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Former Georgetown Basketball Coach Craig Esherick Joins George Mason University Faculty

Aug. 14, 2008

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FAIRFAX, Va.—Craig Esherick, former head and assistant basketball coach for Georgetown University, has joined George Mason University as an assistant professor of sport management. In addition to teaching courses in sport law, governance and policy in sport organizations and introduction to sport management, Esherick will assist with Mason’s new Center for Sport Management.

Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Esherick was an adjunct professor of sport management at Mason and New York University. Previously, Esherick served as vice president, athletic relations for CSTV Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of CBS and an on-air commentator and writer for AOL. Esherick will continue to provide color commentary for college basketball games and write about sports and basketball while working with the sport management program, which is part of Mason’s School of Recreation, Health and Tourism.

During his 30-year career in basketball Esherick has coached at the AAU, high school and college level. He also served as an assistant coach for the 1998 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team. While head coach at Georgetown, Esherick won more than 100 games and is responsible for recruiting star players Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green.

“Having Craig join the sport management program is an incredible addition to our faculty. He brings such a vast array of knowledge in media, coaching, management and the legal side of sport that it provides such an excellent opportunity for the students to really hear from someone who has been in the trenches,” says Robert Baker, coordinator of Mason’s sport management program. “It also signifies to the professional community that we are very serious about continuing to build a high caliber sport management program and adding someone like Craig, who brings a wide range of contributions, is really going to take us to another level.”

“With my basketball, financial and legal background I feel I have an insight into the business of sports – an insight into motivation and leadership of players at the highest level as well as a great appreciation for the correct balance between academics and athletics,” says Esherick. “Having lived in the Washington, D.C., area my entire life I recognized the growth in size, stature and reputation of Mason and it seemed like a logical fit to teach here.”

Sport management has developed rapidly as a field of study, and with it, the number of professional preparation programs has grown. Competition for available positions in the sport industry has also undergone comparable growth and quality professional preparation in sport management is essential for a competitive advantage in the employment marketplace.

The goal of the program is to prepare graduates with the professional skill sets that enable their advancement in careers in the $300 billion sport sector. A significant advantage of Mason’s sport management program is the opportunity to gain practical experience, hone necessary skills and build practitioner networks through internships. Mason students have interned with many local sports organizations including the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and D.C. United as well as with other sport organizations across the country.

About the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism
The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (RHT) is dedicated to providing rewarding learning experiences, conducting and disseminating exemplary scholarship, and preparing professionals committed to service. In recognition of the increased diversity and technological advances in society, the School of RHT prepares scholars and practitioners through the interrelated academic disciplines of sport, athletic training, exercise science, health promotion, parks and outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, and tourism and events management to enhance individual health and social well being.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 40 law schools in the United States.