Delaware Sports Blitz is excited to announce a new series we will be doing called Behind the Sports.
The Behind the Sports series is looking at men and women who prepare athletes for their best on and off the court ( SIDs, AD, educators, trainers and etc.). The series will also be looking at different careers in the sports field from media, operating an arena, tickets sales, public relations and etc.
This week we will be featuring several people who work in the athletics department at Wesley College.
Next in the series for Wesley College is Juli Greep who is the Head Softball Coach, Senior Woman Administrator and Adjunct Professor of Physical Education at the college. Greep started at Wesley in 2011 and became the Senior Woman Administrator in 2016. The veteran softball coach has been coaching collegiately since 2008. Greep’s passion for helping student’s flourish in school and life is everything that one would want in a head coach.
Name the job and a brief summary of what it entails?
Greep: Wesley College Head Softball Coach, Senior Woman Administrator and Adjunct Professor of Physical Education
As the head coach I am responsible for all facets of the program: fundraising, recruiting, game day, practice planning/execution/decision making/academic study monitoring, advising and much more. As the SWA I am part of the senior management team that acts as a key decision maker involved with the athletic department. I advocate for issues important to all student athletes, coaches and staff in relation to equity and Title IX and serve as a resource. My favorite part of this role is simply the interaction with our student athletes across our department and helping them with balancing both their academics and athletics.
How long have you been in this area of work?
Greep: I have been coaching collegiately since 2008, and with Wesley since 2011. I have served as the SWA since 2016.
What interested you to get in this area of work?
Greep: The ability to advocate for not only our student athletes, but our department and college.
What is the most rewarding part of the job?
Greep: I would say that the most rewarding part is also the portion that interested me about this line of work, simply being able to advocate for people. Also, helping them work through issues or problems, as well as helping teach them to be empowered and advocate for themselves. As a whole, youth in this generation have a bit more difficulty communicating their needs, so being able to help them through that process and watching them grow and flourish as young adults and graduates is absolutely the most rewarding thing.
What are some of the challenges of the job?
Greep: As in any job there are challenges, but I can not say there are any specific challenges that are repetitive or even the same day to day. In the coaching and administrative world of college athletics each day is truly brand new. So that in itself is a challenge and an exciting adventure.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in this job or field?
Greep: Understand that it takes patience as well as being very supportive of different types of people and ideas. Use your resources to become the most well rounded individual for your student athletes and colleagues as possible. No day is the same, no person is the same and no situation will repeat itself so be flexible and prepare for the expected, and the unexpected.
Wesley’s Softball team blog: https://fastpitchwolverines.blogspot.com/
If you want to follow the Softball team on the twitter: @WesleyFastpitch