Minnich’s Networking and Two National Titles Help Lead to Post-Graduate Success
April 10, 2016
BY: Mike Richardson
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mason Minnich ’16 knows what winning is all about. As a member of the 2012 and 2015 Division III National Championship football teams, he has been able to take his success on the field and translate it to the real world.
Minnich, a sport business major, is finishing up his last semester as a Raider and enjoying the time he has left with his friends. Even though his athletic career has come to an end, Minnich still knows what kind of attitude to bring every day.
“Having great habits and making sure you are doing the right thing every day to be successful is having discipline” he said. “Studying hard in the library a few extra hours, working out every day in the weight room, reading, going to football meetings are all great habits that had to be formed to reach success- having discipline.”
With his passion for sports and his curiosity for the world of business, he combined the two and started a four year journey with the sports business department.
“All of the professors are great leaders that are know how to teach students about how to learn and grow in the real world,” Minnich said. They use examples that I can apply to what I will be doing after I graduate and I cannot thank them enough for preparing us.”
The professors and students develop close relationships since the class sizes are so small. Minnich was grateful for the opportunity to meet people from different places and backgrounds. His closest friends are from places like Indiana, Michigan, Alaska and Florida.
He encourages incoming freshmen to talk to meet as many people as possible because networking leads to success long after graduating. He said, “Learn as much as you can from different people not from where you are from. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations because it helps you adapt and learn.”
The attitude that Minnich has on life has helped mold him into the good spirited, genuinely kind person he is today. He is an example of how the DIII athlete should carry his or herself each and every day.
Minnich has worked hard to create connections and opportunities through events, such as the Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair, which the program has given to him. After graduation, he plans to move to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and work for the Miami Dolphins as a Membership Development Associate selling tickets.
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campuss and surrounding community.