What is your hometown? Athens, Georgia
What’s your passion here? Promoting North Cross School athletics and cheering and celebrating our amazing student athletes
What motivates you to do what you do? I went to a small school in Athens, GA very much like North Cross and I don't think people outside of North Cross really understand what it takes to be successful in both the classroom and in athletics: the time and commitment it takes on both ends. Bigger schools with high profile sports usually get all the attention, but our students are exceptional with their knowledge, work ethic and talents and I want people to appreciate what amazing students we have here at North Cross. Everyone at this school works so hard and I want to work hard as well to make everyone else's job easier, especially in athletics! My favorite time of year is celebrating our student athletes at the end of each and every sport season and then the occasional athletic signings at the CAC celebrating the student athlete and all of their hard work. That's what I love most. I am also a big tennis person and am so happy to have started our co-ed middle school tennis program here at North Cross two years ago. It was a dream of mine to start a middle school tennis program that would feed into our two fabulous varsity programs, plus working with young kids and getting them interested in any type of athletics, for their own health, is my true passion.
Who do you consider as your mentor, and what have you learned from them? I have two: my high school basketball coach was not only a great coach and motivator, but a class act in every capacity and I always wanted to do right by him. But my mother has been my biggest mentor and example for all my life! My mom worked in the University of Georgia athletic department as the administrative assistant for the Georgia Men's Tennis Coach when I was growing up. She worked hard every day, was highly organized, very smart and very friendly to everyone she met. She was around athletic people who were passionate about tennis and she helped put on one of the biggest college tennis events every May—the Men's NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. Through watching my mom, I learned so much about the person I wanted to be and that I definitely wanted a career in sports management.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition? I actually like the first day of school — CONVOCATION. When we first came here as a new family in 2011, I was rather nervous about my daughter being a new student in first grade and not knowing who her teacher or classmates were going to be. But now, I love the excitement of the first day of school and the unknown each year brings. I now tell my kids it is going to be a great year no matter what, because North Cross has so many great teachers, great kids and great friends all around us. Everyone is so excited to see each other on the first day of school all packed in one big gym—friends reuniting and photographs galore!
If you didn't do what you do here, what else would you be doing? I would hopefully be working for another sports organization, either Salem Red Sox or Roanoke College or perhaps a local sports event.