The next time you’re at Joan C. Edwards Stadium at Marshall University in West Virginia, take an extra long look at the sidelines. You might see sport management alumnus Jim Wenz ’12 who is a Facilities and Events Operations Graduate Assistant. Wenz handles the day-to-day operations of Marshall’s athletics facilities and performs game day operations for football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, tennis, softball, and baseball. He is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration at Marshall University and plans to graduate in 2014.
Wenz’s love of sports and business directly impacted his decision to major in Sport Management at Mount Ida. But, his well-rounded college experience also came from our strong athletics with personalized attention and coaching. He stayed involved on campus by playing basketball (and was captain during his junior year), played on the football team during his senior year, served as Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and mentored as a Diversity Peer Leader.
“Sports helped me grow as a person and test my limits mentally and physically,” said Wenz. “Staying busy with these clubs and teams definitely helped me prepare to work in Division I athletics, while studying to receive my Master’s degree.
Wenz’s road to Marshall University was a result of networking with his former assistant basketball coach at our college. Through hearing about the opening, Wenz applied to the Sports Administration program at Marshall and was hired as a graduate assistant. Ultimately, in the future, he dreams to one day become an Athletics Director at the Division I level.
“People are willing to help you if you are specific about what you want,” stated Wenz. “Don’t be afraid to take chances and pursue opportunities that you will be presented with. Most of these opportunities only come once in a lifetime.”