Alan Ledford is the program director and assistant professor of the sport management department at Wilmington College. Ledford earned his doctoral degree in sport management at the United States Sports Academy. Ledford has a Master of Arts in sport management from East Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Science in sport administration from Wilmington College.
Ledford started at Wilmington College in 2015 as an adjunct faculty member then as a co-advisor to the student-led sport management club (SPORTS). Prior to Wilmington College Ledford taught sport management classes at Arkansas State, at the University of Northwestern of Ohio and at the University of Southern New Hampshire.
In 2014, Ledford taught educators in the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in which the educators earned an International Diploma in Physical Education and Sports Coaching (IDPESC) program for the Ministry of Education (MOE). The academic program for the Southeast Asian country is arguably one of the largest remedial programs in sports education ever undertaken.
Ledford was an assistant athletic director/recreation specialist/adjunct faculty member at Harrisburg Area Community College. Ledford has coached baseball and basketball at both the high school and collegiate levels and has worked with intramurals and recreational sports. Ledford graduated from Wilmington College in 2002, played on the baseball team for four years.
“I loved my time at Wilmington College and I am excited to be back. Many exciting things are happening around the campus and it is my hopes that I can help the sport management program reach its fullest potential.”
Ledford’s teaching philosophy is to bring real-world experiences to the classroom. Almost any event can be linked to the sporting/business world. “Every student I teach is unique in his/her own individual way. I will respect every student, empower all students and promote a positive atmosphere in the classroom.”
Ledford leads yearly student groups to work the NFL’s Super Bowl, NCAA College Football National Championship, MLB All-Star Weekend and the NBA All-Star festivities.
Ledford lives in Wilmington with his wife Emily, two daughters Riley, Reece and son Jaxson.