Former Student-Athlete

Caitie Goddard: Around the ball and around the world

Caitie Goddard came to the University of Detroit Mercy to compete in women's basketball, earn a degree and then launch her career in the business world.  Little did she know her career would end up going in a totally different direction around the globe.

Violet Palmer: Ball is on her court

Scared out of her wits, Violet Palmer made history Halloween night in 1997 when she became the first woman to officiate a regular-season NBA game.  The former Division II basketball player has since gone on to referee more than a thousand games at the highest level of basketball, including the NBA playoffs.

Kristina Baskett: Head over heels

With the foundation of a solid college education behind her, Kristina Baskett has managed to parlay her love for gymnastics into a thriving career as a Hollywood stunt performer.

Jason Hardebeck: From the love of sport to infinity and beyond

When Jason Hardebeck entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983, he wanted to be an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet pilot before moving on to become an astronaut. His dreams to soar were inspired by the newly released Hollywood blockbuster movie Top Gun. But much as Tom Cruise’s character Maverick’s journey didn’t turn out as planned, neither did Hardebeck’s.

General Raymond Odierno: College football opened doors for U.S. Army leader

When Gen. Raymond Odierno joined the football team at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1972, he hadn’t given much thought to a career in the Army. He didn’t come from a military family. He just wanted to play college football.

Tony Jones: Think ahead, fly a jet

How do you go from playing college basketball to having the honor of flying Barack Obama on his first flight to Washington, D.C. as president-elect?

Amy Huchthausen: Once a leader, always a leader

Former Wisconsin-La Crosse softball student-athlete Amy Huchthausen has been a front-runner from the get-go; today she is America East Conference’s first female commissioner

Rachel Price Bell, clinical scientist, and Ronda Price Brinley, anesthesiologist

Growing up in Merrillville, Indiana, twins Ronda and Rachel Price were good students and solid outside hitters on the volleyball team, though they weren’t sure their athletic careers would extend past high school. Neither of them received much college scouting attention.

Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon: From pigskin to primetime

Mark Harmon, the Burbank-born star who calls Los Angeles his home, excelled at sports long before he ever got in front of the cameras. He was the quarterback of the UCLA Bruins’ football team during the 1972-73 seasons and graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Today he is widely recognized for his achievement in the entertainment industry. 

Nick Harriott
Nick Harriott: Soccer opened doors for education and success

For Nicholas Harriott, playing soccer was more than sport. It was a transformational opportunity to overcome life’s hardships.


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