From There to Here

Ex-Navy fighter pilot takes grounded approach to college sports

Jennifer Baker rebounded from a medical disqualification to launch a career leading to a job as Johns Hopkins athletics director.

Austin president credits athletic and coaching career for steering him to the top of his field

Steven O’Day learned early in life how to adapt to new challenges and responsibilities: He spent four years at Millersville bouncing from defense to midfield to striker, a starter at each spot on the school’s soccer team.

New DI conference commissioner has stood up for what she believes in

The coaching change Gloria Nevarez went through as a player left a lasting impression after seeing some teammates get run off her Massachusetts squad.

From There to Here: Carla Williams

When Carla Williams was being recruited to play basketball at Georgia in the mid-1980s, she didn’t even know athletics administrators existed.

The Wins Follow Him

Mel Tjeerdsma was the director of athletics when Northwest Missouri State became the first Division II school to capture both the NCAA football and men’s basketball championships in the same academic year.

From There to Here: Greg Woods

While his choice to instead play volleyball in college was a surprise to his family, it soon turned into something much bigger.

From There to Here: Judy MacLeod

When Judy MacLeod was named the commissioner of Conference USA in October, she became the first woman to lead an FBS league.

Powering Through

As a trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Jen Widerstrom’s work involves supporting and pushing contestants to achieve their goals. Now in her second season with the program that is part weight-loss competition, part reality television show, Widerstrom – a former hammer thrower on the University of Kansas track and field team – thinks of her job as a way of sharing the story of the human condition.

From There to Here: Warde Manuel

Warde Manuel can use his life story as an example for the college athletes at the University of Connecticut to follow when it comes to being prepared for life after the playing days end.

From There to Here: Head Shots to Head Coach

A longtime actor decides he has grown weary of Hollywood’s traps and trappings and retires to spend life by the pool. That’s how the narrative typically ends. But David Andriole’s story isn’t over, and the pool in question isn’t a sun-drenched oasis on the West Coast.

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