Sport Leadership & Management (SLAM)

Department Contact Information

106 Phillips Hall


The Sport Leadership & Management (SLAM) major at Miami University leads to the Bachelor of Science in Sports Leadership and Management degree.

This major prepares students to succeed in leadership positions in the sport industry (recreational to professional, youth to adult) by providing them with knowledge and skills to critically analyze and innovatively engage in the business and culture of sport.

Students select at least ONE concentration in:

  • Coaching
  • Sport Journalism
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Media and Communication

Sport Journalism and Sport Media and Communication require students to also complete an additional Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Journalism or Media and Culture.

Sport Analytics Concentration

Offered within B.A. in Data Analytics

Students also have the ability to major is Data Analytics through the College of Arts and Science with a concentration in Sport Analytics. Sport analytics is a relatively new and rapidly evolving set of tools in the area of sport management. It includes advanced statistics, information systems, data management, data visualization, behavioral economics, human movement tracking, and several other fields. Analytic models and information systems are being used in the areas of coaching, leadership, player evaluation, player development, scouting, and other areas of sport organizations. The future of sport leadership and management involves sport analytics.



Coaching Minor

The minor in coaching allows students to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to coach at the youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional levels of sport.

The minor is open to all university students.

Sport Management Minor

This minor focuses on the knowledge and skills needed for administrative or managerial positions in sport at various levels (from youth to elite sport) and in various context (from community recreational to professional sport).

The minor is open to all university students. Students may not major in Sport Leadership and Management, with a concentration in sport management, and minor in sport management.

Sports Analytics Minor

The sport analytics minor provides students with an understanding of how sport organizations analyze, interpret, and communicate data efficiently and effectively in sport. Students will learn the analytical and technical skills needed for database programming, regression modeling, and data visualization as it applies to the economics, marketing, administration, communication, and performance of sport.


A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for all courses in the minor. Courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no credit). Students planning to take this minor should consult with a faculty advisor in the Sport Leadership and Management program. This minor is open to all university students except those enrolled in the Data Analytics Bachelor of Arts - Concentration in Sport Analytics. Students may not earn a Sport Analytics Minor and an undergraduate Certificate in Sport Analytics. 

Deborah Kempton

Debbie Kempton, Chief Department Advisor

106C Phillips Hall; 513-529-3030;

First point of contact for undergraduate student inquiries for Sport Leadership and Management.


Student Organizations

Dance Theatre

Faculty Advisor: Lana Kay Rosenberg
A part of the Miami University art scene since 1933, Dance Theatre, is an eclectic dance company producing work in many dance genres. In a major concert held each semester on campus, usually in Hall Auditorium, the company showcases boldly innovative and diverse choreography, utilizing the talents of guest artists, faculty, and student company members. Dance Theatre has had a strong outreach program in underserved elementary schools in Butler County in the past. For more information, please visit the Dance Theatre website.

Sport Leadership and Management Club

Faculty Advisor: Adam Beissel and Sam Morris
The student-led organization that represents the students enrolled in the Sports Leadership and Management Major and Minors in the SLAM Department. It focuses on activities and projects designed to enhance Sport Leadership skills for its members.

Where the Field Becomes the Classroom