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Physical Education Sports Management Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Physical Education, Sports Management, PE Teacher, PE Professor, Recreational Sports, Sports Risk Management Practices, Fitness Facilities Risk Management Practices,Fitness Centers, Recreation Centers, Functional Training, Equipment Set up, Weight Training, Sports Events, Crowd Management, Premises Liability, Stadiums, Arenas, Schools, Recreational Centers, Coaching, Skiing, Golf, Education, Safety Liability, High School Athletic Director, Elementary School Physical Education, Baseball Coach, Baseball Player Safety, Baseball Spectator Safety, Sport Coach, Sport Coaches, Physical Fitness, Major League Baseball Safety, Major League Baseball Risk Management

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EXPERT WITNESS EXPERIENCE
Vivino & Vivino 
2014 – expert witness for the plaintiff pertaining to an injury sustained while egressing from an international soccer match at a stadium.Settled 

RisCassi & Davis, PC
2013-2014 – expert witness for the plaintiff pertaining to an injury sustained while exercising at defendant’s fitness center. Settled 

Turbitt, O’Herron & Leach, PLC.
2012 – expert witness for the plaintiff pertaining to an equipment malfunction as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during a stadium concert. Settled 

Thrasher, Pelish & Franti Ltd.
2011 – expert witness for the plaintiff pertaining to an injury sustained during a high school PE floor hockey game. Settled 

Krause, Fizer, Crogan & Lopez
2010 – expert witness for the defense pertaining to alleged injury caused by personal trainer. Settled 

Law Offices of Joseph Marrone
2010 – expert witness for the plaintiff pertaining to an accident involving a bleacher at a multi-sport complex. Settled 

Taylor & Walker
2009 – Consultant. expert witness for the defense pertaining to an accident during a high school baseball practice. Settled 

Ross Feller Casey, LLP
2007-2008 – expert witness for the plaintiff pertaining to improper equipment provided during snow removal at an NFL stadium. Settled 

Taylor & Walker
2006-2007 – expert witness for the defense pertaining to equipment malfunction during an intercollegiate football game. Granted summary judgment 

Weintraub, Hardt & Miller
2006-2007 – expert witness for the defense pertaining to supervision at a recreation center. Settled 

Dapper, Baldasare, Benson, Behling & Kane, P.C.
2006-2008 – expert witness for the defense pertaining to an accident allegedly caused by a personal trainer. Dismissed

Peter N Laub, Jr. & Associates, LLC
2006-2007 – expert witness for the plaintiff pertaining to crowd management at an NFL football game. Settled out of court  

Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin
2006-2007 – expert witness for the plaintiff pertaining to crowd management accident at concert. Settled out of court 

Margolis Edelstein
2004-2005 – expert witness for the defense pertaining to an accident involving a bleacher at a multi-sport complex. Settled out of court  

Rodden & Rodden
2004-2005 – expert witness for the plaintiff pertaining to equipment malfunction as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during an entertainment event. Settled during opening remarks 

Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, LLP
2003-2005 – Expert witness for the defense pertaining to two lawsuits involving crowd management practices. Both cases settled out of court

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
Course Advisory Committee for the Bachelors of Science in Sport Sciences
February 2016 – Present – Advisor

  • Expert was tasked with reviewing existing courses or planning new courses designed to meet identified training needs. Our responsibilities include:
  • Identify and suggest requirements for new courses and modules and consider, review and suggest changes, and/or revisions in existing courses thus ensuring that the courses meet changing needs of the labor market and assure successful graduate employment.
  • Assist the University or its Academic Units to determine employment needs.
  • Recommend the appropriate qualifications and experience for lecturers.
  • Make recommendations and offer advice regarding learning outcomes, the curriculum and the learning environment, in respect of equipment, facilities, and supplies, co-operative education, work experience and placement opportunities needed to optimize the student’s learning process.
  • Evaluate courses on a periodic basis at least once per year to recommend improvements and/or revisions, as well as, analyze reports concerning students’ progress.
  • Promote and assist in obtaining prizes, scholarships, subsidies and awards, as well as advise and assist generally with fund-raising schemes for the academic unit and course.
  • Ensure that wider national, societal and professional interests are reflected in the University’s training courses.

Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
Spring 2016 – External reviewer for the Department of Physical Education and Health Science
I visited the campus in Bemidji and assessed the quality of the PEHS department. I provided written recommendations for maintaining and improving the quality of the department. The issues addressed in my report included, but were not limited to: 

  • The extent to which intended student learning outcomes were met.
  • The extent to which program student learning outcomes met disciplinary standards or expectations.
  • The extent to which the department has made use of assessment data for program improvement.
  • Improvements since the last 5-year review.
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the department/program faculty. 
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the department/program’s research and scholarly activity. 
  • Satisfaction with the department/program. 
  • Staffing levels and workloads  
  • Adequacy of supporting services 
  • Effectiveness of the department/program in meeting University mission and vision 

NCS4- Certified Sport Security Professional Certification Committee
April 2014 – Present – External reviewer
The goal of the certification programs is to ensure that individuals responsible for the secure and safe operations of sports venues and events have the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform their duties. In addition that sport organizations will adhere to scalable standards for assessing risks; identifying vulnerabilities; developing appropriate plans, polices, and procedures; and providing training and exercise to venue staff. My responsibilities include:

  • Attend NCS4 Certification Commission meetings and serving on committees and/or in roles as requested by the Chair and certification staff. 
  • Approve the Certification Policies and Procedures Manual and related controlled documents. 
  • Approve eligibility criteria, certification schemes, examinations, exam and item performance standards, and other essential certification decisions. 
  • Assure financial continuity of the certification. 
  • Assure sufficient and qualified personnel to operate the certification program.

Lewis University, Chicago, IL
April 2012 – External reviewer

  • Facilitated the external review for Lewis University’s undergraduate Sport Management program. 
  • Visited the campus in Romeoville, IL and prepared assessment containing recommendations and suggestions as a result of my interviews and  site visit.

National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)
2010 (summer); 2009 (summer) – Trainer

  • Facilitated delivery of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Risk Management Training for Sports Event Security Management. These experiences entailed:
  • Training campus police, athletic department personnel, emergency management employees, fire/HazMat officials, and emergency medical/health services staff in the development of highly effective security management systems for sporting events held at national intercollegiate football stadiums. 

SUNY Cortland
August 2005 – External co-reviewer

  • Facilitated the external review for SUNY Cortland’s undergraduate Sport Management program and a proposed graduate Sport Management program with one other faculty member from Ohio University. 
  • Visited the campus in Cortland, NY and co-prepared assessment containing recommendations and suggestions as a result of our interviews and site visit.

University of North Florida
March 2004 – External reviewer

  • Conducted the external 5th year review for the UNF Sport Leadership program. This review was required by the university due to no concurrent accreditation or re-accreditation visit. 
  • Visited the campus in Jacksonville and prepared 14-page assessment containing recommendations and suggestions in light of my interview and visit.

Slovak Gymnastics Union SOKOL USA
2002 – Consultant

  • “Strategic Plan:  Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Fitness Consumers”
  • Proposed and coordinated strategies to reverse the trend of declining membership and to establish a niche in the competitive gymnastics and fitness facility industry. 
  • Provided SOKOL with a risk analysis of current offerings as well as a competitive analysis of the marketplace.  

Contemporary Services Corp.
1984-2006 – Consultant
Provided crowd management advice and suggestions for international firm

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
Teaching Positions:
8/11-present    
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management
University of South Dakota

1/11-7/11    
Temporary Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Science
University of South Dakota

1994-2010    
Professor, Department of Sport Management, Slippery Rock University                
Promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. Promoted to full Professor in 2004

1993-1994    
Assistant Professor, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation            
Bowling Green State University

1991-1993    
Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education                
University of Northern Colorado

1989-1990    
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Education
Norwich University

Graduate Assistant, Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Louisiana State University

