Schuylkill Speaks: Kyle Ferguson’s path in sports administration

Schuylkill Speaks! Graduating Student Profile featuring recent graduate, Kyle Ferguson

Kyle Ferguson

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SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. — Growing up surrounded by the Penn State legacy, Kyle Ferguson always knew he wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps. With a strong connection to the university and a passion for baseball, Ferguson’s decision to attend Penn State Schuylkill was a natural choice.

Initially drawn to business, Ferguson’s academic journey shifted when he discovered a passion for communication during an introductory course. He said he was intrigued by the material and inspired by the guidance of his professor, Janelle Gruber, lecturer and program coordinator of corporate communication. Recognizing the potential for a fulfilling career in marketing or community relations within the sports industry, he made the decision to switch his major to corporate communication. His interactions with encouraging mentors like Gruber solidified his decision to remain at Schuylkill for all four years and commit to completing the major.

Ferguson’s passion for involvement on campus has been a cornerstone of his college experience, he said. After moving to Penn State Schuylkill from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Ferguson recognized the challenge of building connections in a new environment. However, his active involvement in campus clubs and organizations facilitated meaningful friendships. As a dedicated member of Lion Ambassadors, THON, Student Advisory Council, and the Blue & White Society, he balanced extracurricular activities with the demands of coursework. Through his involvement, Ferguson said he not only found avenues for fun and diverse opportunities but also gained essential skills for post-graduation.

In addition to his degree and activities, Ferguson has participated in opportunities that allowed him to build his practical workplace knowledge in the sports field. He earned a sports administration undergraduate certificate and is currently interning with the Harrisburg Senators Minor League Baseball team. After graduation, he said, he would like to pursue a career in professional sports, ideally with local or statewide teams.  

“I first got to know Kyle when he took one of my general education communication courses,” Gruber said. “Kyle showed an interest and skill set in communication in the class, so I had several conversations with him about considering the corporate communication major, and by the end of the semester, he officially changed his major. Since that time, it has been a pleasure to see Kyle grow and combine his skills in communication with his passion for sports by using sports topics for many course projects and doing two internships in sports communication.”

As Ferguson prepares for graduation, he reflected on his transformative journey shaped by his passion for baseball and his dedication to academic and professional growth. Throughout his four years at Penn State Schuylkill, Ferguson’s campus involvement has been a testament to his commitment to personal development.

Q: Outside of academics, what was the most valuable lesson you learned?

Ferguson: Try not to rely on only yourself for everything. This campus has faculty and staff alongside peers in classes that are helpful and want to see you succeed. I learned to use the resources that are around me, from career services to tutoring.

Q: What will you miss most about campus?

Ferguson: I’m going to miss all the extracurricular activities, such as Lion Ambassadors, Thon, Blue & White Society. I kind of use those as outlets so that I’m not constantly thinking about my coursework and homework. They also helped build skills like communication skills, networking, and public speaking. 

Q: What is your favorite Penn State Schuylkill memory?

Ferguson: Joining Lion Ambassadors was a leadership opportunity that was an integral part of my college experience.

Q: As a Penn State Schuylkill graduate, what advice would you give to an incoming student?

Ferguson: Don't pressure yourself to do everything alone while you are here. We have so many resources in basically every area to help you. Don't take your time for granted. Take up a club or sport because it can get boring if you stick to the same routines of class. Have fun while you are here because the time will pass quickly! Schuylkill is a great campus with a welcoming, inclusive environment that allows you to create your own story and be who you want to be.