GHS SUPA Sports Management students interview industry professionals

A group of high school students smile together with their teacher next to an ice rink at Madison Square Garden.
GHS Business Teacher Danielle Linguanti took her SUPA Sports Management students to Madison Square Garden last semester to see how large venues manage sports.

Goshen High School offers some college level courses, including a Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Sports Management course to introduce students to sport management concepts and sectors through an examination of problems and issues faced by contemporary sports management.

The class, led by Danielle Linguanti, worked on a project to wrap up the second quarter by interviewing prominent sports professionals and industry leaders in the field.

“This endeavor aimed to provide students with unparalleled exposure to the real-world dynamics of the sports industry,” said Linguanti. “The class secured interviews with a diverse range of sports figures including athletes, coaches, and executives from various professional organizations.”

Students enrolled in the course shared their biggest takeaways:

Michael Bonito

INTERVIEW: Tony Morino, sideline reporter for Army West Point Football

“The most important thing I learned from my interview with Mr. Morino was the importance of being prepared when it comes to his line of work and college in general. This piece of advice will stick with me throughout college and even after because of how important being prepared is when trying to be successful.”

Owen Breheny

INTERVIEW: John McWilliams, Director of Football Strength and Conditioning at Texas A&M-Commerce

“The most important information that Coach McWilliams told me during our interview is that strong relationships translate through all facets of work. He said that no matter if he’s in a coaches meeting or pumping iron with his team during a workout, he always looks out for the interests of the people in those different rooms. He added that relationships are a huge part of this profession from talking to athletes to offering advice and collaborating with athletic trainers regarding the health of the athletes in the program. Strength and conditioning coaches are the glue that holds sports programs together due to their influence throughout the many facets of the sports world.”

Aidan Diglio

INTERVIEW: Raluca Fuchs, Co-Founder of Fox Soccer Academy and Hudson Sports Complex

“The most important information I gained from Mrs. Fuchs is that you must be passionate. You have to be actively engaged in your workplace to succeed.”

Michael Lombardi

INTERVIEW: Wayne Smith, Athletic Director of SUNY Orange

“Being an athletic director requires you to be heavily active, not only with sporting events, but the business side as well. You need to be able to wear so-called ‘multiple hats.’ This career is the embodiment of sports and management.”

Jacob Perales

INTERVIEW: Bryan Vutinitis, Head Wrestling Coach at Presbyterian College

“The most interesting thing I learned from my interview was that in order to be a coach, you have to be able to do so much more than just coach. You have to be able to deal with finances and the personalities of every player.”

Delaney Schlechtweg

INTERVIEW: Eric Goodman, Creative Services Department of the National Hockey League (NHL)

“The most important thing that I learned from having the conversation with Eric was probably the fact that he was extremely determined to get a job like this. Before college he worked at a job in Kingston, NY that led to him doing this. He would do lots of website work, design work, learn new photography skills, etc. The job he worked in Kingston highlighted parts of his actual job now.
I believe that it is very important to gain job experience before applying for the actual job, and that learning more is important to be able to develop skills. I believe that if you find something that you are very passionate about and combine it with your career, that’s the way to go.”