New UCCS sport business certification features Olympic executives and Super Bowl champ

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Former NFL star Don Davis

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business is launching a program to help sports industry professionals develop new skills.

The UCCS College of Business will offer a Certification in Business Education & Leadership for Sport course July 9-13 as an intensive five-day executive-style seminar for professionals currently working or pursuing work in the sport industry. The program is designed to help participants gain skills and perspectives in management, strategy, customer service and operations.

The program will be taught by UCCS faculty and with assistance from Olympic sport executives Darrin Steele, chief executive officer, USA Bobsled & Skeleton; Glen Werner Roseboom, director, U.S. Olympic Training Center; Pat Kelleher, USA Hockey assistant executive director; and Matt Farrell, chief marketing officer, USA Swimming.

Former NFL player Don Davis will provide a keynote address to participants. Davis, a regional director of the NFL Players Association, played linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, and the New England Patriots where he was a member of 2003 and 2004 Super Bowl-winning teams. For more information about Davis, visit

“These are exciting times for sport, business and education in Colorado Springs,” Charlene Boudreau, associate director, Sport Management Program, said. “It has been a privilege to build a program to meet the needs of our industry, and to have the support of such great talent like our local Olympic sport executives and Mr. Davis is truly unique and amazing.” 

Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business,  said: “This is a great opportunity for individuals working in the sports industry or contemplating a career switch into the sports industry to receive a quick and intensive introduction to a wide variety of management topics and skills.  We expect every attendee to walk away with a dozen or more management insights.”

Course participants will meet at sites throughout Colorado Springs, including UCCS, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the Broadmoor, the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters.

Registration is open until July 6. For more information about the program, visit

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,300 undergraduates and 400 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration degree. More than 8,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world.

UCCS, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s, and five doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 9,300 students annually.