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Desire to help student-athletes turns into career for alumnus

Photo of Paul Downey, Associate Athletic Director at University of Kentucky

Finding career motivation comes in different places and times. Paul Downey discovered his vision during a special topics class with a focus on sport psychology.

“Upon learning about sport psychology and student-services, I knew that I wanted to work with top level student-athletes to help them achieve their goals,” said Downey

CPASS graduate selected for campus leadership initiatives

Photo of Kacey GiGiacinto, Vice Chancellor's Leadership Academy

Kacey DiGiacinto was named to the Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Academy (VCLA) at Elizabeth City State University for fall 2018. Since her appointment, she has helped to engage university faculty in leadership activities across campus, with improvements in academic results.

According to Interim Provost Farrah Ward, the Leadership Academy provides DiGiacinto and co-award recipient Juliet Boykins, with an opportunity to explore their leadership potential and to advance their understanding of interdepartmental collaborations.

CPASS alumnus visits campus to share career advice

Photo of Howard Ticker and his presentation for CPASS students.

As a high school junior, Howard Ticker combined his passion for sports with an interest in business to guide his college selection process. Growing up, he had followed Mountaineer football, paying special attention to the Pat White Era, (former WVU quarterback who played all four seasons, 2005-2008, with the Mountaineers, becoming the first QB to finish 4-0 in bowl games, including two BCS wins in the 2006 Sugar and 2008 Fiesta Bowls).

Meanwhile, he liked the proximity from his home in Maryland to Morgantown. It was then that Ticker decided to attend West Virginia University to study sport management.

Road trip provides behind-the-scenes sports industry tours and workshops

Students visit Colts practice facility

A group of 24 College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences students hit the road to Indianapolis, IN for a multifaceted field trip, featuring a panel discussion, professional football practice facility visit hosted by a WVU graduate, and tips for career development. 

The action-packed day, coordinated by the CPASS Office of Student Success and WVU Career Services, started with a tour of the Pacers facility at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

Direct learning experiences guide ACE graduate to collegiate coaching role

Photo of David Ferraro, Wesley Men's Lacrosse assistant coach

From learning in the class room to applying knowledge on the field, the WVU athletic coaching education program helps undergraduates acquire skills to compete in the coaching profession.

David Ferraro, assistant coach with the Wesley men’s lacrosse program, Dover, Delaware, says his athletic coaching degree from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences helped him prepare for this position.