Sport Management Doctoral Program

ABD Students


Rebecca Allen, ABD

Photo of Rebecca AllenAllen graduated from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science in 2004 and then with a Master’s Degree in Physical Education in 2006. While teaching high school Physical Education and Health she earned another Master’s Degree from Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in Sports Management. While teaching high school Rebecca also coached field hockey and softball as well as interned with a local collegiate athletic department. Her duties included creating marketing committees to determine student motivations for attendance, incorporating new and improved marketing strategies, and acting as a liaison between student associations and the athletic department. Her research interests deal with qualitative, longitudinal studies on the impact of collegiate athletic communities on academic success. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, outdoor activities, training for half marathons, and spending quality time with her dog Tucker.

Research Interests: Factors influencing the academic success pertaining to graduation rates, performance in class, and confidence in knowledge of the student athlete.

Advisor: Dr. Gary Sailes


Katie Brophy, ABD

Katie BrophyBrophy graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2006 receiving a baccalaureate degree in Sociology. In July of that same year, she began her current position as the Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at Indiana University. Her job responsibilities include oversight of recruiting, maintaining the golf team budget, and on-course coaching. The team has seen much success during Brophy’s tenure such as a National Championship appearance and two trips to the NCAA Regional Championships. Brophy has a Master’s Degree in Sport Management and is in the first year of the Ph.D. program. As she has a penchant for the social sciences, she plans on building upon her sociological foundation during the doctoral program. Her research interests include: Korean involvement in women’s golf; the presence of female coaches in NCAA Division I athletic programs; and leadership models of intercollegiate athletic departments. Her experience as a Division I athlete and coach will aid in her research and provide insight into athletic department infrastructure. A native of Spokane, Washington, Katie enjoys skiing, running, traveling, reading, and playing golf.

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Paul M. Pedersen

Research Area: Leadership and Golf