Though he’s disarmingly
unassuming and straightforward,
Mike Hettick is a
die-hard sports fan and a keen
strategist who knows a thing or two
about winning. So when he set his sights
on a master’s degree, he played it like a true
athlete, and made the most strategic move that
would lead him to his goal.
Looking around the Northwest, the Montana native realized
Seattle—home to four professional sports teams, a breathtaking
city and a thriving economy—was the clear frontrunner. He also
realized that surrounding himself with energetic, committed teammates
and leaders would be vital to his ultimate success. Essentially, he
needed a place that would serve as a link between him and the world
of professional sports.
Seattle University proved to be that link. From a birds-eye view of
the athletic industry, to faculty with a range of careers in the sports
community, Mike discovered the Sport Administration and Leadership
program exceeded his expectations. Not only did faculty provide insight
into the business of professional sports, but Mike also made contacts
in the industry he could turn to for advice. In fact, he’s worked with
adjunct professors at several of the jobs he’s held since then, including
his previous position as the manager of sales for the Seattle Seahawks
and his new position as manager of sales for the Seattle Sounders FC.
Before coming to Seattle, Mike didn’t realize how small the
world of professional sports really is. It gives him an even
greater appreciation for the contacts he made at Seattle
University—he frequently sees familiar faces in meetings and
on management of other professional sports teams.
SU’s ties with the Seattle community run strong. How
strong? Mike himself is an example of the Seattle University
graduate network—he’s remained involved with his tight-knit
group of classmates who now work at companies like K2 and
Nike. He’s happy to share his experience at Seattle University
with the next class of graduates. Because in his line of work,
it’s not hard to spot a team that works well together—and
Seattle University and Seattle are that kind of team.