CLEVELAND, Ohio – Maite Turlings, a junior and current member of the Earlham College field hockey team, has been accepted into the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Branch Rickey Mentoring Program for the 2017-18 academic year.
The program, named after Ohio Wesleyan University alumnus Branch Rickey, is a professional shadowing experience that matches NCAC athletic administrators and coaches with female and minority student who aspire to have a career in collegiate athletics. The experience provides mentees access to what it means to be a collegiate athletics professional both on and off the field or court of competition.
"I'm honored to serve as Maite's mentor for the Branch Rickey Mentoring Program and I'm looking forward to providing her with insight on what it's like to work in athletics administration and coaching," Associate Director of Athletics Erica Lemm said. "She is a driven and passionate student-athlete who is a perfect fit for this program and will represent Earlham well."
Turlings and Lemm will meet throughout the year and will include a wide variety of professional development events including the NCAA Convention in January as well as attending NCAC meetings. Turlings is required to complete 100 hours throughout the year and will report periodically on her experiences.
"I am super excited to have been selected as a mentee for the Branch Rickey Mentorship Program and am thrilled to experience what working in athletics is like," Turlings said. "I cannot wait to work with Erica Lemm, as she will be a great and enthusiastic mentor for this program, and I know I will be able to learn a lot from her. This program will offer me a great variety of athletic events to attend and learn from as I will be attending the NCAA convention, sporting events at Earlham, athletic meetings and other insightful events."
Turlings helped lead Earlham to a 6-10 overall record, marking the fifth time since the 1993 campaign that the Quaker have won six contests in a season.