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Alums Discussed Sports Careers

The annual HWS sports forum returned last week bringing to campus four alums who helped students navigate careers in the athletics industry, including: the only athletic director to boast two team titles in the same year; the woman who is among the first to welcome NBA draftees to their new teams; an athletic ad sales director who believes anyone can get a job in baseball and a former HWS lacrosse all-star whose clothes are worn under most athletic uniforms in pro sports. The four panelists were Jeremy Foley ’74, Chrysa Chin ’84, Brian Mahoney ’91, and Rich Schwanke ’98. The forum took place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25. in the Albright Auditorium. Foley has been the Athletic Director for the University of Florida Gators since 1992. In 2006, Foley’s athletic program earned two national titles for men’s basketball and football—the first to do so in collegiate athletics history. The men’s basketball team won the nationals again in March of 2007, making them the first team in 15 years to obtain back-to-back titles. As a Hobart student, Foley was a member of the first Hobart lacrosse team to win a national championship in 1972. Chin serves as the Senior Director for Player Development of the National Basketball Association. Her duties involve counseling NBA players, being on call to handle any problems they face, and giving hats to new drafts (including LeBron James, Vince Carter, and Carmelo Anthony) with their teams’ logo—a job that has earned her the nickname of “the draft cap lady.” Mahoney is the Director of Advertising Sales for the Philadelphia Phillies. As a participant in the Phillies’ annual College Media day, Mahoney is experienced in offering advice for students looking to pursue a career in baseball. During the 2007 College Media day, he told attendees, “If nothing else, you should learn this: You can get a job in baseball if you want.” Schwanke acts as the Senior Manager for Under Armour Inc. The Under Armour company has the mission of improving athletes through passion, science and innovation with its brand of clothes. A lacrosse player while at HWS, Schwanke was named a North-South Senior All-Star in 1998. The panelists covered a number of topics, including their journeys from HWS students to leaders in the sports industry, advice for student looking to make the transition to a sports career, where to find entry-level jobs and internships, what students can do now to improve their skills and resumes, and networking with other alumni. The event was hosted by Mike Hanna ’68, director of Hobart Athletics and Bob Murphy, director of the Salisbury Center for Career Services.

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