Sport Administration Doctoral Students

The Sport Administration doctoral program is part of the College of Education and Human Development's (CEHD) Educational Leadership and Organizational Development (ELOD) doctoral program. Below are our current doctoral students.


Seonghun Lee

Seonghun Lee is a Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development specializing in Sport Administration. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sport Management with a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He received a Master's degree in Sport Administration at the University of Louisville in 2010. He has a second Master's degree in Social and Applied Economics at Wright State University. Seonghun's research interests include, but are not limited to, the fields of sport participation and sport consumption. Specifically, he is interested in niche or alternative sports, relatively new sports, and international sports. He is also interested in exploring the social and psychological impacts of sports on individuals and society in general.

Dylan Naeger

Dylan Naeger has been employed by the Health and Sport Sciences Department (HSS) at the University of Louisville since 2005. Currently, he is employed in the HSS Department as an Instructor and Activity Program Director. He has also served as the HSS Assistant Chair. Dylan received his M.S. in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Southeast Missouri State University. His primary research interests include examining the effects physical activity participation has on student retention. Additional research interests include the area of youth sports, including sport specialization and burnout. When not at work, Dylan enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys.

Sam Schmidt

Samuel Schmidt joined the Ph.D. program January 2014. The Wisconsin native completed his undergraduate degree in Sport Management from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Sam came to the University of Louisville to obtain his Master's degree in 2013 before starting the doctoral program. He has had tremendous opportunities to work for the Bellarmine Athletic Department, University of Louisville Athletic Department, PGA of America, and Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby while pursuing his masters and doctorate. His research areas include: Sport and Social Movements and Athlete Activism.

Tyler Spencer

Tyler Spencer joined the Sports Administration Ph.D. program in August 2016. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2009 and completed his masters at The University of South Florida in 2011. Tyler has seven years of experience working in campus recreation and athletics. He has worked for Seattle University, Pennsylvania State University, University of South Florida, University of Kansas, and Western Kentucky University. Most recently, Tyler worked for Western Carolina University, where he was the Associate Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness. Tyler’s research focuses on campus recreation and facilities management.

James Weiner

James is a third year doctoral student in the Sport Administration program. James graduated from James Madison University in 2011, and completed his masters at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Prior to joining the program, James spent four years with IMG College, and IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions at Duke University as an Account Executive, Senior Account Executive, and ultimately IMGL’s youngest-ever General Manager. James’ research interests lie at the intersection of service quality and revenue generation, as well as the impact of 3rd party organizations working within the college sport landscape.

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams is a second-year doctoral student in the Sport Administration program. Sarah completed both her B.B.A. in Finance in 2009 and her M.S. in Sport Leadership in 2012 at James Madison University. Prior to joining the program, Sarah spent four years coaching Division I women’s basketball, including three seasons at James Madison and one season at Longwood University. Before her coaching career, Sarah spent one year working in alternative investment services for BNY Mellon. Sarah’s research interests include gender and diversity, inclusion, and sport organizational behavior with a particular focus in coaching and college athletics. She is currently working for the Department of Health and Sport Sciences as a graduate research assistant.

Sin-Wook Yoo

Sin-Wook Yoo ("Sin") is a third-year doctoral student in the Sport Administration Ph.D. program. He earned his B.S. in 2011, Summa Cum Laude, and M.S. in 2013 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the program, he spent two years in South Korea with language institutions as a supervisor and faculty member as well as a university's sport management research laboratory as a researcher. He is currently working for the Department of Health and Sport Sciences as a graduate research assistant. His primary area of research is motivational factors of sports fans and consumers. Specifically, he is focusing on investigating motivations and constraints of violent sports as well as examining the application of aggressive and violent motivational factors to the violent sports and traditional sports, which will contribute to the body of spectating motivation literature by confirming the application of physical aggression and violence motives as separate constructs. Furthermore, by exploring influences of physical aggression and violence motives on different types of sports, his research will assist in strengthening the applicability of the two motives.