Dr. Gerald Gilsdorf

Professor of Sport Management


  • United States Sports Academy
    • Doctor of Education in Sport Management
      • Specialization in Human Resources
      • Mentorship at Southeastern University Athletic Department
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Master of Science in Kinesiology
    • Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Judson College
    • Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education
    • Major in Physical Education
    • Minors in Social Studies and Health

Professional Leadership

  • Vice President, Executive Committee for the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sport Management (NCAAHPERD-SM), 2015-2016
  • President, Sport Management Association Board of Directors for (NCAAHPERD-SM), 2015, 2014
  • Co-Director, NCAAHPERD-SM 66th Annual State Convention in Raleigh, NC, 2014
  • Founding Board Member and Competition Committee Member, South Carolina Homeschool Athletic Association (Directed and managed first annual Homeschool Basketball State Tournament), 2016, 2015, 2014
  • President-elect, (NCAAHPERD) Assisted with planning and organizing the 65th Annual NCAAPHERD convention, 2012-2013
  • Ad-hoc committee member, (NCAAHPERD) Personnel Committee (to hire new executive director), 2015, 2013
  • Ad-hoc committee member, (NCAAHPERD) Constitution Revision Committee, 2015, 2013
  • Board Member, Ruby Hunt YMCA (Boiling Springs, NC), 2012-2013
  • Vice President, (NCAAHPERD), 2012


  • “Stop Lecturing: the use of interactive cooperative learning strategies in the classroom” for NCAAHPERD-SM Convention, 2015
  • “Improving Student Engagement in Sport Management” for NCAAHPERD-SM Convention, 2014
  • “Introducing Pickle Ball to Seniors” for the Shelby City Park, 2014
  • “Introducing a new sport to North Carolina Senior Games” for the Leona Neal Senior Center, 2014
  • Mentored two Gardner-Webb Students who presented at North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Conference, 2013, 2012
  • Presented: “Using Technology to Design a Specialized Recreation/Sport Facility” at the Teaching and Learning Fair at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference, 2010
  • Presented: “Moving Athletic Affiliation from NCCAA to NAIA” for Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL, 2008

Conferences and Conventions

  • NCAAHPERD-SM State Convention, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Society of Health and Physical Education America Southern District 
  • Leadership Development Conference, 2016
  • The North Carolina Senior Games Sport Management Clinic, 2015, 2014, 2013
  • North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, 2012, 2011
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2013
  • North American Society for Sport Management Conference, 2010, 2009
  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Teaching Structures—one week conference, 2007
  • Using Technology in Physical Education Conference, 2006
  • International Center for Leadership in Education Conference, 2006

Community Service

  • Served the North Carolina Sport Management Coalition (NCSMC) by creating the NCSMC Student Case Challenge for NCAAHPERD-SM Annual Convention; Reviewed and approved all conference presenters and organized presentation grid, 2015
  • Directed the Cleveland County Senior Games 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Created Carolina Chargers Homeschool Basketball Program (junior high boys and girls teams, varsity girls and JV and varsity boys teams), 2013-2014
  • Project Volunteer Coordinator for HALTER (therapeutic horseback riding program for individuals with special needs), 2015, 2014, 2013
  • PEWSS Department Faculty Representative for perspective students “Dawg Days” 2012, 2013
  • Directed Clinic for Basketball Staff and Players at Millikin University in Decatur, IL, 2012
  • Provided Event Management consultation and support for Judges Cup Gymnastics
  • Meet at Palmetto Gymnastics in Simpsonville, SC, 2011
  • Developed Strategic Plan/Policy and Procedure Manual for Church children’s program for Calvary Church in Johnson City, TN, 2009

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, North American Society for Sport Management, Current
  • Member, North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (NCAAHPERD), Current   
  • SSCR/SSVC Certified Classroom Advisor, Schedule Star/HighSchoolSports.net, Current
  • Instructor Certificate in First Aid and CPR/AED, American Red Cross, 2008-2013
  • Florida teaching certificate, grades K-12 Physical Education, 2002-2012
  • Illinois teaching certificate, grades K-12 Physical Education, 1986-2012
  • Professional Member and National Safety Certification, USA Gymnastics, 2008-2013

Other Volunteer Activities

  • Volunteer Athletic Director and Coach, Carolina Chargers Basketball Program, 2013-Present
  • Volunteer Coach, Upstate Eagles Homeschool Basketball Team, 2012-2013
  • Volunteer Coach, UPWARD basketball in Spartanburg, SC, 2011-2013
  • Volunteer Coach, recreational youth soccer, 2009, 2007, 2005
  • Teacher, Church Sunday school, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2006