Mentor Spotlight: Angela Marathakis & Myranda Nash

Angela is the assistant athletics director, director of student-athlete academic services at Colgate University and Myranda is the athletic director at Brevard College

1. Years being a mentor?

Angela: Three years and counting!

Myranda: First year as a mentor

2. Reasons for becoming a mentor?

Angela: I became a mentor to help young professionals navigate their professional career. I did not have a mentor when I first started and wish that I had the guidance of someone to help me along the way and answer questions. What I found through this process is that their passion fuels my passion and I find that I benefit from the experience as much as they do! It's also very nice to connect with women in the profession across the country. #LiftAsYouRise

Myranda: I was a mentee through this program in 2012 and want to give back to women coming up in our field.

3. What has your career path been?

Angela: Lucky! I started off in sport psychology, transitioned to academic advising for student-athletes, coached for a minute, and I'm currently transitioning to athletic administration.

Myranda:  Interned at Lenoir-Ryhne > GA at Brevard College- Director of Internal Operations- Assistant AD/SWA  > Associate AD/SWA Winona State University > AD at Brevard College

4. What advice would you give to women in the organization looking to advance?

Angela: Whatever area you're in do it to the best of your ability, people will notice. Make sure that your intent has the impact you're looking for, if not, be humble enough to adjust your approach.

Myranda: Take initiative in all things and if you don't know how to do something, learn it. Don't count yourself out, learn the new thing and stay competitive amongst your male counterparts.

5. Who is your mentee?

Angela: My mentees are Ana Gutierrez and Jessica Filipek

Myranda: Stephanie Johnson and Kellsey Costello-Mays

6. How has your experience in the program been so far?

Angela: I've really enjoyed it. We have a scheduled monthly meeting to talk on the phone, but we find ourselves texting in between scheduled dates asking questions. I look at our conversations as an opportunity for both of us to learn and grow. We've shared experiences, thoughts, ideas, and even gave one another book suggestions. Personally, I have enjoyed our conversations and always look forward to our next one to see how everyone is doing.

Myranda: This experience has been great. It is very much mutual relationships and partnerships where we can have honest, open and real conversations with one another. I love to hear how they perceive the workplace and how they relate to current student-athletes. Their passion and zest for our profession is contagious.

Women Leaders in College Sports provides the opportunity for members to connect and grow together in a fully virtual mentorship program. The program runs in concordance with the academic year (September-May) In 2018, we were able to match 164 mentor/mentee pairs! For more information on the program, please click here. Please mark your calendars for July 2019 when we will open up applications for the next iteration of the Mentorship Program.

If you have further questions, please contact Megan Cairns.