Dr. Ted Abernethy
Professor of Sports Administration
Phone: 305-628-6630
Office: O’Mailia Room 113

Ted Abernethy is the Director of Sports Administration in the College of Business. He has been a faculty member at St. Thomas University since 1995. Ted received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978. He earned a Master of Science in Sports Administration right here at St. Thomas University in 1992. Ted completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Sports Administration at Ohio University in 1996. Current research interests include intercollegiate athletics, tennis and the legal aspects of sports. His teaching areas of interest include Sports Marketing, Sports Law, and Sports Governance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of instruction. Ted is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management, the North American Society for Sport History, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and the Sport and Recreation Law Association. Reflecting his interest in tennis, he is also a member of the United States Tennis Association, the Professional Tennis Registry and, formerly, was the Head Men’s Tennis coach at St. Thomas. He has also served as Chairperson for the Department of Management and Undergraduate Coordinator for Sports Administration at St. Thomas. To remain active in intercollegiate athletics, Ted has served as Faculty Athletics Representative and Chairperson of the Athletics Committee at St. Thomas. Throughout his 30 years of experience in business, sports and academics, Ted has worked in manufacturing, professional and amateur tennis, and youth sports as a coach and athletic director. Ted lives with his wife of over 25 years, Cheryl, who also earned a Master of Science in Sports Administration at St. Thomas University. They are very active in their church, having prepared engaged couples for marriage for the Archdiocese of Miami for over 10 years, among other ministries. They are also very involved with teaching and coaching their young son, Brendan.

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Ted Abernethy






Ohio University Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education 1996

Athens, Ohio Concentration: Sports Administration


St. Thomas University Master of Science 1992

Miami Gardens, Florida Program: Sports Administration


University of Pittsburgh Bachelor of Arts 1978

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Major: Economics





1995-Present St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL

Sports Administration Program Director (2014-present)

Professor of Sports Administration (2003-present)

Associate Professor (2000-2003)

Assistant Professor (1996-2000)

Instructor (1995-1996)

Undergraduate Program Coordinator (1996-2014)

Department of Management Chairperson (2005-2007)


Teach (Graduate and/or Undergraduate) / have taught the following courses:

* Introduction to Sports Administration

* Sports Marketing and Promotion

* Intercollegiate Athletics Governance

* Negotiations in Sports Administration

* Facility and Event Management

* Legal Aspects of Sports

* Sports Administration Seminar

Advise Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Coordinate Sports Administration Internships

Coordinate All Aspects of the Sports Administration Program (Admissions, Scheduling, Personnel, Curriculum Development, Publicity, Recruitment, etc.)

Coordinate Student Experiential Sports-Related Activities






EMPLOYMENT (continued):


1998-1999 St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL


Head Men’s Tennis Coach

* Recruited and assembled team.

* Organized practices and scheduled matches.

* Coordinated schedule and budget with Director of Athletics.

* Led team to first national tournament appearance (1999).


1991-1995 Camp Walt Whitman Pike, NH

Tennis Director

* Developed and implemented tennis program for 300 children, including instruction and tournament play.

* Supervised and scheduled staff of 10 instructors.

* Responsible for preparation and maintenance of an 11 clay court facility.

* Organized and scheduled intercamp team matches.

* Conceptualized and developed the largest intercamp tennis tournament in New England.


1991-1992 The Lipton Championship Key Biscayne, FL

Operations Assistant

* Involved in various aspects of Operations for both the 1991 and 1992 tournaments, including: special events, sponsor hospitality, ticketing, and communications.

* Set-up and monitored special events, including: charity functions, pro-ams, and the professional women’s “Street Match.”


1988-1990 Copy Castle, Inc. Philadelphia, PA


* Started quick-printing business.

* Selected location and designed storeroom.

* Established all aspects of operation including: general procedures, equipment, accounting system, work-order system, supplier accounts, marketing/advertising plan, etc.

* Sold business in 1990.


1986-1988 Germantown Cricket Club Philadelphia, PA

Tennis Director

* Directed tennis program for the oldest and largest tennis club in Philadelphia with 40 grass, 15 clay, 2 indoor and 2 hard courts.

