Master of Sport Administration and Leadership
Student Profiles
  • Ryan Brown

     Ryan BrownGrowing up in Mount Vernon, WA I always had a passion and interest in sports. I have a well-rounded athletic career having completed in soccer, baseball, basketball, cross-country, and golf up through high school. I was then a part of the nationally ranked men's club lacrosse team at Pacific Lutheran University while earning my bachelor's degree in history. I continue to play for a local men's club team and have coached for Stanwood and North Sound Starz Lacrosse teams. Following my time as a project engineer at a local construction company, I enrolled in the MSAL program to follow my passion in sports. I would like to pursue a career in sports information or sports communication for a university or professional franchise.

     Tyler Buckingham

     Tyler BuckinghamI was born and raised in Issaquah, WA, and have been a sports fanatic from the time I was able to walk. I played basketball and tennis in high school, and taught tennis lessons during the summers. I received my B.A. in Economics from Seattle Pacific University and participated in intramural football, basketball, and softball each year. During my time at Seattle Pacific, I was fortunate enough to coach a Select Basketball youth team in the Eastside Traveling League, as well as join the Boys' Basketball coaching staff at Bishop Blanchet High School. I absolutely loved my coaching experiences and decided to pursue a career in coaching, ideally at the Division 1 level. I hope the knowledge, experience, and connections that Seattle U and the MSAL program provide will empower me to turn my dream into a reality quicker than I ever could have imagined. I'm a huge Seattle sports fan, so you'll find me rooting for the Hawks, Mariners, Sounders, and Storm, as well as any professional or collegiate athletes from the Seattle area. 

    Britney Carlson

    BritneyCarlsonPhotoI was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and my active family helped fuel my interest in sports and other physical activities.  As a youth, I was involved in soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, track, swimming and even tap dancing. Soccer was my passion, however, and I played competitive soccer for most of my life.  I was fortunate to play soccer at the collegiate level at Seattle University before transferring to the University of Washington where I graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice. During my undergraduate work at the UW, I began working for a fitness studio called Pure Barre and have been an instructor for the past several years. I love to run, hike and am always looking for new athletic challenges! I have also continued my athletic interests by working as an intern in the University of Washington's Athletic Department. I am excited to start the MSAL program and look forward to the many new sports-related experiences and opportunities ahead!  

    Emily Chun

    Emily ChunI was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and played competitive soccer for most of my life. Soccer was my outlet, it allowed me to express myself creatively on the field and was the avenue in which I developed my longest lasting friendships. During my freshman year of college, I walked on to the University of Hawaii Women's Soccer team. In 2010, I graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Sociology and Business minor. After graduating, I worked for two years in the non profit realm, teaching sports classes and mentoring students at Boise Eliot School in inner city Portland. Because of my passion for sports, my belief in the empowering nature of athletics and my experience serving children and the community of Portland, I want my career to fuse service and sports and believe the MSAL program will help me achieve my goals.

    Russell Cleveland

    Russell ClevelandGrowing up in Montana, I had the pleasure of having the great outdoors in my backyard, something that is hard to find in many other areas of the country. I grew to love hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, and most of all sports. Stevensville Montana stood as a tough competitor in varsity sports in Western Montana, of which I competed in Football, Basketball, and Track & Field. After high school I continued my sports career in Football at Montana Tech as a wide receiver, and studying electrical engineering. Two years passed before I decided to put my academic studies on hold, and serve in United States Navy, later being stationed in Norfolk Virginia with Helmineron Fourteen as an Aviation Electricians Mate 3rd Class. It is there that I found my love for fitness and nutrition, finding a dire need for both during a painful recovery of being involved in a rollover accident, fracturing three vertebrae. I bounced back though, and after being honorably discharged in 2009, I worked hard to become certified as a Master Fitness Trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association, as well as to finish my bachelor's degree at the University of Nevada Reno in Nutrition-Dietetics. After working with clients for several years there at Anytime Fitness, I knew I was in the field I belonged in, and began falling back to my teenage dream of owning my own fitness franchise and in turn deciding to continue my studies in sports management. What better place to do so than in the great city of Seattle, close to my home and in undoubtedly one of the best programs in the country! Before moving, I dedicated my summer to riding my bike coast to coast, raising money for the prevention of childhood obesity with a fundraiser I created called Pedal4Prevention. 3300 miles, and nearly $5500 raised later, I found my way back to Seattle Washington, where I began work as the Graduate Assistant for Fitness Programming at Seattle University's Eisiminger Fitness Center in August 2012. I have since revamped the URec training program and brought everything digital, allowing people to now sign up for training and classes all online, or through our MemberMe App for smart phones! I look forward to what the future holds here at Seattle University, and am incredibly excited to get started

