Sep 10, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT
Long before donning the blue & gold, and in some cases, ever stepping foot in South Bend, many Notre Dame student-athletes are contacted by dozens of college coaches, hoping to find their next team captain, leading scorer or All-American candidate.
On Tuesday, several Monogram winners returned home to the Dome to experience recruiting once again—only this time, they saw it from a different perspective. With the Career Center hosting its annual Fall Career Fair, a number of Notre Dame alums posted up in the Joyce Center—the same venue where some of them once practiced and competed—to represent employers from around the country.
Membership Coordinator Mike Sullivan (’09, manager) and I had the opportunity to speak with a few of them before they hit the ground running to scout the talented Notre Dame student body in search of their next great teammate—one who will trade adidas gear, for perhaps something a little more formal. Here’s a quick list of who we caught up with:
- Sadie Pitzenberger (’11, softball), a technical analyst at Credit Suisse in New York City
- Lauren Scott (’13, swimming) and Chrissy Finkel (’13, track & field) who recently began working for Baxter International in Chicago
- Shannon Mathews (’12, tennis), working for PWC in Chicago
- Bobby Smith (’12, lacrosse), an investment banking analyst with PNC in Pittsburgh
- Ben Ashenburg (’12, lacrosse), a business analyst with Acquity Group (acquired by Accenture earlier this year) in Chicago
- Kathryn Lux (’13, softball), a national account manager at Coyote Logistics, also in Chicago
Of course, these seven aren’t the only former Irish student-athletes who’ve gone pro in something other than sports. Some others back on campus included Kaila Turner (’13, basketball) representing E&J Gallo Winery, Kimmie Lisiak (’13, swimming) working with Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Frenchy Silva (’12, volleyball) from Target and Stephanie Szegedi (’09, rowing) of Johnson & Johnson.
EDIT: On Wednesday, the Career Center held an internship fair, and Mike and I had the chance to talk to a few of the Monogram winners we missed on Tuesday. In addition to catching up with Kimmie and Frenchy, we spoke with Joe Tsai (’09, cheerleading) from Ernst & Young, Conor Gettings (’11, fencing) with Deloitte, and Brian Monson (’11, manager) at Capital One.