Ah, the life of a college graduate.
Caroline Doty will return to UConn for her fifth season this autumn.But she is not in Storrs now with her teammates. Any why should she? There are no classes to attend. Yipee.
Instead, she has been working in Canada.
With a soccer team.
Yes, the sport where all her injury problems began as a high school senior.
“I’ve been up in Ottawa Ontario since May 15, working with the soccer organization the Ottawa Fury. Since graduating with a sports management degree I am looking to get experience that can maybe set me up for a career once I finish up grad school.
“Recently, I was accepted in Educational Psychology graduate department to expand my possibilities in more careers such as coaching or teaching. I am interested in a management career either with a team or an individual under a sports agency firm, but if I can get exposure to an athletic department job with teaching and coaching involved I would be very grateful. Also since the injuries gave me another option of maybe coaching, my education and experience can hopefully land me a possible dream job.
“I am mostly observing management duties for the W-league and the PDL league players. The players come from all over the country to play in this summer league to gain experience in their sport. It is my job to keep them organized with the right gear, and organize schedules for when they practice every week. The best part about being here is to be able to venture out and visit local elementary schools to coach “soccer in school.” It is a little out of my comfort zone as I have been out of soccer for five years now, but the main point to spread teamwork, respect, and fun makes it easy for me to play along. I love kids so being able to play with them and bring back some old soccer tricks makes the experience even more eventful.
“Throughout my experience I have been exposed to many different kinds of places, met a lot of great people, been able to participate in some Canadian basketball, and learned a great deal about managing a team. It is an experience of a lifetime and I am grateful I am able to work in such a great place.”
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