MY CAREER PATH
When I was young, I thought I wanted to play in the WNBA – not a realistic dream. Then I thought I wanted to be a doctor, but when I looked at all the classes I had to take, I lost interest. Then I looked into physical therapy or athletic training, but after doing some shadowing, I changed my mind.
So, I ended up taking classes in college that I liked and was interested in without having a clear career path. When I graduated from Covenant, I had no idea what I was going to next, so I packed up and drove back to Denver and started looking at my options.
I got an opportunity to teach some classes at Florida State and that would pay for my graduate school, so back to the south I went! When I finished playing college basketball, I was totally burned out with hoops and so I wanted a break from it. I thought I wanted to work somewhere in college athletics, so I did all sorts of internships and volunteering in the different divisions in the FSU athletic department.
After about four months of that, I missed basketball. It was then I decided that I wanted to coach.
During my second semester at FSU I started working as a team manager and camp intern and then got hired as a graduate assistant the following summer. I worked as the GA for three years and then spent one year on staff as the Director of Recruiting Operations.
MY FIRST JOB
It was really fun my first year as a full-time coach, but also intimidating and overwhelming at times. As a GA, I got to observe and participate in so many things, but I was never ultimately responsible. So, that first year of coaching at Shorter University was a big learning curve for me and I was fortunate to work for a great guy – Vic Mitchell – a veteran coach that has been really successful.
He was patient and he let me do so much with some space to make mistakes.
I’m just grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work for successful veteran coaches that are great people. They’ve invested in me on and off the court and I’m forever indebted to them.
I feel like I learned the most during my time at Florida State though. When I got there, I knew nothing. Coach Sue and her staff, which included Cori Close, the head coach at UCLA, allowed me to sit in on everything and over time, I started to understand how things work.