- M.A. Sport Management
- Long Beach, CA
- 18 months/36 credits
- minimum 2.75
- Statement of Purpose
- Three reference forms
- Proof of GRE scores: minimum 145 quantitative, 145 verbal, 3.5 analytical
- 9 credits
- Minimum 500 contact hours
- Over 400 affiliations
Vice President, San Diego Hall of Champions and San Diego Sports Commission
At 14-years-old, Angela LaChica knew on her first day as a San Diego Padres intern that she wanted her career to be intertwined with sports.
The 29-year-old, native San Diegan took another step toward her quest with her recent promotion to Vice President of the San Diego Hall of Champions and San Diego Sports Commission. LaChica has been with the SDHOC/SDSC for the past five years, originally as Marketing Coordinator and later as Marketing Director. Prior to that, she graduated from San Diego State University and received her Master’s Degree from Long Beach State. LaChica worked five years with Steve Fisher at SDSU, managed men’s recreational basketball leagues, worked with the X-Games and the San Diego Chargers; giving her hands-on experience with many of the organizations she will continue to partner with in her new VP role.
LaChica’s entire life has been a precursor to a vocation in sports. Angela credits her family’s guidance and support as instrumental to contributing to her professional success. She was a four-sport athlete at University of San Diego High before it moved and became Cathedral Catholic, playing on the basketball, softball, volleyball and field hockey teams. She played on a local traveling AAU basketball team with former Bishop’s coach Fentriss Winn, all the while learning first hand what cities had to offer large tournaments in the way of event management. She refers to her time with Coach Fisher at SDSU as “an amazing five years. Like my family, he has always been supportive. Coach is a mentor to me.”
LaChica sets her sights extremely high, wasting no time when asked her No. 1 goal? “I’d like to help bring the World Cup to San Diego” said LaChica of soccer’s world-wide showcase that will be held this year in South Africa. San Diego is one of 18 American cities in the running for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. But that’s not all. “I will continue building our relationship with the NCAA to keep San Diego in the rotation as one of its championship cities” she continued. “The City of San Diego sells itself; we want to build multi-year contracts with events rights holders, operating as a first class sports marketing company.”
The affable LaChica will be producing quality bids for everything from the World Cup to keeping the highly popular “Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic” at Petco Park.
Al Kidd, President of the San Diego Hall of Champions and San Diego Sports Commission, made the announcement, saying LaChica was clearly ready to assume a larger and more visible role in attracting major events and potential sponsors. “In five years, you could see Angela gaining confidence as she gained experience,” said Kidd. “She’s ready for the next step. She will oversee the full sales and marketing of our educational initiative which strives to reach every middle and high school student. Angela will be in charge of developing programming and has made tremendous strides partnering with the military and their sports programs, she will continue heading up my team for the NCAA championship cities program.”
Kidd said LaChica is uniquely qualified to step in and contribute at every level, especially in developing strategies to produce opportunities that result in success and maximum revenue production. “She will help bring more events to San Diego, expanding her knowledge and experience,” said Kidd. “Being a native San Diegan, she is passionate about the city, the Hall of Champions and the Sports Commission.”
As for LaChica, she said, “I’m fortunate that the Hall and Sports Commission provide me the platform to combine my passion for sports and professional experience to generate opportunity for our community as a whole.”