Tell us a little more about the work you do with the United States Marine Corps and the important role that’s played in your life.
“I have been a Marine the majority of my life. I grew up in a military family, but the Marine Corps became a calling after I arrived in Columbus. Its influence on my life, perspective, and character is immeasurable and I have been privileged to serve at all levels of the Marine Corps organization in both peace and war. Today I am a Colonel and serve in the Pentagon as a senior liaison officer and reserve detachment leader to the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Legislative Assistant. My team’s role is to help develop and communicate Marine Corps issues and priorities to the Congress by working directly with members of Congress and their committees. It is absolutely fascinating to see the intersection of military operations and public policy. In the past, I have served and lived in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. I have deployed on ship and had combat tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan. The life experiences, friendships, and memories are priceless. I even got to play a bunch of lacrosse.”
How did you get involved with coaching lacrosse for your children and how much fun has it been to be able to stay connected with the game through them?
What was it about Ohio State that made you decide it was the right place for you?
“Ohio State offers an unparalleled opportunity to develop personally, professionally, and athletically. When I stepped on campus the first time and experienced a small glimpse of what would be available to me as a student-athlete, I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. Ohio State is truly a global campus and its significance as a university attracts people and resources from all over the world. These are huge advantages. As a young man seeking to discover his path to the future, there are few better places in the world to embark on that journey. Throw in football games, basketball games, the Oval, High Street... easy decision!”
What are some of your more cherished memories either on the field or off it at Ohio State?
“Travel with the team was always an adventure. We never flew and the budgets were tight, so we ate at a lot of buffets. The camaraderie we shared in the locker room and on the road stick out as the most cherished memories. During this time, we were just starting to make a move to play bigger programs and elevate Ohio State's lacrosse stature. Getting to scrimmage Johns Hopkins at Homewood, playing North Carolina at Duke, or the Iroquois National Team at Rutgers were all small steps in gaining a foothold for future Buckeye teams to build from. Those games were tough, but in retrospect they represent proud moments that have since been eclipsed by the great coaches and players that have elevated Buckeye Lacrosse to national stature. Other great memories... Getting my Varsity jacket from Mr Biggs, social events at the Lacrosse House, and the infamous "Said Book" (a collection of things guys “said” at different times that either were sufficiently funny or profound and deserving to be memorialized).”
How did what you learned as a lacrosse player prepare you to succeed in business?
“The ability to prioritize, operate under pressure and perform in uncertain conditions. These skills are foreign to most students and young professionals, but are part of the normal routine for a college lacrosse player. Toughness, teamwork, selflessness are also character skills that can’t be taught in a classroom, but rather they are forged on a field over weeks and months of practice, preparation, and competition. In so many ways, the technical skills of my major are inconsequential to the foundation of work ethic, focus, and selflessness I developed as a Buckeye Lacrosse player. Your greatest value is less about what you learned in the classroom and more about your ability to learn and apply knowledge or skill in dynamic environments. I can think of few sports that hone those skills better than lacrosse.”