Category: Sports

From Nonprofit to the NBA: Katie Freiert, MBA Class of 2017

What did Katie Freiert, MBA Class of 2017, do when she learned she had been accepted to the NBA Internship Program?

“My first call was my dad, and he cried on the phone.”

Basketball had always been an important part of Katie’s life, and after spending five years in the nonprofit sector, she hoped that pursuing her MBA would help her realize her dream of working in professional sports. As athletes do, Katie set a goal and then worked to achieve it. She prepared for business school long before she submitted her application by taking a few classes to bolster her résumé and studying for the GRE. Her hard work—both before and during her MBA program—paid off when she received that call from the NBA.

Perhaps Katie’s dad summed it up best: “He just couldn’t believe this [program] had gotten me to where I really wanted to be, and that I was going to really live my dream.”


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Simon MBA a Game Changer for Future Investment Banker

When his career came to a crossroads, Sebastian Ernest Nsanzugwanko, 2017 MBA candidate, knew he had a decision to make: change jobs or pursue an MBA. His acceptance to Simon was the start of a new chapter, and he hasn’t looked back. He secured a summer internship at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo, which taught him that his desired field of investment banking requires not only financial proficiency, but also a great deal of strategy and a deep understanding of how to identify and solve problems.

Overall, Sebastian’s time at Simon has reinforced what he observed in his professional life: business is all about relationships. As he puts it, “if people can trust each other, then that trust leads into business, and if you do good business, that leads into further business. So, if people cannot interact well, nothing can be accomplished.”


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Simon Club Soccer Has Strong Showing at 2016 Yale Cup

The following blog post was written by Sebastian Nsanzugwanko, 2017 MBA candidate

The Simon Soccer Club participated at the 37th Annual Yale Cup, a business school soccer tournament with 16 teams from around the country. We brought together a strong team of alumni and current students, many of whom had experience playing D3 soccer.

Simon's Soccer Club advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Yale Cup.

Simon’s Soccer Club advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Yale Cup.

The first game took place against one of Yale’s teams. Although they had some aggressive tacklers, our team dominated play led by Andrew Holliday ’15 MBA, who nearly scored directly from the corner twice. Much of the game was spent in the opponent’s half, and great buildup play led to goals from Rinat Gusev ’17 MBA, Wyatt Buerkle ’17 MS, and myself. Our solid defensive partnership of Sean Leaks ’14 MBA and Matt Peckham ’14 MBA allowed Simon keeper Hunter Burson ’16 MBA to only touch the ball once the entire game. The game finished 5-0.

The next game against Tuck was much more challenging, but Simon scored early on a deep cross from Charlie Thornton ’13 MBA. Evan Munderville ’11 MS ran onto the cross, dribbled towards goal, and finished with a smart chip over the goalie. Throughout the game, there were several more chances to score, particularly due to quick pace of Weizhi Wang ’17 MS. We were punished for our profligacy when Tuck scored on a mistake between Simon defenders and the keeper in the final five minutes. The game ended 1-1.

Heading into the final game, the group points were: Duke 4, Simon 4, Harvard 5. In order to advance, we either needed to win against NYU, or needed Duke to lose. Our game against NYU finished 0-0, as both teams were tired and had trouble keeping possession and creating chances. However, Duke lost to Tuck, which meant Harvard and Simon advanced to the next round.

The quarterfinal stage took place Sunday morning, and injuries began taking a toll. Simon lost three key players in Andrew Holliday, Evan Munderville, and Rinat Gusev. Without them, we toiled in possession and Columbia took advantage by quickly scoring two goals. Unable to capitalize on few chances, Simon eventually lost the game 2-0.

Overall, the Simon team performed very well. Without injuries, Simon easily could have competed in the final, in which Columbia lost to Babson.

Nevertheless, the tournament showed us that our team has great potential and inspired us for future success. For the Tuck tournament in the spring, we plan to be more fit and involve more players—some of whom were away at the National Black Conference and others who had midterms. With this type of team, we look forward to entering the 2017 MBA World Cup at Tuck as a title contender. Stay tuned to the Admissions Blog for future Simon Soccer Club updates!


By: Jeromy

“A Tradition Unlike Any Other…” Well, the Masters has laid claim to this phrase, but Simon has a golf tradition of its own, and on May 18th more than 120 Simon students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends from near and far converged on Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, NY for the 24th annual Simon School Golf Classic!
For me it was a bittersweet opportunity – having spent 10 years outside the ropes planning major golf championships for the PGA of America, it was nice to finally be inside the ropes and enjoy the beautiful weather, camaraderie, spend quality time away from the office with members of the Simon community, and enjoy the wonderful game of golf.

One might not expect that members of the Simon community would be highly-skilled in golf, after all they are supposed to lead and excel in business, but the winning team of Marais Lombard (’12 MBA), Professor Ron Schmidt, Peter Hebert (’12 MBA), and Varun Shah (’12 MBA) posted an impressive score of 54, or 18 under par.  I won’t get into the technicalities of how golf is scored, but 18 under par is equivalent to scoring one less than par on every hole (ie. a score of 2 on par 3, a score of 3 on a par 4, or a score of 4 on a par 5).  To put this into perspective for the non-golf enthusiasts, the lowest score ever recorded in a round by a professional is 59.  All teams in the Simon Golf Classic had a slight handicap though, we played the round using a ‘Scramble’ format (each player hits his/her own shot, then you pick the best shot out of the group and proceed with this process through completion of the hole), but needless to say, there were a number of impressive golfers and team scores this year.

An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of many, and we owe a very special thanks to Nate Kadar for coordinating another successful tournament, the Vangellow Family for their continued support of the Simon School and Alumni Golf Classic, Dr. Vinay Aggarwal ’09 for his countless efforts and enthusiasm for the tournament, and all of the tournament volunteers (Kris Seewagen, Melissa Kunzer, Sue Bauer, Eleni Kiriakidis, Laura Gavigan, Daina Bullwinkle, Keir Meisner).  We are also grateful for the support of event sponsors including the Vangellow Family, RW Dake, Rochester Steel Works, Rhino Trunk, AcquisitionsNow LLC, Dr. Vinay Aggarwal, and Ravenwood Golf Club for welcoming us to their beautiful facility.

There will certainly be a lot of anticipation for next year’s Golf Classic, which will take place May 17th at Ravenwood Golf Club, so be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend!  If you’re looking to quell your golf itch for the remainder of the year, be sure to get out and play one of the many wonderful golf courses in Rochester, or check-out the Wegmans LPGA Championship taking place June 7-10, 2012 at Locust Hill Country Club.