    Dan Cox  

    Dan Cox On the very first day of kindergarten my mom dropped me off and went to introduce herself to my teacher. After the formalities she went looking for me so she could say goodbye but I was nowhere to be found. She left without a hug or a kiss farewell. To this day, my mom still recalls that episode of my life as "the moment she knew I wouldn't stick around." It's sad, I know, but she hit the nail on the head. Since graduating high school I've been to Michigan for college, overseas for a year of travel, back home for a summer, and then up here to Seattle, where I've been for just over a year; that's longer than any other place since I left the nest. It's not that I dislike my family or don't like spending time with them. On the contrary, I love them to death and could spend years and years playing games, going hiking, or talking about life. My leaving had more to do with my restless nature and itch to do something new and exciting…constantly. I've bungee jumped from the world's original site in New Zealand. I've scuba-dived on the Great Barrier Reef and swam with sharks. I've climbed half dome three times. I've white water rafted, ocean kayaked, hiked in five different countries, and countless more adventures. The thing about my list though, is that for every adventure I scratch off, there are five more I tack on. It's ever-expanding, ever-multiplying. And I love it! The MSAL program is another such opportunity and experience that I'm looking forward to. I chose to get my masters in sport because it will give me an incredible opportunity to work in sports and impact the lives of youth for the better. Through my career I hope to inspire kids to live their lives one adventure at a time, just as I was inspired from an early age!

    Lauren Dascenzo 

    Lauren DascenzoSince day one I have been involved with sport.At the age off 3 i began playing soccer, basketball and softball year around and I did not stop until i graduated high school. I am the first female at  Issaquah High School to earn 12 varsity letters. After high school I chose to continue my soccer career at Gonzaga University. I got my undergraduate degree in Broadcast Communication and I am currently using that degree as the Equipment/Video Coordinator for the Seattle University Athletic Department. I also am a club soccer coach at Eastside Football Club. 

    Rebecca Fick

     Rebecca FickI was born in Centralia Washington where my family introduced me to hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor activities at an early age. This is what incited my love for activity and non-traditional sport. During my years at Whitworth University, I competed in Jiu-Jitsu while getting degrees in Athletic Training and Kinesiology. I have a passion for exploring news way of being active and am thrilled that I get to study sport for my graduate education.      

    Allon Freiman

    Allon FreimanI am a graduate of Willamette University in Salem Oregon, and am concurrently pursuing a master's degree at SU for Nonprofit Leadership. I was raised in Seattle, and am a life-long basketball enthusiast. In 2010, I founded Homecourt Hoops, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of youth in Ghana, West Africa through education and basketball. Utilizing my professional experience and educational background, I hope to expand upon my personal and professional commitment towards youth development and sports.              

    Kat Haywood

     Kat Haywood I grew up in Darrington WA; a small logging town in the foothills of the Cascades. Growing up in a rural town gave me the opportunity to experience ample amounts of sports and recreation. In college, I was able to pursue a degree in Athletic Training, which allowed me to reinvest my love of sports in a professional way. While in college I found and fell in love with roller derby by way of a small league in Salt Lake City. After I graduated I moved back home to be closer to my family and work in my chosen field. During the course of events, I was fortunate enough to continue my participation in roller derby by joining the Rat City Roller girls, Seattle's premier flat track roller derby league. Through my participation with Rat City, a DIY sports organization, I found I had a real interest in sports management. I was lucky enough to be admitted to Seattle University and to be able to invest in my interest in sports management through the MSAL program. 

