Careers for athletes


For many successful athletes - especially outside of professional football - the question of how to secure a long-term livelihood after the end of the career is essentially. Therefore, many athletes already take courses or begin to study while still being active sportsmen. In our study "Kollege Spitzensportler" we actively dealt with this topic several years ago. This resulted in several projects and cooperations. For example, the WHU in cooperation with the foundation "Deutsche Sporthilfe" offers scholarships for former athletes in its full-time and part-time MBA program. The "SPOAC - Sports Business Academy by WHU" also offers the opportunity for further professional development, not only to the junior executives of the sports business, but also to former top athletes.

More Info on SPOAC - Sports Business Academy by WHU

More Info on the cooperation with Deutsche Sporthilfe


Video: Top athletes start at WHU

The following top athletes took part in a program at WHU:


Part-Time MBA

Dana Glöß

Class of 2016 (PT MBA)
Sport: Track Cycling
Greatest Successes:

  • 3rd Place at World Championships
  • 5x German Champion

Current Job: Head of Project and Organizational Development at Inoges AG

Benjamin Starke

Class of 2016 (PT MBA)
Sport: Swimming
Greatest Successes:

  • World Champion (Relay) 
  • Vice World Champion 
  • Olympian 
  • Former Leader of the World Ranking

Current Job: Head of Sales Switzerland at Audibene

Christian Friedrich

Class of 2017 (PT MBA)
Spor: Bobsleigh
Greatest Successes:

  • Vizce World Champion 
  • 3rd Place at German Championships

Current Job: Founder & CEO at statmath GmbH

Thomas Lurz

Class of 2017 (PT MBA)
Sport: Open Water Swimming
Greates Successes:

  • World Champion
  • European Champion  
  • Olympic Silver Medal
  • Olympic Bronze Medal

Current Job: Head of HR/Business Development at S. Oliver

Daniel Hermann

Class of 2018 (PT MBA)
Sport: Ice Dance
Greatest Successes:

  • German Champion
  • German Junior Champion

Current Job: Senior Business Analyst at adidas Group

Nicolas Limbach

Class of 2018 (PT MBA) 
Sport: Fencing
Greates Successes:

  • 2x World Champion
  • Vice European Champion
  • 7x German Champion

Current Jobs: Procurement Innovation Professional at Bayer

Birte Steven-Vitense

Class of 2018 (PT MBA)
Sport: Swimming
Greates Successes:

  • German Champion
  • Olympian
  • World Cup Participant

Current Job: Sports psychologist at the Olympiastützpunkt Niedersachsen

Norman Ackermann

Class of 2019 (PT MBA) 
Sport: Fencing
Greatest Successes:

  • Olympic Bronze Medal (Team)
  • Vice World Champion (Team)
  • World Cup Champion (Juniors)
  • World Champion (Juniors)
  • 3x German Champion (Team)

Current Job: Lawyer at KPMG

Ibrahim Ahmadsei

Class of 2019 (PT MBA) 
Sport: Taekwondo 
Greatest Successes:

  • Olympic Silver Medal (Juniors)
  • European Champion (Students)
  • 4x German Champion

Current Job: Founder & CEO at trustwall

Eileen Hoffmann

Class of 2019 (PT MBA) & Class of 2017 (SPOAC)
Sport: Field Hockey 
Greatest Successes:

  • Vice World Champion
  • 2x European Champion 
  • 6x German Champion
  • 233 Internationals

Current Job: Senior Associate Consultant at KPMG

Hagen Rothe

Class of 2019 (PT MBA) 
Sport: Rowing
Greatest Successes:

  • World Champion (Juniors)
  • Vice World Champion (U23)
  • Vice World Champion (Juniors)
  • German Champion

Current Job: Co-Founder at Augletics

Full-Time MBA

Daniela Schreiber

Class of 2017 (FT MBA)
Sport: Swimming
Greatest Successes:

  • European Champion (Relay)
  • Vice World Champion (Relay)
  • Olympian

Current Job: Working Student at Nielsen Sports

Andreas Späck 

Class of 2017 (FT MBA)
Sport: Field Hockey 
Greatest Successes:

  • German Champion (Field & Indoor) 
  • Europa Cup Champion (Indoor) 
  • European Champion (Indoor) 

Current Job: Chief EP at S.C. Zios SRL.

SPOAC - Sports Business Academy by WHU

Vanessa Low

SPOAC
Sport: Track and Field
Greates Successes:

  • Paralympic Gold Medal
  • Paralympic Silver Medal
  • World Champion 
  • European Champion

Current Job: Professional Athlete

Richard Becker

Class of 2016 (SPOAC)
Sport: Tennis 
Greatest Successes:

  • Quarter-finalists Australian Open (Juniors) 
  • Quarter-finalists French Open (Juniors) 
  • World Ranking No. 336 

Current Job: Management at Alexander Waske Tennis-University

Felix Reuß

Class of 2016 (SPOAC)
Sport: Field Hockey 
Greatest Successes:

  • European Champion (Field & Indoor)
  • Winner Champions Trophy
  • German Champion

Current Job: Student

Martin Schmitt

Class of 2016 (SPOAC)
Sport: Ski Jumping
Greates Successes:

  • 2x World Champion (Single)
  • 2x World Champion (Team)
  • 2x World Cup Winner
  • Olympic Gold Medal

Current Job: Founder of ASP Sports

Amelie Kober

Class of 2017 (SPOAC)
Sport: Snowboard 
Greatest Successes:

  • World Cup Winner 
  • Olympic Silver Medal
  • Olympic Bronze Medal
  • Vice World Champion

Current Job: Federal Police Officer

Normann Stadler

Class of 2017 (SPOAC)
Sport: Triathlon 
Greatest Successes:

  • 2x Ironman World Champion

Current Job: Consultant / Motivational Speaker

André Weßels

Class of 2017 (SPOAC)
Sport: Fencing
Greatest Successes:

  • Vice World Champion
  • World Champion (Team) 
  • Olympic Bronze Medal (Team) 

Current Job: Key Account Manager at Amazon