Peter Smolianov

Professional Details

Title Professor
Department Sport and Movement Science
Office O'Keefe Complex 119 2pm Tu
Phone 978.542.6578
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

SMS 101 Special Topics: Sms Activity
SMS 199 Exploration of Unique Lifelong Fitness and Sport Practices
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 396 Directed Field Experience in Sport Management
SMS 490 Facility and Event Management in Sport Industries
SMS 491A High Performance Management
SMS 500 Directed Study in Sport & Movement Science
SMS 590 Sport Management Internship
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
SMS 875 Directed Study

Professional Biography

Peter Smolianov, PhD, Professor. Educated in Australia (Deakin U), USA (BYU) and USSR (Moscow U). At Salem State University since 2003. Provided business analysis and strategic planning as consultant to corporations as well as governmental and sporting organizations for 25 years. 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. Authored 120 publications and conference presentations in 23 countries, including articles in 18 scientific journals. Authorship in nine books, five of which published by Routledge London-New York, comprise 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; The Mass Sports Participation Legacy: Examining the Role of the Olympic Games in Growing Mass Sports Participation; 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 over 1,200 coaches and specialists as well as 150 sport managers, reveal best global practices on most aspects of sport management 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, is updated every Olympic cycle to unveil innovative approaches of elite sport beneficial for public health. Used 15 sports to raise three healthy children born in 2003 (Max the legend, taekwondo black belt who likes to run, swim, bike, ski and play basketball, tennis and chess), 2005 (Victoria, international gymnast looking for sport drink sponsors who runs with her dog Oliver) and 2011 (Marvelous Matt, taekwondo red belt who also swims, bikes and plays basketball, tennis, soccer, 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 - Mark Carney. Mark 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 Committee (USOC), who in turn, recognized USA Rugby as an official National Governing Body under the USOC. Mark then completed his MBA in Sport Management at Florida Atlantic University, where he 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 is now serving as the Executive Director for the Northern California Youth Rugby Association, the largest State based youth rugby organization in the country with over 5,200 members.

After publishing the US rugby, soccer, tennis, volleyball, golf, ice hockey and swimming analyses completed by students, Sport Development and Management Program at Salem State is studying and advancing wrestling, basketball, track and field, skiing and snowboarding 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 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:


Coordinator of Graduate Certificate, Sport Development and Management. Please check this Certificate program 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:


Selected Publications

Sport development in the United States 

US swimming

US golf

US volleyball

US ice hockey

US soccer

US tennis

US rugby

Nigerian football

Dutch swimming

Fringe methodologies in high performance and health

Global sport development systems and athlete education

The high performance management model

Innovative sport technologies

Elite sport methods for public health

Youth fitness testing: global trends 

Corporate marketing through televised sport

Sport marketing competencies

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

Football in Nigeria

Global sport development systems and athlete education

Lifelong athlete development practices for health of everyone