On the Defense Side

The defensive lineman for the USD Toreros made his way into SDSU and the most cherished position in the classroom: Student of the Week.  In the eight months of the program so far he’s set an incredible example of energy, diligence and hustle. He consistently and effectively manages multiple projects and internships. Right now he is interning with Whitfield Athletix, and the SDSU athletic department. Even with everything he has on his plate, always has time to lend a hand, do exceptional coursework and be a great teammate on group projects. Carlos has a calm demeanor under pressure that never fails to bring out the best in his teammates. Plus, as the class discovered on our trip to DR he has some fierce moves on the basketball court. It will be exciting to see what the future has in store for him, after graduation.

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Hometown: Oxnard, CA

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Economics

Age: 24

Favorite Sports Teams: Oakland Raiders, L.A. Dodgers, L.A. Lakers, USC Football

Favorite Sport(s) to Play: Basketball, Football, and Golf

Favorite Sports Movie: Remember the Titans

 

What made you choose SDSU’s Sports MBA program?

First and foremost, earning an MBA has always been an important goal of mine. The fact that SDSU’s Sports MBA program offers that instead of an M.S. was huge for me. When making my decision to join the SMBA, the curriculum is what sold me. We are given the perfect blend of essential business classes, along with sports marketing courses that provide us with the skills to succeed in the sports industry. The hard work is easy when you’re dealing with sports all day. It doesn’t get any better than this!

 

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

The trip to the Dominican Republic, hands down. Traveling there with our close-knit cohort, getting to interact with the MLB International Headquarters, Baseball Cares, “Buscones” academies, and the culture itself was incredible. The experience and lessons learned helped in understanding international business customs. I will cherish the memories made there for the rest of my life.

 

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

From the start of this, I have been a sponge in terms of taking in every concept passed along to us. I think it is incredibly important to not just complete these classes, but learn as much as possible. My goal is to walk away at the end of the program and have a diverse tool-kit that I can use in the real world. The more value I can add to a company, the more rewarding the work will be for me.

 

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

Professor Dalakas’ Sports Marketing class changed my life. Prior to the course I thought I wanted to get involved in sports science dealing with data analysis, but after having that course I knew branding in corporate sponsorships was my calling card. Each class had me engaged through the material and had me craving more when I ended each time. Sports Marketing also provided the best real-life scenario projects which made them exciting to take on.