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Current Student Spotlight – Lexi Harley

April 3, 2024
Current Student Spotlight – Lexi Harley

Lexi Harley is currently serving as the Executive Assistant to three executive leaders at Michigan State University Athletics. She was born and raised a Spartan, growing up ten minutes down the road from MSU. Her role involves providing support in compliance, sales, and marketing, as well as Champion – Resources. She plays a crucial part… Read More »

Meet Dr. Jenny Roth

April 3, 2024
Meet Dr. Jenny Roth

Jenny plays many roles, both internal and external to MSU.  At MSU, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, a Faculty Affiliate for the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, and Co-coordinator of the MSU Summer Coaches’ School.  She is also Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the… Read More »

Current Student Spotlight – Jordan Kurtz

December 4, 2023
Current Student Spotlight – Jordan Kurtz

Jordan Kurtz is the Assistant Cross Country & Track and Field Coach at Jessup University, a private Christ-Centered university in Rocklin, California that currently competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference in the NAIA. They will be joining the PacWest conference in NCAA Division II starting in the Fall of ’24. After working in a variety… Read More »

Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Andy Driska, Program Director

October 18, 2023
Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Andy Driska, Program Director

We asked Andy to tell us how he got started in coaching, then moved into a faculty role. I started my career as a secondary teacher and swimming coach in Springfield Township (Montgomery County) just outside of Philadelphia, PA. I studied biochemistry in college, but working in the pharmaceutical industry was not what I wanted… Read More »

Current Student Spotlight – Gavin Parker

March 13, 2023
Current Student Spotlight – Gavin Parker

Gavin works as the Managing Director of Tournament Production for Seattle Pride Hockey Association (SPHA). He does this mostly remotely, as he is currently in East Lansing while finishing his Master’s degree and assisting MSU Gymnastics. What brought you to the SCLA program? I want to work as part of the operations department of a… Read More »

Take care, check-in, be safe

February 14, 2023

On Monday night, February 13, a shooter killed and injured multiple people in Berkey Hall and the MSU Union building. That shooter apparently took his life shortly after midnight. Although the shooter is deceased and lockdowns have been lifted, there are many fears and feelings that persist and may last for a while. It likely… Read More »

Current Student Spotlight: Michael Davenport

February 13, 2023
Current Student Spotlight: Michael Davenport

Michael is currently a student in the Sports Coaching, Leadership, and Administration Master’s program and a pole vaulter on the Track and Field team. This March, he and five other MSU athletes will be putting on a Coaches’ Clinic for Grand Rapids Public Schools track and field coaches. What brought you to the SCLA program?… Read More »

Current Student Spotlight – Bo Els

January 30, 2023
Current Student Spotlight – Bo Els

Bo Els a graduate assistant for MSU Football and current Sport Coaching, Leadership, and Administration master’s student. In his MSU Football graduate assistant role, he assists with game plans, breaking down film, analyzing opponents, and coaching on the field. Bo works with the defensive backs, primarily safeties. What brought you to the SCLA program? Both… Read More »

Summer Coaches’ School 2023 – Meet the presenters!

January 19, 2023
Summer Coaches’ School 2023 – Meet the presenters!

Pete Jacobson has been a wrestling coach in New York for 21 years at Edgemont High School. For the last seven years, he has also had a speaking and consulting business, WinSmarter.com, where he works with coaches, teams and entire athletic departments in a variety of areas including frameworks and systems for developing strong leadership… Read More »

Alumni Spotlight: Andrea Moreno-Raysin

December 5, 2022
Alumni Spotlight: Andrea Moreno-Raysin

Andrea is a first-generation Latinx college graduate, the mother of three sons, and a recreational runner and cyclist. She received her Master of Science in Sport Coaching and Leadership from the College of Education in fall 2021. She is currently working on her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) with an expected completion date of… Read More »