Ashland University's Sport Management Program Adds Initiative with Cleveland Browns

Ashland University Sport Management Program Adds Initiative with Cleveland Browns
AU faculty members Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh (Sport Management) and Kris Hovsepian (Marketing) (at left) pose with some of the 25 AU students who participated in the private tour of the Browns’ Berea Training Facility. Those pictured include: Junior Daylin Gough, Sport Management; Sophomore Amelia Dunwoodie, Sport Management; Junior Michael Wolfrum, Marketing; Sophomore Austin Gillispie, Sport Management; Sophomore Colin Nieberding, Sport Management; Junior Gabe Caldwell, Sport Management; Senior Chase Brock, Sport Management; Sophomore Eric Thomas, Sport Management; and Sophomore Kim Gayhardt, Sport Management.

11/12/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – One of the strongest dimensions of Ashland University’s Sport Management program is the large number of experiential learning opportunities available to students and AU has added another program this year that allows students to work with the Cleveland Browns organization.
“Ashland University worked with the Cleveland Browns to develop a salesmanship initiative that starting in the fall of 2018 has provided Sport Management and Marketing students with a unique opportunity to develop skills essential to working in the sports industry,” said Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh, associate professor of Sport Management at AU. “Through this Browns’ initiative only with Ashland University, students gained relevant sales experience, had one-on-one networking meetings with executives in the Browns organization, and were provided a tour of the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio.”

Kaltenbaugh said Ashland University and the Browns are working together to ensure that students who want to pursue a career in the sports industry have the right experiences both in and outside of the classroom. He said 25 students participated in the Brown’s program in the fall and since this initiative was very successful, AU and the Browns have already started discussing program plans for the fall of 2019.

“We are proud that one of the strongest dimensions of our sport management program here at AU is the large number of experiential learning opportunities available to students and we are working hard to add even more opportunities for our students,” he said. “And we are very pleased with this ‘Learning Through Experience’ initiative with the Cleveland Browns, which provides our students hands-on training and invaluable experience.”

Those wanting more information about this initiative and the other exciting opportunities available through the Sport Management program, can contact Dr. Kaltenbaugh at

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###