I felt a lot of pressure, entering UT, to pursue a biology degree and go to medical school. It was soon apparent to me that not only did I hate math and science, but I was terrible at it. After 3 semesters I changed my major to History and never looked back. I enjoyed every class and cannot imagine going through school on my original path.
Moving from college to career:
I never really looked at basketball as a career when I was in school. It just never crossed my mind as something I could pursue, but it was always in the back of my mind. In college, I never really had the "Aha" moment about what my career path would be. I enjoyed school. I loved my history and government classes, but really didn't have a "career path," so law school was the best option for me. Law was never a passion of mine, though I enjoyed going to law school.
Again, there was never really a moment that I thought to myself that I could see me practicing law for the rest of my life. As I got into the practice of law, that feeling became stronger and I started to really become unhappy with my career choice. I had always been around basketball even in undergrad and law school, so I had friends in coaching that counseled me. I was able to get on staff as a volunteer coach at a university in Austin and have never looked back. I still do some law work to pay the bills, but it is no longer my life and I am able practice on my schedule.
My undergraduate degree actually comes in into use almost daily, though not in the way I imagined. I am the academic adviser for the team, and so I am, in part, responsible for making sure each player is eligible. I have spent countless hours teaching players history and government. Most of my knowledge comes directly from classes at UT. Without that background, I would not be very effective as an adviser, nor a tutor.
Basketball had always been a passion of mine. I played and coached, in one form or another, as long as I can remember. I also come from a family of coaches and educators, so I had a natural predilection for teaching. So, my family background in coaching and my love for basketball all combined to guide me in my career.