Dr. Mike Stocz (St-Oates) is a scholar within sport law and sport media communications. In particular, Dr. Stocz research revolves around risk management in K-12 sport administrative settings, media research using qualitative methods, and motorsport studies. Dr. Stocz is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Motorsport Culture &amp; History (<a href="https://scholars.unh.edu/jmotorsportculturehistory/">https://scholars.u…;), as well as a member of the Argetsinger Symposium steering committee (conference on motorsport research), and an editorial board member for the International Journal of Business in Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management (<a href="https://www.gaics.org/journal/JBSM">https://www.gaics.org/journal/JBSM<…;).

Previously, Dr. Stocz worked within the farm systems for the Colorado Rockies (Albuquerque Isotopes) and the Boston Red Sox (Greenville Drive), as well as a social media producer, video editor, and sports photographer for a CBS affiliate in Spartanburg, SC (WSPA-TV), and freelance photographer/tech director/producer for a variety of networks, including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Charter Sports, Big South Network, UNCC 49ers Athletics, and ProView Sports (Albuquerque). Currently, Dr. Stocz does freelance media work for the Seacoast United Phantoms USL2, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double A Affiliate- Toronto Blue Jays), and UNH athletics. As an avid sports fan, Dr. Stocz pulls for the San Diego Padres (ironic given previous farm system employment), Portland Timbers, Green Bay Packers, Boston Bruins, Chase Elliott, and Haas in Formula 1. Dr. Stocz is also a certified barbecue judge.

Dr. Stocz's research has been featured in a number of different publications, including the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (JOPERD), The Physical Educator, the International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education, Soccer &amp; Society, Mass Communication and Society, and the Journal of Sports Sciences. Previously, Dr. Stocz has mentored a University sponsored graduate student researcher of the year (Ryan Benner, UNA), been consulted on student athlete compensation in the NCAA outside of the NIL by a United States Senator, and is a certified peer reviewer for Quality Matters, an online course development guide.

Selected Publications (* signifies student co-author):

Stocz, M., Schlereth, N., Crum, D., Maestas, A., &amp; Barnes, J. (2019). Student-athlete compensation: An alternative compensation model for all athletes competing in NCAA athletics. Journal of Higher Education Athletics &amp; Innovation, 1(5), 82-101.

Nachtigal, J., &amp; Stocz, M. (2022). The Kenai rule in four acts: Bear-baiting, firearms, hunting, and trapping restrictions in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska Law Review, 39(2), 347-368.

Benner, R.*, &amp; Stocz, M. (2020). Negligence and government immunity in high school softball. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, &amp; Dance, 91(1), 49-50.

Stocz, M., &amp; Stewart, S.* (2021). An Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Case Appeal for a High School Basketball Coach. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, &amp; Dance, 927), 54-55.

Frederick, E., Stocz, M., &amp; Pegoraro, A. (2016). Prayers, punishment, and perception: An analysis of the response to the Tony Stewart – Kevin Ward incident on Facebook. Sport and Society, 5, 1-18. Doi:10.1080/17430437.2015.1133598.

Courses Taught

  • KIN/SPST 840/740: Athletic Administration
  • SML 561: Hist American Sport Phy Cul
  • SML 561W: Hist Amer Sport & Physical Cul
  • SML 562: Sport Media Relations
  • SML 630: Sport Facility and Event Mgmt
  • SML 631: Sport Media Production
  • SML 738: Sport Finance
  • SML 761: Sr Sem Sport Mgmt Leadership
  • SPST 561: Hist Amer Sport& Physical Cult
  • SPST 561W: Hist Amer Sport& Physical Cult
  • SPST 562: Sport Media Relations
  • SPST 631: Sport Media Production
  • SPST 738: Sport Finance


  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • M.S., Ithaca College
  • B.S., Winthrop University

Research Interests

  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Media and cultural studies

Selected Publications

  • Stocz, M., & Nachtigal, J. (2022). The Dangers of Off-Campus Physical Education Activities: Closer Look at Proximate Cause. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION RECREATION AND DANCE, 93(6), 69-70. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Mauldin, A. J., Kang, C., Stocz, M., Shremshock, P., & Estes, S. (2022). Exploring Servant Teaching in Kinesiology: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective. International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education, 6(3), 160-173. doi:10.1080/24711616.2020.1869513

  • Stocz, M., & Stewart, S. (2021). An Unlawful Sexual Conduct With a Minor Case Appeal for a High School Basketball Coach. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 92(7), 54-55. doi:10.1080/07303084.2021.1948793

  • Holt, W. R., & Stocz, M. (2021). A Title IX and Emotional Distress Analysis for High School Athletes. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 92(5), 62-63. doi:10.1080/07303084.2021.1899541

  • Stocz, M., & Holt, W. R. (2021). High School Weight Room Safety. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 92(3), 42-43. doi:10.1080/07303084.2021.1866927

  • Stocz, M. (2021). Recent rulings from the courts affecting HPERD professionals: A preliminary injunction case in high school athletics.. Physical Educator: a magazine for the profession, 78(2), 242-245. Retrieved from https://js.sagamorepub.com/pe/index

  • Stocz, M., & Tarver, L. (2020). A State-Created Danger Case in High School Wrestling. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 91(7), 58-59. doi:10.1080/07303084.2020.1785776

  • Stocz, M. (2020). An Arbitration Ruling in K–12 Physical Education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 91(2), 58-59. doi:10.1080/07303084.2020.1696134

  • Benner, R., & Stocz, M. (2020). Negligence and Government Immunity in High School Softball. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 91(1), 49-50. doi:10.1080/07303084.2020.1683390

  • Stocz, M., & Frederick, E. (2019). Is the disease spreading? A case study of the American Outlaws. Soccer & Society, 20(6), 836-847. doi:10.1080/14660970.2018.1431774