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Podcast | Collegiate athletics and esports

Higher Ed Advisor: Penn State University women’s rugby team reaches for more goals that foster student success

Welcome to Higher Ed Advisor, the Baker Tilly podcast series where we speak with higher education industry leaders about practical and proactive guidance to help colleges and universities protect and enhance their value.

In this Higher Ed Advisor athletics podcast, Penn State University’s Women’s Rugby Coach, Kate Daly, and former student athlete and rugby player, Scout Cheeks, join Baker Tilly’s Dave Capitano and Brandon Zlupko for an insightful conversation about factors outside of academics that contribute to student success. They candidly address a range of topics, alongside challenges that both student athletes and coaches experience, including:

  • Managing time wisely between sports, academics, health and social needs
  • Understanding the mental wellness benefits of sports in addition to physical benefits
  • Encouraging student athletes to actively seek resources for academic support and other needs
  • Balancing roles of a mentor off the field while being a coach to develop student athletes and a winning team on the field

Plus, listen to Kate and Scout’s advice to student athletes about the benefits of engaging in opportunities to help them grow and learn from other perspectives and build a network of belonging.

Interested in more podcasts on collegiate athletics topics?

Meet this episode’s guest speakers:

  • Kate Daley, Women’s Rugby Coach at Penn State University
  • Scout Cheeks, former student athlete and rugby player at Penn State University
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