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Chris Croft

Dr. Chris Croft

Assistant Professor


Dr. Croft has been in higher education and intercollegiate athletics for over twenty-three years as a coach, an administrator, and a professor. Croft, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, transitioned over to the sport management program after most recently working with Southern Miss Basketball for three seasons including as an assistant basketball coach during his last season. He has been a member of college basketball staffs in the Big 12 Conference, PAC 10 Conference, Big Ten Conference, and Conference USA. Croft, a native of Louisville, Mississippi, has extensive experience in college basketball due to his work at Oklahoma State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Washington State University, the University of Texas El Paso, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, he served as the Head Men's Basketball Coach of Martin Methodist College on the NAIA level.

  • CER - Univ of Southern Mississippi (2016)
  • EDD - University of Texas El Paso (2008)
  • MS - Univ of Southern Mississippi (1996)
  • BS - Univ of Southern Mississippi (1995)

Sport Marketing
Sport Facility and Event Management
Sport Marketing & Public Relations
Sport Economics
Socio-ethical Issues in Sport
Issues in Sport Administration

  • Developing Under the Guidance of a Mentor: Five Strategies for Coaches, Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2018
  • No Reason to lol at LoL: The Addition of eSports to Collegiate Athletic Departments , Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 2017,
  • Planning Your Journey in Coaching: Building a Network for Success, Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2015, 10.1080/08924562.2015.1087903
  • Academic Progress Reports: Leadership Implications for College Basketball Coaches, Academic Leadership: The Online Journal, 2010
  • The Student-Athlete and the National Letter of Intent: A Commitment to Leadership or a Leadership Crisis in the Making. , Academic Leadership: The Online Journal, 2010
  • Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway, Academic Leadership: The Online Journal, 2010
  • Effective College Instruction
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)
  • Active Shooter Situations: What Should You Do?
  • FEMA Active Shooter: What You Can Do
  • FEMA Basic Workplace Security Awareness
  • FEMA Community Preparedness Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone
  • FEMA Emergency Management Preparedness Fundamentals
  • FEMA Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies
  • Unarmed Security Guard in the State of Louisiana
  • North American Society for Sport Management
  • Basketball New Zealand
  • English

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Areas of Expertise

Sport Management