Rising Stars Spotlight: Rose Hull 

Rose Hull is currently a Graduate Assistant in Life Skills for the University of Nebraska, pursuing her masters in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Prior to Nebraska, Rose worked full time as an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Furman University, where she played soccer for 4 years and graduated with a degree in Psychology. While in graduate school, Rose continued to coach collegiately on the side for fun both for University of Nebraska – Omaha and Nebraska Wesleyan University. A former intern for Nebraska-Omaha, Rose credits her experience learning from administration and rebuilding the student-athlete development programming structure from the ground up as a crucial impact on her development, which solidified her goal of pursing student-athlete development upon graduation. 

Why did you join Women Leaders and how has the organization helped you in your career?

I joined Women Leaders because of several mentors’ suggestions and after learning more about the powerful community that Women Leaders boasts. Although I’ve only been a member for less than a year, I’ve gained a number of valuable relationships through the Mentorship Program, networking at Women Leaders Happy Hours, and attending the Symposium in Kansas City. Overall, Women Leaders developed my understanding of what it takes to be successful in this industry and connected me with women I admire and respect. 

What do you enjoy most about working for University of Nebraska-Lincoln's athletic department?

In my current role as a GA for Life Skills, I get to learn from one of the very first and most comprehensive Life Skills programs in the country. With a full-time staff of 6, Nebraska Life Skills is able to have such a broad spectrum of programming that provides me a wide base of experience and knowledge. Our Senior Associate AD and my supervisor, Keith Zimmer, truly encourages me to get involved and engaged in any capacity I can. 

What are your 2020 New Year resolutions or initiatives?

Personally, I have a few specific goals for this year like being able to crank out 10 unassisted pull-ups, take a solo trip to Utah and Arizona for some hiking, and reading at least one non-career related book a month. But professionally, I’m finishing my Masters in May. Thus, a big aim for me now is to land a job as an Assistant Director in Student-Athlete Development at an institution that is aligned with my values and where I can grow!

What is the most beneficial professional development conference that you've attended and why?

As a member of N4A and a young professional, NACDA in Orlando gave me the opportunity to connect with leaders in student-athlete development from all across the country and learn best practices from programs ranging in size. Being somewhat new to the field, the conference cemented my view of how important student-athlete development is and encouraged me that it is exactly what I want to be doing!  

What is an important component that drives your professional development?

As a student-athlete and coach, I’ve seen through different perspectives just how influential the collegiate athletic experience can be. My drive for professional development largely stems from my desire to be as effective and useful as I can be for the student-athletes I’m serving – they deserve all I can give!

What is the best advice you've ever received?

In so many words, my parents always told me that “who you surround yourself with, you become”. Whether in my personal or professional life, the emphasis they put on investing in quality people and organizations certainly guides much of my decision-making.

How do you practice self-care? 

I’ve always leaned into self-reflection. Whether this means breaking down a scenario with close friends or calling a mentor, I’m definitely someone who gains a lot from sharing with others when there is a lot on my mind. Individually, I’ve learned that time outside each day, working out alone, and staying involved in coaching at some level is crucial to me feeling my best self

What show are you currently binge watching?

I’m currently catching up on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Game of Thrones. And although I don’t binge-watch it, you can also convince me to watch an episode of Planet Earth any day of the week!

What's a fun fact about you that most people don't know?

I’m an avid road-tripper. There are few things that make me happier than driving, listening to some good country music (Texas country is my favorite), and exploring little towns along the way. My longest solo drive was 19 hours straight in one day and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Who is your #BecauseOf? What helped you become the rock-star leader you are today?

My former Head Coach in college is my #BecauseOf. As his player and eventually as his Assistant Coach after I graduated, he provided me every opportunity to grow, develop, and make an impact. He pushed me to challenge myself physically and then professionally, communicating his confidence in my abilities every step of the way. 


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