1981-1982    
History Teacher, Arkansas City High School
Arkansas City, KS

1980-1981    
Physical Education/Health Teacher, Bennett Middle School
Bennett, CO

 Athletic Positions:
1991-1993    
Assistant Track Coach
University of Northern Colorado

1989-1990    
Assistant Football/Head Men’s & Women’s Track Coach
Norwich University

1988    
Volunteer Assistant Football Coach
University of North Carolina

1987        
Graduate Assistant Football Coach
Tulane University

1983-1986    
Graduate Assistant Football Coach
Louisiana State University

1982-1983    
Graduate Assistant Football Coach
 Lamar University

1981-1982    
Assistant Football and Wrestling Coach
Arkansas City High School

1980-1981    
Head High School Football
Assistant Middle School Wrestling Coach            
Bennett High & Middle Schools

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Undergraduate Sport Management Programs-
2011. University of South Dakota- Created and implemented a new 45-credit undergraduate program in sport management. The content, titling and numbering of ten existing classes was altered and two new classes were created. The new program led to a BS degree in Kinesiology and Sport Science with a specialization in sport management. The original program had consisted of an outdated health, physical education and recreation program. 

2010. Slippery Rock University- Created, facilitated, and served on a faculty committee that resulted in Slippery Rock becoming the first sport management department in the United States to receive COSMA accreditation. COSMA is a specialized accrediting body that promotes and recognizes excellence in sport management education in colleges and universities. COSMA accreditation assists interested programs to benefit from the continuous quality improvement process that promotes excellence in sport management education.

2008. Slippery Rock University- Coordinated the renovation of the graduate sport management program resulting in the retrofitting of four undergraduate classes (SPMT 399, 406, 486 and 499).

2006. Slippery Rock University- Supervised the curriculum alteration for both the undergraduate and graduate Sport Management programs, making three undergraduate courses (SPMT 386, 399, and 486) 500 level courses (SPMT 506, 599, and 586).

2004. Slippery Rock University- Wrote proposal that successfully divided the Sport Management program from the Department of Physical Education & Sport Management (PESM). This resulted in two departments and created one of the first stand-alone Departments of Sport Management (SPMT).

1995-2001. Slippery Rock University- Submitted a successful proposal changing from a Bachelor of Science with a major in Physical Education to a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sport Management. 
Graduate Sport Management Program-
2013. University of South Dakota- Managed the transition of the graduate Sport Management program from a conventional face-to-face delivery to a 100% on-line platform. This resulted in the modification of eight existing courses and the construction of three new courses.

2011. University of South Dakota- Directed the total renovation of the graduate athletic administration program. Two new courses were developed and implemented and five other courses had significant content, titling and numbering alterations. The new curriculum I developed consists of a 33-credit two-year program leading to a MA in Kinesiology and Sport Science with a specialization in sport management.

2007-2008. Slippery Rock University- Supervised the transition of the graduate sport management program from traditional classes to an on-line program. This resulted in the creation of six new courses.
2002-2005. Slippery Rock University- Coordinated the efforts to reduce the program from a two-year 36-credit hour degree to a comprehensive, one-year program composed of 30 hours in order to increase the marketability of the graduate Sport Management program. I

1995-2002. Slippery Rock University- Directed the total renovation of the faltering graduate sport management program. The new curriculum developed by my committee paid close attention to the guidelines provided by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM); to the content of recognized sport management curriculums throughout the United States, and to the staffing and resources of the SRU Physical Education department.  

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Member
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
1993-2003

Member
American Bar Association
2005-2008

Member
International Association of Assembly Managers
2000-2010

Member
North American Society for Sport Management
1991-present

Member
Pennsylvania State Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
1995-2003

Member
Sport Lawyers Association
1991-2010

Member
Sport and Recreation Law Association
1993-present

Member 
Stadium Managers Association
2002-2013

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 
Courses Taught Online
Courses Developed for Online Delivery
Available on Full CV

PRESS INTERVIEWS (10)
Available upon request

ACADEMIC EDITORIAL POSITIONS
Available Upon Request

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Available on Full CV

PUBLICATIONS
Available upon request

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