department Spotlight: athletics
Caption: left to right – Rob Quigley, Matt McGuriman, Mark Feinberg, Kevin Small, Laura Moliken, Kyle Rush, Elizabeth Cannon, Kathy Peck, Carole Nienius, Stan Exeter, Logan Duffie.
The athletics staff works almost year-round, because of traditional and non-traditional seasons. Thirty-five percent of Ursinus students participate in 25 sports under 18 head coaches (12 fulltime); 60 assistant coaches (4 fulltime); and 17 administrators and support staff. Some 1,500 students participate in intramurals. The Department refers to Team Ursinus, the philosophy of how they work together – as educators first, guiding and mentoring students through the avenues that sports offer.
Employee Profile: Kyle Rush
Each quarter, in addition to highlighting a Department or group of staff members, we will Spotlight a particular employee. This is a way to get to know more about one of the many people with whom we work. This time our spotlight is our Men's Soccer Coach, Kyle Rush.
In his words:
My name is Kyle Rush and was born in Telford, PA to my parents Harold and Carol Rush. I have an older sister Leslie, who resides in Lititz, PA with her husband Matt and two children, Simeon and Sophia. I graduated high school from Souderton Area High School and attended college at Wilkes University. There I completed my undergraduate degree with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Technical Writing. I stayed on staff at Wilkes as an assistant coach to the men’s soccer team for four great years, under the tutelage of my coach, Phil Wingert.
In January of 2007, I found out that the men’s soccer position had opened at Ursinus College. This provided me the opportunity to be closer to my family (and reconnect with others who had a hand in shaping my career path) while pursuing my dream of making a career as head coach of a men’s soccer program at the collegiate level. After several interviews at various colleges and universities, Ursinus uniquely offered a blend of outstanding academic reputation while being comprised of a community full of welcoming and engaging people. This made Ursinus College an ideal place to embark on my coaching career. Ursinus provided an environment tailor made for my personality and gave me the ability to connect with students and colleagues alike. I was home. Today, Ursinus continues to be an institution whose identity is derived from the people that work here. For that, I am proud and honored to be part of its fabric.
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