Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Chris Kerford

Hometown: St. Joseph, Missouri

Major: 2014 Sports Management graduate

Employer: Houston Texans

Why I’m a Griffon: Opportunities to learn and lead

  • Worked in the Department of Athletics for four years
  • Worked the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp at Missouri Western

When Chris Kerford was a student, he realized early on that if he wanted a great job after he graduated, he needed to get some experience first. Chris decided the best way to do that was through an internship.

But he didn’t stop with just one internship one semester. He served as an intern in Missouri Western’s Athletics Department for three years, and then went on to complete internships with both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans.

And it indeed paid off. Today, Chris is a marketing events coordinator with the Houston Texans.

“I have my dream job. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing right now,” he says.

The native of St. Joseph enrolled at Missouri Western knowing he wanted a sports-related career, so he chose recreation sport management as his major. He credits his professors and his internship in Athletics for preparing him well for his current position.

Learn More about our Recreation and Sports Management program