Maria Elles Scott moved into the role as an educator after spending more than a decade as a practicing journalist and publicist within the sports community. Scott’s desire to mentor interns, building educational programs and serve as an ambassador to universities was the beginning of her career change. Since 2006, Scott has been serving the students at the University of Miami through her role as an adjunct professor in the School of Education and recently a lecturer in the School of Communication.
Before making the transition, Scott served as the Associate Director of Communications for the South Florida Super Bowl XLI Host Committee. Scott began her career working as a journalist for four years before joining the Super Bowl Task Force for Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. In 2001, she joined the ESPN Original Entertainment team as the Manager for Event Publicity and Community Outreach. Upon her return to Florida, Scott worked for the Sony Ericsson Open as Communications Manager.
Scott has a doctorate from the United States Sports Academy in Sports Management with her research base in Sports Media. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida and her master’s degree in Sport Administration from West Chester University (Pa.). As a journalist, Scott has worked for The Tampa Tribune and the Journal Register Company, specifically the Daily Local News (Pa.). During her time with ESPN, Scott worked in Philadelphia on the X Games, Aspen (Co.) on the Winter X Games, San Antonio on X Games Global Championship and in Los Angeles on the X Games, Action Sports and Music Awards and ESPY Awards.