June 25, 2018 – Dr. Rocco Porreca just completed his first academic year at Newbury, coming to Boston from Florida where he taught at the University of Miami and Lynn University. As Assistant Professor of Sport Management, he teaches within the Roger A. Saunders School of Business & Hospitality Management.
While at Newbury, Dr. Porreca has also served as the Faculty Athletics Representative, working with staff and students “to facilitate the integration of the athletics and academic components of the collegiate community, and to promote institutional control of athletics on campuses," according to the NCAA.
In just one year, Dr. Porreca has been influential in enhancing the sport management program at Newbury. He said, “Newbury has given me the opportunity to create a new academic program as well as extracurricular opportunities for our students. These opportunities have had a positive impact on the sport management program and help to give our students more opportunities to be successful. [Because] Newbury is a smaller college, the faculty are given the autonomy to be creative and construct the conducive learning environments they feel will best suit the educational needs of the students.”
For example, Dr. Porreca and Dr. Michelle Brimecombe (Assistant Professor of Sport Management) created a new sport coaching minor this past semester as well as helped to launch a student-run sport management podcast, The Nest, in the fall of 2017.
Dr. Porreca is especially excited about the sport coaching minor, which includes classes in sport psychology, principles of coaching, effective coaching pedagogy, science of coaching, and coaching theory and practice. “One of my favorite classes to teach is Principles of Coaching. The first time I taught this class was at the University of Miami and it was well received by the students,” said Dr. Porreca. “I am really looking forward to teaching these classes, specifically Sport Psychology, this coming fall semester.”
Dr. Porreca earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Sport Management from the State University of New York College at Cortland and his Ed.D. in Sport Management (with an emphasis in Sport Coaching and a specialization in Sport Marketing) from the United States Sports Academy. Dr. Porreca also has coaching and administration experience within the tennis industry—most recently working in the Player Development department of the United States Tennis Association.
With years of both academic and industry experience, Dr. Porreca brings an innovative approach to enhancing the classroom, experiential, and extracurricular elements of Newbury’s sport management program.
About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.
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