Jen Hughes ’97
Head women’s soccer coach
Amherst College, Massachusetts
(photo by Patrick Duffy)
At Colgate, I discovered my career ambition: I wanted to be a sports economics professor. What better way to combine my passion for soccer with my interest in economics? Perfect. Done. To that end, I majored in economics and English.
When I was offered a coveted financial analyst position at Goldman Sachs, I thought, “close enough.” So, after four years in bucolic Hamilton, N.Y., I ventured to New York City to take on Wall Street.
I left Goldman to pursue a semi-professional soccer career in Sweden. Because we only got paid when we won and we finished the season 3-19, I made my living as a sales trader at a Swedish investment bank.
I loved my time in Sweden, but one year of losing proved enough, and I returned to the States to try my hand at coaching. I was fortunate to begin my coaching career at Colgate under Head Coach Kathy Brawn.
After two years as an assistant coach, I left coaching to pursue an MBA and a master’s in sport management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
With one semester left in my graduate program, I returned to coaching to become the head coach of the women’s soccer program at Amherst College. I’ve been with the program for seven years now, and I’m proud to say that we’ve been to the NCAA Elite Eight twice.
Among coaching games, planning practices, mentoring student-athletes, and recruiting prospective student-athletes, I found time to attend law school at the University of Connecticut. Maybe someday I’ll pursue a sport law career, but for now, I’ve got my sights set on a national championship.
The spirit of alumni sporting their Colgate gear is seen here, there, and everywhere around the globe. Where was your latest spotting? On a Machu Picchu trek? At a mini-reunion in Pocatello? An election polling site in Houston? We’re collecting photos of Colgate sightings around the world. Send them to email@example.com.
John Wilson ’52 and his daughter Julianne ’82 took a three-week trip to South Africa and Namibia. “It was a twenty-year dream come true,” said John, who is pictured here at the Cheetah Conservation Center in Namibia.
Honeymooners Silvio DiSisto ’00 and his wife, Kristina Walsh, visited the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.