Current Students

Read testimonials below from both Administration and Coaching track students, due to graduate in summer 2016.

"IAL has allowed me to have one of the best summers of my life, thus far. I have not only grown as a student, but IAL has pushed me to grow as an individual, a friend, a professional and future leader. Each class has opened my eyes up to new ways thinking, interacting, presenting, and researching. In addition to all of the critical thinking that has taken place, IAL has opened up networking doors that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. I have had the opportunity to meet professionals from all facets in sports ranging from athletic directors, professors, CEO’s and everyone in between. I have made connections that will last a lifetime, and I owe it all to the IAL program. I am very excited to continue my academic year with IAL as we will be exposed to more classes/connections that will heighten my understanding and preparedness to work in intercollegiate athletics as well as have the opportunity to attend the NCAA conference. This experience has been life changing and for this, I am thankful.."

Sheridan Blanford – IAL Admin ‘16

Undergraduate:  St. Olaf College

Current Internship:  University of Washington, Tyee Club

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"The IAL: Coaching program has been a wonderfully enriching experience so far. The mix of in person and online learning is a great match for the often intense and unpredictable collegiate coaching calendar. The summer session was an immersive start to the program that mixed UW’s beautiful campus with an intense learning environment. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to learn from different experiences within our cohort, varying academic perspectives, and from sports industry professionals. As the traditional academic year starts I am excited for the mentorship component of the program to begin. The formalized mentorships not only allow me to grow my professional network, they also provide a structure for intentional and continued learning from the people around me."

Heidi Lewis– IAL Coaching ‘16

Undergraduate:  American University

Current Position:   The Catholic University of America, Asst. Field Hockey Coach

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"With a passion for athletics growing up, it wasn’t until after working for five years in collegiate athletics specifically that I found this was what I wanted to pursue. What drew me to the IAL program was its unique focus on collegiate athletics, and the structure in which you learn compared to other programs I saw. The professors and guest speakers gave us such a diverse picture across all of college sports from administrators at the NCAA and universities, to those in branches like academics and accounting. Building off of my experiences working in college athletics I was able to see a brighter picture of how athletic departments are ran. This gave me a clearer idea of where to focus my career on, as well as a broader knowledge of how these departments are ran in order to be successful in almost any branch I wish. Continuing to work with an internship while in the program puts knowledge gained in the classroom to action, and keeps you a step ahead of others when applying for jobs in the future.."

Mike Swartz – IAL Admin ‘16

Undergraduate:  Ole Miss

Current Internship:  University of Washington, Media & Sports Information

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