MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Alums beyond Triangle

MADISON BUGG, Class of 2012

Current Job Title: Professional Volleyball player for Allianz MTV Stuttgart in the Bundesliga (German league)

Q: What is one thing you learned at Triangle that has stayed with you?

A: “Something I learned at Triangle that has stuck with me is a love for practice. I loved being in that warehouse - sweating my brains out in the summer and freezing in the winter. Loved playing short court for hours, catching up with my teammates, attempting to jump set with my noodle arms/legs, screaming for big blocks, the endless endless pursuit of shagging balls...Triangle was where I fell in love with the process of getting better at something.”

Q: What advice would you give to current student athletes?

A: “I would advise current student athletes to watch as much volleyball as they can. You can learn so much by watching college and international matches. If you aspire to play at a high level, you should know what that level looks like. It also helps to see different techniques and strategies for playing the game - there are a lot of different philosophies and you may not have found what works for you yet, so I encourage you to watch more volleyball and find some inspiration there.”

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KATIE SLAY, Class of 2010

Current Job Title: Speech Language Pathologist

Q: What is one thing you learned at Triangle that has stayed with you?

A: “At Triangle I was always responsible for talking to adults. Club and college coaches didn’t want to hear from my parents, they wanted to hear from me. I had to learn how to communicate, advocate for myself, and how to talk to people on the phone. This has translated to my current job where I am always communicating with clients, talking to parents on the phone, or advocating for my clients to make sure their needs are met.”

Q: What advice would you give to current student athletes?

A: “Find a way to encourage your teammates and tell them something that makes them feel good about themselves. In return, you’ll probably find that this will make you feel good too!”

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JORDAN GLASS, Class of 2014

Current Job Title: Assistant Volleyball Coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)  in Edwardsville, IL.

Q: What is one thing you learned at Triangle that has stuck with you?

A: "The mental toughness I learned through my coaches and teammates at Triangle is what got me through those tough 5 set matches in college, and it is what gets me through the long hectic days of work & school."

Q: What advice would you give to today’s student athletes?

A: "Always strive to be the hardest working player in the gym and the best student in the class room!! The one thing you can always give is your best effort on and off the court. I would also say to embrace and enjoy these moments with your teammates! My best friends (still to this day) I met at triangle, so enjoy these precious moments with them!!"

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MARY BETH FINEGAN, Class of 2008

Current Job Title: Licensed Social Worker at CitiLeaf Housing in New York City

Q: What is one thing you learned at Triangle that has stayed with you?

A: "One critical element for success that I learned while at Triangle and use every day at my job is the ability to give, receive and apply constructive criticism. Playing volleyball, particularly playing volleyball at Triangle, taught me how to give specific feedback necessary in order to make those around me better. In addition, I learned how to receive feedback and applying it in order to grow. Often times, especially as women, we tend to take criticism personally and view it as a negative thing. Many times we take it as a personal character assault. While at Triangle, I was taught that making others better is essential to success. It requires giving constructive criticism effectively and delivering a message that empowers others to aspire to be grow. This is not always an easy or comfortable thing to do. Similarly with receiving feedback, my coaches at Triangle expressed the importance of taking feedback and using it to constantly get better. They gave me the confidence to accept feedback and criticism as a chance to grow. This has set me up to have a growth mindset which has followed me through college, work experience abroad, graduate school and now in my profession as a social worker. Lastly, 15 minutes early is not early it is on time."

 

ASHLEIGH CRUTCHER, Class of 2011

Current Job Title: Elementary Physical Education and Health Teacher

Q: What is one thing you learned at Triangle that has stayed with you?

A: “There are so many things Triangle has taught me that I can’t pick just one. The biggest thing I’ve taken away from my experience at Triangle is not only my preparedness for college volleyball but also life skills. Through sports, and specifically playing at Triangle, I have learned about dealing with adversity, how to be a teammate, and pushing myself to be better at everything I do. Never settle.”

