For Jamie Martin, who grew up “loving sports and the atmosphere around sporting events,” the sport administration program at Southern Miss was a natural choice.
Martin initially pursued a minor in sport administration to meet elective requirements. While fulfilling the minor’s practicum requirements she was introduced to athletic department personnel. This experience segued into a graduate assistantship position and earning her master’s in sport administration.
Martin believes the School of Human Performance and Recreation’s program primed her for her career.
She asserts, “the graduate assistantship combined with my HPR classes was what really helped prepare me because it provided real-world experience and knowledge.”
While attending Southern Miss, Jamie acted as Social Chairman and Secretary for the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was also involved with the Student Government Association and The Legacy.
Martin acknowledges Dr. Dennis Phillips for his help and guidance, especially when uncertain about her career path.
Martin said, “At one point, I wanted to move to Spain and work for a professional soccer team. He didn’t laugh at my short-lived dream; instead, he gave me advice on how to tackle that dream had I chosen to follow through. He also tried hard to keep me from talking (to my classmates) in class!”
Martin’s proudest academic accomplishment was going against her parents’ advice, and pursuing degrees that truly sparked her interest. She exclaimed this decision led to a career she loves and enjoys. Martin has worked with IMG College (formerly ISP Sports) for the past ten years, and desires to continue to help grow the business for Southern Miss.
Martin enjoys spending quality time with her husband and son. In June, they will welcome a daughter into their family. Martin is passionate about the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and is secretary on the board of directors. She also serves as the St. Thomas Catholic Church Irish-Italian Festival 5K Run/Walk chairperson. Martin enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with friends, family, and her pets.
Martin wishes to leave the following advice to future Human Performance and Recreation students: “Get as much experience as you can, even if it means you have to volunteer! Be assertive and think of ways you can help the organization you’re working with so they’ll trust you to give you more to do, and you, in turn, will learn more. A master’s degree is not necessary for all careers, but if you’re able to get a graduate assistantship, do it. You’ll get an almost free education and will gain experience that will give you a leg up on the competition. Be responsible and mature and work hard.”