students and making sure they get an experience that preparing for a career’ Mudgett said.

Mudgett’s work ethic and dedication were on full display this summer when he accepted another internship at Ballparks of America (BOA) in Branson, Missouri.

BOA holds week-long youth baseball tournaments every week throughout the summer.

“As an intern, that includes doing basically everything around the complex to make the tournaments run as smoothly as possible and give the kids the best experience possible.” Mudgett said.

“These things include working games, making sure teams are fed, helping teams/people with any questions they have, and pretty much anything else that goes on in pretty much every department of the complex.”

Mudgett will complete her NACDA internship in June 2023 and then plans to move into a job in event and facilities management.

“I just like putting the pieces of the puzzle together and making sure everything runs smoothly,” he said. “I like the hustle and bustle of organizing events and the high-stress environment.”

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