Q: What would be your advice to current student athletes?

A: “Take it all in. Sometimes we can get caught up in future plans and we don’t fully enjoy the moment we are in currently. Embrace every moment because it goes by quickly”.

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JILL RESTINO (EDWARDS), Class of 2010

Job Title: Operations Manager at Relay by Republic Wireless

Q: What is one thing you learned during your time at Triangle that’s had a lasting effect?

A: "I learned the importance in valuing and communicating to people as individuals. Each person on a team has a role to play in determining a team's success. How you as a leader choose to show each teammate their value, and appeal to them in a personal connected way is critical to developing a team culture."

Q: What advice would you give to current student athletes?

A: "Do not run from challenges. Even if it feels impossible DO IT. Facing challenges, both physically and mentally will shape your grit and work ethic in ways you can't even imagine. I regularly reflect on some brutal practices from club (looking at you Robin) and hands down know they played a critical role in my personal mental toughness."

 

BRITNI JOHNSON, Class of 2014

Current Job Title: Instructor at Mariposa School for Children with Autism

Q: What is the one thing you learned from your time at Triangle?

A: "Learning to be disciplined; from being on time for practice to our movements on the court. That discipline was something I carried with me through college, both on the court and in the classroom, and it’s something that I’m bringing with me as I start my career.”

Q: What advice would you give to current student athletes?

A: “Give it your all every day! Embrace everything that comes your way and make the most of it because it doesn’t last forever.  Focus on the good and push through the bad. Also, enjoy every little moment because those are the moments you will remember the most.”

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EMILY HENDRICKS, Class of 2012

Current Job Title: Client Consultant at Relias

Q: What is the one thing you learned from Triangle?

A: “Triangle taught me the value of relationships. The people I met through my years as a player have shaped my life and the person that I am. The values taught - self discipline, self confidence, commitment and mental toughness are values I cherish because of the coaches and teammates that taught me these values along the way. Every day I’m faced with new challenges that I’m excited to face because I’m prepared by past experiences as a student athlete.”

Q: What advice would you give to current student athletes?

A: "Live in the moment. Cherish the people you get to surround yourself with and cherish playing the sport you love. You don’t get to compete at that level forever. Also, work hard. You’ll surprise yourself if you truly give it your all.”

 

STEFANIE HOLLER, Class of 2008

Job Title: Head Volleyball Coach, Saint Edward’s University Austin, TX

Q: What is the one thing you learned from your time at Triangle?

A: “To be quite truthful it’s really hard to pick just one! Being an athlete at Triangle you quickly learn that you are part of something different; it’s not just volleyball. You learn how to put others before yourself and how to be an awesome teammate. You learn to be a servant leader and do the little things to make everyone around you better. I think the biggest takeaway is learning how to be a leader that people want to follow.”

Q: What advice would you give to current student athletes?

A: “Be in the moment. Take lots and lots of pictures. Keep track of all of the awesome places you get to visit, people you get to meet, and the funny little things that happen. Cherish the time you get with your teammates/coaches and always remember to say thank you to those who have helped you get to where you are!”

 

ELEANOR WADE (DEROUIN), Class of 2012

Current Job Title: Active Duty Officer in the US Navy and Physician

Q: How did your time at Triangle prepare you for success in life?

A: “The most important thing I learned in my time at Triangle was to be disciplined in the little things. I often rolled my eyes when I heard this phrase as a student athlete, so imagine my surprise when I joined the Navy and started hearing it multiple times every day! In the military, people live and die based on how their leaders do the little things. Similarly, in medicine, patients live and die based on how their providers do the little things. Triangle was the first place I learned this lesson, and it’s a lesson that has carried me through my transition into both the military and medicine.”

Q: What is your advice to current student athletes?

A: “Do the little things right, even when no one is looking. They might seem insignificant now, but someday your little things might not be so little anymore!!”

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