Athletics introduces new partnership

Last week, Athlete Network announced a new partnership with SIUE, aiming to help current student athletes forge essential networking connections.

Athlete Network is an engaging platform where current student athletes and alumni can connect. Brett Fuller, vice president of partnership at Athlete Network, used the statement announcing the new relationship with SIUE to explain how the process of this partnership will work.

“SIUE values keeping their current and former student-athletes involved and engaged with the program, and they are committed to advancing support for their athletes during the transition to the workforce,” Fuller said. “Through our Unite software, their team will not only increase visibility and engagement with available resources, such as career advancement opportunities, but also use data analytics to track utilization ensuring effective communication and engagement is maintained with their athletes for life.”

Deputy Athletic Director Jason Coomer said the services provided by Athlete Network are something SIUE Athletics have known about for some

time.

“Athlete Network is something in our line of work [that is] fairly popular,” Coomer said. “We were pretty familiar with them.”

Director of Athletics Tim Hall explained why it was such a great partnership for the university:

“I like the work they do, to not only enhance opportunities for current student athletes but also for alumni as well, the partnership really made sense,” Hall said.

SIUE is the first team in the Ohio Valley Conference to partner with Athlete Network. When asked if this will set a trend for other teams in the conference, Hall said he could see it doing just that.

“It will provide some exposure to Athlete Network and what they do for the other members of our league,” Hall said.

Coomer said in order for the partnership to reach its full potential, alumni need to be involved. 

“The critical piece of this whole process is to have that engagement. We need our alumni to be aware of the opportunity, and secondly we need them to understand what [Athlete Network] is all about.” 

Hall talked about the many advantages this partnership brings for SIUE athletes. 

“It will open new doors, whether it be professional opportunities in terms of employment, vice and consul from each other and other individuals,” Hall said. 

He also explained how the network provides more opportunities for SIUE Athletics to maintain relationships with their athletes and help them succeed. 

“It’s a tool for the institution and athletic department to keep connected with all of our alumni as well as our student athletes, to help give them opportunities to better themselves, whether it be a job, or mentor,” Hall said.

A lot of our former athletes have gone on to do great things in their area after graduation.

“We have a number of athletic alumni that are leaders in their communities [and] leaders in their industry... They're not only making us proud, but the institution proud by the things they are doing. This is an area where we need

to do a better job in ... because they have a lot to offer, and current student athletes could be beneficiaries of learning from the path they took,” Coomer said.

Brett Fuller, vice president of partnership at Athlete Network, used the statement to explain how the process of this partnership will work.

“SIUE values keeping their current and former student-athletes involved and engaged with the program, and they are committed to advancing support for their athletes during the transition to the workforce. Through our Unite software, their team will not only increase visibility and engagement with available resources, such as career advancement opportunities, but also use data analytics to track utilization ensuring effective communication and engagement is maintained with their athletes for life,” said Fuller.

This is going to be something current student athletes should take advantage of. Hall explains how it provides them resources.

“Our biggest responsibility at the athletic department is that

we are educators. The work we do in athletics compliments the formal education that our students receive in the classroom,” Hall said.

For more information on the partnership, visit Athlete Network's website

 

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