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Dr. Roy E. Yarbrough


  • Bachelor’s degree: Business Administration, Greenville College; minor in Health and Physical Education
  • Master’s degree: Sport Administration, Eastern Illinois University
  • Doctorate: Cognates in Higher Education, Sport Administration, History and Research, University of North Carolina-Greensboro


Dr. Yarbrough has been actively involved in sport management since 1986, when he co-developed the sport management studies program at Liberty University to be one of four programs nationally certified by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). He is a national instructor for the American Sports Education Program (ASEP) and a certified recreational sport specialist (CRSS). From 1989-2003, he served as the national historian for the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). He has been an active member in the NASSM since 1988. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Yarbrough has directed and assigned more than 3,000 student internships with professional, semi-professional, Olympic, national and local sport teams/clubs, and public and private schools.

He has served with the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) since 1976 and is on its National Academy Training Program staff as a physical fitness adviser and national clinician. He serves on the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) national staff as a physical fitness adviser and referee instructor. This federation governs professional and Olympic soccer teams. He has refereed three state championship games in soccer in the states of Illinois, Virginia and Alaska.  In 1990, Dr. Yarbrough had the honor of being inducted into the USA Soccer Hall of Fame.

He has researched and written a book titled "MASCOTS: The History of Senior College & University Mascots/Nicknames" (2nd ed.). The third edition is in the works. He is currently serving as the senior judge for the Capital One Bowl (football) national mascot championship (www.capitalonebowl.com) on New Year's Day. Also, he has been a consultant for the NCAA and for ESPN and ABC sports on mascot-related issues. The May 23, 2003, issue of Sports Illustrated has called Dr. Yarbrough the "guru of mascotology." He has also written numerous other articles including physical fitness articles for National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association, United States Soccer Federation Referee and Referee - The Magazine of Sports Officiating.

Dr. Yarbrough has recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a lieutenant commander, serving his country for 26 years in the active and reserve programs. One tour of duty included the assignment as operations officer for Western Alaska for the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. For eight years he served on the summer orientation staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, training incoming cadets in the area of physical fitness.

Dr. Yarbrough's involvement and success in sports began when in 1970 he became an AAU-All American in track and field through the sport of race walking. He was then sanctioned by the U.S. Coast Guard to compete on the U.S. olympic track team.


  • Sport Management Internship
  • Senior Seminar
  • Introduction to Sport

Research Interests

  • Current project: Researching the history of all (more than 17,000) United States high schools' mascots/nicknames.

Affiliated Cal U Department

Student Research Projects

  • The value of internships and networking in sport management studies.

Service Learning Projects

Dr. Yarbrough has worked for 10 years as a member of the Campbell County School Board, working with a budget of $54 million, including more than 9,000 students, and as a school board representative on the Campbell County Recreation Advising Board.

He is a university/college representative to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA) Executive Council, and has worked on membership for college students in the association.

In The Classroom

  • All students are required to work at Pittsburgh Steelers events at Heinz Field. Students are put into management positions such as running concession stands, security, guest services and public relations.
  • Students are allowed to retake exams and learn from their mistakes. They learn where to find the answers to the problems they may face in their professions.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies

Academic Program(s)

  • Post Bach. Cert. in Sports Management
  • B.S. Sport Management

Contact Information



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