Peter Smolianov

Professional Details

Title Professor
Department Sport and Movement Science
Office O'Keefe Complex 119 2pm Tu
Phone 978.542.6578
Photo of Peter Smolianov

Recent and Upcoming Courses

SMS 291 Marketing and Public Relations in Sport Industries
SMS 299 Exploration of Unique Lifelong Fitness and Sport Practices
SMS 304 Sport Development
SMS 391 Financial Aspects of Sport Industries
SMS 490 Facility and Event Management in Sport Industries
SMS 491A High Performance Management
SMS 705 Exploration of Unique Lifelong Fitness and Sport Practices
SMS 706 Sport Development: Mass Participation and High Performance
SMS 707 Facility and Event Management in Sport Industries
SMS 708 Financial Aspects of Sport Industries
SMS 709 Marketing and Public Relation in Sport Industries

Professional Biography

Peter Smolianov, PhD, Professor. Educated in Australia (Deakin U), USA (BYU) and USSR (Moscow U). With Salem State University since 2004. Provided business analysis, strategic planning and marketing as consultant to corporations as well as governmental and sporting organizations and major events since 1990. Delivered training courses to leaders of sport governing bodies since 2021. Coached national team athletes and coordinated their sport specific and conditioning coaches, therapists, scientists and training programs in preparation for World Cups, World Championships and Olympic Games since 1996. Developed conditioning programs for coaches of professional/Olympic and university Division I-III teams since 2016. Authored 150+ publications and presentations in 27 countries, including articles in 20 different refereed journals. Authorship in nine academic books, five of which published by Routledge London-New York, comprised the fundamental research monograph used for teaching at universities–Sport Development in the United States: High Performance and Mass Participation; as well as chapters in books also used for teaching–Managing High Performance Sport; Sport Governance: An International Case Study Perspective; Sport  Participation and Olympic Legacies; The Use of Technology in Sport; International Sport Management; Global Sport Development Systems and Athletes’ Access to Education; Multi-level Leadership in Elite Sport. These works, based on surveys of 1,500+ coaches and 200+ sport managers, reveal best global practices on most aspects of sport organization and development, from strategic management and marketing, business partnership and finance to successful methods of nurturing and educating sport participants. The practical book for wellness of everyone also used for teaching at universities, Fringe Methodologies in High Performance and Health, unveils innovative approaches of elite sport beneficial for public health. Used 16 sports to raise three children: Max the Legend, university student, taekwondo black belt who likes to run, swim, bike, ski, sail a yacht as well as play basketball, soccer, tennis, hockey and chess; Victoria, multiple national champion and international gymnast who also skates, rollerblades, snowboards, plays badminton as well as runs and bikes with her dog Oliver; and Marvelous Matt, taekwondo red stripe belt who also swims, rides his bike and scooter, snowboards, surfs, rollerblades and plays basketball, tennis, badminton, soccer, hockey, chess and video games.

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Professional Interests

Please email Peter if you would like to conduct joint research and publish on any Olympic sport, as did many Peter's colleagues and students. For example, in the US, Mark Carney during his bachelor and master degree studies became a leading author of the paper accepted for presentation at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) 2010 Conference under a title ‘Comparing Practices of USA Rugby Against a Global Model for Integrated Development of Mass and High Performance Sport’. Mark had evaluated the system of US rugby through a survey and interviews with coaches and administrators, against the model he learned in Peter's classes.

Following the NASSM presentation, Mark remained the leading co-author of an article which was published in 2012 in a special edition, “Managing Excellence in Sport”, of the Managing Leisure, International Journal. Following this research, Mark was accepted for his internship with USA Rugby at their headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, where he was part of a team who developed a multi-million dollar plan, to bring rugby back to the Olympics. Mark helped present the project to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), who in turn, recognized USA Rugby as an official National Governing Body under the USOPC. Mark then completed his MBA and gained valuable work experience in professional sports when he worked for the Florida Panthers and Miami Dolphins as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference and served as Collegiate Director for USA Rugby South. Mark then became the Executive Director for the Northern California Youth Rugby Association, the largest State based youth rugby organization in the country. In 2021 Mark was appointed as Team Manager for Rugby ATL, a professional rugby union team in Major League Rugby from Atlanta.

Derek Kaka’an completed a similar study analyzing Nigerian football/soccer against best global practices as part of his PhD dissertation under Peter's co-supervision and became a Marketing Director for Lobi Stars Premier League Football Club in Nigeria in 2021. After publishing and presenting results of this research across Africa, Asia and Europe, Derek continues to capitalize on the studied best practices in order to develop and market world class football players and to advance sport systems by organizing such events as this Football Development Seminar:

After publishing the US rugby, soccer, tennis, volleyball, golf, ice hockey, skiing & snowboarding, wrestling, track & field and swimming analyses completed by students, Sport Development and Management Program at Salem State is studying and advancing basketball, baseball, weightlifting and other sports in the US and across the world, from Dutch swimming and Russian karate and pentathlon to Chinese and Nigerian football. Salem State's Sport Development and Management Program provides unique competitive advantages and professional connections through international programs and events, particularly collaborative industry research (please see below presentations and publications co-authored by students and faculty) as well as new types of sporting events organized by Salem State students:

Salem State U graduate students receive free tuition plus $5,000 for 320 hours of sport business research each academic year and can receive the Graduate Certificate in Sport Development and Management as part of their graduate degree. The students' names appear on conference presentations and journal articles. Please email or call Peter Smolianov 9am-5pm if interested.


Coordinator of Graduate Certificate, Sport Development and Management. Please check this Certificate program AVAILABLE FULLY ONLINE and use the email above to ask any questions:

If you are currently teaching or would like to teach Sport Development, High Performance and Mass Participation related courses, please email Peter for cooperation and to receive instructor aids including assignments with readings and tests with answers. 

Please use the resources published on the Certificate Facebook page:

as well as the below open access publications and presentations.  

Selected Publications

US swimming

US golf

US volleyball

US ice hockey

US skiing

US soccer

US tennis

US rugby

Nigerian football; and; file:///C:/Users/psmolianov/Downloads/244746-Article%20Text-587590-1-10-20230329.pdf

Dutch swimming

Fringe methodologies in performance&health

Sport & education in Qatar, Russia, SenegalUK and US

High performance management

Sport technologies

Sport methods for public health

Youth fitness testing globally 

Corporate sport marketing

Sport marketing competencies

Sport participation & Olympics

Sport leadership

Sport & medicine

Publications selected by ResearchGate

Selected Presentations

A global model of high performance management in Olympic sports

Olympic training centers as part of sport development and mass participation

New types of sporting events organized by Salem State students

Sport participation and Olympic legacies

US track and field

US golf

US skiing and snowboarding

Football in Nigeria

Global sport development systems and athlete education featuring cases of UK, US, Qatar, Russia and Senegal

Lifelong athlete development practices for health of everyone