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ACE grad credits professors for guidance in coaching positions

Coach Matt O’Neil, ACE May 2013 graduate, has grown his career in the last six months as the coach of multiple competitive and high school swimming teams in the Cleveland area. O’Neil credits his success to the inspiring lessons the professors at CPASS provided him while earning his degree.

After graduation O’Neil was offered a position as the head swim coach at a country club where he coached 80 kids during multiple practices per day.

CPASS's Mountaineer Idol

Scott Link photo

Scott Link, current CPASS Sport and Exercise Psychology student, has been competing in Mountaineer Idol for the last three years. In 2011 Link placed 6th place over all, then in 2012 finished 2nd in the competition following Paris Winfrey.  Redemption was a key initiative for competing again in 2012 after his upsetting early exit from the competition in 2011.

“I am naturally a competitive person and want to bring my best to each round of the competition and therefore put a lot of time into it,” said Link. “I wanted to do it again because I had a great experience the first time but went home a lot earlier than I would have liked. I knew that I could have done better and therefore wanted to try again.”

SEP student expands leadership role with national organization

Leigh Alison Bryant

Leigh Alison Bryant, sport and exercise psychology graduate student, was recently elected as the student representative for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

The AASP, founded in 1986, is an organization that promotes the ethical practice and development of science in the field of sports psychology. Bryant assumed the position at the organization’s recent annual conference in New Orleans.

Student's hands-on experience expands Sport Management training

Landon Johnson, a sports management major, has spent the 2013 fall semester interning at University of Maryland under the Deputy Athletic Director and Chief Operating Officer Kelly Mehrtens. Mehrtens has been working for twenty-three years in the athletics administration. She also serves as the chief liaison to the President’s Office, Vice-President for Administration, Controller’s Office and Legal Affairs. Working with Mehrtens has made this experience rewarding for Johnson, who recently began the sports management program.

“On a daily basis I attend internal operation and leadership meetings, assist with the student-athlete advisory committee’s leadership development program and research different information pertaining to the ACC and The Big 10.”