Video DescriptionWant to turn your sports passion into a career? Well, thanks in part to Endicott College’s sport management and sport leadership programs, Jameson Pelkey ’07 M’09 is already living that dream at St. John’s Prep.
- My name is Jameson Pelkey.
I'm the Athletic Director
here at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass.
I got my undergraduate degree from Endicott in 2007,
and my graduate degree from Endicott
I'm very fortunate to be in this position,
and at a school such as St. John's.
We have 22 sport offerings
in three seasons,
fall, winter and spring.
We are a Division 1 school,
and we play amongst the top competition,
not only in the state, but throughout New England.
My goals in this new role
would be to just to really continue on the tradition
of excellence that we've had here at St. John's
for the past, over 100 years,
and to really work closely with our coaches
and student athletes.
And starting more initiatives
in regard to a student leadership program.
Not only our older kids,
but working with our younger kids as well.
When I, you know, went to Endicott,
and was involved with the bachelor's program,
getting involved with those courses,
and working with those professors,
kind of led me in this athletic administration,
kind of direction.
Through the bachelor's degree,
and getting back involved with the graduate program,
at that time
the Athletic Administration title,
and now with the Sport Leadership title,
being able to work with those professors
through those specific courses was extremely helpful,
because they're professionals in that line of sport
or whatever the topic or the course may be,
that they experience on a day to day.
And they are the ones that are going through it,
and have the experiences,
and that you can relate to,
and you can ask questions about, if you have one.
You know, I'm in the situation now,
what I've seen over the last few years,
if I run into a specific situation
or know that something may be coming up
where I have a question on something,
I can reach back out to those individuals
to, you know,
to ask them a question or to shoot an idea off of them.
To be able to coordinate and communicate with them
is extremely helpful.
It's been a great resource to be able to use those people,
with their expertise and their opinion,
depending on what the situation may be.
To be able to have discussions, online forums with them
throughout the graduate program,
to be able to create those relationships,
and ask them questions,
and bounce ideas off of each other,
and just build up a network of people that you can turn to,
and rely on when needed.
So I'm very fortunate to have been a part of it.
The flexibility of the online platform
was extremely beneficial.
Now, working full-time, you know, owning a home,
and doing those things outside of here,
obviously takes up some time.
But being involved here in my position and profession
takes a lot of time as well.
So having the flexibility to be able to do stuff
on the nights and weekends,
where you have a little more time
to be able to put some time, energy and effort
into graduate-level courses was extremely helpful.
In general, if someone has a passion for sports,
and that's what they want to do for a living,
and make a career out of it,
is a 100 percent, no-brainer
for them to definitely get involved with that program,
and to explore if from there.