Today at Samford University, sport administration majors and others were given the privilege to listen to Mr. Kevin Almond, Executive Associate Athletic Director and Support Services for the University of Alabama. In this job description he oversee sport activities for baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, sports medicine, strength training, equipment, computing technology, and a liaison with the A-Club.
Almond graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Education in 1977. He earned his masters in 1980 in Education as well. He has had various jobs such as Assistant Athletic Trainer, Assistant Academic Counselor, and Academic Coordinator.
In a group discussion with Dr. Nathan Kirkpatrick and people in the audience, Almond spoke about his past work experiences. He said that in the 1980s and 90s there was not many jobs in the sport administration field. Now there are many jobs available and with the rapid evolution of technology the sport industry is changing as we speak.
He gave some really good advice to the audience and to me as well. In the sports world you have to be willing to work long hours and do tasks that most people would not do. But you can learn from those tasks if you really want to succeed in the sports world.
Networking is also very important according to Almond. People want to help young people and it is VERY important to be authentic.