News Page


RMU Holds 10th Annual Sport Management Conference

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University will host the 10th annual Sport Management Conference on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Sewell Center at RMU’s Moon campus starting at 8:30 a.m. Sport management is one of RMU's signature programs, and its graduates work in the front offices of the nation's elite sports franchises.

The conference will begin with a continental breakfast followed by an opening session hosted by Murray Cohn, 1988 RMU graduate and vice president of team ticket sales for the National Basketball Association.

The line-up will continue with a resume and cover letter workshop, two breakout sessions, two roundtables, lunch, keynote speaker, and will wrap up with internship and entry level jobs interviewing.

Abraham Madkour, executive editor of the SportsBusiness Journal, SportsBusiness Daily, and SportsBusniess Daily Global will be the keynote speaker for the conference.

The event will include the induction ceremony into the Sport Management Hall of Fame, whose members include 1979 RMU graduate Kevin Colbert, general manger of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cohn also is a member.

Inductees for the Sport Management Hall of Fame class of 2013 are:

  • Daniel Cardone, part-time RMU faculty member and retired athletics director at North Hills High School (1992-2013)
  • Bill Miller, 1984 RMU graduate and vice president of special events and entertainment for the National Hockey League
  • Jon A. Shank, founding Administrator of the RMU Sport Management Program

Biographies of the Hall of Fame inductees are below:

Daniel CardoneRetired Athletics Director/North Hills High School -- During his tenure, Cardone oversaw the administration and management of all 41 athletic programs at the junior high and senior high schools and helped the district win Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League, or WPIAL, championships in several sports, including football, softball, cross country, lacrosse and golf. He helped make possible the renovation at the Martorelli Stadium and Athletic Complex, the addition of a 1,400-seat gymnasium at the junior high school and the creation of a girls' softball complex at McIntyre Elementary School.  In 2005, Cardone launched the Student Athlete Leadership Academy, a one-day leadership seminar (that has been held at RMU) that teaches skills involving leadership, integrity and sportsmanship to more than 250 student-athletes annually. In 2009, he initiated the yearly WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit, which has taught thousands of student-athletes lessons about respecting the game and each other. Such emphases and initiatives helped Cardone earn numerous distinctions and awards in addition to the North Hills School District being named a seven-time winner of the PIAA's statewide sportsmanship award and being honored as an All-American Sportsmanship School by the Institute of International Sport. In 2013, Dan was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame. He has been a part time instructor in the Department of Sport Management as well as being part of the RMU Sport Management Advisory Board. He has employed at least 15 RMU Sport Management interns at North Hills High School and assisted in the development of their careers in the industry.

Bill Miller (BSBA 1984), Vice President of Special Events and Entertainment, National Hockey League
Bill is in his 15th year with the NHL and is the vice president of special events and entertainment. During his tenure at the NHL, Bill has worked primarily on the All-Star game and Entry Draft event as well as with the Stanley Cup playoffs His team brainstorms with sponsors and the NHL Corporate Marketing staff to develop sub-events to actively engage the advertisers and the event-goers. Bill started his career as the director of public relations with the Erie Golden Blades of the AHL and later moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference as an administrative assistant. He moved back into pro hockey in 1988 as the director of media relations for Adirondack Red Wings in the AHL. In 1993, Bill joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as the director of PenVision and after a year was promoted to director of event marketing. His work with the 1997 NHL Entry Draft event, which was held at the Civic Arena and hosted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, impressed the League officials so much they brought him on board to the league office in New York City to lead the special events area.

Jon A. Shank—Founding Administrator, RMU Sport Management Program
As dean of the former School of Arts, Sciences and Business, in 1976 Jon created the first undergraduate business degree curriculum known at that time as Athletic Administration. Additionally, he organized the first engaged learning activity for the program, which involved students selling tickets for the Pittsburgh Penguins. As a result of his efforts, the Department of Sport Management became the first nationally recognized program for Robert Morris University. Jon also served as a professor in the Department of Education and returned to full-time teaching in 1998. He is the co-author of a best-selling high school textbook regarding computer keyboarding, which has been published in nine editions and has sold over one million copies. Finally, he has received many honors, including Outstanding Post-Secondary Business Educator in Pennsylvania.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.