    Stacy Howard

    Stacy HowardSports have played a major role in my life, since a young age. With a dad who ran marathons, climbed Mt. Everest and bicycled from North to South Vietnam, being active was mandatory.
    But I chose my own path, which included primarily competitive roller speed skating (I trained with Apolo Ohno), soccer and tennis. During my undergraduate years at the University of Washington, I worked at the now extinct Kingdome, for the Mariners and managed the Seahawks Team Store. I currently hold the position of media relations specialist at Seattle University, where I'm responsible for public/media relations and crisis management. Prior to this role, I was the public relations director for The Salvation Army, Northwest Division. In that position, I served as the organization's spokesperson locally and internationally, in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Before entering public relations, I worked at KOMO TV News as an assignment editor, writer and field producer for several years, and also spent time as a newspaper reporter at the South County Journal and West Seattle Herald. I'm excited to be part of the MSAL program, to enhance my knowledge of leadership in the sport and business world.
    Fun fact: My daughter is named Payton, after the one and only best point guard of all time! Go Sonics!

    Taylor Huerta

    TaylorHuertaPhotoI grew up in Eagle River, Alaska and have been passionate about sports from a very young age.  Living in the beautiful state of Alaska, I obviously spent quite a bit of time outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping and snowboarding.  I love the winter (and winter sports) and actually don't like seeing green grass in January.  I also played just about every team sport available as a kid, gradually narrowing my focus to baseball, which I played through high school.  After high school I came south to Seattle Pacific University and graduated with a degree in History.  Since graduating in 2008 I have worked in the financial industry, most recently as a mortgage banker.  While my experience in banking was valuable, it was clear that I needed to make a change and follow my dream of working in the sports industry.  So I applied and was accepted into the MSAL program at Seattle U in June, left my job shortly after and began working as a Graduate Assistant for Development in the SU Athletic Department and as a Marketing Intern at K2 Sports. 

    Tamara Jansen

    TamaraJansenPhotoI found my passion for sports on a volleyball court and continued my interest by creating a career path in Campus Recreation. Playing sports taught me discipline, humility, how to learn from a loss and celebrate a win with my team, and the importance of perseverance as well as how to approach a challenge. Working in athletics I have the unique opportunity to inspire others in the same way and to share their passions. I grew up on Camano Island in a large family with four brothers, which taught me to always be first in line for food and how to be a super fan. Spending the majority of my youth on the court or on the sidelines cheering on a sibling; sport culture is in my blood. I then went on to get my B.A. in Communication from Western Washington University, create a club volleyball program, coach youth volleyball, work as a Sport Club Liaison and plan community athletic events. Now, the Operations Coordinator for Campus Recreation at Western I get to go to work everyday doing a job that I love. I am very excited to learn and grow more in my industry by continuing my education at Seattle University with the Sports Administration and Leadership program. 

    Jessica Khoshnood

    Jessica KhoshnoodI was born and raised in Bellevue, WA. A competitive gymnast throughout high school, it was my dream to become a college athlete. After graduating from Newport High School in 2006, I moved to northern California with a full-ride scholarship to San Jose State University.  While competing as a Spartan, I enjoyed nothing more than being a part of an intercollegiate family. I graduated in 2010 with a business/accounting degree and moved home to Washington. I realized that athletics is where my passion lies and that although I can no longer be an athlete, I can still be involved. I am excited to begin my journey at Seattle University and continue my education. GO REDHAWKS!

    Stephanie Lee

    StephanieLeePhotoIn her tenure as the Assistant Director of Communications and Event and Program Manager at the Seattle Children's Museum, Stephanie Lee has established and maintained several community partners, including the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, One Reel and Key Arena; built and expanded the Museum's educational programming, including a year-long camp program; and contributed to the conception of the Museum's social media brand, including the creation of an educational blog.
    With a bachelor's degree in Public Relations from San Diego State University, Stephanie is looking forward to applying her education, her work experience and her knowledge from a lifetime of being involved in and surrounded by the competitive sports community into the Seattle University's Master of Sports Administration and Leadership program.

    Carson Locke

    Carson LockeGrowing up in Seattle with a family comprised of mostly University of Washington alum and fans, I began rooting for Husky athletics at a young age.  I was fortunate enough to attend UW for my undergrad and graduate from the Foster School of Business with a concentration on Marketing.  During my undergrad, I came to realize that I wanted to be involved in sports in some way as I had participated in all different sports my entire life.  Along with regular participation in recreational sports, I coach youth basketball with the Seattle Chinese Athletic Association.  These experiences led me to want to combine what I had learned with my undergraduate degree with my lifelong passion in sports.  My goal upon completing the MSAL program is to be involved in a local program or organization's marketing aspects.

