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“Playing softball enriched my life and I think it contributed to my success in the classroom, but I also think that it contributed to my success more broadly in terms of teamwork and other life skills that sports offers,” she said. “Back in the day when I was a student-athlete, a lot of our coaches were also teaching in the classroom,” she said. “There is less of that now and sometimes there can be a disconnect between the coaches and their experiences with the athletes and what’s going on in the classroom. This is designed to see if we can bridge that gap a little.” Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Katherine Brackmann, assistant director of external relations/senior woman administrator, organized the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) a few years ago to encourage communication between student-athletes and athletic administration and encourage campus engagement and community outreach. Each sport has two representatives and it gives student-athletes a voice to express needs and concerns. Students have been involved in numerous volunteer efforts including Special Olympics, volunteering at Sue Buel Elementary School and raising money for breast cancer awareness and the Parker Moore Scholarship. This year, in order to provide support to each other, they established buddy teams. For example, the volleyball team is paired up with the swim team and each attends the other’s competitions to offer support. Brackmann’s next phase is to organize leadership development opportunities that might include a captains’ training or retreat and to send students to the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. Current Wildcat head coaches who are alumni: Scott Carnahan ’73, baseball Shane Kimura ’78, volleyball Chuck Bechtol ’92, soccer Joe Smith ’93, football Jackson Vaughan ’97, softball Travis Olson ’98, track and field and cross country 30% student body participation in intercollegiate athletics (*2014-15) Jordan Clark Jordan Clark ’18 plans to put his biology degree to work as a pediatrician. The center on the Linfield basketball team, he spent many of his summers working with children at basketball camps or at vacation Bible school and enjoys having an impact on their lives. He’s already having an impact on younger students in his role of resident advisor (RA). “My RA had a great influence on me and showed me what it was like to be a college athlete and an RA,” he said. “He helped me through my transition my first semester. I want to help the freshmen this year and let them know they have friends and support groups to rely on.” Athletics has taught him how to handle adversity, create balance in his life and develop strong relationships. “I like that I can balance a hard course load with having some fun, and being an athlete and an RA,” he said. “I want to be able to take these skills into my life because I know life is going to be rough sometimes and I don’t ever want to give up.” The relationships he’s developed with faculty, coaches, teammates and friends are the most important part of his education. “I know I can ask them any questions and they’ll always help out,” he added. “I want to make sure I build strong relationships with everything that I do in my life because that’s the key to success.” 1 0 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Winter 2016


2016 Linfield Magazine Winter
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