Sport Management Students


Michael Corral

Michael is a first-year Ph.D student in Sport Management. His research interests include understanding how to best restructure failing and marginalized schools using sport as a central focus and catalyst for academic and life success. His current roles include working as a UCONN Husky Sport Program Leader and Teaching Assistant under the direction of Dr. Jennifer McGarry.

After completing his degree in Business Management and Marketing from Eastern Oregon University he went on to join an AmeriCorp sponsored teaching program that placed him in Phoenix, Arizona where he taught middle and high school math and coached various sports for three years. While teaching in Phoenix, Michael attained his Master’s in Teaching and Learning as well as in Educational Administration and Leadership


Jesse Mala

Jesse is a first-year doctoral student in Sport Management. He is a Connecticut native, from New Britain. He is a veteran who has served with the 75th Ranger regiment, 3rd Ranger battalion, and has deployed multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). After being honorably discharged, he received a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Central Connecticut State University. Afterwards, Jesse came to UConn in 2012 and earned a Master of Science in Exercise Science under Dr. William Kraemer.

During his second year in the exercise science program, Jesse “stumbled” upon a class in Sport Management and found his passion. His current research interest is the development and implementation of sport based youth development programs in underprivileged populations. Jesse is currently a graduate assistant under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer McGarry and is a part of the Husky Sport staff. He is also a teacher’s assistant for the Introduction to Sport Based Youth Development class.