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Casey Killard '07, MAT '11

Casey KillardCasey Killard '07, MAT '11

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What being an alumna means to me...

Manhattanville has always been a home away from home for me.  From the moment I stepped foot on campus the dedicated faculty and staff helped to make the transition to college a smooth and successful one.  They were always available both inside and outside of the classroom and had an understanding of different situations and were willing to work with you and I couldn’t be more appreciative. I am also grateful for the friendships that I formed among classmates as well as teammates.  I was a member of the Manhattanville softball team and throughout those four years my amazing coaches and teammates have helped define who I am today.  My coaches were mindful of Manhattanville's mission to educate “ethically and socially responsible leaders” and with that mindset instilled, our team was successful both on and off the field. We won games with pride, lost games with dignity and gave back to the community through volunteer work and enjoyed every second it! Through the education provided by my professors, coaches and staff and the experiences shared with classmates and teammates I feel that I have been provided with the best chance at the greatest opportunities.  
Manhattanville became so much a part of me that upon graduating in 2007, I was offered a position in the Athletic Office as well as coaching positions.  I served as the women’s volleyball assistant coach later becoming the head coach and was also an assistant to the softball team.  With those coaching opportunities, I tried to provide my players with the knowledge and guidance that I received while attending Manhattanville in hopes that each player walked away with a sense of comradery and community involvement, in turn becoming a better person because of it.  In the time that I worked for athletics I also received my teaching degree in Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy.  I have learned so much from Manhattanville’s Physical Education program and look forward to my career as a Physical Educator.  I am proud to be a Valiant and I can’t imagine where I would be today without my Manhattanville family.


 

Casey Killard '07, MAT '11

My love for coaching and promoting lifelong physical activity has led me to a recent job acceptance as Briarcliff Manor’s head varsity softball coach.  Their high standards of educational excellence and character, along with their supportive athletic staff reminded me much of Manhattanville and I am looking forward to the season.   I have also just accepted a position as Athletic Director at International Sports Training Camp (ISTC) which is located in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania.  I started as a camper many years ago and I can’t say enough great things about the camp and its staff.  I am staying involved in the community by fundraising and organizing events such as Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart with proceeds going to the American Heart Association.  Also, Manhattanville’s wonderful Alumni Relations Office has been kind enough to let me be a part of the reunion staff and I am so happy to be working with them and looking forward to reunion this spring!