    Adriana Logan

    AdrianaLoganPhotoSince the day I was born I have been a nomad. I was born in Bogota, Colombia and adopted at an early age to my family in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Around second grade was when we moved to North Yorkshire, England. We lived in England until I was in seventh grade and then we moved to Westminster, Maryland. Finally, after my sophomore year of high school we moved to Augusta, Georgia which would end up being the longest time I've lived in a place consecutively. Regardless of my geographic location one thing that remained constant was my love of sports...ALL sports. Growing up, I participated in a little bit of everything: soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, cross country, bowling, basketball and lacrosse. I should also mention the sports I learned over time in school: rounders, cricket, tennis, and racquetball. I am a die hard football fan. My love for sports, all sports, is what drew me towards pursuing an athletic training degree at Valdosta State University (VSU). During my time at VSU I have worked with a variety of athletic teams to include college football, tennis, volleyball, softball as well as a mixture of sports at the high school level. Before graduation, I completed a full time athletic training internship at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania working with the men's lacrosse team. Naturally due to my nomad instincts, I wanted to use graduate school as an opportunity to expand my horizons. Having never been to the West coast, Seattle seemed like a great place and Seattle University seemed like an even better fit. I'm excited to start the MSAL program as I hope to gain knowledge of the athletic world from a business and administrative side and intend on using the skills that I gain to achieve both my personal and professional goals.

    Jessica Lyons

    JessicaLyonsPhotoI'm a transplant to the northwest after growing up in Columbus Ohio. Sports and athletics have always been a part of my life since the ripe age of 4 when I joined my first team and I have been hooked ever since.  Year round I was traveling to and from practices, games and tournaments for different sports and teams. When I wasn't playing one I was watching them.  When it came time for college there was no doubt Ohio State was where I was going. I completed my undergrad in Sports Leadership and Humanities and knew my passion for people and sports was something I needed to pursue for my career. Over the years I've been actively involved with various sports and recreation based companies and organizations and continue to be reaffirmed daily in my desire to pursue this field. I'm excited to be a part of the MSAL program and for the new adventures that are ahead. 

    Kirstin Mahoney

    Kristin Mahoney My Dad always told me, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life." I didn't truly understand his advice until I began to feel the day-to-day struggles and monotony of my first career after college. Even in my compensated job, it could not compare to the enjoyment I experienced interning for the Seattle Mariners, even with unpaid 60-70 hour work weeks. After being one of the only girls to enroll in a 'Sports Marketing' class at McMinnville High School, I decided to pursue a degree in business at Oregon State University. Through my five years at OSU I interned for the Sports Marketing department, specifically for the Beaver's football, baseball, basketball and gymnastics programs; studied abroad at the University of Technology Sydney, joined Chi Omega sorority and helped manage the technology sector of a million dollar portfolio for the OSU Investment Group. My double degree in Business and Education; with a double option in Marketing and Finance, have proven to be one of the proudest accomplishments of my life. Never did I think I would return to school, but when I discovered the MSAL program at Seattle University, I knew it was where I was supposed to be. It has been an honor to be accepted into the program with so many impressively qualified candidates, I know that graduation from this program will be yet another extremely proud day in my life. Thanks to my Dad, and my Mom, for supporting me, and teaching me to 'Love what I do'. 

    Aaron Menard

    AaronMenardPhotoOriginally from Granite Bay, CA just outside of Sacramento, I moved up to the Northwest in 2007 to attend Washington State University where I graduated with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration. While at WSU I worked for the football team as videographer for 4 years. After my years in Pullman I moved over to the Greater Seattle area to pursue my Masters of Sport Administration & Leadership. I currently work with the Seattle Seahawks in their video department, and recently got to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience of going to and working at the Super Bowl. After completion of my degree at Seattle U it is my goal to work full time in football video for either an NFL franchise or Division 1 college football program.    

