Mike Stocz


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 & History (https://scholars.unh.edu/jmotorsportculturehistory/), 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 (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). 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 & 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., & Barnes, J. (2019). Student-athlete compensation: An alternative compensation model for all athletes competing in NCAA athletics. Journal of Higher Education Athletics & Innovation, 1(5), 82-101.

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

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, 927), 54-55.

Frederick, E., Stocz, M., & 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.

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Media and cultural studies

Courses Taught

  • 561: Hist Amer Sport& Physical Cult
  • 561W: Hist Amer Sport& Physical Cult
  • 562: Sport Media Relations
  • 631: Sport Media Production
  • 738: Sport Finance
  • 840/740: Athletic Administration

Selected Publications

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

Stocz, M., Schlereth, N., Crum, D., Maestas, A., & Barnes, J. (n.d.). Student Athlete Compensation: An Alternative Compensation Model for All Athletes Competing in NCAA Athletics. Journal of Higher Education Athletics & Innovation, (5), 82-101. doi:10.15763/issn.2376-5267.2018.1.5.82-101