Making moves on the West Coast

The East Coast exported one of its finest gems to become a pillar of the Sports MBA ’17 Class. Sean is a hardworking member who is always involved in volunteer opportunities, while attending the demanding school work and helping his classmates along the way. His amiable character has turned him into a cohesive element for this cohort, as he shows those who surrounds him that two heads (or more) are better than one.

Going halfway into the program’s curriculum, McCarthy intends to pursue a career in College Athletics. Congratulations, Sean!


Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Undergraduate Degree: Finance degree from Virginia Tech (2009)

Age: 29

Favorites Sports Teams: Washington Wizards, Washington Redskins, Liverpool FC, Virginia Tech Hokies Football, Gonzaga Basketball, England National Football Team

Favorite Sport(s) to Play: Soccer, tennis, basketball

Favorite Sports Movie: Rudy


What made you choose SDSU’s Sports MBA program? 

The program offered a unique structure that encompassed everything I was looking for in a program: A MBA with a sports focus, a small cohort, an accelerated schedule, an international trip  and a six month consulting experience during the last portion of the program tailored to prepare and transition you directly into the global sports business industry after graduation. Also, I had a good rapport with the director, Scott Minto, from the very onset, which only enticed me further to the program.

What has been your most memorable experience so far in the SMBA program? 

   There have been two things that have stood out to me. The friendships that have been formed in the classroom have made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. Five months ago I moved from Virginia hardly knowing anyone. Now I have lifelong friends and a professional network to reach out to as I progress in my career. Additionally, the trip to the Dominican Republic was tremendous. It provided both an eye-opening cultural experience, as well as an understanding of the impact sport (baseball) can have both on a country as well as a major sports property (MLB).


What do you hope to achieve while you’re a student in this program personally? 

     I hope to absorb as much information as possible during this accelerated 18 month program, Whether it’s in the classroom, guest speakers, company visits, volunteer opportunities or other various class field trips, the tools that this program provides will not only allow me to grow as a business professional, but also help me stand out from my competition when applying for jobs.


So far, what is your favorite class, and why? 

My favorite class thus far has been Sports Marketing. While it is not necessarily an area where I personally plan to get directly involved in professionally after San Diego State, Dr. Dalakas brought an enthusiastic attitude to every class providing relevant sports examples while simultaneously providing an understanding of why sponsorships are big business.

What’s your advice for anyone who’s attempting to be the next ‘Student of the Week’?

Do more while remaining humble and kind. While the demands of the program are without question extremely time-consuming albeit rewarding, continue to seek out volunteer opportunities when possible and never pass up the chance to offer a helping hand to a fellow classmate when the opportunity arises. It won’t go unnoticed.