Title/Credentials: Soccer Coach for Chicago Fire
Graduation Date: 6/23/2017
Program: Exercise and Sport Science
Currently Living: Chicago, IL
Prior Schooling: BA in Sports Management and Coaching
How does it feel to graduate from one of the newest programs at UWS?
I feel honored and blessed to complete this degree from a great university with robust history such as University of Western States. It feels like I’m the first man to climb Mt. Everest; I’ve weathered the storm and I feel like a pioneer.
Tell us about what you have been up to since graduation? What are you doing now?
I work for Chicago Fire as a head soccer trainer for U9-U19 teams and I’m also the summer programs director at Elmhurst park district.
How did your time at UWS prepare you for your career and life?
When I came to the U.S. a few years ago and started applying for jobs, many of them required a master’s degree for the positions I was looking for. Having completed this program, it puts me in a position of choice when it comes to progressing in my career.
What made you choose UWS over other schools?
UWS offered the program that I wanted at an affordable price.
Tell us about any relationships you made while at UWS, whether it’s students, faculty, etc, that really inspired you and why?
I am really impressed with how Dr. Tiffany Reiss helped me navigate the courses. At the time, I was working two jobs with two kids and a wife. She made it possible for me to complete this degree.
During the professional field experience model, Dr. Reiss connected me with a local UWS doctoral student, Marques Stevenson. After she connected us, we had a couple classes together and we have since become good friends.
What made you decide on this education and career path?
Early on in my career I was in retail. When the recession came, it affected the industry and I was out of a job. I sat down and looked at industries that were not affected by the recession, such as the medical, entertainment and sports industries. At the time, I short-listed three courses to pursue: human resources, sports management, and aviation management. Ultimately, I went with the sports management route because I felt like those skills would be something that I could utilize no matter what country I live in.
What was your favorite part about the online format of the program?
My favorite part about the online format was the flexibility to do the work on my own time. I also liked the variety of methods used to teach: videos, quizzes, projects, etc. Being able to connect with people in my classes felt like the social media version of education.
What are some of your passions and how have they influenced your career?
Sports unifies people. Sports unite races, religions, genders, beliefs, etc. That is where I draw my passion from. I also love coaching. I participated in sports growing up and am passionate about helping kids develop and watching their progress.
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