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Dr. Michael Edward Reed

Dr. Michael Edward Reed

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

"Sports Management is one of the fastest growing programs being offered at colleges and universities across the country. Working in sports management is an interesting and fun career, especially for individuals interested in sports."

Degrees held:

  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology – Texas Woman's University
  • M.S. in Kinesiology – Oklahoma State University
  • B.S. in Physical Education – Oklahoma Baptist University

Career Highlights:

  • Oklahoma Army National Guard (1974-1980)
  • Oklahoma Powerlifting State Champion, 148-pound class (1977)
  • Oklahoma State Collegiate Powerlifting Champion, 148-pound class (1977 & 1978)
  • 14 years teaching experience (private and public schools)
  • Over 15 years teaching experience in higher education
  • Major published work: Comparison of high- and low-volume resistance training on glucoregulation in sedentary adult women

In which M.S. in Sports Administration program do you teach?

M.S. in Sports Administration - General

Which classes do you teach online?

Sports Nutrition, Advanced Strength and Conditioning, Foundations of Sports Science

Why did you start teaching?

I like to learn. Getting paid to learn—and then pass that information on to students—is just too good to be true!

What advice would you give to those considering this degree program?

Don't try to take shortcuts! Read all of the material slowly and create outlines of all of the material. Set aside the time necessary to actually learn the material, not just regurgitate it on an exam!

What is the value of this degree?

Sports Management is one of the fastest growing programs being offered at colleges and universities across the country. Working in sports management is an interesting and fun career, especially for individuals interested in sports. Both collegiate and professional sports franchises (major and minor league) in the U.S. employ front office staff members. Additionally, Sports Management graduates work as athletic directors and coaches in public and private schools. Average pay is $50,000 per year but can go much higher.

What types of jobs or work do graduates usually do?

College/university athletics, professional sports franchises, public and private school athletic directors, sport coaching

What do you want students to learn in your classes?

Advanced Strength and Conditioning: I want students to complete the course possessing the ability to develop an effective strength and conditioning program for any sport or activity.

Sports Nutrition: I want students to complete this course possessing the ability to counsel/advise an athletic sports team or an individual athlete on how to utilize nutrition and supplementation to maximize sports performance.

What does it take to be successful in sports administration?

  • Passion for the profession: A casual interest in sports won't cut it.
  • Commitment: Many jobs in sports administration require more than 40 hours a week.
  • Patience: There are some great jobs out there, but you won't start there. You'll have to pay your dues in the profession.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

I rarely miss a workout (resistance and aerobic training). I grow a lot of the food I eat (I am an organic gardener).

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