Coming back for my undergraduate degree, (my AthLife advisor) Carrie and those guys were great. AthLife, helped me get situated and take a course at Georgia State that would transfer over to Wisconsin.
Then, the opportunity to go to the N4A conference through AthLife and meet a lot of collegiate professionals and meet a lot of people in the field that I wanted to be in. From that conference I was able to get back to my alma mater and be an intern for a year and work on my Master’s.
Now that I finished my Master’s in December, I recently accepted the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Engagement. So, going from an intern to an Assistant AD in a year, I can’t take full credit for that. I had a great team, great people and great mentorship around me that helped me to get where I am right now. I’m very happy about that, and the funny thing, I was speaking to someone yesterday about it, I’m a rookie all over again.
Title aside, you’re always going to be a rookie in something during your life. I was a rookie in the league, a rookie scout, rookie when I was working with the NCAA, and now as an Assistant AD. Its going to be a lot for me to learn from my mentors here, and I take that opportunity seriously. And I want to thank the NFLPA and The Trust for the mentorship I’ve had – I don’t take that for granted.