The Penn State Club Sports Program is proud to announce some big career news amongst our staff alums. In the past four months, four former interns/professionals have accepted new professional positions within the campus recreation field while two student interns from the 2013-14 staff will begin graduate assistantships in August.
Tyler Spencer, who served as an intern with our program in 2008-2009, is now the Associate Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness at Western Carolina University. Previously Tyler was the Sport Clubs Coordinator at the University of Kansas. After his work at Penn State, Tyler spent two years as a graduate assistant at the University of South Florida. He is originally from Bowling Green, KY and is a 2009 graduate of Western Kentucky University.
Drew D’Elia got his start in recreation as an undergraduate intern with Penn State Club Sports in 2011-2012. Following graduation Drew accepted a graduate assistantship position at the University of Central Florida within their Sport Clubs Program where he also received his masters this past spring. Last month Drew accepted the position of Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and Youth Programs at Rowan University in New Jersey. Drew hails from Hatfield, PA.
Nick Petrone, a 2011 Penn State graduate and a student staff member during the 2010-2011 academic year, returned to his roots recently as the Assistant Facility Coordinator of the Intramural Building at Penn State. Nick previously worked with facility and events management at Villanova University before completing his masters in sports administration at East Stroudsburg University where he also served as a GA for two years.
Jimmy Woods-Corwin spent the past year as the Assistant Coordinator within the Club Sports Program but leaves us this month to become the Sports Clubs and Intramural Coordinator at Rutgers University. Prior to Penn State, Jimmy worked with various community recreation organizations in Seattle, New York, and Boston before entering the collegiate recreation world as a Nittany Lion. During his time here, Jimmy also worked with the Aquatics Program and game management operations for Mens and Womens Ice Hockey. Jimmy is a 2007 graduate of Skidmore College and received his masters in sports administration from Old Dominion University.
Andrew Funari is a 2013 graduate of Penn State and worked with the Club Sports Program as both an undergraduate intern and a post-grad intern. Andrew will take his recreation knowledge and talent to Tallahassee, FL where he will serve as the Competitive Sports and Facilities Graduate Assistant at Florida State University and pursue a master’s degree in sports management.
Tori Lord is a 2014 PSU grad who spent the past year as an undergraduate intern with Club Sports while also working for the PSU Fitnes s Program. Tori has accepted the position of Sport Clubs Graduate Assistant at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She will be enrolled in the sports management master’s program at TAMU as well.
Former interns Laura Thomas (2010-2011) and Ryan Groth (2009-2010) have both been in their positions for just over a year now. Laura is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs & Intramural Events at Texas Tech University while Ryan is the Coordinator of Club Sports at California State University San Marcos.
After interning with Penn State Club Sports, Laura (a Texas State University graduate) completed her masters and a graduate assistantship at Ohio University. During her time at OU, Laura also served one year as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Student Leader.
Ryan spent a year at Penn State between undergrad and grad school. A Sonoma State State University graduate, Ryan completed his masters at Saint Mary’s College (CA) and his GA work at UC Berkeley before taking a position at the University of San Diego prior to his role at Cal State San Marcos.
While Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) enjoyed another record-breaking year, club sport organizations continued to contribute in major ways. With 52 dancers in THON 2014 representing a club sport, our clubs combine to raise nearly $600,000, the most ever for the Club Sports Program. Five club sport orgs, Swim, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse and Men’s and Women’s Water Polo (both paired for THON) were among the top 10 general organization fundraisers.
Field Hockey won back-to-back National Championships this Fall and Spring, Men’s Lacrosse took the NCLL title, along with Baseball capturing the NCBA World Series. National runner-up finishes went to Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Track & Field, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Ice Hockey, and Men’s Track & Field.
In addition to the team success, a number of individuals claimed national titles and/or were named to All-American teams by their national association.