I grew up in a small, Indiana town playing basketball with my two brothers and being coached by my dad. Only standing 5 feet and 3 inches, I had to learn to work hard and scrape my way to victory against my brothers, whether it was to beat them in basketball or down the driveway in a race. Everything was a competition in my family! I traveled the country playing AAU basketball, knowing early on that I wanted to play basketball and run track in college. After high school, I had the opportunity to do just that at the University of Indianapolis. After I tore my ACL, I transferred (a couple of times—sorry mom & dad) looking for the right fit in a school and team. Looking back, I wish I had the chance to work with NCSA during that time of my life for the recruiting process!
Playing sports really shaped my character, my work ethic, and truly given me so many great memories with my family and introduced me to great friends. Sports have also taught me how to overcome trials and injuries, how to stay humble in victory and defeat, how to show up no matter what, and how to celebrate the success of others.
After college, I became a women’s college basketball coach for 10 years, at Montreat (NC) College and Trinity International (IL) University. As a coach, I worked with NCSA to find great recruits, which enabled me to become very familiar with how NCSA helps college coaches, players, and their families. Knowing how hard it is to find the right college fit and to go through the recruiting process, working for NCSA is a tremendous opportunity to use my experiences to help others and “pay it forward”. I’m super excited to be able to help student-athletes and their families find the college that not only is the best fit for them to play the sport they love but at a university that gives them a great education. That is the dream!
My husband and I reside in the Chicagoland area with our Boston terrier, Frankie. I love my family, working out at Orangetheory Fitness, and all chocolate chip cookies.