Feb 5, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT
In the world of athletics recruiting, it doesn’t get much bigger than this morning, as today marked National Signing Day and high school students around the country made their college decisions official.
While 21 national letters of intent had arrived to the football offices by lunchtime, a couple hundred feet southwest of the Gug, tonight was important for recruiting as well.
This evening in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse however, recruiters analyzed résumés instead of game film. Over 100 employers visited campus for the Winter Career & Internship Fair, including a number of Monogram winners who braved a bit of wintry weather to represent their companies.
Once again, membership coordinator Mike Sullivan (’09, manager) and I had a chance to meet and catch up with many of them in between their conversations with students. Here’s a quick look at who we spoke with:
- Chrissy Finkel (’13, track & field), a financial development program analyst at Baxter International in Chicago
- Frenchy Silva (’12, volleyball), one of several Notre Dame young alums working with Target in Minneapolis
- Claire Kueny (’12, manager), a technology consultant at Protiviti in Chicago
- Megan Dunne (’11, volleyball), a tax consultant at True Partners Consulting in Chicago
- Joe Tsai (’09, cheerleading) and Anthony Cossell (’13, cheerleading), part of the Ernst & Young team in Chicago
- Wes Villaflor (’11, diving), an associate merchant at Abercrombie & Fitch in Columbus, Ohio
- Joe Miller (’12, cross country/track & field) and Jessica Orlando (’12, manager), consultants with Clarity Solution Group in Chicago
- Connor Miller (’14, soccer), a senior student-athlete who will begin working at Accenture in Boston later this year
- Brenda Torres (’94, soccer), a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, right here in South Bend
- Will McCarthy (’95 & ’99, swimming), a Monogram Club board member and vice president of originations at General Electric in Chicago
While each of these Monogram winners has a different background and a unique story, almost all of them shared a similar message: “Our company is always looking to hire student-athletes.” Certainly, this should instill some confidence in current student-athletes who may feel they lack the experience or strong résumé of some of their Notre Dame peers.
As the NCAA noted in its famous series of commercials that debuted several years ago, there are hundreds of thousands of student-athletes competing nationwide, and just about all of them “go pro” in something other than sports.
For the Monogram Club, perhaps that is never more evident than during the career fair, as more and more members continue to return to their alma mater, recognizing that when it comes to finding the right talent to round out their company’s roster, Notre Dame is a recruiting hotbed.