Basketball coaches often say players are made in the summer. The hours spent in the weight room and on the court in July and August are the only way to really prepare oneself for the season ahead. At Connecticut College, the men's basketball players, in addition to pushing themselves to improve their strength and skill level, also use the summer to enhance their future professional marketability through work at a variety of internship experiences.
Head Coach Tom Satran'94 encourages an approach to the off-season that stresses the importance of striving simultaneously for a high level of achievement on and off the court. "We ask our players to pursue excellence in everything they do and that includes how they spend their summer," Satran said. "We want them working hard to get better as players and spending the rest of their time hopefully doing something meaningful for their lives after graduation."
This summer, several men's basketball players made notable progress toward their post college careers.
John Bullitt, a senior co-captain from Brookline, Mass. worked at Sports Data LLC, a sports media company based in Minneapolis, a position he obtained through college's CELS (Career Enhancing Lifetime Skills) Program. "Sports Data provides real time statistics for companies such as Bleacher Report, NBC Sports, and the Sporting News," Bullitt said. "They had me monitoring rosters in college football, the NHL, and the NBA, among other tasks. It was great learning about how the sports media industry operates."
Matt Vadas, also a senior co-captain, interned at Feaster Financial Group, a financial planning firm in Feaster, NJ. Vadas, who begins the 2013-2014 season as the program's sixth all-time leading scorer, conducted data analysis, sat in on strategy meetings and assisted with the administration of the office.
Mason Lopez, a senior from Hoboken, N.J., interned at The Dilenschneider Group Inc., a New York City public relations and strategic communications firm. "Throughout my internship I gained invaluable experience not only in strategic communications and public relations, but in the professional sphere as a whole," Lopez said.
Bryan Gross, a junior sharp shooter from Great Falls, Va. spent his summer working inside the beltway in Washington, D.C. "I was fortunate to have an internship at the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington followed by a fellowship at the Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia Campaign," Gross said. "I worked with a multitude of important individuals, including a U.S. Senator and a State Delegate that allowed me to see up close how politics and the government function."
The Camels are looking forward to the August 29 start of classes and beginning their training for the upcoming season. The team opens the 2013-14 campaign against Bard College in the inaugural Coaches Versus Cancer Tip-Off Nov. 16-17 in New London.