Name: Blondie … among many other nicknames.
Why not your real name? Because I’m shy. And even though, yes, this is a public web log and I share my thoughts and life events with you all, I like to keep some of me just for me.
Occupation: Communications … Public, Media & Community Relations, along with some Web Content work, digital photography, electronic artwork and publication design. And now this blog.
What Field? Currently Public Health & Government. Previously Collegiate Athletics.
Previous Occupation: Sports Information & Media Relations for the University of Wisconsin Badgers for three years. I handled all communications for UW men’s soccer, women’s hockey, wrestling and assisted with UW’s 20 other varsity sports such as football, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s hockey.
During my time with the Badgers, I was the media coordinator for the 2003 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, as well as working at the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, 2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional Tournament, 2004 ESPN Great Outdoor Games, Big Ten Football Media Day conferences and various collegiate tournaments and championships. I also often freelanced for ESPN, Fox and other major television networks helping out with crew and stats work. Most recently, I was a statistician and media room volunteer for the 2006 NCAA Men’s Hockey Frozen Four at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis.
I had the pleasure of working with several outstanding athletic staff members, including UW women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson, a former NHL All-Star, NCAA All-American and member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic team. The movie “Miracle” came out during my Badger tenure and provided me with some additional national media experience, in addition to a shoutout in the recently released book by Wayne Coffey, The Boys of Winter.
Before that? A university journalism Teaching Assistant, Newspaper Sports Editor, Television News Intern, Bartender, gift shop salesperson, waitress … I’m multi-talented. I even worked in a Christmas gift shop for a summer.
Education: Master’s Degree, Journalism & Strategic Communication – University of Wisconsin-Madison; Bachelor’s of Science Degree, Mass Communication (Broadcast) – University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Semester in South Pacific, Macquarie University/Dunmore Lang College in Sydney, Australia – UWSP International Programs. Random classes in my fields of interest & work.
Rugby Playing Experience: 12 years & counting … 4.5 years of college rugby at UW-Stevens Point (Div. II), 3.5 years At-Large, four years plus for Wisconsin Women’s RFC (Div. I). WI Collegiate Select-Side and Senior Select-Side.
Rugby Positions: In college, outside center, wing. Currently, utility player. Usually, flanker, center, sometime lock, hooker, wing, No. 8.
Rugby Administration: Club Financials in college, currently club communications & Webmaster, former president. No one will let me quit.
Coaching Experience: Nothing formal yet. I volunteer whenever possible to learn. I would like to be a women’s rugby coach some day and provide younger players with a good role model. The next time I have spare cash, I plan on getting certified. Updated: I am a volunteer assistant coach for the Wisconsin Under-19 Girls’ Select-Side Team.
Do you play other sports? I intended to run track in college (hurdles & sprints), but was tired of it after high school. I unfortunately rarely had good coaches who I respected and looked up to (small remote school with less options). I wanted to try something different, so enter rugby. I always liked basketball, soccer and swimming. I also am a certified PADI open water scuba diver and enjoy horseback riding.
Why did you start this blog? I like writing, news, rugby and the internet. I was also fascinated by blogs, specifically some good ones here in Madison. I always had wished there was one place on the net to find all kinds of women’s rugby information and news. One place to pool our resources. So I figured, what the heck. I believe I may even be the first U.S. women’s rugby Weblog that’s not somebody’s personal site. I also like learning some cool web stuff as I go. See this post I wrote one of the first few days.
Have you promoted this blog? Not really yet, just word of mouth. And posting the link on a few sites. I would like to see if it catches on without shameless self promotion. Not that I am incapable of that though. 😉
How come you you didn’t run off to Fiji and become a pirate/dive boat captain like you originally planned to? No worries. That is still in the cards. I’m still pretty young.
I heard you sometimes shoot your mouth off in games? Ummm … who told you that? For the record, yes, that sometimes happens. But only when provoked. And usually for good reason. Okay, so yeah, I swear like a sailor sometimes … a lot of times. I’m working on it though. So bugger off.
I also heard you recently made the “big switch” … you know, swapped teams, the big changeola? Man, who is gossiping? Yes, it’s true. I recently switched! I now drink Diet Mt. Dew instead of regular Mt. Dew. It was a long time coming and a big moment in my life. Thank you for understanding.
What’s the best way to contact you if I have some information or a story idea? You can leave me a comment on a post or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 22, 2005 May 16, 2006