Alison Koning is a Women’s LaCrosse coach, the Assistant to the Athletic Director at Mount Ida College and the holder of two degrees that have positioned her not only for her coaching job, but as a role model the young women who come to campus with talent, a competitive edge and a desire to succeed.
Alison studied sport management as a Mount Ida undergrad, with a concentration in marketing and communication and sports became a major part of her campus experience. “I loved Mount Ida, the classes, the instructors and being on the team. And when I found out that I could, in an additional year, earn my Master of Science in Management (MSM), I jumped at the chance.”
Alison enrolled in the MSM in Sport Leadership, taking classes that expanded her knowledge into not only the world of sports, but business as well. “I always knew I wanted to be involved in sports in my career. With my master’s degree, I feel prepared to work toward an administrative role as well as to coach.”
The courses on the master’s level were challenging and much to Alison’s delight, different from those on the undergrad level. “Even if some of the professors were the same, the content was fresh. I never felt as if I’d already done it. “
Alison also had the opportunity to intern for a youth soccer league and to spend time with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. “I did event planning and ran tournaments. It was a big learning curve, but it helped me learn the administrative side of the sports industry.”
Getting her MSM was a sound choice. “It boosts my resume and is opening doors. And because I was able to complete my two degrees in five years, it saved me time and money – not bad things at all.”