Wagoner's Preston Whitten: Sport Management Spotlight Presented By Southern Nazarene University

A former Wagoner High School Bulldog, Preston Whitten is now a Graduate Assistant for the baseball team at Southern Nazarene University where he is enrolled in the Sports Management Masters program.

“I have been with SNU for exactly one year now, and my role as a Graduate Assistant for our baseball team entails many responsibilities including being the outfield coach, bullpen coach, strength and conditioning coach, and assisting with all field/facility maintenance and upkeep,” said Whitten.

Selecting SNU as his graduate school of choice was an easy one for Whitten.

“SNU was the right school for me because it’s in a area that is close to my family but also because of the values that SNU stands for,” said Whitten.

There are several things he enjoys about the Sports Management program. Having a solid foundation to build his career on was most important.

“This program will not only prepare me with coaching experience at the collegiate level but also with an education that has already made an impact on the way I think and act every day,” said Whitten. “What I have enjoyed most about my time at SNU is the relationships I have made. These new friendships include fellow coaches, students in the MASMA program, and even professors. SNU is a place that embodies integrity, character, and love, and the culture that is created because of these values is what makes SNU such a special community.”

In his free time you can find Whitten relaxing with a good book, exercising, listening to podcasts and playing golf.

Whitten said the Sports Management program and SNU in general has everything a future student or current coach would want in a program.

“For anybody considering SNU as a place to earn their degree, I’d say look no further,” said Whitten. “Every professor has years of experience teaching and many of them even years of experience working professionally in the subject they now teach. They all take pride in their responsibility as an educator and I am already much more prepared for my future endeavors after just one year into the program. The grass does not get much greener than SNU.”