Director of Football Administration and Alumni Affairs
Columbia University Football
Hometown: Oswego, Oregon
Education: Pitzer College; Columbia University
What do the first two hours of your day look like?
My first two hours a day can differ quite a bit depending on the month – I spend each morning with a cup of coffee checking emails, updating and prioritizing my to-do list, going over the calendar for the day and days ahead, and processing any paperwork/invoices that are left over from the previous day.
Name one go-to resource (or two or three) that helps you with your duties.
Google Drive gives me everything I could possibly need on my phone, tablet or laptop. From documents and spreadsheets to presentations and forms – it gives me the flexibility and mobility I need to keep up with everything I need to do on a daily basis.
Google Keep is an awesome To-Do list application that I can access from anywhere, again on my phone, tablet or laptop. I used to keep a written checklist for the shear satisfactions of being able to cross items off. Google Keep maintains that satisfaction but offers much more robust functionality than pen and paper. I have separate checklists for team, staff, and alumni, I can set reminders by item, and I can share checklists when collaborating with other members of the department.
If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Be Patient. Patience has definitely been a learned attribute over the course of my career in operations. When I was just starting out as a video coordinator I was on pins and needles waiting for the next unplanned or unforeseen circumstance to come about. I have learned, the hard way, that it is a lot easier to make the right decision when you’re calm, cool, and collected than in a complete mode of disarray.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
This is more of a motto than a piece of advice and is relevant not only professionally but on a personal level as well. In high school, our head coach (Joe Bushman) always told the team “leave a place better than how you found it.” This is a saying that has stuck with me throughout the years and is a great litmus test to personal and professional progress. I can apply this motto with a position or job, the people I interact with, or something as simple as the building I work in. There is always something you can do to make someone or something incrementally better and in turn better yourself.
First event, person, or job that sparked your interest in this field of work.
I would attend my older brother’s high school baseball games as a kid. I would sneak into the press box for a better view of the game and hang out with the scoreboard operator/PA announcer when my brother was not on the mound. Eventually I talked my way into operating the scoreboard and playing the music between innings – I eventually took over as the announcer in my high school years. It was in that press box keeping score, playing music, and announcing the next batter up where my passion to work in sports beyond high school and college really took hold.