    Chris Mendonca  

    Chris MendoncaGrowing up in Idaho I was exposed to many outdoor activities from an early age. As a kid I was always obsessed with sports and loved watching them on TV and memorizing as many facts and statistics about my favorite teams and players as possible. I participated in a number of sports, but baseball was always my favorite. During the winter of my freshman year of high school I injured my shoulder in a snowboarding accident, and decided I wanted to explore areas of interest other than sports. I did my undergraduate work at Boise State University, getting my degree in International Business, and spent the next three years working in the TV and Film Industry in the Southeast. During this time the passion I felt for sports during my childhood slowly started to make its way back into my life. Also during this time, I began to realize just how important it is to find a career path that you really find interesting. While I gained some valuable experience working in the Film Industry, I knew it wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I am very excited to start the MSAL Program and gain some skills and experience that will help me find a career in the sports industry that I can not only succeed at, but also enjoy for the rest of my life.

    Carlee Norquist

     CarleeNorquistPhotoI was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Thanks to my active and supportive family sport has always played a huge role in my life. Growing up I was the overly competitive little girl who wanted to excel in every aspect of sport. For years, my sister Summer and I participated in soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, swimming, and track. Nothing else made us happier. My dream was to compete at the division 1 level. My dream came true when I received a scholarship to play soccer at Seattle University. The four years of dedication, smiles, hard work, pre-game talks, road trips, camaraderie, inspiration, passion, and love for the game was everything I had hoped for. Even though my journey as a division 1 soccer student-athlete came to an end this past June as I graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, my passion for sport still remains!
    Beginning in August I became a part of the Seattle U Women's Soccer staff as the Director of Operations and have loved every minute of it! I'm very excited to start the MSAL program and look forward to the amazing experiences, challenges, and opportunities ahead! The program seems like the perfect fit and I am happy to make Seattle my home for a few more years.

    Dave Nyikos

    Dave NyikosI was born in South Bend, Indiana, and my family moved around quite a bit before settling in Noblesville, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. For high school, I attended Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis where I played both baseball and football. I graduated from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois where I played baseball my freshman year until a ligament tear in my elbow ended my career, at which point I got involved in student government. Upon graduating with my B.A. in Communciations, I began a decade long career in retail management. I began as an Assistant Store Manager for Target in Wheaton, Illinois before becoming a Store Manager for Office Depot in Skokie, Illinois. While with Office Depot, I relocated to the Seattle area and where I became a District Trainer and Property Manager for Public Storage.  Currently, I am a Graduate Assistant in University Recreation here at Seattle University where I oversee the Sport Clubs program. Sports have been a large part of my life ever since I can remember. I began playing baseball at the age of five, and I was hooked. My favorite personal sports moment was when, at the age of 13, my dad coached our baseball team to a State Championship. Each year, my dad and I get together for a baseball related trip. I was in attendance for Kerry Wood's first start back from elbow surgery and for Phillip Humber's Perfect Game.  With the MSAL program, I hope to obtain an internship at the Baseball Hall of Fame, a career in a baseball front office or turn my Assistantship in University Recreation into a career. I am a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs, Indianapolis Colts and Notre Dame football with an extensive sports memorabilia collection. I live in Kent, WA with my wife Siobvan, a Chicago White Sox fan with a Master's from USC, and our Rottweiler-Retriever mix Jericho, named after Chris Jericho.  We enjoy exploring the Northwest through hiking and wine tasting, and have the goal of seeing a game in all thirty MLB stadia. Jericho is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International (TDI) who goes on bi-weekly nursing home visits to see his adopted grandmas.  

    Andrew Patton

    AndrewPattonPhotoI am originally from Tualatin, Oregon and completed my undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University, where I majored in Health and Physical Education. While there I was a member of the Kennel Club board, a group of students who helped organize events and promotions for the athletic events. In my spare time I enjoy watching/playing baseball and basketball, playing disc golf, and exploring the greater Seattle area!

    Claire Penhale

    Claire PenhaleI was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, to parents who are passionate Mariners fans. I was six weeks premature. Three weeks later my parents were able to bring me home from the hospital, with strict instructions from the doctor that I was to remain at home in order to protect my underdeveloped lungs. The next day my parents ignored the doctor's orders and brought me to a Mariners game. Over the years sports have played an integral role in my life and have shaped my personal and professional goals. I have played soccer since kindergarten and rowed crew throughout high school. I led my boat to consecutive National Lightweight Championships as a stroke and as a coxswain. During the four years I spent attaining a double major at the University of Washington in History and Law, Societies, and Justice, with a minor in Art History, I dedicated all of my free time to being an avid Seattle sports fan. During this time I realized how much sports meant to me and defined who I was and what I was interested in. Once I graduated from the University of Washington I tentatively looked into careers in law. However, I knew in the back of my mind that I always wanted to work in the sports industry, which is what led me to Seattle University. I am participating in the MSAL program with the hope that it will provide me with the education, experience, and direction I will need to pursue my dream of working for a professional or collegiate Seattle sports team.   

