Jackie Donovan – 2005-2008 – ’09- B.S. in Communications Studies,
Minor in Business
in Business Administration
Graduate of Hollidaysburg High School from Hollidaysburg, PA, Jackie appeared in all 83
games played by FSU in her 4-year career and was a 2-time All-Conference
defender. Jackie continued at FSU as the
Graduate Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach for the 2009 and 2010 seasons and earned her M.B.A. in 2011.
After 4 years as an assistant coach at Adrian College in Michigan,
Jackie is the first-ever head coach at Lourdes University in Ohio as
they begin women's soccer as an NAIA sport. During holidays
breaks, Jackie continues to work as a marketing consultant for
TransAct, Inc. TransAct provides strategic online
and offline direct marketing to small businesses or organizations.
did your FSU degree or coursework help you in your profession or prepare you
for your current job?
and graduate degrees from Frostburg State have allowed me to excel in
professional world. Graduating with a Communication Studies degree and
focusing in Business on marketing and public relations has proved
to be very useful. Effective
communication is essential in both my professional setting and as an
Coaches need to be able to deliver a clear message to their players in
achieve desired results in practices and games.
Can you talk about your experiences as a women’s soccer player at FSU?
My time playing
and coaching college soccer at FSU proved to be some of the most rewarding years of my
life. Working towards the goals of winning conference championships and
post-season play with your teammates and best friends gave me purpose and
direction. The hard work that was put in on and off the field was very rewarding
and gratifying. While other students were mostly worried about the social
aspects of college and sometimes struggling in classes, I was excelling in the
classroom and on the field. This purpose-driven mentality has continued with me
past soccer and now into post college life.
The athletic staff at FSU was
terrific – the athletic trainers, sports information staff, and the administration
and sports coaches. It has been
interesting but also very useful to me to now consider coaches I had at FSU as
colleagues. Coach Parker really
encouraged me to pursue my soccer and coaching education and his references,
advice, and guidance have been invaluable to me.