USU soccer: Shay Haddow to attend the NCAA Career Forum

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, June 6 2013 4:58 p.m. MDT

LOGAN, Utah — Utah State soccer student-athlete Shay Haddow has been invited to participate in the NCAA's Career Sports Forum on June 8-11, in Indianapolis, Ind.

She is the second Aggie soccer player to take part in the forum since Marissa Sanchez was invited in 2011. Last season, volleyball player Alyssa Everett was the Utah State representative at the NCAA Forum.

"I am very excited that Shay has been chosen for this opportunity, as she has expressed a desire to go into college athletics administration," USU head coach Heather Cairns said. "This will be a fantastic learning opportunity for her as she transitions from being a student-athlete to becoming a professional. The opportunity to network and to learn about all the different administrative roles that support the student-athletes will be invaluable."

Haddow, a senior midfielder from South Jordan, Utah, is majoring in exercise science. She played in 19 of the Aggies' 22 matches as Utah State captured its second-straight Western Athletic Conference tournament title.

She is the only student-athlete from the Mountain West attending the forum, as well as one of three student-athletes from the state of Utah, joining two from Utah.

This is the eighth-straight year Utah State will be represented by at least one student-athlete, as well as the second time in three years from the soccer team. USU was represented by Everett in 2012, Sanchez in 2011, volleyball players Whitney Mendivil and Shantell Durrant in 2010, football player Peter Caldwell in 2009, gymnast Heather Heinrich in 2008, football player Nnamdi Gwacham in 2007 and men's golfer Preston Otte in 2006.

Haddow is one of 300 student-athletes to be a part of the prestigious forum, focusing on assisting student-athletes with making a successful transition from competition to their future professions in intercollegiate athletics.

The Career in Sports Forum brings career leaders together to discuss their professional career paths and to enlighten student-athletes on career choices and future decisions. Some of the session topics include discussion on skills sets needed to perform at the highest level; nontraditional careers in athletics; best practices in athletics administration; personal and professional branding; resources for applying to graduate school; and human resource hiring processes.

There are also team sessions where the student-athletes are put in smaller groups to discuss key issues and take leadership roles amongst their peers. The student-athletes will also engage in dialogue with senior administrators from the NCAA national office and will have a formal networking dinner with NCAA administrators.

Following the 2012 season, the Utah State soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches of America Team Academic Award after posting a 3.42 grade point average. This is the 10th-straight year USU has been honored with the NSCAA award.

Utah State captured its fourth WAC title in the last five years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season after going 13-3-6 overall and 6-0-2 in its final season in the WAC. The Aggies will now enter the Mountain West Conference.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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