My name is Elyse Corridoni. I have always loved sports. I grew up with baseball as my favorite sport and is still one of my favorites to this day. I religiously watched the Cleveland Indians, from my hometown, every summer for years. I am an extremely competitive person; therefore, as someone who never had the talent to play sports I watch with enthusiasm and attend school games whenever I can. My freshman year of high school I was cut from the swim team, but instead of letting me walk away, the coach offered me a position of student manager. From that point on right after school I headed to swim practice and helped the coach time, watch as he critiqued the swimmers, and go travel to meets. I did that all four years of high school and I absolutely loved it!
When I decided on Tiffin University I realized that there was no swim team, but I realized that I loved the aspect of sports as a profession so before my freshman year I e-mailed the volleyball, basketball, and baseball/softball coaches to see if anyone would need help throughout the year so I could stay involved with sports in college. I was a little discouraged at first, but then I got an e-mail from the men's basketball coach saying that they would need a little help this season. When I came into the office I did not anticipate that I would be filming games, since I tend to get angry and scream (my competitive nature), but I figured that it will be a good connection. After filming the first men's game, the women's assistant coach asked if I would do the same for them and I have been filming all of the home basketball games for the past 3 years. The coaches and players are such great people; it has just been a blessing to work with them even in a small way.
As my time at Tiffin University is coming closer and closer to ending, I am constantly thinking about what aspect of sports and what sport I may want to get involved with after I graduate. When I heard that TU was getting a Swimming & Diving team I realized that this would be perfect for me; I know swimming and I know how to help coaches with whatever they need. I am unbelievably involved on campus so I can also help the new coach get associated with the school and teach her things that she may need to know. I e-mailed the Athletic Director, Lonny Allen, as well as my advisor and they both said interning with the swim coach would be a great internship for me.
I plan to help Rita Kalmikova (the swim coach) with whatever she needs right now as her right-hand man. With the short amount of time that I have spent with her, I can already tell that I am going to have a lot of fun, learn more than I thought I would about recruiting and the planning of sports, and gain a ton of experience that will be helpful to me in the future. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and get my masters in Sports Management at Tiffin University hopefully as a Graduate Assistant within the athletic department. For the future, I plan to go into Gameday Operations. I love the planning and organizing that goes into putting on a great sporting event and then watching your team kick some butt!