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Recreation, Sport Pedagogy, and Consumer Sciences

If you love learning and want to make a difference, you’ve come to the right place! We prepare you to be forever ready—ready to lead, challenge, grow, and answer your calling. And we go beyond the classroom to deliver the best preparation and education for our students.

We have a national reputation for providing individualized experiences through hands-on experiential learning opportunities. Whether you wish to be teaching all day at a local school, coaching sports, traveling to Europe to meet with fashion experts, kayaking along Cape Lookout National Seashore during a summer leadership course, or meeting with Hyatt executives or chefs, we have many opportunities for you to work in your profession before graduation.


Alumni Spotlight: Damaris Linker

Damaris Linker, who earned her master’s in Recreation and Sport Sciences from the on-campus Coaching Education program in 2016, is The Patton College’s September Alum of the Month. Linker was hired in April as the Director of Football Operations at Bowling Green State University, becoming one of the first female directors of football operations in the country.

Alumni Spotlight: Stephanie Savino

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For alumna Stephanie Savino, soccer isn’t just a sport—it’s her life. As she balances being director of Consumer Products at Major League Soccer with being a women’s soccer coach in New York City, the former Division I athlete is also pursuing her U.S. Soccer Coaching “B” License.