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Ali Fridley

Dr. Ali Fridley

Assistant Professor


Dr. Ali Fridley is an assistant professor at The University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her Ph.D. in Health, Sport, and Exercise Science from the University of Arkansas, her M.A. in Sport Administration from The University of Alabama, and her B.S. in Recreation and Sport Management from Mars Hill University. Dr. Fridley’s primary research interests include intercollegiate sport marketing and athlete development and experience. Her current research examines sport spectator motives of marginalized identities, impacts of coaching transitions on student-athletes, and mental health within the student-athlete population.

  • PHD - University of Arkansas (2020)
  • MA - University of Alabama (2017)

Applied Research Methods & Statistics in Sport (SM-682)
Introduction to Sport Management (SM-203)

  • Sport management faculty members’ mentorship of student-athletes, Sport Management Education Journal, 2022,
  • “Gonna mess with your head”: The role of mental health in the lived experiences of black male football college athletes, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 2022
  • Three lecture modalities: Engaging students through innovative technology, SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 2021,

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Areas of Expertise

Sport Marketing and Athlete Development