Soccer standout joins Wake Forest's athletics department

The journey of Casey Gibson ’13 has taken him from Dominican to Northeastern University to Harvard and now to Wake Forest University where in Agust he began his new job in the athletics department as Development Assistant for Major Gifts

“I never thought in a million years growing up in Flagstaff, Arizona that I would wind up in Winston Salem, North Carolina,” says Casey, whose goal is to be a college athletics director.

The turning point came at Dominican. Casey arrived from a small K-12 grade school of about 300 students in Arizona where his parents were law enforcement rangers at Grand Canyon National Park. As a Communication and Media Studies major and student-athlete, Casey benefitted from internships with Comcast Sports Net Bay Area and the San Jose Earthquakes before beginning an internship in the Dominican athletics department that evolved into a full-time job upon graduation.

What was the best thing about his Dominican experience?

“Where do I start? Everything. It comes from the minute you step on campus,” Casey says. “When I was looking at colleges I wanted the best of both. I wanted athletics. I wanted academics. I needed both.”

Casey received attention and support from coaches, athletics administration, and faculty members, such as communications professor Brad Van Alstyne. They all encouraged him to pursue his master’s degree in sport leadership and Casey went off to Boston.

“Dominican provided me opportunity and flexibility,” Casey says. “I was a Communications major with an emphasis on sports broadcasting, but Brad allowed me to tailor my curriculum toward the administrative side of sports.”

Casey’s sojourn to Boston also reunited him with Jon Delano ‘06, the coach who recruited him to play soccer at Dominican.

Delano, now Harvard’s associate head Coach of men’s soccer, helped Casey land a part-time job as soccer operations coordinator at Harvard while he attended graduate school at Northeastern. It was also at Harvard that Casey learned about the job opening at Wake Forest, where Casey intends to pursue his dream of being a college athletics director in a Power 5 conference in NCAA Division I.

“One of the things I love about Wake Forest and I loved about Harvard and Dominican is this: At all places the goal is to educate and support the student-athlete,” Casey says.

 

August 4, 2017