Close At Hand: MU and its mission statement resonate with senior’s career path, goals

Close At Hand: MU and its mission statement resonate with senior’s career path, goals

Something he saw as a 10-year-old permanently changed Cole Kellogg’s future.

While playing for former youth soccer coach Pat McCoy in his hometown of LaPorte, Ind., he caught a glimpse of a sweater with Manchester on it. As a life-long Manchester United fan, he asked if had something to do with the English Premier League side and his coach, an alum, told him it stood for then-Manchester College.

“That sort of always stuck with me,” Kellogg, now a rising senior at MU, said. “I never forgot about that and as I heard Coach McCoy talk about (the institution), I really wanted to go there.”

That question has also indirectly led him to a great opportunity with the sport he loves. Due to his sport management major at MU, he is spending this summer as a marketing intern for the Orlando City Soccer Club of Major League Soccer.

“It’s hard work, but I really enjoy it,” he admitted. “Myself and the rest of the staff work at the Citrus Bowl stadium to set up for matches; work with the “City Pub" program where we communicate with our partner pubs about watch parties, signage, as well as choosing what pubs to keep/drop/add for next season and onward; go out into the city as a street team and promote matches and match-day events and so forth; and also help run a table at home matches with sign-ups for in-match and special events, too.

“(The opportunity) will hopefully prove valuable as I really want to work at OCSC or within a role with soccer in the area after graduation as my fiancée and I are getting married in January and plan to live (in Orlando),” he added.

Kellogg isn’t stopping at the marketing internship to make in-roads, either. Leaning on another experience from his hometown, this time as an editor of the LaPorte High School newspaper, he has gotten into blogging circles for professional soccer, while he’s also potentially looking into the coaching arena, too.

“I had been blogging about matches before I got down to Orlando City through SB (Sports Blog) Nation,” he said. “I was able to take that to another level, though, as I attended a player introduction media conference for Brek Shea, one of OCFC’s top players and met the top writer for SBISoccer.com. We talked afterwards, and he had me send some of my previous articles. I guess he liked it enough that he put me on a retainer situation for U.S. Open Cup, United Soccer League and North American Soccer League recaps as well as features for $350 a month this summer.

“I was always told to write about what you like, so (doing so about soccer) came easily to me,” he added. “As for coaching the game, (Manchester University head women’s) Coach (Andy) Stout heard my request to do some volunteer coaching last spring after I figured I was done playing due to injuries. He agreed to bring me on staff as a volunteer, and it’s expanded into a role during the coming season. With everything I’ve done, I think I’ve covered just about every possible base to reach my career goals.”

Kellogg’s diving into the world of soccer would come as no surprise to folks that know him around the MU campus.

“I just want to help out and be involved,” he noted. “I’ve done so as a student by working in MAC (Manchester Activities Council) where I’ll be the student president this year, as a Student Orientation Leader and working with the sports information office along with volunteer coaching. For me, it goes towards what MU’s mission is … leading a principled, productive and compassionate life to improve the human condition.”

And, no matter where his career path leads, Kellogg knows he’ll be doing so.