* Administered all aspects of tennis program including: setting policy, running tournaments and special events, coordinating with grounds crew, supervising pro staff and negotiating pro staff contracts.



1985-1990 Catholic Philopatrian Institute Philadelphia, PA

Squash Director

* Established squash program by developing clinics, leagues, and tournaments.

* Entered club into United States Squash Association to participate in local and national competition.


1978-1990 Twenty-Forty Corporation Philadelphia, PA

Production/Sales Manager

* Managed industrial manufacturing operation with 25 employees and over $1 million in sales.

* Produced custom loose-leaf binders, indexes, and related items.

* Performed all human resource functions including: recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, coaching, evaluating, promoting, and recordkeeping.

* Authored employee handbook and company policy and procedures manual.

* Streamlined production methods, particularly in the printing area, resulting in creased production and reduced costs.

* Established the bindery, expanding the product line.

* Revamped order processing system including work-orders and tracking methods.

* Negotiated agreements with key suppliers and contracted for purchases and leases of equipment.

* Called on key accounts and generated new customers, handling every aspect of customer service.

* Prepared graphic design, prioritized orders, and coordinated jobs from start to finish.

* Researched and implemented computerized accounting, inventory, and payroll systems.

* Diagnosed and solved equipment problems.

* Formulated and executed marketing strategy and plans including: establishing pricing policy, designing and producing brochures and direct mail pieces, and selecting vehicles for advertising.

* Prepared company budgets and projections, and consulted with the accountant on financial statements and payment of taxes.

* Represented the company at trade association meetings and conventions.




St. Thomas University:


* Department Chairpersons Committee

* NAIA Faculty Athletics Representative

* Academic Technology Committee

* Athletics Council/Committee (Chair)

* Educational Policy Committee

* Solicit Volunteer Sports-Related Experiences for Sports Administration Majors

– Technology Governance Council – Administrative Sub-Committee



SERVICE (continued):


St. Thomas University (continued):


– Rank and Tenure Committee

* Academic Policy Committee (Chair)

* Library Committee

* Catholic Identity Committee

* Catholic Studies Committee

* Grad School Library Database Sub-Committee

* Undergrad Spo-Ad Club Advisor

* Spo-Ad Undergraduate Program Team (Chair)

* Spo-Ad Graduate Program Team (Chair)

* Tourism/Hospitality Program Team

* Faculty-Student Retention Initiative

* Department of Management (Chair)

* Food Service Committee

* Wellness Center Task Force (Academic Chair) Student Activity Committee

* School of Business Transition Team

* Marine Industry Management Task Force (Co-Chair)

* Recruitment and Retention Task Force

* Wellness Center Academic Work Plan

* STU Alumni Committee

* Academic Technology Task Force

* Advisory Council for the School of Business, Spo-Ad Work Group

* Professional Development Committee

* Academic Technology Sub-Committee

* SACS Chapter V Athletic Report (Chair)

* Ethics Advisory Committee





* Sports Administration Faculty position (recommended Bob Epling)

* Head Baseball Coach

* Sports Administration Faculty position (Chair) (recommended Seok-Ho Song)

* Head Soccer Coach

* Department of Management (various positions)

* School of Business Dean Search Committee (Chair) (recommended Tony Villamil)

* Undergraduate Dean

* School of Business Associate Dean Search Committee (recommended Jim Bussey)

* Vice-President for Student Affairs

* School of Business Faculty (various positions)



Factors Influencing Student Selection of Sport Management Graduate Programs in the United States. Presentation at the North American Society for Sport Conference, 1995.

Factors Influencing Student Selection of Sport Management Graduate Programs in the United States. Doctoral Dissertation. Ohio University, 1996.

The Relationship between Professional Tennis and Urban Youth Tennis Programs. Presentation at the Sport in the City Conference. University of Memphis, 1996.

Sport as a Tourism Vehicle. Presentation at the Sport in the City Conference. University of Memphis. Co-authored with Cheryl McShane, 1996.

