Former Georgetown Coach Craig Esherick Joins Mason Faculty
Posted: August 22, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Craig Esherick, former head basketball coach for Georgetown University, has joined Mason as a full-time instructor of sport management.
In addition to teaching courses in sport law, sport management and governance and policy in sport organizations, Esherick will assist with Mason’s new Center for Sport Management.
Esherick was previously an adjunct professor of sport management at Mason and New York University. He also served as vice president of athletic relations for CSTV Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS, and was an on-air commentator and writer for AOL.
Esherick will continue to provide color commentary for college basketball games and write about sports and basketball while working with the sport management program, which is part of Mason’s School of Recreation, Health and Tourism.
During his 30-year career in basketball, Esherick has coached at the amateur, high school and college level. He also served as an assistant coach for the 1998 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team. While head coach at Georgetown, Esherick won more than 100 games and recruited star players Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green.
“Having Craig join the sport management program is an incredible addition to our faculty. He brings such a vast array of knowledge in media, coaching, management and the legal side of sport. It provides such an excellent opportunity for the students to really hear from someone who has been in the trenches,” says Robert Baker, coordinator of Mason’s sport management program.
“It also signifies to the professional community that we are very serious about continuing to build a high-caliber sport management program. Adding someone like Craig, who brings a wide range of contributions, is really going to take us to another level.”
“With my basketball, financial and legal background I feel I have an insight into the business of sports – an insight into motivation and leadership of players at the highest level, as well as a great appreciation for the correct balance between academics and athletics,” says Esherick.
“Having lived in the Washington, D.C., area my entire life, I recognized the growth in size, stature and reputation of Mason, and it seemed like a logical fit to teach here.”
Sport management has developed rapidly as a field of study. Mason’s program aims to prepare graduates with a professional skill set that enables career advancement. Opportunities to gain practical experience, hone necessary skills and build practitioner networks through internships are hallmarks of the program.
Mason students have interned with many local sports organizations, including the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and D.C. United, as well as other sport organizations across the country.