College student-athletes are expected to perform both academically and on the court. This year, two professors from the Providence College School of Business have been granted the opportunity to witness the demands placed on student-athletes. As part of the Honorary Coach Program for Men’s Basketball, Professor of Management Pam Sherer and Assistant Professor of Finance Ed Szado will participate in this program that seeks to build a bridge between Providence College athletics and academics.
First piloted in 2014-2015, the Honorary Coach Program for Men’s Basketball selects, at random, a group of undergraduate professors who have taught Men’s Basketball student-athletes in either the current or previous semester. Those awarded the title Honorary Coach are chosen from a pool of professors spanning all academic departments, with a maximum of one professor selected per department.
To raise awareness of the physical and mental demands placed on college student-athletes, the Office of Academic Services, Dean’s Office, and Men’s Basketball Program collaborated to immerse professors in the athletic experience. As such, professors meet the coaching staff, attend a practice, observe a pre-game locker room meeting, and sit at court level during one of the games. According to Marissa Mezzanotte, the Academic Coordinator for Men’s Basketball, professors are exposed not only to the physical rigor and time demands of college athletics but also to the similarities between the academic classroom and the athletic field.
Sherer recently fulfilled her Honorary Coach role at the December 17, 2016 game versus Wagner, and Szado will don his at the February 11 game versus Butler. Other coaches selected for the 2016-2017 academic year include Associate Professor of Theology Terence McGoldrick, Associate Professor of History Ted Andrews, and Professor of Theatre, Dance, and Film Kate Lohman.
To learn more about the Honorary Coach Program for Men’s Basketball and read testimonials from professors who have participated, click here.