Wilkes University


Sports Management Club Announces Guest Speakers

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The Wilkes Sports Management Club is pleased to announce the guest speakers participating on a panel on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in UCOM 231 inside the Wilkes Sidhu School of Business.

The panel is open to all Wilkes students and all majors are welcome to attend. To RSVP (recommended but not required), visit the Handshake link here or email luke.modrovsky@wilkes.edu.

The panel serves as a continuing effort of the Wilkes Sports Management Club to connect interested students with industry professionals and provide an outlet for current students to ask questions about the field.

We will feature five outstanding guest speakers: 
  • Matt Conway '98, associate athletic director, facilities and operations (Boston College Athletics); 
  • Ryan Ehrie, commissioner (Penn State University Athletic Conference - PSUAC) and assistant director of commonwealth campus athletics (Penn State University); 
  • Matt Flanagan, sports performance coach (Athletic Republic); 
  • Mark Koski, chief executive officer and director of marketing (National Federation of State High School Associations); and 
  • Taylor Popple '14, franchise owner (Orangetheory Fitness). 

Conway and Koski will join via webcam.

Matt Conway '98
Conway has been in his current position since 2014. Prior to his most recent promotion, he served as assistant athletics director for operations since 2007. Conway joined Boston College in 2004 as the manager of intramurals, club sports and instructional programs, and later served as assistant director of campus recreation/intramurals, club sports and facilities. Prior to Boston College, Conway was the manager of facilities and operations at Seton Hall University (2001-04) and served in various capacities for The Hoop Group (1995-2001).

Additionally, Conway received the 2008 Skip Prosser Service Award, presented by the ACC men's basketball officials for outstanding service. He has also received the 2014 Facility of Merit Award for the Alumni Stadium safety and security policies and procedures. Conway has served as assistant tournament manager for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship East Regional (2009, 2012) as well as tournament manager for multiple ACC and NCAA championship events. He graduated from Wilkes University in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in history/education.

Ryan Ehrie
Ehrie has been in his current position since March 2018. Ehrie works with the Office of Ethics and Compliance at Penn State. He oversees the operations of the PSUAC and serves as a resource for the 19 Commonwealth Campuses that offer intercollegiate athletic programs. His primary functions involve overseeing conference championship events, administration of regular season eligibility, and the day-to-day administration of the conference office and its various committees.

Ehrie's additional experience in intercollegiate athletics comes from time at Penn State Fayette where he served as the assistant athletic director and assistant baseball coach before transitioning to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) as the director of championships. He also served as the director of athletics at Penn State Hazleton before being named to the same position at Mansfield University (NCAA Division II).

Matt Flanagan
Flanagan has served in his current position at Athletic Republic since March 2018. He trains athletes in speed and agility, as well as strength training. He focuses on sport-specific exercises in training individual athletes. He graduated from Eastern University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and exercise science. He also coaches basketball in the Dallas (PA) School District.

Mark Koski
Koski joined the NFHS staff in 2007 and now divides his time between the NFHS Network headquarters in Atlanta and the NFHS office in Indianapolis. The NFHS is the national leader and advocate for high school athletics, as well as fine and performing arts programs. The NFHS writes playing rules for high school sports and provides guidance on a multitude of national issues. The NFHS Network, a joint venture between the NFHS, its member state associations and PlayOn! Sports, provides live and on-demand video of high school sports events through a digital network available at www.NFHSNetwork.com and on Apple TV. Since joining the NFHS staff, Koski has directed all major NFHS events and meetings, and previously served as the editor of the NFHS Soccer Rules Book and NFHS Field Hockey Rules Book in addition to serving on the NFHS Rules Review Committee.

Prior to joining the NFHS staff, Koski was assistant director of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) where he served as director of corporate development. During his time with the NMAA, he served on the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee and NFHS Track and Field Rules Committee. Koski was also a physical education and special education teacher at Manzano High School in Albuquerque, where he also held roles as head track and field coach, assistant football coach and assistant track coach. Koski is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) where he achieved status as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator in 2007.

Taylor Popple '14
Popple recently became one of Philadelphia's newest and youngest entrepreneurs and business owners when she opened an Orangetheory Fitness location at The Piazza and Schmidt's Commons in January 2018. Orangetheory Fitness focuses on delivering highly effective, total body, results-focused workouts led by skilled personal trainers. Popple earned her bachelor's degree from Penn State in journalism, with a minor in law and sociology. She then completed her MBA at Wilkes, graduating in 2010. She discovered the Orangetheory brand in 2016 when she was living in Florida.

For more information on this event or the Sports Management Club, contact club president, Luke Modrovsky, at luke.modrovsky@wilkes.edu.