Sports Administration Positions. Employment Digest, January 15, 1996. Quoted by David Volz.

Characteristics of Sport Management Graduate Students in the United States. Poster Presentation at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference. 1997.

Revenue Enhancement, Making More Money at your Hotel. Cornell Quarterly. December, 1998. Co-authored with Bill Quain and Michael Sansbury.

Meeting Planner. Encyclopedia of Tourism. London: Routledge. 1999

Pitt-Pen State Rivalry is a Win for Pennsylvania. The Sporting News, September 30, 2000. Beaver County Time, September 24, 2000. The Duquesne Duke, September 21, 2000. Pantherlair.com, September 19, PaSportstalk.com, October 11. 2000.

Defining the Issues. Presentation at the Symposium: Keeping the Anger and Violence out of Youth Sports. St. Thomas University. 2000.

The Need for Officiating in Intercollegiate Tennis. Intercollegiate Tennis Association Newsmagazine. November, 2000.

Fickle Fans Scoop up Marlins Merchandise. Treasure Coast Newspapers, October 10, 2003. Quoted by Robin Pollack.

Fans Showing Their Love at Registers. Treasure Coast Newspapers, October 10, 2003. Quoted by Robin Pollack.

Team Appeal. Treasure Coast Newspapers, October 21, 2003. Quoted by Natalie Gergis.

Preferred Leadership Behaviors Among Various National Sport Teams in South Korea. Presentation at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference. Co-Authored with Seok-Ho Song and David Scott, 2003

Interns: Volunteers or Employees – A Workman’s Compensation Issue. Presentation at the Society for the Study of legal Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity. Co-authored with Christopher McShane & Seok-Ho Song, 2003.

Grand Slam – By Whose Calendar? Tennis Life Magazine, March 2003. Co-authored with Seok-Ho Song.

The Economic Impact of the Florida Marlins. Recipient of the St. Thomas Faculty Development Scholarship Award. Co-authored with Seok-Ho Song, 2003.

Interns: Volunteers or Employees – A Workman’s Compensation Issue. Paper submitted for the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport. Co-authored with Christopher McShane and Seok-Ho Song, 2004.

The Impact of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act of the Regulation of Sports Agents. Paper submitted for the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport. Co-authored with Seok-Ho Song and Miguel Rada, 2004.

Does Antitrust Law Apply to the NCAA Regarding the BCS Practices? Paper submitted for presentation at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference. Co-authored with Christopher McShane, Seok-Ho Song and Hyun-Duck Kim, 2005.

The Field of Sports Administration. Presentation at the Annual Academy of Travel and Tourism Conference, 1995-2012.

Achieve More, Work Less; Overcoming Time Poverty. Presentation at the Club Managers Association of America. July 9, 2014. Co-Authored with Bill Quain.

Model for Future or Failure? Dolphins Build Unique Front Office. Palm Beach Post: January 24, 2015. Quoted by Hal Habib

The Future of Careers in Sports and Athletics. The Knowledge Review. April, 2018



* NASSM (North American Society for Sport Management)

NASSH (North American Society for Sport History) – SRLA (Sport and Recreation Law Association)

* BIA (Binding Industries of America)

* PIA (Printing Industries of America0

* Philadelphia Craftsmen Association

* Philadelphia Litho Club

* Graphic Arts Association:

* Professionally Certified

* Served on Neographics Committee

* Won the Neographics Gold Award (7 years consecutively)

* Professional Training with the following national firms and organizations:

* Graphic Arts Technical Foundation Pittsburgh, PA

* NSC Plastics Corporation Los Angeles, CA

* Cosmos Electronics Corporation Farmingdale, NY

* USPTR (United States Professional Tennis Registry)-Certified Tennis Professional

* USTA (United States Tennis Association)

* PTA (Philadelphia Tennis Association)-Past Board Member

* USSA (United States Squash Association)

* USJI (United States Judo, Inc.)

* Malta Boat Club (crew)

* Pitt Golden Panthers

* Maxwell Football Club

* ISHOF (International Swimming Hall of Fame)-Past Board Member

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