By: Abbey Lipcsik
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) announced the Branch Rickey Mentor Program class for the 2016-17 academic year. Hiram's Antwand Hill, Grace Wilson and Joseph Howard were among those who were named participants.
The Branch Rickey Mentor Program, entering it's fifth year, is a professional shadowing experience that matches veteran NCAC athletic administrators and coaches with junior and senior female and racial/ethnic minority students who aspire to a career in college athletics.
This experience provides students an understanding of the administrative skills and responsibilities required of coaches, athletic administrators and athletic communications professionals. The relationships with their mentors offer the opportunity for the students to learn from someone with varied experiences, to gain new perspectives, to explore new ideas, and to develop the focus and direction to help them achieve their career goals.
Hill will be mentored by Liz Okuma, the Vice President and Dean of Students at Hiram. The senior accountancy major want to utilize this opportunity to gain insight on the business operations aspect of working at a college. Hill also hopes that this experience will help him fulfill his dream of working in an accounting department of a professional sports team.
Wilson will be mentored by Ellen Dempsey, the Director of Athletics. The junior management major aspires to be an athletic director and hopes to experience what an athletic director does on a daily basis.
Howard will be serving as an assistant coach under Head Women's Basketball Coach, Emily Hays. He already has experience coaching at the collegiate level and plans to utilize this opportunity in combination with his experience to further his coaching career.