Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
As a student-athlete, Zach Reed '15 has cultivated essential leadership skills playing for Hobart lacrosse. Over the summer, Reed built upon those very talents when he gained valuable experience as an intern for the professional lacrosse team, the Rochester Rattlers.
"I was able to get a good understanding of the operations of a professional lacrosse team both on and off the field and also gain great sales experience," says Reed, an environmental studies major. "This internship provided me with an insight into not only the management side of a professional sports team, but also the coaching side, which may be a career I choose to pursue in the future."
An attack and midfielder for the Statesmen, Reed has always been an involved member of the lacrosse community, so the internship was the perfect opportunity. For the Rattlers, Reed worked in the sales department, focusing on corporate group discounts and youth team sales and promotions. He also was responsible for office work and game day duties, giving him a multifaceted perspective of the game with the opportunity to work behind the scenes.
"At first, I did not know what I exactly wanted to do for an internship with the Rattlers, but being able to work with a professional lacrosse team was an opportunity that I surely did not want to pass up," Reed says. "I wanted to understand and experience what it was like behind the scenes of a professional sport."
In the office, Reed was responsible for making calls to business, corporations, youth programs, and other organizations to present group discount packages. On game days, he offered youth programs the opportunity to participate in various events on the field or with the players.
Reed's enthusiasm and commitment to the internship did not go unnoticed by Ratters General Manager Nate Snyder who offers interns a variety of important roles. "Zach was a huge asset for our organization this year," Snyder says. "Our internship offerings were very limited as I needed motivated self-starters who could be creative and work independently. I didn't have time to basically micro-manage, so I needed to give interns a task with confidence that it would be completed. Zach fit that role 100 percent."
Reed attributes his experience as an HWS student-athlete to preparing him for the internship, as well as his large network of contacts throughout the lacrosse community. For his successful internship, Zach also credits Rochester Rattlers Head Coach Tim Soudan, Senior Associate Director of Admissions William Warder '96 and Jacques Monte '90, who are both assistant coaches for the Rattlers and former Statesmen lacrosse players.
Reed also says his liberal arts education has allowed him to broaden his interests by taking a wide variety of classes, and being a member of the lacrosse team has heightened his knowledge, experience, and passion for the sport. All together, those experiences helped to positively influence the summer experience.
"Zach was constantly coming to me with ideas and keeping me up to date as he completed all of his tasks," Snyder says. "Hobart is lucky to have a high character leader like Zach."
Interning with the Rattlers undoubtedly sparked an interest in Reed for a future career path in coaching or managing a professional sports team. "I have been trying to determine what I want to do in the future, and this may be an avenue I choose to pursue," Reed says.
In the photo above, Zach Reed '15 poses with Rochester Rattlers midfielder and recent HWS alum Mike Lazore '10.