Growing up as a sports fan, I had the same dream as every other kid my age – to work in the sports industry. From watching movies such as Jerry Maguire and Draft Day, I knew from a young age that working in sports was something that I wanted to pursue.
On June 14th, 2020, I came across an unknown individual on the popular social media platform, Twitter. This specific person was someone I had never heard of before, nor had I ever met him. We briefly chatted through our direct messages about sports and sports-related topics. Eventually, our conversation ended and we lost contact for nearly a year and a half.
Fast forward to January 2021 – I came across the aforementioned individual’s personal Instagram page. I reintroduced myself and we dove into conversation. He mentioned that he was going to be launching a sports agency, and that became the topic of our conversation over the next few days.
As an experienced sports journalist, I pitched myself to him as a resource he could potentially find value in when needing to push out content focusing on the agency’s athletes. We even hopped on a call to discuss the role I could potentially play.
On February 17th, 2022, I officially joined Jake O’Donnell and the Elite Athletes Management Group as the Scouting Intern.
The Early Days
I spent my first few months at the Elite Athletes Management Group, EAMG Sports, in a journalistic position. I interviewed many of the agency’s players, all Division I football players, and turned those interviews into articles specifically tailored to each individual athlete.
Gaining the opportunity to meet our athletes on a personal level gave me a chance at the ground floor to create a relationship with any of them. Relationship building has been a key component in my time here thus far.
As I combined my passion for journalism with my new found enjoyment of building relationships, I sparked an interest in athlete recruitment.
Being able to communicate and establish relationships lead me to a whole new journey in the EAMG Sports recruiting department.
Starting out as a Recruiting Coordinator, I used my communication skills to reach out to potential clients. I even assisted in the later stages of the recruitment process: following up with athletes, engaging in regular conversations with them, and even sitting in on meetings with them and Jake.
Over the course of the next five months, I worked my way up to the position I am currently in: Director of Recruitment. As the Director of Recruitment, I have the responsibility of overseeing every single phase of the recruitment process.
I quickly fell in love with the process of recruiting. Being able to pitch and sell EAMG Sports to dozens of potential clients was something I eagerly became passionate about. Being trusted to lead our recruiting department allowed me to set the tone for all EAMG recruitment moving forward.
Though I dabble in other realms of the Agency, such as business development, recruitment is where I feel the most comfortable. I also serve as a player liaison – tending to the needs of our athletes and aiding in their further development.
In the Sports Industry, social media is the name of the game. It gives individuals the opportunity to connect with others and has the power to open doors, just like the “door” Jake opened for me when he introduced me to EAMG.
As someone who works very closely with NIL (Name, Image, Likeness), I could not encourage someone enough, especially an athlete or someone interested in the Sports Industry, to find their specific niche on social media. It has opened doors for me, and can open doors for you as well.
If you are a business owner and would consider partnering with the Elite Athletes Management Group, just know that you are making the decision in doing so. Each of our athletes have a unique story in regard to the path they went down in order to get to the point in each of their careers that they are at currently. Allow us to use what we call “The Power of Authentic Storytelling” to take your marketing efforts to the next level.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about athlete recruitment, EAMG Sports, social media, building a sports agency, or the power of authentic storytelling.