Student Highlight: Casey Overfield MA '22

Casey Overfield MA ‘22 is an East Bay Area native from Danville, Calif. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications with a minor in Psychology at the University of Utah (PAC-12), located in Salt Lake City. In addition to excelling academically, Casey was extensively involved with the University’s athletic department in various capacities.

She earned a scholarship playing the tuba for Utah’s marching band, also known as “The Pride of Utah,” giving her the opportunity to travel alongside the men’s football team, and the men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as perform at volleyball games and gymnastic meets. She also worked alongside 200+ student employees, graduate assistants, and full-time staff for Campus Recreation Services to help oversee day-to-day building operations and to provide exemplary customer service to guests. While she was one of many student employees, she stood out to her supervisors as she held many leadership positions in each of her activities, among other roles. Casey also wrote for The Daily Utah Chronicle as a Sports Editor. The latter included covering all sports within the athletic department through game previews, game recaps, and highlights of student-athletes’ achievements.

Reflecting upon her undergraduate experience and her nexts steps, Casey realized that it was her time working for Campus Recreation that resonated most. She easily concluded that earning a master’s degree during which she could learn more about campus recreation as a business was a natural next step. What particularly attracted her to the Graduate Kinesiology program at Saint Mary’s was the diversity and flexibility of its curriculum, its intimate class setting, and tight knit community. Casey also applied for, and was offered, two different (and coveted) graduate coordinator positions. She ultimately decided to work with Campus Recreation as it was in-line with her passion and career aspirations.

The Planning and Staging Sports Events course taught by Dr. Craig Riordan is one course which she highlights as particularly valuable as it perfectly aligns with some of her professional goals, such as writing risk management assessments, budgeting, creating marketing and media plans, and designing human resources templates. Additionally, she believes that learning about how to deal with liability forms, organize events, and manage staff will not only help her in her career but will provide her with marketable skills that will distance herself from other candidates in this area of the sports industry. 

In alignment with her passion, Casey has been interning with the Cal Berkeley’s Department of Recreational Sports since November 2020. Some of her duties include helping the department with a website called ConnectTo, which is a database that helps manage all of the necessary information related to campus recreation, and overseeing a project which tracks staff Red Cross certifications. She states: “I really enjoy using this database from the backend in comparison to being a user. I am meeting a lot of employees allowing me to keep building my network, although it has been a challenge in terms of time management as I am completing this internship 100% virtually!” Altogether, Casey plans to continue to pursue a career in campus recreation, preferably at an institution where she can continue to work directly with students and student-athletes who are competing at the highest level, whether in varsity, club, or intramural sports.