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Sports & Recreation Management A.A.S.

Hit the ground running in the business of recreation.

With focused coursework in business, health, recreation, and liberal arts, Herkimer’s Sports & Recreation Management A.A.S. gives you the practical knowledge and skills to step into entry-level positions in public and private recreational facilities. 

As a graduate of our program, you’ll be confident in your ability to own and operate a small sports or recreation business, coach a variety of sports, implement recreational programs at treatment facilities, and more. 

From resorts, golf courses, and fitness centers to sporting goods stores, campgrounds, parks and recreation departments, and youth services, a degree from Herkimer gives you open access to a wide variety of career options. 

Students have also continued their education at SUNY Brockport, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, and St. John’s University.

Featured Graduate

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Olivia Danosky is a Nike Specialist at Footlocker’s flagship store in New York.  As the “Lead Athlete” she is in charge of all of the other Nike Athletes at the location.  She also works for the Heisman Trophy office.

Danosky attends weekly meetings at Nike headquarters to review logistics and strategies.  As a Nike Lead she ensures her team is up to par and that employees and customers are aware of the innovation and technology that Nike consistently puts into their product.   Danosky was selected from thousands of candidates for the brand new position that she describes as being similar to an entry-level corporate job.

“I am in love with Nike and everything they stand for,” Danosky says. “So I feel honored to be in this position.”

At the Heisman office, Danosky works with the president and executive director of organization, where she handles accounts for over 500 charities. On the actual weekend of the event, she helps put on the entire Heisman show, attending the ESPN announcement and bringing the finalists to their hotels.

Danosky credits Herkimer with giving her experience working with diverse groups and handling life after college.  She is also a proud member of the college's first women's softball team to win a national championship. “Most importantly, my coach taught me that no matter how bad things get, if you are consistent and stay focused--you will accomplish your dreams and so much more.”


View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Sports & Recreation Management A.A.S.

Transfer Agreements

Below is a list of transfer agreements we have established (for our Sports & Recreation Management A.A.S. Program) with four-year colleges & universities to provide a seamless transfer of credits.

Programs also offered online are denoted by asterisk.*

Career Opportunities

  • Fitness Coordinator
  • Equipment Manager
  • Golf Course Management
  • Youth Program Director
  • Parks Manager
  • Coach
  • Recreational Center Director
  • Sports Facility Manager
  • Athletic Director
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Director of Intramural Sports

Cost & Financial Aid

Herkimer College offers a quality and affordable educational experience. Learn about our cost of attendance and financial aid.

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Prior Felony Disclaimer

Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Criminal History

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of this program. For more information, read the Policy Regarding Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Felony Conviction.