Posted by Aurora University on January 24, 2013
Describe your student experience at Aurora University.
I am so happy I selected AU simply because the atmosphere and level of education that I was able to experience and obtain were second to none. Being able to compete in three sports while obtaining my bachelor’s degree is something that would have been difficult to accomplish at most universities; I attribute this success to the level of dedication the coaches and professors have to each of their students at AU. Aurora University was truly the perfect fit for my goals as a student-athlete. The small class sizes gave me the opportunity to develop a good rapport with the professors and students while maintaining a good balance of other critical components in the overall college experience, such as volunteerism, good citizenship, community involvement and an overall feeling of inclusion.
What moments in your time as a student-athlete at Aurora University stand out most?
At AU, I was truly in the company of some extremely talented individuals and enjoyed celebrating both individual and team accomplishments with them.
Playing in Florida under the coaching of Sam Bedrosian and Robin Voss was a highlight during my time at Aurora University. Being able to finish my collegiate career alongside Coach Bedrosian, one of the finest and most respected coaches, was also at the top of my list. Spartan softball centered around good sportsmanship, a love of the game and healthy competition.
Playing tennis produced some wonderful memories, including several lengthy doubles matches that surprised both our opponent and our team. It was truly a lesson in determination and tenacity. Playing for Coach Thomas gave me the unique opportunity to learn a new sport that required more mental toughness and determination than I first realized, something that has helped me my entire life.
Being a part of the basketball team under the coaching of James Lancaster was an experience that taught me the importance of preparation and teamwork. We truly prepared for battle each week and made the connection between the level of dedication and effort and our overall success quickly. My teammates were warriors and some of the hardest working athletes I played alongside.
Since leaving AU, what has been your proudest accomplishment?
Since leaving AU my proudest achievement (next to the birth of my son, Tim) has been my promotion to Lieutenant with the Naperville Fire Department in 2010. This past year, I was selected to serve on an accreditation team for our department and was proud to be a part of a legacy accreditation status our department presented in Denver, Colo. in the fall of 2012. I just recently completed 15 years with the City of Naperville and am so grateful for the opportunity to work in a profession I truly love. This spring, I will be completing my master’s degree in public safety administration and hope to teach at the master’s level in the future.
What do you hope for the future of AU Athletics?
I hope that AU student athletes will continue to receive the support and dedication that
I experienced while at AU, and I hope that AU continues to see the strong connection between the success of its student-athletes and the benefits a quality program offers these individuals. Looking back on my experience at
Aurora University, I can definitely say that the athletic program instilled some fundamental values and traits that have helped me get to where I am today. I hope that AU athletics continues to provide these opportunities for its student-athletes, who in turn will go on to represent the university with pride and appreciation.