2008-09 All-Decade Team - Where Are They Now: Part 3

2008-09 All-Decade Team - Where Are They Now: Part 3

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference officially began competition in 1998-99.  This current year marks the 20th anniversary of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. After its first decade in 2008-09, the Conference named the first All-Decade Team, recognizing one female and one male student-athlete from each institution that competed in the HCAC between 1998-99 and 2008-09. Later this month the second All-Decade Team will be announced, but before we recognize those individuals, we will feature members of the first All-Decade team in a series of articles highlighting their athletic experiences and post collegiate accomplishments.

Defiance

Meghann Savard - Basketball 

Fondest Memory:

Defiance, from day one, gave me a sense of home and family – this was so important to me as I moved far away from the only thing I ever knew as home.  The relationships I made and walked away with, on and off of the court, will always be something I am so grateful for - they will always be my fondest memories of Defiance College. 

Student-Athlete Impact:

If you want to excel in life it is crucial that you learn and implement effective time management, that you stay open-minded with adapting to others, that you respect your teammates and embrace teamwork, and remember to not take life too seriously; appreciate your setbacks, commit to your goals and always stay positive. 

Coach's Words of Wisdom:

"Meg, be as kind to yourself as you are to others, be persistent in accomplishing your goals – realistic goals, and be confident; you are good enough!"  Coach taught me the importance of having a kind, positive, persistent and empowering mindset.  Coach reminded me daily that each and every moment is a learning moment – he was right. 

Life After College:

I currently work in the adolescent mental health field for Crossroads in Mentor, Ohio.  I am contracted to provide mental health and drug and alcohol counseling services at Mentor High School. 

Nate Schaublin – Football 

Fondest Memory:

My fondest memories are the more low-key parts of the college experience; time spent off the field with friends and teammates, the more random-types of things.  When we all get together, there isn't a lot of talk about things that happened during the games, we're more likely to be laughing about something that happened before or after the games. 

Student-Athlete Impact:

The skills and values I learned from my parents and sharpened in my student-athlete experience come into play every day.  Student-athletes learn the value of a commitment to organizational success, the importance of taking action to enact change or improvement, and how to work with and achieve success with a diverse group of people, whether it's on the playing field, in the classroom, or in the workplace. 

Coach's Words of Wisdom:

After a miscue, Coach Pscodna would frequently say "Be an athlete!" to the offending party.  To me that meant that no matter whether the play was executed perfectly or something broke down along the way, you've still got to make a play and get the job done.  I think that's applicable to just about anything because things rarely go exactly to plan and you often have to "be an athlete" and adapt to the situation and use your abilities to get things done.    

Life After College:  

I am the Chief Operating Officer at Keller Logistics Group. I've been married to my wife, Stephanie, since 2005 and have a son Alec (6th grade) and a daughter Ella (4th grade).

Manchester

Kelley Meiklejohn - Basketball 

Fondest Memory:

Several things come to mind … the lifelong relationships that were created on and off the court at Manchester University, Freshman year (2005-06) being ranked last (or 2nd to last place - I can't remember!) in the conference preseason and winning the conference tournament championship that year and following it up with two more conference tournament championships with my teammates in 2007 and 2008.   

Student-Athlete Impact:

Work ethic and working together is what I took away from playing college basketball at Manchester University, which helped me realize to be passionate about whatever it is you choose to do in life, as well as setting high goals and aspirations.  

Coach's Words of Wisdom:

Coach Dzurick always supported me and truly wanted what was best for me. I didn't realize how much he impacted my life until after I graduated. I looked up to him for so much, especially now that I am also a coach.  He has been a great role model for me and is still always a phone call away.  

Life After College:

I am a high school Chemistry teacher, as well as the associate head basketball coach in Mesquite, Texas at 6A John Horn High School.  

Rose-Hulman

Sam Danesis - Women's Tennis 

Fondest Memory:

My fondest memories are traveling with the tennis team.  Many wacky conversations and inside jokes. 

Student-Athlete Impact::

I am very punctual still.  I like to show up early and ready to go for everything I do.  

Coach's Words of Wisdom: 

My coaches always helped me to just calm down and have fun.  Sometimes I still have to calm down and not take everything so seriously.  

Life After College:

I am a Designated Support Engineer for Microsoft. My wife's name is Corine and we have a daughter, Remy, who is 2.5 years old.  We have another daughter on the way due in February.  

Thomas Reives – Football and Track & Field 

Fondest Memory:

There are many great memories I have from Rose-Hulman, both athletic and social, but the one that meant the most to me was walking across the stage after four years of hard work.  I graduated summa cum laude with my BS in Mechanical engineering, as the first person in my family to attend and graduate college.  

Student-Athlete Impact:

As a student athlete at a school like Rose-Hulman, you learn to balance a very demanding curricula with the sport(s) you love, while also finding time to just be a college kid.  Learning to prioritize, work hard, and still have fun has continued to be a part of who I am as a man, father, husband and professional.  

Coach's Words of Wisdom:
We had many sayings in football. Coach would always say, "get north and south!"  That meant you needed to get up the field and quit going side to side. My all-time favorite though was, "Don't break your feet!"  It basically means don't get caught up trying to dance around when running back a kick. Find a hole, make a decision, and go for it! I still think of this when I hesitate or am less than confident. You just have to make a decision, put in your all, and hope for the best sometimes. 

Life After College:

As the Manager of Contract Manufacturing Operations at Eli Lilly I'm responsible for global plastic parts assembly for a portfolio of medical devices. My wife, Shecara, and I have identical twins, Carmine and Rook. Reaux is 3 months. Rook passed away after 9 days at Riley, while Carmine spent 5.5 months there before coming home. 

Story credit to Tracie Hitz, Hitz and Branding