How did you get into your present role?
My older sister was a student manager at UVA for the Women’s Basketball long before I went to college. When I enrolled here, I actually didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of my sister but was always in awe of her life in athletics and how she managed her time. The spring semester of my first year, I decided that I did in fact want to be a student manager. I started as a video manager because I was pursuing a communications degree. As I developed my skillset, I began serving as both the Head Manager and Video Manager and eventually became a Graduate Assistant during the spring semester of my fourth year. While finishing my Master’s Degree, I decided I wanted to pursue Basketball Ops as a career. Eventually, an opportunity to stay at Virginia on staff became available, and I transitioned into my current role as Director of Operations in May 2018.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
To be perfectly honest, if you told me that I would be working in College Women’s Basketball in high school I would have laughed at you. I always had really good friends who played basketball, but I actually never played Basketball growing up.
What do you do when you aren't working or volunteering?
I am currently reading a book a week! I got this idea from my dear friend Abby, who also went to Liberia in 2017. I loved reading when I was younger because it helped me process and learn about different perspectives. I didn’t want the busyness of being a student get to me, so I made it a goal to read a non-school assigned book a week.
In addition to that, my spare time is often spent with friends and family and catching up with people!
What has surprised you most about working/serving with Managers On A Mission?
Time and time again, I am reminded of the power of Jesus. Connecting with people within the sports industry who are pursuing the Lord is such a unique experience. I’ve built lifelong friends and brothers and sisters in Christ through this ministry. They’ve walked side-by-side with me, pushed my faith, and continuously reminded me that this kingdom is worth pursuing.
What advice do you have for other managers?
I often get questions about what the biggest transition from being a student manager to Director of Operations has been or biggest piece of advice. My answer is to always remain teachable. After I transitioned into the DOBO roll, I reminded myself that my job title should not decrease my level of humility nor should it change how I treated people. It was a reminder that no job is too small for anyone. I still help with loading the bus and plane, because it puts me in a place of appreciation and understanding where I have come.