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Olympic Committee Staffer Talks Sport Management

Image A.J. Turkovich A.J. Turkovich with the United States Olympic Committee.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A United States Olympic Committee (USOC) employee will share his experiences in the sport management industry next week on the University of South Dakota campus.

A.J. Turkovich manages the USOC’s relationship with outfitting sponsors like Nike, Ralph Lauren and Oakley and is also director of team processing.

He started in the industry as an intern for Disney’s “Wide World of Sports” in Orlando, Florida, and Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Internationally, Turkovich worked alongside Team USA at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Last July, he directed team processing at the Pan American Games, and this summer he’ll handle those duties for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Turkovich will meet with students and anyone interested in pursuing a degree in kinesiology and sport science on Tuesday, March 1, at Patterson 117. Pizza and pop will be served at 6:15 p.m. and he’ll speak at 7 p.m.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News