Ian Ratz has been named the new Internship Manager for the Sport Management Program. Ian replaces CharleneBoudreau who accepted the position as the Director of the Partnership for Clean Competition at the USOC.
Professor Eric Olsen, Director of the Sport Management Program at UCCS stated, "Between his work experience with the YMCA and USA Swimming and his graduate studies at Eastern Michigan University Ian brings both practical sports industry insights and significant industry contacts to the internship manager position. He will be a great addition to our program."
Ian joins UCCS most recently from the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region where he has served as Senior Director for Healthy Living. Ian and his wife have lived in Colorado Springs since 2009 after moving here for a job with USA Swimming as National Team Performance Support Consultant. In that role Ian assisted the performance objectives of our Nation's best swimmers.
He plans to utilize his swimming and USOC contacts as well as many others throughout the Colorado Springs community's sports world to develop opportunities for our students. "The opportunity to work with the Sport Management program at UCCS will allow me to tie in several passions. I enjoy working with students in the classroom as well as in their career preparation during internships. I am also passionate about the Olympic movement and have established many working relationships with folks in that industry that I am confident will benefit our students."
Ian completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Eastern Michigan University in Exercise Physiology.