What do the first two hours of your day look like?
The first two hours of my day vary greatly depending upon the time of year. Consistently we hold a staff meeting and outline our plan for the day and near future. Following the meeting I begin creating my checklist for the day and sending e-mails to collaborate with other people in our athletic department.
If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
The biggest advice I would give to myself, or anyone interested in this field is to stay patient and live in the moment. In Spring 2015 I was working at Dick’s Sporting Goods as a cashier and volunteering at Rutgers on every off day. I told everyone from co-workers to Dick’s customers that one day I was going to be a Director of Player Personnel at an FBS School. Just over two years later I was hired at UMass as The Director of Player Personnel. I worked as hard selling sporting goods as I do at UMass and made unbelievable memories along the way. It’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t have the job you want, but you can’t forget to work hard and have fun. Set goals and look ahead to the future, but never sacrifice today.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
The best career advice has been to network and continue to grow professional relationships. I’ve been very fortunate to create a great support system in the football recruiting and operations field. I cannot tell you how often I am on the phone with someone checking a rule, comparing strategies or exchanging advice on how to do better.
First event, person, or job that sparked your interest in this field of work.
There are two main things that brought me to this field. Prior to my senior year of high school I attended a Sport Industry Management summer program at Georgetown University run by Bobby Goldwater and George Perry. It was an exceptional experience where we explored a variety of jobs in the sport industry. Football operations really stuck out to me as something I wanted to learn more about. When I attended UMass I pursued an internship with the football program where I had the great pleasure to work for Director of Football Operations Jordan Jarry and Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Shane Waldron. These two taught me a tremendous amount and always had me looking forward to coming into the office. I fell in love with the field and knew it was what I wanted make a career.
Name one go-to resource (or two or three) that helps you with your duties.
Without a doubt the most essential resource for me is Google Drive. We put all of our pertinent documents in organized folders on the drive and are able to access them from anywhere. Whether we are in a staff meeting, on the field or even in another state we can access our documents and data on our laptops, iPads and phones. Additionally I can delegate work to interns and graduate assistants while collaborating on the same document. It makes my life significantly easier.