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Dr. Charles Crowley

Posted on January 27, 2010

Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards will be among the speakers Feb. 4-5 at the Cal U Sport Management Conference.

The conference aims to help students and alumni find jobs or internships, while building partnerships with industry personnel. It is presented by the university’s Sport Management program in collaboration with the Cal U Internship Center and Office of Career Services, 

Speakers and employers representing professional sports teams, sports marketing firms and collegiate athletic conferences are expected to participate.

In addition to Edwards, who earned four Olympic gold medals in women’s basketball, speakers include Steve Murray, president of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference; John I. Nubani, president of Sport Management and Marketing Inc.; and Natasha Brison, a sports agent and lawyer for Georgia State University.

Edwards, a two-time All-American guard at the University of Georgia, is the first basketball player, male or female, to have played in five Olympics. She is a 2010 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee who played in both the ABL and WNBA, where she also coached. In 2000, Sports Illustrated placed her 22nd among the “100 Greatest Female Athletes of the 20th Century.”

Cal U also will welcome back alumni Patrick Sadler ’07, of PONY Baseball and Softball; Paul Klein ’07, of the Washington Nationals; and keynote speaker Ricci Rich ’01, athletic director at Moon Area High School.

Conference registration will be held 9-10:45 a.m. Feb 4 in Hamer Hall lobby with the keynote address by Rich at 11 a.m. in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Feb. 5 in Hamer Hall lobby.

Presentations on best practices, interview techniques and networking will follow.

“This event is a win-win situation for everyone,” said Dr. Charles Crowley, assistant professor of Sport Management Studies. “Listening to leaders from the sport management field, combined with networking and interviewing opportunities, will be invaluable to our students, internship providers and employers.”