I am from Northwest Arkansas (Springdale, to be precise). I’ve lived in the same house my whole life. My dad owns his own store. My mom helps him. My brother is in physical therapy school and my sister is teaching English in Colombia.
I love being active, especially playing basketball. Unfortunately, I’ve torn my ACL three times and had six knee surgeries, so my definition of “active” has changed a lot.
There is one other thing that ranks up there with basketball. That would be the kids that I get to work with when I am home. When I was a junior in high school, my class had to spend time at a local elementary school. I ended up in the classroom for students with special needs. At first, I was uncomfortable. Eventually, I fell in love. Now, being away from my kids is the hardest part about being away from home. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with these kids over the years. I seemed to identify with these kids especially well and became most comfortable and most at ease when I was in their class. When I learned that I was autistic, it made sense why I got along with these kids so well.
I got the diagnosis as a young adult, but it cleared up a lot of confusion I had. I struggle a lot socially, go through phases of really intense interests, and I’m not very good at communicating (especially eye contact and tone of voice). I can have a hard time with emotions but I am smart and I can write well. I like numbers, statistics, quotes, and patterns.
Growing up, I wanted to become a pharmacist. When I started college, I wanted to be a physical therapist. When I graduated college, I decided to become a collegiate basketball coach. I decided to accept the graduate assistant position at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.
I spent two years in Wisconsin learning and growing as a coach and as a person. We finished 2nd in the nation in 2013 and 3rd in the nation in 2014.
In the spring of 2014, I was presented with an opportunity to spend the summer as the basketball operations intern with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. This opportunity came together with God’s help. The summer I spent in Seattle was nothing short of amazing. I met the most amazing people, learned from some of the best coaches, worked for one of the top organizations, and continued to grow in all facets.
At the end of the summer, I accepted the video coordinator position for women’s basketball at Indiana University. This is where I am presently.
When I originally wrote this, I said the following:
My dream job would be to do advanced statistics and video analysis for a NCAA D1 team, either men’s or women’s. I think it would be cool to do men’s, at least for a while. I like watching film and making scouting reports. Scouting reports are fun because it is just a matter of figuring out the pattern. If I can figure out the pattern, I can eventually know what is going to happen before you see it.
Now, almost one year later, I pretty much have my dream job. But I’m not finished. I am of the mindset that one never makes it. I’m fortunate to do what I love every single day and to do what I love in an amazing environment with amazing people.