Professor Wonders joined the faculty of the School of Business Administration in 2013 following a 13-year career in the sport industry. His past experience includes working for Olympic organizing committees in Sydney and Salt Lake City and for the host broadcaster for the 2002 World Cup. He then spent two years working in the athletic department at the University of Northern Colorado. During the eight years just prior to coming to Cedarville, he worked for private companies managing sport or sport-related events ranging from multiday fundraising walks and bike rides to marathon and half-marathon road races.
Industry Expertise (2)
Sport - Professional
Areas of Expertise (3)
Sports Business & Related Issues
Olympics & Related Issues
University of Northern Colorado: M.S., Sport Administration 2006
Slippery Rock University: B.S., Sport Management 2000
Developing Elite Athletes: A Content Analysis of US National Governing Body SystemsInternational Journal of Applied Sports Sciences
2006 Every four years, countries from around the world send their best athletes to the Olympic Games. The purpose of this study was to identify the elements used by National Governing Bodies of the USOC in athlete development through a content analysis examining the High Performance Plans for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Findings from this study showed that USOC NGBs utilized facilities, coaches and sport professionals, not only at the USOC Training Centers, but regional venues at various levels of athlete development. Few NGBs utilized a true athlete identification system and depended heavily on services provided by the USOC.