    Wesley Phillips

    Wesley PhillipsI was born in Atwater, California, but I am originally from O'Fallon, Illinois. As a military brat, I have lived in a number of different places and visited countries across the globe. Sports have always been a passion of mine since I was little, and I always wanted to have a profession that involved sports and helping others. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale with a degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science with an emphasis of Pre-Chiropractic.  I attended chiropractic school for a short time, but soon realized my true passion was in sports performance.  Over the last two years, I have been blessed with opportunities to work with elite athletes in the private sector, collegiate level, and at the professional level. With internships as a sports performance professional at Athletes Performance and Stanford University, and a seasonal job with the Miami Marlins, I have been able to accumulate a large amount of experience in short amount of time from a wide variety of sources. I am excited now to be at Seattle University to continue my education with the MSAL program and work as a strength and conditioning coach with some of the athletic teams. I work specifically with Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer, and both Men's & Women's Tennis teams. 

    Jenavieve Purcell

    JenavievePurcellPhotoBeing the first college graduate in my family, I have now set an example for the rest of them. Sports have always been my passion and without it I would have never been able to embark on this new opportunity. Growing up in California and being raised by a single mother, I never thought about college until I was offered a scholarship to play softball. I had a successful career at Southern Utah University and graduated with my Bachelor's in Business Marketing. As I made my way back home, finding a job became harder and harder. I was fortunate to be able to get a coaching job at a Division III school as well as at a high school. During those two years I have been coaching and working with many student-athletes, I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in Sports Administration to help young athletes achieve their goals and one day have the same opportunities that I have had. When I finally made the decision to go back to school, Seattle University and the MSAL Program caught my eye because of the involvement of the students and the content of the classes that are offered. I am excited for the new journey and for the chance to help others on their way towards success. 

    Kelli Rodriguez Currie

    Kelli Rodriguez CurrieBorn and raised in California, Kelli developed a love of sport and the outdoors at a young age.  Having spent most of her youth in the pool, she fell in love with cycling at age fifteen when she crested the continental divide on a tandem with her father. Since then, Kelli has dragged her husband through 320 humid miles of the 2002 Washington, DC AIDSRide, conquered two one-day double centuries, and finished four full marathons. 
    Currently a dual-degree student studying at the Seattle University School of Law, Kelli plans to leverage her training in both law and sport leadership to pursue a career in higher education and collegiate athletics.  Kelli graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in Sport Management, and is a staff member of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice.  When she's not in school, Kelli continues to work as a certified personal trainer, specializing in pre and post-natal fitness; she lives in Seattle with her husband and two young children. 

    Alice Sax

     AliceSaxPhotoI am excited to be a part of Seattle University's community and to continue my career in athletics.  Growing up locally, in Bellevue Washington, I was fortunate to have plenty of opportunities to participate in sports.  Since 2003 I have worked as a swim instructor, following a childhood passion for swimming and physical activity. I earned my undergraduate degree at Western Washington University in Sociology in 2009 where I also worked at the Wade King Recreation Center on campus.  Through my work in athletics I have experienced first hand how important sports are to individual growth and to our community.  I currently work at Pro Sports Club in Bellevue where I am a Lead Instructor and teach private swim lessons to people of all ages and abilities.  This profession has nurtured my growing passion for coaching and working with children.  I take great pride in teaching my students to push themselves and exceed their own expectations.  I am looking forward to utilizing the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program to further my career in sports and expand the scope of athletics in our community. 

    Trace Seaton

    Trace SeatonI have been involved in sports for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Hillsboro, Oregon I played baseball in the spring and basketball the rest of the year. I attended the University of Oregon where I majored in business with a concentration in sports marketing. Upon graduation I worked in the retail industry and quickly became bored. I knew that the path I was on would not take me to where I wanted to go. I knew I needed to be involved with sports, and that is when I found the MSAL program at Seattle University. I know this program is going to get me started on the right path and help me find a career in the sports industry.

