Casey Miller ’10, Business Development Marketing Manager, Positive Coaching Alliance
With a love of sports and a passion for helping people, Casey became interested in pursuing a degree in sports medicine. However, after confiding in her professor, Dr. Fitzpatrick, Casey decided to switch majors in order to give herself more options post-graduation. She chose health science, allowing her to potentially pursue medical school, law school, physical therapy, or nursing.
As Casey continued to explore what career path was best for her, she completed a medical malpractice internship with a law firm in North Andover. This experience led her to apply and eventually get accepted to several law schools.
“When it came time for graduation, I had been offered the opportunity to play professionally oversees in Spain, or choose to go to law school. I chose Spain! The support I had at Merrimack, both academically and through the athletic department, gave me the confidence to take a leap and head overseas.”
After two years in Spain and being involved in a fatal car accident, Casey took a moment to reflect on what she truly wanted in life. And so she returned to the states with her heart set on obtaining a graduate degree. In January of 2016, she graduated with a Master’s in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco in California.
“My time at Merrimack has set me up to learn for the rest of my life.”
Casey is now a Business Development & Marketing Manager for Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit based out of California.
How did your experience at Merrimack help you as a professional?
I think my athletic experience at Merrimack definitely prepared me for a career in sports just by being part of a team. It might sound cliché, but it truly is one of the most valuable aspects of sports. Learning to work with different people’s skills, communication habits and personalities all while trying to achieve a common goal applies in a professional career - and not just work in sports. Balancing playing college basketball and getting all my work done for labs, class, etc., helped me tremendously with time management.
What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students? Relationships are everything. Value them, and treat everyone with kindness and respect. At the end of the day, professionally and personally, you work with people. Whether it is an internship or an entry level position, remember that the people you report to and work with are people too. Ask them how their weekend was, how their day is going. Care about and respect those you work with - no matter what their title. Also, get out of your comfort zone. Be willing to try new things, go to new places, meet new people, and come out of your shell. You never know who you’ll meet or what you will learn.
Why are you Merrimack Proud?
I took a big leap moving from Alaska to North Andover, MA for four years of my life. I spent countless hours in McQuade, and on campus. I developed lifelong friendships, and learned valuable life lessons. Most importantly I learned how to learn for the rest of my life! I love wearing my MC gear around the San Francisco Bay Area and telling people about the Warrior community and my time there in New England. Merrimack is a special community and I will always be Merrimack Proud!