USAO's Carter Devine-Billen – SNU Sport Management Program Spotlight
Carter Devine-Billen is an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma under head coach Chris Francis. Devine-Billen said he’s fortunate to be coaching at USAO and work with and learning from coach Francis. Devine-Billen also spends some of his free time as a student at Southern Nazarene University where he is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Sport Management program.
“I felt like it was the right school because of the Christian values, networking opportunities, professors that have been involved with sports at all levels and how they help their graduate students achieve their goals. I also love the small class size. It allows you to get to know your professors and connect easily with classmates,” said Devine-Billen.
Sharing experiences with the instructors and classmates while learning other perspectives have been some of the more enjoyable aspects of the class.
“I have really enjoyed hearing the stories and experiences of the professors that have taught our classes. It has been invaluable to hear different perspectives but also to gain knowledge from people that have walked these steps before me. In addition, meeting my classmates from different backgrounds and places in their careers has been a valuable learning experience,” said Devine-Billen.
As a coach, this program will give him skills needed to further his career, whether on or off the court.
“This program will give me the skills needed for the business and marketing side of sports. I am also learning leadership strategy, ethical considerations and to better communicate, all of which will be important whether coaching a team or leading an organization. This program is giving me the tools and knowledge to be successful and realize my dream of opening a basketball academy someday. I feel confident that the connections I am making and skills I am learning will contribute to my future success,” said Devine-Billen.
Devine-Billen said one thing that really stood out about the program was the opportunity to travel during the summer months and visit a professional organization and gain valuable experience in the field.
“I think this is so cool for a young person like me because this is yet another opportunity to gain knowledge from experts in the industry and make valuable connections which is certainly an opportunity that I would not have if it were not for the program at SNU,” said Devine-Billen.
Coach offers this advice to anyone considering SNU as their choice to continue their education.
“I would tell them that going to this school is a great opportunity and worth the sacrifice. Even though I wasn't part of the SNU undergraduate program, I feel like I am family at this school. The teachers genuinely care, they have taken the time to get to know me and are interested in hearing about my work experience at USAO. If someone has a chance to go to SNU they should take it because SNU is more of a family than anything,” said Devine-Billen.