Schedule of events
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University women's soccer senior student-athlete and junior of the women's volleyball team were both accepted to attend the 2020 NCAA Career in Sports Forum, taking place via Zoom from May 27-29. A timeline and schedule of events for the three-day forum is attached above. The duo both worked for Kutztown athletics during the 2019-20 academic year. Ackerman was an intern under Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance/SWA, , and Holsopple was a student-worker and a regular in the gameday staff under Director of Athletics, , along with graduate assistant . They both applied for the event seeking to continue their careers in the sports realm. 'I first heard about the Career in Sports Forum from Greg [Bamberger] and Michelle [Gober],' said Ackerman. 'They were the ones who initially told me about it. Immediately I was very interested and knew this was a huge opportunity to be involved in. What really made me want to apply was the opportunities the NCAA has for student-athletes. This forum is super beneficial because it gives advice and tips on how to be successful in the sports world after leaving the realm of collegiate athletics. When I found out I was accepted I was full of excitement. I knew how many people were applying to be a part of this so it is a huge honor to be accepted and I am thrilled to be a part of this experience and learn everything the forum has to offer.' 'Being a part of SAAC there are a lot of opportunities to expand our knowledge on what it is like to work in the athletic field,' said Holsopple. 'Greg [Bamberger] and brought the forum to my attention, and I thought this would be a great way to help me figure out my career options. When I was accepted I was very excited to be able to go through the forum and hear from all of the other student-athletes from all over the country. 'I love working for KU athletics and the people that I get to work with. The job and the people have inspired me to consider having a career in athletics because they have showed me that there is so much more that happens behind the scenes of a sporting event and team.' The forum is designed around different speakers in various athletic departments across the country that will describe their day-to-days and experiences in how they got to where they are. Some topics include Finding Identity Inside and Outside of Sport, Knowing Your Strength, and the Power of Sport, along with many other beneficial areas. Ackerman and Holsopple each have ideas of what areas they want to pursue for their career paths. This forum will help these Golden Bears along the way. 'I am looking to pursue a career as a women's soccer coach,' Ackerman said. 'I'm hoping to gain experience through coaching at both the club and high school levels and ultimately would like to finish with a career as a college coach. This opportunity will help me by learning about all of the aspects of a team and what it takes to be truly successful. It will also help me by identifying my strengths and weaknesses as well as improving those weaknesses to be a more effective coach.' 'At this point I think I want to go into the administrative side of athletics, but I am also interested in the legal side,' Holsopple said. 'I am hoping that this forum will give me better insight into what I want to do in the future.' Ackerman was a four-year member of the women's soccer team. She played in 58 career games, making 27 starts, finishing with three goals and six assists for 12 points. 'Being a student-athlete at KU has helped me in many ways,' said Ackerman. 'During my freshman year I had the benefit of having a female assistant coach. This was a huge advantage that many female collegiate athletes are not able to get. I was able to see things from a female coach's perspective both on and off the field. I was also able to learn the importance of being relatable to female athletes as a female coach. Another way is by seeing what works for a team and what doesn't and how to overcome obstacles such as game planning, game strategies, and most importantly being able to adjust quickly and effectively in game situations. For me, one of the most helpful aspects I took from being a student-athlete is identifying how vital it is to have good time management skills and how to adapt under stressful situations.' Holsopple completed her third year with the women's volleyball team in 2019 and will enter her senior season this fall. She has appeared in 47 matches and 124 sets, compiling 99 kills, 37 digs and 69 total blocks. 'Being a student-athlete at KU has made my collegiate experience one to remember,' said Holsopple. 'I am a part of a team that is committed, adventurous, and accountable. They all have taught me so much about myself and different perspectives on life.'