Former Student-Athletes

Meet five former student-athletes featured in NCAA “Careers” spot

Before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the world, an architect, a cardiac electrophysiologist, a preschool owner and director, a motivational speaker and author, and a university president traveled to New York City to reflect on an experience they shared: college athletics.

Online hub celebrates and assists former student-athletes

Robust online hub now available on with services aimed at former student-athletes

An Unlikely NFL Pipeline

John Carroll University is well-represented in the NFL’s ranks – several coaches, general managers and other executives attended the school in the 1990s.

The Right Track

After trotting the globe both as a player and a team owner, Mannie Jackson is helping students at his alma mater envision success.

Basketball is in their blood

Current and former NBA head coaches Stan and Jeff Van Gundy learned basketball on the Division III level before making their respective marks on the league.

AD understands love of sports, studies

More than two decades after playing Ivy League lacrosse for Dartmouth, AD Tim Downes now supports Division III student-athletes at Emory.

Using her gifts

Joan Lange Pfinsgraff was the first female postgraduate scholarship winner in Division III history. She went on to put her medical degree to good use.

Walking tall

John Gilpatrick suffered a severe spinal injury while playing hockey at Suffolk. Several doctors told him he would never walk again. Ten years later, he walked across the stage on graduation day to receive his law degree.

His key to the world

Tom Vanaskie’s play as a football defensive back focused national attention on his athletics skills, even as the political science major’s own eyes were opened to a world of possibilities following graduation. He received Lycoming’s...

Born to run

Joan Benoit-Samuelson was a two-sport athlete at Bowdoin. She went on to become, perhaps, the most decorated female marathoner of all time.


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