Former Miami Dolphins and Miami Marlins executive Adrien Bouchet was recently named the new director of the DeVos Sports Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida. Bouchet’s hiring follows the retirement of sports industry pioneer, author and activist Richard Lapchick, who helped put the 20-year-old program on the map. Bouchet, who spent 12 years at the University of Tulsa, supports a world-renowned program that provides a talent pool in the sports industry.
“I knew Richard Lapchick, of course. We read his books in class,” says Bouchet, “and I knew it was a well-respected program. Over the years, DeVos has been recognized as one of the best sports business programs in America by the the wall street journal, The New York Times and Forbes magazine. The program was just ranked eighth in the world by SportBusiness in its 2022 postdoctoral ranking.
The DeVos program offers students the opportunity to earn their Masters in Sports Business Management and an MBA. A miner is also available. The program is also home to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES), which publishes the Race and Gender Report Cards annually for professional, collegiate and amateur sports. Widely distributed newsletters help hold leagues accountable for hiring diverse and inclusive staff.
Prior to joining UCF, Bouchet was a sports business professor at the Warren Clinic in Tulsa. He was a Fulbright Scholar (Portugal) and a researcher at the North American Society for Sport Management. In 2015, he received the MAYO Excellence in Research Award from the University of Tulsa. He and a co-author received a fellowship from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to study escalating spending in NCAA athletics, and their conference paper served as the basis for an ESPN.com article. Prior to entering academia, he served as Director of Marketing Partnerships for the NFL Dolphins and Senior Director of Marketing Partnerships for Major League Baseball’s Marlins. He has also worked for SFX/Clear Channel Entertainment (now LiveNation) and ISP/Learfield College Sports.
Bouchet’s industry experience and academic background made him an ideal candidate for the position. “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Bouchet join us to lead the DeVos program. He embodies the same combination of academic and industrial experience that has been the hallmark of his success,” says Paul Jarley, dean of the UCF College of Business, home of the DeVos program. “I’m sure he will work with a wide variety of people in industry and at UCF to ensure our graduates have the perspective and skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in management. of sports enterprises.
Bouchet says his goal is to ensure that the DeVos Sport Business Management program prepares students to compete in the ultra-competitive sports industry while ranking among the top programs in the world.
“My goal is to maintain DeVos’ world-class reputation and be an asset to students and alumni,” says Bouchet, who will headline the Dean’s Lecture Series on Thursday, October 20 at Citrus Club. Bouchet will speak about UCF’s transition to the Big 12 and the impact the conference realignment will have on UCF’s athleticism and the college football landscape. Breakfast and parking are included. Register today.