Olympian Misty May-Treanor Prepares for Life After the Gold with Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration

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Concordia University's MCAA program fits into beach volleyball champion's busy life

I’ve been so happy with the program that I recommend it highly, especially to a lot of my colleagues who are players.

When two-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor decided to earn her master's degree in coaching and athletic administration to prepare for her post-playing career, she chose Concordia University’s Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration (MCAA) program.

“Coaching has always been a passion of mine, and nowadays you need your master’s degree,” May-Treanor says. “Concordia had everything I was looking for.”

May-Treanor is the most successful beach volleyball player in history, with 107 career wins. She and playing partner Kerri Walsh-Jennings are competing in their third Olympic Games this summer in London, hoping to bring home their third straight Olympic gold medal.

“I’m very happy with my experience at Concordia,” May-Treanor says. “The professors and everybody in the department give such good guidance. The philosophy of the program, and especially of the University as a whole, helps coaches be better people, to act in a certain manner. That’s one of the reasons I felt this was the program for me. They send good, solid people into the community.”

May-Treanor’s Concordia education has fit perfectly into her busy schedule which often has her traveling to tournaments 24 weeks a year. She recalls logging onto the Concordia website while in Brazil, downloading her homework assignment and writing a paper on the plane.

“The professors work with you and understand that career people who have jobs are the ones taking these classes to further their education and get better positions in their place of employment,” she says. “They make the workload appropriate.”

Concordia was one of the first universities in the nation to offer a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration, and it remains the only one to offer strong practical training with a foundation in ethics and character-building. In less than seven years, the pioneering program has gone from 12 students to hundreds earning degrees on campus and online.

The regionally accredited, nationally ranked Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration program features award-winning faculty who have proven experience in their fields. The program takes coaching and athletic administration to the next level with in-depth courses in subjects including ethics, leadership and finance, and a culminating project that results in a professional portfolio.

“I’ve been so happy with the program that I recommend it highly, especially to a lot of my colleagues who are players,” says May-Treanor. “I say, ‘You should look into this program, especially if you want to continue playing, because it works with your schedule.’ And I love the campus.”

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