Former Student-Athlete

Yvonne Gutierrez: From fastballs to fighting fires

Yvonne Gutierrez, a three-time NCAA softball champion at UCLA, now serves the people of Southern California as a 23-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Gutierrez credits her college coaches with keeping her focused on academics and credits athletics with preparing her for a career as a firefighter and fire engineer.

Steven L. Smith: From father to son

NASA Associate Director for the International Space Station and former astronaut Steve Smith has been to space four times and embarked upon seven grueling spacewalks. He is adamant that the time he spent balancing college water polo with his studies at Stanford University provided an invaluable foundation for his career.

Courtney Stephenson: From handsprings to medical innovations

As a former gymnast at Southern Connecticut State and now a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Courtney Stephenson knows the value of dedicating herself to a greater goal.

Dan Jacobson: Every stroke counts

Former North Dakota swimmer Dan Jacobson pushes his limits to help feed Burmese refugees along the war-ridden Thai-Burma border.

Stevan Savich: Banking on success

Stevan Savich went from a standout football player at the University of Indianapolis to a successful businessman in the banking industry. His experiences on the football field, as well as in the classroom while earning his economics degree, helped him obtain a career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Patricia Melton: Running toward a purpose

Patricia Melton has faced many challenges in her life, but nothing she could not handle. The former Yale University track star and current executive director of New Haven Promise gives back so others can obtain an education and useful professional experience.

Brian Griese: From Michigan quarterback to servant leader

Brian Griese went to the University of Michigan with a focus on earning his degree so he could make a difference. Following an 11-year career in the NFL, Griese turned his attention toward helping those who encountered similar struggles to what he faced as a youngster.

Travis Dorsch: Master of many domains

Combining a love for learning with a passion to give back to the sports that gave him so much, former Purdue University multisport athlete Travis Dorsch has found his true calling as a developmental researcher and assistant professor at Utah State University.

Carol Stiff pivots from college athlete to ESPN executive

Carol Stiff has established herself as a leader in women’s college sports, having worked at ESPN for more than 20 years and helping shape programming and content for espnW. Stiff credits the lessons learned in college sports for her success in life.

Drew Meyer is translating athletics success in college to achievement in business

Drew Meyer, a former All-America baseball player from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, who also played professionally, went back to school to finish what he started. He completed his degree.

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