No Better Place to Start

After a record-shattering four-year career as the face of the Northeastern women’s soccer program, Paige Burnett decided to follow in the footsteps of one of her mentors, current women’s soccer head coach Ashley Phillips, and take her talents to the world of professional soccer. Upon her graduation…

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Building an Athlete

by Brian Shim When Samantha Shupe leaves the volleyball court, she doesn’t just walk off as an athlete. On the court, she’s a star, known by her teammates and her spectators as a top player. Beyond that, though, she’s just another student like the rest of us, anonymous among the herds that crowd outside Rebecca’s Cafe and the silent territorial battles inside Snell Library. It’s been long known that collegiate athletes perform under some of the most rigorous and demanding schedules of all college students. While they dedicate their lives and bodies to their crafts – working day in and day out to perform at the highest physical level – they must simultaneously maintain a full academic schedule. While typical students can be heard miles away complaining about their struggles with balancing extracurriculars, scholarship, and social lives within their weeks…

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Coming Full Circle

by Shelly Morris I am an NCAA Division I head coach who is lucky enough to coach at my alma mater. It is an opportunity that is only afforded to a few. A true full circle of life, that my naïve 18-year-old self would have never seen coming. I grew up in western Massachusetts, playing street hockey with my brother, who to this day…

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Owning It

By Mel Weber and Adam Gostomelsky Tramaine Shaw sits up in her office chair, located in a narrow hallway on the first floor of Cabot, and leans forward. “You know, I always joke with my athletes, I don’t know if I could have ever coached myself.” It’s an ironic statement coming from the…

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What Makes a Coach of the Year?

“He understands what we are, what he wants us to be, what everybody here wants us to be,” Murphy said. “I think that his vision and picture of that is what keeps us getting better every year.”

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The Voice of Northeastern Athletics

To his left was a bag overflowing with Ricola cough drops. To his right were the rosters of the Northeastern University and College of William & Mary men’s basketball teams. As Charlie Bame-Aldred sat at the scorer’s table for an afternoon matchup at Matthews Arena, he thought back on his time as a public address…

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Peter Roby: Coach as Educator

“But it’s amazing when somebody brings something to your attention and you act on it and you say ‘you know what? You’re right. We’re going to fix it.’ And then you fix it? That’s pretty powerful. That empowers people. And it makes us better.”

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Jeff Konya: Never Afraid to Go Big

“There’s equity in the brand. There’s equity in the degree,” Konya said. “And if we can tell that message and that story to our different constituents about why this is important and why there is a huge return on investment for athletics, why we need more traditions, more history, more passion around what we do, then I think we have a real opportunity to approach that ceiling.”

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“It’s a Great Old Barn”

Photos by Alex Melagrano and Dan Munch Video by Masayuki Tamura Reporting by Adam Gostomelsky    

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