Q: Can you talk about how you’ve spent your life since graduating from K?
A: Since graduating from K, I have spent my life working in an effort to further my career in college athletics. Prior to graduating, in the spring of my senior year, I accepted an internship with a baseball team in Battle Creek as an operations intern. This introduced me to the world of athletics from a new perspective, one not as an athlete but as an employee. This internship continued for the entirety of the summer until it was time to start football. I was lucky to be offered a job at Kalamazoo College as an assistant football coach in the spring of my senior year and began coaching in the fall of 2014. I spent the 2014 and 2015 season as the defensive line graduate assistant, mentoring our players as athletes, students and young men. During my two years coaching at Kalamazoo College I also earned my masters degree in Sport Management from WMU. In June of 2016 I was offered a graduate assistant position with the Wayne State University football team assisting with the Linebackers.
Q: What experiences during your time at K do you think prepared you for this job?
A: Coming into a new team with new terminology and different schemes is a challenge and I believe that the academic rigor at Kalamazoo College has prepared me to handle learning new material. I also believe that my participation in athletics as well as being a captain of the football team has prepared me to handle a variety of personalities and situations. Knowing how to lead a group of individuals and how to motivate them is something that K prepared me for.
Q: What advice do you have for students who are graduating in June?
A: My first piece of advice for students graduating in June is to enjoy the time you have left at a place you’ve called home for the last 4 years, with the people you call your friends. Kalamazoo College is a special place that will leave you with a sense of belonging no matter how far away you end up. My second piece of advice would be to take any opportunity to do what you are passionate about right out of college, regardless of the dollar signs that come with it. I love athletics, football specifically, so I decided to follow my passion. It has not been an easy journey but I can say that it has been worth it already. Lastly, be grateful for those who have gotten you to the point you are at now (family, friends, professors, coaches, etc.) because you never know when you might need their help and support again. People and the relationships you create may be your greatest asset in the future.