Former Student-Athlete

Mike Aguirre: A lifelong leader

Mike Aguirre had a unique career as a student-athlete that took him from the gridiron to testifying on behalf of fellow student-athletes before a Congressional committee before he even graduated.  

As a wide receiver for the Arizona State football team from 1996 to 2000, Aguirre exhibited prowess as a leader early and often by making multiple appearances in national print and television media to discuss student-athlete issues.  He left a legacy that endures today in helping to found the then-PAC-10 Athletic Conference’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee in 2000-2001.  

Mike Aguirre

Nowadays, all 1,077 NCAA member schools and every conference have a SAAC that represents their respective student-athletes. The committees provide a way for student-athletes to offer input on Association rules, regulations and policies that affect them. Additionally, NCAA Divisions I, II and III have national SAAC committees representing student-athletes on a holistic basis. 

Aguirre served as the Arizona State’s SAAC chairman from 1999 to 2000 and was chair of the NCAA Division I SAAC from 2001 to 2002. It was during his tenure on the NCAA Division I SAAC that he went to Congress to testify before the Energy & Commerce Committee, solidifying his desire to remain involved in college athletics governance. 

Later, Aguirre served as a delegate for the United States at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Forum in Capetown, South Africa in 2002, and as a panelist on The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics’ A Summit on the Collegiate Athletic Experience in 2005.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 2000, Aguirre continued his education at his alma mater by earning two more degrees — a master’s in higher- and post-secondary education in 2002 and a law degree in 2005.  Always the campus leader, he served as the managing editor of the Arizona State Law Journal, a nationally recognized legal periodical that serves as the primary scholarly publication of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State.

Aguirre is now a successful corporate attorney specializing in business finance with an international law firm.  In 2012, he was recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyers “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

He currently lives and works in Phoenix, Ariz., and still actively follows the world of college sports – not only the games but current events in policy and governance.

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NCAA After the Game Career Center

The NCAA supports today’s student-athletes on the field, in the classroom and continues to support former student-athletes by helping them gain employment in their chosen profession at all stages of their professional career. There is no doubt college athletics competition teaches marketable skills often learned outside of the classroom. Leadership, time management, self-discipline, teamwork, overcoming adversity, etc., are all qualities that employers seek. And research shows former NCAA student-athletes want to work with or for others who came of age in the leadership laboratory that is college sports.   Thus, the goal of this career center is to promote connections between former NCAA student-athletes of all ages and employers in a wide variety of professions who want to hire them.

Former NCAA student-athletes can post their resume, find employment opportunities and get job-seeking advice for free. For employers wanting to hire former NCAA student-athletes of all ages, this is the go-to place to post jobs and peruse resumes.

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Your academic and athletic experiences at an NCAA member school provided you with marketable skills in today’s workplace. Use this career center to achieve your career goals and to establish meaningful connections with employers who recognize you bring something special to the workplace by virtue of being a former NCAA student-athlete.

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Every organization can benefit from hiring and working with former NCAA student-athletes. As employers, you can post your jobs today, explore the resumes of former NCAA student-athletes and start reaping the benefits of hiring those who possess the intangible traits (leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, time management, etc.) that employers seek. You will be glad you did. 

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