I sat down with the newest faculty member of the department, Dr. Lindsey Darvin, to talk about her career before SUNY Cortland and her life outside of education. Dr. Darvin is originally from New Jersey and is a huge Rutgers fan. Her passion for her students will make her a successful influence in the sport management department.
Q: What’s your educational background?
“I went to Bryn Mawr College for my undergrad and got my degree in political science. Then I went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for my Masters in sport management. From there, I went to get my Ph.D. at The University of Florida in sport management.”
Q: What made you want to study sports management?
“It’s a funny story actually because I had no idea sport management existed. I was a student-athlete and I wanted to coach. That’s all I wanted to do. One day, during junior year of college, my dad sent me an email of something he saw in the newspaper. It was about Fairleigh Dickinson University and it was about a program they had. He asked if I knew that you could get a degree in sport management. That was the first I heard of the major and a way for me to get my masters. I felt like it was perfect because I either wanted to coach or go into admin.”
Q: What would you be doing if you hadn’t gone into sport management?
“All I wanted to do was coach. Once I got into coaching though I realized there were aspects that I didn’t want to be a part of, like the recruiting side and the time commitment. I didn’t think I would be good at that kind of stuff. That’s when I thought of administration because I could still be around sports, but not actually coaching or doing any of the recruiting.”
Q: Have you coached in the past?
“Yes, I have! In high school, over the summers, I would coach every single week. Then, at Bryn Mawr, I was an assistant coach for the varsity women’s basketball team. I also coached DIII women’s basketball when I was getting my Masters.”
What’s your experience in the sport management field?
“Coaching for starters. I did a lot of work in admin and event operations. I had an internship for the USOC. Then I worked at Harvard in event and operations.
I liked it at first but I had to ask myself if I really wanted to work 90-hour weeks. That’s what shifted me into the direction of a Ph.D.
Another thing I noticed was the disadvantages for women and minorities in sport. I noticed this with some of my own experiences and that’s what drew me to teaching. I could have worked in it and tried to be one person making a difference or I could go and influence a lot of students to make an impact.”
Q: Why did you want to come to Cortland and teach?
“I was a DIII athlete, but when I was at the University of Florida I was teaching DI athletes. I knew I wanted to go back up north and I knew I wanted to go back to a DIII school. Cortland’s a large DIII school and I knew this school had an incredibly strong sport management program. There were many factors and I knew it would be cool to teach DIII athletes again.”
Q: What classes are you teaching this semester?
“I’m teaching Ethical Issues in Sport, Intro to Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Management, and an online Master’s course called Intercollegiate Athletic Management. My favorite is probably ethics. I taught it at the University of Florida for two semesters and I really enjoyed teaching it. You can get the students talking and thinking right away.”
Q: Do you have any advice for any sport management students?
“Network like crazy and take chances.
When I was an undergrad I mailed out letters with my resume and a cover letter to random universities. I said I wanted to get involved; do you have any internships? I heard back from a couple and I worked at Drexel and Villanova because of it. All you have to do is take chances and reach out.”
“Hikes! I was so excited to move back to this area because Florida’s really flat. I have a dog, a pit bull. Her name’s Payton. I love to go out with her and go hiking. I like to vacation a lot with my family, I’m very family oriented! I have a little niece named Cecilia, so I try to go and see her as much as possible.”
Q: Favorite athletes?
“Definitely Serena Williams. I’m also a huge Rutgers fan!”
Q: Favorite sport to watch?
“Women’s basketball and women’s ice hockey.”
Q: Favorite movie?
“Paper Moon and Eat Pray Love”
Q: Favorite TV shows?
“Game of Thrones and Suits”
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
“I love Vance Joy”
Q: Favorite book?
Want to know more about our newest sport management professor? Stop by her office in Professional Studies and get to know her!