Academy alumnus Jonathan Pick has been named Rice University’s Athletics Ticket Manager. Pick earned his master’s degree in Sports Management in March of this year and attests that it has provided him the opportunity to enter the professional field at an NCAA Division I institution.

Pick cites the ability to interact with professors and to work on interesting topics as two things that played key roles in his education at the Academy.

While enrolled in the Academy’s master’s degree program, Pick completed his mentorship working in the ticket office of ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. He attributes the practical “hands on” experience he obtained at ESPN Disney for easing into his new position at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

On a typical work day, Pick manages the ticket sales and operations, along with coordinating with the sales, marketing, and group sales teams to design ticket packages.

“I am learning a lot about the different departments [within athletics],” Pick said. “It is a challenge being in Houston because the fan base isn’t the largest.”

While earning his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from the Academy, which he completed in 2012, Pick was named to the Dean’s List and the President’s list. His mentorship was completed with the professional ice hockey team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. A co-worker suggested that Pick begin his career in ticket sales to learn the diverse basics of sports management on a practical level.

“I am not surprised to hear about his success in collegiate sport,” said Dr. Timothy Foley, the Dean of Student Services at the Academy. “He was an excellent student at the Academy and exhibited all the traits of a successful future employee in sport. I remember Pick being highly intelligible about the issues facing both sport and society. I know he will do a great job in his new position at Rice University.”

He credits Dr. Foley and the other professors at the Academy with helping him adjust to an online environment. He also credits the opportunity to work from his home in Destrehan, La., as well as working as his own pace, to be major perks of the Academy’s online program.

“While completing my mentorship, I could work at my own pace while other interns had deadlines,” Pick said. “It was a lot easier for me, and a lot more practical.”

Pick, who currently resides in Houston, Texas, is happy to be working in college athletics not far from his home. His advice for students who want to pursue sports management positions is to set goals and establish a program to attain them.

The United States Sports Academy, known around the world as America’s Sports University, is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports-university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports