Marc Margolies, an Aberdeen, S.D. resident, has served at Presentation College in Aberdeen since 2011, where he is currently assistant professor of business. He teaches a wide range of sports and business subjects including sport management, sport marketing, sport finance, legal and ethical issues of sports, sports facility planning, microeconomics, human resource management, and business communications.
“The UAE is an impressive country and Dubai is a world class city,” Margolies said. “My overall experience in the UAE was fantastic. Dubai was a wonderful teaching assignment.”
Margolies, who taught the Sports Facilities and Event Management course to the FAA, said he incorporated active class activities in the classroom as much as possible. Those activities included completing a feasibility study of a sports facility or complex of the student’s choice and touring the Al Shabab Soccer Club facilities. He said many of the students are already employed as operations directors at their respective clubs.
“The class was very attentive and eager to learn, and the class projects were well received,” he said. “The students deeply engaged in discussion with the instructor and with each other, resulting in the students scoring very well on the exam.”
Margolies served on the United States Sports Academy International Faculty in 2012 in Malaysia, where he taught facility planning and event management. Margolies previously served from 2006 to 2009 as adjunct and then assistant professor at Northern State University in Aberdeen, where he taught numerous sport and physical education classes including sport marketing, financial aspects of sport, and sports administration.
From 2004 to 2007 Margolies was director of youth and sports programs for the Aberdeen Family YMCA. He has also served as court administrator in the Aberdeen Unified Judicial System. For more than 30 years he has been a business owner in Aberdeen, operating a baggage delivery service. His career also includes service as executive regional director of the Alabama Sports Festival.
Margolies earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa in 1985 and his law degree from Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1989. He earned his Master of Sport Science degree from the United States Sports Academy in 1991.
In addition to his professional and educational accomplishments, Margolies has served as a coach or volunteer in a wide range of girls and boys sports in the Aberdeen area including soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, softball, tee ball, and swimming. He also has served as a volunteer for the U.S. Olympic Festival.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit http://ussa.edu.