Maggie Fenton ’05 says it’s a funny story how she ended up at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Initially, Fenton was merely taking a road trip with her mother to visit another nearby college. Following a small amount of persuasion from her mother, Fenton ended up across the Hudson River to make a quick stop at New Paltz.
While taking a quick look around the campus, Fenton bumped into head women’s soccer coach Colleen Bruley. After speaking with Bruley and successfully moving through the recruiting process, Fenton knew New Paltz was the school for her. The beauty of the campus and quaint little town were both deciding factors that enticed Fenton to begin her four-year career as a part of the New Paltz women’s soccer family.
As a former captain of the team, Fenton credits much of her career success from leadership positions, teamwork and collaboration during her time as a Hawk, and Bruley could not agree more.
“Maggie is an incredible role model for student-athletes,” Bruley explained. “When Maggie reached the end of her career here at New Paltz, she transformed into a remarkable student-athlete both on and off the field. Now she has her master’s and is working at Stanford – it’s just incredible.”
Looking back on her New Paltz experience, Fenton remembers planning her days around soccer, preseason training, morning runs, bus trips across New York state and competing in the State University of New York Athletic Conference playoffs.
“Getting to play a sport you love everyday is an experience you will never have again,” said Fenton.
The relationships Fenton formed with her teammates are those that will endure a lifetime and although Fenton now resides 3,000 miles west of New Paltz, the bonds created at the College are special.
In 2005, Fenton graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and went on to work for professional sports teams such as the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, the New York Mets of Major League Baseball and the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League. Fenton continued her education at the University of San Francisco and earned a master’s degree in sport management in 2008.
After experiencing employment within professional and minor league sports, Fenton has now established her niche as working behind the scenes in collegiate athletics as the assistant athletics director of facilities, operations and events at Stanford University.
“Work for me is not a job, but a lifestyle,” explained Fenton. “I get to be on a campus everyday with smart, driven and talented student-athletes and colleagues who are passionate about what they are doing. The more experience I get in the real world, the more I realize that former athletes ‘get it.’”
During her time at New Paltz, Fenton realized everyone was going to end up doing something they are passionate about. And this is exactly where she ended up.
This article of mine originally appeared on nphawks.com on April 29, 2015.