Fan spotlights with Jamie Mitchell, assistant athletic director
Athletics administrative assistant
Volleyball; lost to Syracuse 3-1, 8/24/12
What is your favorite sporting event?
I will not miss a men’s hockey home game. The atmos-phere is amazing … the music, the crowd, the action on the ice — it’s thrilling! Plus, I know most all of the student-athletes on the team and they are all wonderful young men who are a blast to watch compete.
What’s it like working with our student-athletes?
I wouldn’t call it work at all. These young men and women are all incredibly talented, intelligent, and dedicated … who wouldn’t want to work with people like that?
What athletics events are you looking forward to this year?
I’m looking forward to seeing the Spink [Tyson ’16 and Tylor ’16] brothers on the men’s hockey team. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching them (hopefully) on the ice at the same time! I predict they will be our ‘secret weapons’!
Mark Linebaugh ’04
Colgate’s director of men’s basketball operations
Field hockey; 5-1 victory over Siena, 8/30/12
What was your favorite moment as a Colgate student-athlete?
A home game during my junior season against American — we made a half-court shot as time expired and won. It was Senior Day, and that was a really special group of seniors that year, so to have their final home game end that way has always stuck in my mind.
How does it feel to now work at your alma mater?
I am extremely appreciative of this opportunity. Coach Langel has put a great staff together with guys who truly care about our kids and our school. I am excited to be able to help give back to the program that gave so much to me.
What was your favorite game that you watched as a student-athlete?
It is hard to choose between the 2003 football playoff game that we hosted in a heavy snowstorm and that sent our guys to the national semi-final, and our 2004 women’s basketball team who won the Patriot League Championship on Cotterell Court. It was an exciting time to be part of the Colgate community.
Nicole Zenker ’13
Game: Men’s soccer; tied American 1-1, 9/22/12
What are your career aspirations?
I am looking into either becoming involved in sports marketing or a teacher. I am working as a sports marketing and promotions intern for Colgate athletics, to gain experience in the field.
What groups and organizations do you participate in?
I am the captain of the women’s club soccer team, as well as a campus tour guide. Also, I am affiliated with Greek life, as part of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. I am part of the Waterville Elementary club, which involves student teaching in that school district.
What advice would you give prospective students looking to attend Colgate?
You only have four years — don’t waste your time. Get involved in as many things as possible. If you are interested in something, do it for yourself and not for anyone else. Also, have fun!