Loras College students recently won the College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) case study competition held in Columbia, South Carolina for the third time in five years. Beau Schmitz
(’14) (Clive, Iowa), Nathaniel Smith
(’15) (Lincoln, Ill.), Griffin Weihe
(’14) (Coralville, Iowa) and Jared Reddy
(’14) (Pecatonica, Ill.) presented at the competition. Other team members included Sam Noble
(’15) (Oregon, Ill.) and Andrew Wampler
(’15) (Slater, Iowa).
The competition focused on reviewing the Knight Commission’s Academic and Athletic Database for NCAA Division I. Students wrote a 1,000 word paper and presented on a school, conference, or larger subset of schools to describe and analyze the spending comparisons. The Loras College team chose to compare spending trends within the entire Football Bowl Subdivision versus the Football Championship Subdivision.
“Our success would not have been possible without the help of our professors and mentors. This experience will be one of the many great memories we have had over our four years. This team also has three returning members who I guarantee will only build upon the recognition Loras College has received through the sport management program. We are happy to bring a third championship back to Dubuque,” Schmitz explained.
, Ph.D., professor of sport management and the group’s advisor, celebrates their success. “The men went with a high-risk, high-reward strategy. By using the entire database instead of one university they opened themselves to more scrutiny but through their effort and preparation they nailed the paper and presentation and won against a strong field. For our sport management program to win all three national competitions this year without almost three different rosters of students demonstrates the depth of the quality of the students in our program,” Garrett explained.
Loras College teams also clinched national titles at the Sport Management Association competition in October, and the Society for American Baseball Research competition in March. Of significance, the students on the teams earning each national title varied by competition.