    Valerie Stahl

    ValerieStahlPhotoMy life has always revolved around sports.  While growing up in Everett, Washington, I was involved in competitive softball and soccer.  I attended Everett High School and was part of the school's first ever Girls Soccer State Champion team in 2008.  I was able to continue my soccer career in Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland State University where I was a four year starter and team captain.  I always had a desire to be involved in sports administration, and after finding the MSAL program at Seattle U, I knew it was a perfect fit.   I completed my bachelor's degree in physical education and am looking forward to the MSAL program this fall.

    Tanner Swanson

     Tanner SwansonDuring my childhood years in Roslyn,  a rural coal-mining town of one thousand residents on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains, I learned the meaning of compassion and the importance hard work largely through athletics. These values provided me the competitive drive to pursue baseball after high school and beyond. After a string of junior colleges, I finished playing at Central Washington University and received a degree in Physical Education. From there I began teaching and coaching at the high school level and eventually landed back at CWU teaching in the Physical Education & School Health department and coaching at my alma mater. Currently, I am entering my first year as the head baseball coach at Green River Community College and am continuing to progress through the MSAL program. I have strong aspirations to coach at the Division I level and am looking to extend my professional network within the athletic administration and coaching fields.

    Heidi Tilicki

    Heidi TilickiI grew up in Oregon, yet spent the last five years in Fairbanks, Alaska. I was fortunate to swim competitively all through high school and receive an athletic scholarship to swim at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF). At UAF, I obtained a degree in political science with a minor in law. I served on the Student Athletic Advisory Council and helped my team maintain an Academic-All-American Status. Last year, I worked part-time as the Compliance Assistant in the Department of Athletics at UAF. During my time in this department, I realized that this was the place I wanted to work; this was the career I wanted to pursue.  My experiences as a student-athlete have driven me to pursue a career in athletic compliance. To me, sports are more than small talk about how someone executed a play, or just winning and losing. Interacting and participating in sports is a lifestyle. I learned that a person's true nature and character can be defined by how they play the game. I want to devote my career to enhancing a positive student-athlete experience at any level, high school or college. My goal is to create an effective and lasting method to communicate NCAA by-laws to student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans. After graduation, my goal is to become a compliance coordinator for an athletic institution.

    Jessica Ulrich

    JessicaUlrichPhotoOriginally from Lewiston, Idaho, I attended Seattle University on a Softball scholarship from 2010 -2013 graduating with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science.  I was awarded many honors during my college career including Team Captain, Dean's List, Division Pitcher of the Week, First Team All-Conference, Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll and Overall Top 15 Athlete at Seattle U.  I have assisted in hosting fundraising activities at SU and continue to do so at the University of Washington.
    I have enjoyed my work as an assistant to the strength and conditioning coach at Seattle University and also have continued my love for softball by coaching with Grand Slam Camps here in Washington and the prestigious Ladyhawks ASA Softball Program. I am now completing my Masters of Sport Administration and Leadership at Seattle U and am enjoying my fun and exciting internships with the University of Washington.  Seattle is a great place to live, work and play and I am excited for what my future holds. 

    Nicholas White

    Nicholas WhiteI have had a strong passion for sports ever since I can remember. Growing up, I was extremely blessed to have the combination of a supportive family system and incredible coaches, who served as role models and mentors to me as a youth. The relationships and life lessons I've learned through the competition and camaraderie of sports has enhanced my development and maturity tremendously. My participation as a youth in sports and as a leader implementing sports programs in Seattle community centers has been extremely powerful. This has helped to define my career path and shape my professional interests. I know firsthand that these types of programs hold the potential to make an important impact on participants. The resources that professional sports organizations possess is remarkable, and I believe they hold a strong obligation and responsibility to develop events and programs that help to make their communities better places to live. Through my own experiences and other related testimonies, I know that sports can be used as a distinct vehicle that has the unique ability to transform people's lives in a positive way. I am a community driven individual that realizes the importance of accessibility for all, especially when it comes to providing youth with opportunities to succeed. I look forward to the foundation of education and the wealth of experiences I will receive from the MSAL Program, which will in turn, prepare me for my future career as a leader in the world of sports.

  • Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should accomplish with your ability.

    John Wooden .