Louis Pullano

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2009

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As an Associate Professor in the Department of Sports, Entertainment, Event – Management, Professor Pullano specializes in Athletics Administration; Coaching and Leadership; Event Management; Fitness and Wellness; Sports/Entertainment Venue Operations; Team Culture and Organization Behavior; Negotiations and Contracts; Academic and Career Advisement

As a lifelong resident of Cranston, Rhode Island, Professor Pullano joined the faculty at JWU in the fall of 2009. Prior to joining JWU, he was the Associate Vice President for Athletics and Enrollment Management at the Community College of Rhode Island. Pullano brings with him over 38 years’ experience in Secondary and Higher Education, assuming roles in Student Services Administration, Athletics Administration, Coaching and Chairing the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Pullano is a State Certified Master Teacher.

As an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Professor Pullano served on the organization’s Executive Board as well as being elected President of the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletics Administrators (NATYCAA). His involvement included convention planning, seminar development and presentations, marketing, leadership and championship tournament operations. Pullano acted as Project Administrator for the NCAA National Youth Sports Program which received NCAA national recognition as a “Program of Excellence.”

Professor Pullano has long been a committed advocate for Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Athletics. As a coach, administrator and adviser, He has long been involved with Local and State communities and organizations including the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and the Rhode Island Sports Council, while working closely with many government and private agencies such as the Providence /Warwick Convention Bureau and the Rhode Island State Police.


  • M.S., Physical Education & Athletics Administration, University of Rhode Island
  • B.S., University of Rhode Island
  • A.S., Rhode Island Junior College

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Teaching Interests

  • Sports and Entertainment Management
  • Sports Event Administration
  • Coaching and Leadership
  • Sports/Entertainment Venue Management
  • Organizational Culture
  • Team Development

Scholarly Interests

  • Innovations in Sport that Improve the Fan Experience
  • Effective Coaching and Leadership Methodologies
  • Organization/Team Development


  • Introduction to Sports, Entertainment, Event - Management
  • The Business of Sports
  • Professional Sports Management
  • Athletic Coaching and Administration
  • Sponsorship, Sales, Relationship Management
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Extra Curricular Roles

  • JWU / NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) - Providence Campus
  • Chair - President's Athletics Advisory Board - Providence Campus
  • Working Chair - Delaware North/TD Garden /JWU Seminar Series - Providence Campus
  • College of Hospitality Management - SEEM Department Curriculum Representative

Professional Affiliations

  • North American Society for Sports Management (NASSM)
  • National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)
  • Society of Health and Physical Educators - (SHAPE America)
    CERTIFICATION: Certified Hospitality Educator

Honors And Awards

  • Hospitality College Faculty of the Year, 2012-2013
  • Hospitality Teacher of the Year, 2011-2012
  • Rhode Island Sons of Italy Hall of Fame
  • Community College of Rhode Island Alumni Society of the Knights
  • Rhode Island Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame
  • Community College of Rhode Island Athletics Hall of Fame

Q&A with Louis

How Did You Get Started?

My Educational and Sports experiences have dramatically changed my pathway in life. Living most of my first 18 years in a loving family, supported by welfare due to the abrupt closure of a family business, I often found my joy and peace in sports participation.
One of my first academic and sports participation mentors was my Junior High School Physical Education teacher and coach. Honestly, I wanted to be just like him professionally and athletically. I started my quest to be a secondary Physical Education Teacher and Coach and to become a high school, college and professional star athlete.
Most importantly the vehicle to get me to accomplish my goals was education. Working hard academically and athletically, I experienced academic and athletic success. I became the first member of my family to graduate from college. and well as the first member of my family to be selected as an all-state student athlete and college baseball team captain and conference champion.
Following my passion, I started my teaching and coaching career as a secondary education teacher and coach. 18 Years after starting my career, I moved to Higher Education as Associate Director of Athletics at the Community College of Rhode Island, promoted to Associate Dean of Student Life /Athletics and then to Associate Vice President of Student Affairs as a member of the President's Council.
Enjoying my passion for teaching, I joined the faculty at JWU in the fall of 2009.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

My favorite teaching moment is attending Commencement and watching the students that I have positively influenced, walk across the stage, receiving their diplomas. Also enjoy staying connected to my students after graduation.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Begin to explore career options early on during freshman year. Through volunteer and part time experiences, learn what it is that you like to do and what it is that you do not like to do.
Begin to develop your "contacts team" of Industry professionals. It not so much "who you know" but its more about "who knows you."

What College Do You Teach In?

The College of Hospitality Management