Southeast alumnus Matthew Bosen of Collinsville, Ill., is entering his first season as the general manager of the Beloit Snappers of the Minor League Baseball Midwest League in Beloit, Wis. He oversees all day-to-day operations of the organization and works with the front office of the Minnesota Twins.
“My job requires me to juggle multiple aspects of running a business every day, which leads to most days being different and also prevents any feeling of boredom. It is also exciting to work with Minor League Baseball and see the future stars of MLB as they get their start in baseball,” he says.
This will be his fifth season with the team; Matthew first came to the Snappers in 2008.
When he was searching for a degree path after high school, Matthew said it took him quite a while to discover that sport management was what he wanted to pursue. Once he chose his degree, he narrowed his college choices down to a few locations, and after visiting campuses, he said he found that Southeast was the best fit for him.
“It offered the degree I wanted and also required a business administration minor that I thought would be helpful in my future career. I really enjoyed my visit and found the campus and city to be very similar to my hometown, which was only a few hours away,” he says.
At Southeast, Matthew worked in the Sports Information Department and assisted with football, baseball, softball, basketball, gymnastics and volleyball events.
“I really enjoyed my time in the department, and it confirmed my interest in working in the sports field after graduation. It gave me the basis for my internship in the ticketing department of the Nashville Sounds the summer after I left Southeast,” he says.
He interned with the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League in 2007. At the end of the internship, he attended the Baseball Winter Meetings, which were held in Nashville, Tenn. At the meetings, he was offered his first full-time job in sports as the director of ticket operations and merchandise for the Beloit Snappers. He accepted the position and said he spent his first three seasons learning as much as he could while gaining experience in the many areas of running a baseball team. In 2011, he was promoted to assistant general manager, and in addition to his duties from previous seasons, he was responsible for travel arrangements for the team and hiring and managing interns. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, the general manager resigned to take a new position, and Matthew was offered the promotion to general manager.
“I was honored and happy to accept. I have learned a great deal in the five short months I have been in charge and look forward to the challenges ahead in my first season in charge,” he says.
Matthew credits Southeast with successfully helping him prepare for his career.
“I feel that the education I received at Southeast was well-rounded and gave me a strong foundation. … I received a great education, and I am very happy with the amount and scope of knowledge I gained at Southeast,” he says.
Matthew said he enjoyed his time at Southeast and in Cape Girardeau.
At Southeast, “I really enjoyed sporting events, especially the football and basketball games and the atmosphere around a big crowd for games. I especially enjoyed working with ESPN on a basketball game that was broadcast by the network from the Show Me Center,” he says. “My favorite thing about my time in Cape Girardeau was the intramural sports. It was always a great way to spend the nights on the fields having fun with friends.”
Matthew encourages Southeast students to take advantages of the opportunities Cape Girardeau offers while they are in school.
“Enjoy your time in Cape Girardeau and have fun, but make sure that you also take advantage of the educational opportunities offered during your time there. College is a great time, but don’t forget that you are there to better prepare yourself for the future,” he says.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys going on cruises and going to sporting events around the country, especially baseball games. He said he hopes to one day visit all of the Major League stadiums, and he is currently planning a trip to the East Coast in September.
“I have to mention that the best stadium I have visited so far is Target Field in Minnesota,” he says.
Matthew also takes time to volunteer as the vice chairman of the Visit Beloit Board of Directors, the tourism board in Beloit, Wis