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Ashley Harper Cottrell, CSEE
Project Manager


Ashley Harper Cottrell returned to the mid-Atlantic region in 2009 to intern with her dream organization- a Sports Commission- to fulfill her senior level internship to graduate college. Her major project for that internship was to help develop, design and launch the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing’s website-

After completing her internship, Cottrell was retained by Maryland Sports full-time, a newly created position, to maintain the website and become a go-to member of the working committee for the Baltimore, Maryland/USA Destination bid for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup.  She was instrumental in developing the official bid document that was presented to US Bid Committee in July 2009.

Cottrell is now the Project Manager for the Maryland Sports operation. Her main duties are managing all interactive, digital and print aspects of Maryland Sports’ portfolio; bid development and event recruitment and/or retention; and overseeing the TEAM Maryland initiative. Maryland Sports is also a division of the Maryland Stadium Authority, and as such, Cottrell full-fills the role of Creative and Web Manager for MSA.

Cottrell is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in Sports Management, Concentration in Marketing and Minor in Business and is accredited as a Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) from the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC). Cottrell is also working on obtaining a certificate from Parsons School of Design/The New School in Digital and Graphic Design. 

Former Student Interns

Kelli Gerding
Partnership Liaison Coordinator for Maryland Sports in the Summer of 2015. Helped create the 2015 “Snap Shot” for Maryland Sports, supported the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as wrote blog posts and managing Maryland Sports presence on social media sites. Favorite moment: working the 2015 CONCACAF Quarterfinals at M&T Bank Stadium. "My internship at Maryland Sports was one of the most rewarding educational experiences I've had. As my first internship, I learned so much under Terry and Ashley and gained a wealth of experience. I learned different software and other life skills that will correlate to my next career opportunities in my future. Without this internship, I would not have gained this incredible experience and the wealth of knowledge I can take with me into the future." Kelli graduated from the University of Louisville in May 2016 with a degree in Sports Administration. She is currently working for the Orange Bowl and the ACC.

Jay Burda
Partnership Liaison Coordinator for the Spring of 2015. Helped develop the TEAM Maryland Resource Center for partners, wrote numerous blogs about sporting events and companies in Maryland. Favorite moment: working the 2015 CONCACAF Soccer Quarterfinals; Jay was in charge of the Referees, "It was the best internship experience I could ever have received. I gained so much knowledge from Terry and Ashley not only in a professional setting but also skills in web-designing and creating RFPs’, skills I never would had learned at any other sports internship. It did not feel like an internship, I felt more like an employee of the Sports Commission of Maryland. Without the great mentoring from Terry and Ashley I would not be where I am today." Jay graduated from Towson University in May 2015 with a degree in Sports Management. He currently works for Towson University Athletics.