What do the first two hours of your day look like?
It certainly depends on the time of year but the one thing that is pretty consistent every morning is I try and sit down with our head coach, even if it’s for five minutes. I like to catch up on certain things and prepare for the day ahead of us. His schedule can get pretty hectic, so before the day really starts is usually the best time for us to get together. That’s always followed by answering emails and creating a list of what needs to get done that day.
If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Cherish every moment. In this profession, you’re sometimes moving a million miles an hour and don’t really appreciate what’s in front of you. I’m fortunate enough to love what I do for a living, so I make sure I never take that for granted. Also, be prepared to adapt! You can be as organized and diligent as possible, but not everything goes as planned. It then depends on how you react and improvise to the situation at hand.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year?
Win the CAA! I want nothing more than to bring a championship to the university and this state. Since I’ve been at Rhode Island, I have created such a bond with the players and the staff, that I want it so bad for them. That’s what pushes me every day. I want to win on the field and in the classroom!
Best career or work advice you ever received?
WIN Today. WIN stands for “What’s Important Now”. A mentor of mine once told me that and it’s stuck with me ever since. Sometimes we get caught up in looking too far ahead and worrying about what’s next. Live in the present moment. Focus on making yourself and those around you better each and every day.
First event, person, or job that sparked your interest in this field of work.
Jerry Oravitz, who was the DFO at Delaware when I played, really opened my eyes to the ops world. He had such a remarkable impact on our team. I’m a fairly competitive person and I loved being a part of a team, but I ultimately knew I didn’t want to be a coach, so his position was a great fit in my eyes. All in all, for me, it was about having a purpose in my career. Our goal here at URI every day is to win a championship, graduate these young men and prepare them for life after college. There’s nothing better than that. Our head coach always tells our players, “We want you to leave this place with a ring on your finger and a diploma in your hand.”
Talk about a project or effort you’re working on or a group or organization that you’re working with (either inside or outside of your operations function) that is near and dear to your heart.
Be the Match: The National Bone Marrow Registry. This is a foundation I was familiar with from my time at Delaware but I wasn’t fully aware of the significance and impact until I started working at Villanova and met Andy Talley, who has really launched this throughout the college football world. When I arrived at Rhode Island, I was put in charge of running our annual Bone Marrow Drive and it’s something I care a lot about. To have the opportunity to potentially save a life and to get all of our players involved is tremendous. Every single year, as a team, we push to get more and more people signed up for the registry!