Nathan  Kirkpatrick
Assistant Professor of Sports Business
Brock School of Business
Department of Entrepreneurship Management and Marketing
309 Cooney Hall
Nathan Kirkpatrick joined the Brock School of Business faculty as an assistant professor of sports business in the fall 2020 semester.
Most recently, Kirkpatrick served for two years in the Nelson Rusche College of Business at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Texas. While at SFA, Kirkpatrick served as a clinical instructor of management and marketing, and also led their sports business program housed on SFA’s campus in The Woodlands, Texas (Houston area).
Prior to working at SFA, Kirkpatrick led the sport administration program in Samford’s School of Health Professions for five years, and he also worked as an assistant professor of sports administration at Belhaven University’s School of Business.
Kirkpatrick started his professional career working in college athletics as a director of basketball operations, head men's basketball coach, academics and eligibility worker, and athletic administrator within athletic departments at Colorado State University, Covenant College, and The University of Georgia. He played basketball at Covenant College.
Kirkpatrick received a Bachelor of Arts in history and secondary education from Covenant College, and a master's and Ph.D. concentrated in sport management and policy from the University of Georgia. 
He is married to Emily Hart Kirkpatrick, a 2011 Samford alumna. They have three children: Joshua, Caleb, and Molly.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Covenant College
  • M.Ed., University of Georgia
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia