My Favorite Summer Job

Your dose of cute to start the day. She’s such a morning person!

Relaxed Jada

I have a small group training session this morning. I love working with this group! They are legit and improving so much–I can’t wait to see how much they change in the 3 months (hopefully more) that we work together.

Gymboss Timer

This weekend, I had a chance to see some friends I hadn’t seen in years.

In the summer of 2009, I was hired as the Director of Operations for the Purdue University Volleyball team. Yes. You read that right: Volleyball. The position didn’t involve coaching, so I was actually qualified.

In Nebraska, high school softball and volleyball are both fall sports, so I never played high school volleyball.


Oh yes. Freshman year in high school. Dig the shoe laces?

I digress.

Spencer had been an assistant baseball coach at Purdue for the past 2 seasons, and I had been an Academic Success Counselor at Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. We had been living apart for almost 2 years. I still can’t believe we did that, but my job at Creighton was really good. Still…

Any hooters. I was sooooooooooo excited to work with the Purdue volleyball team and made the move to West Lafayette, IN. I loved, loved, loved the volleyball coaches and players. I hit the ground running trying to learn the position.

We were in the midst of youth volleyball camp when Spencer was offered the assistant baseball coach position at Washington State University. So, we moved in August, and I had to say good-bye to my brand new position (that I loved).

Your math is correct: In one summer, I moved from Omaha, NE to West Lafayette, IN to Pullman, WA.

Bob Devany Center

Saturday, I got to reconnect with the staff.

Purdue played the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, so I made the hour drive from Omaha to see the match. I don’t have pics of the staff but you can see them HERE. I got to say hi before the match started, but I didn’t want to go all “blogger” on them with my camera!

I met up with my best friend Jenny and her girls. My parents were on Jada duty, since Spencer was out of town…again.

Bob Devaney Center 2 Bob Devaney Center 1

Aren’t they cuties?!  They are tall too, so future volleyball players possibly?! Speaking of tall, this may be Jada’s sport if she keeps growing!

Bob Devaney Center

The Nebraska fans pack the Bob Devaney Center for every match. In fact, they have had 181 consecutive sell-outs dating back to 2001. But, Purdue upset the No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday.

I often wonder what it would be like to be in that position still, but also know things happen for a reason.

Your turn:
What was your favorite summer job?
Do you have high school pictures as sexy as mine?!


  1. I can’t believe you moved so much!! I am an Indiana girl and I think summer is the best time to be here, so although it was short I am glad you were here during prime time! 🙂 Favorite summer job? I would say working retail at the Loft clothing store. It was just so fun!! I felt like I was playing dress up all day 🙂
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  2. My favorite summer job was coaching swim team and teaching private swim lessons. I loved the kids, the sport, and the sun!
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  3. I love Purdue! My Dad went there and it’s so special to me! Oh, and his best bud was one of the founders of the nude Olympics at Purdue. I learned all about it at Thanksgiving one year. Good ole Cary Quad!

    Moving like that was what we did this summer, and we’ve done it before. It’s not easy, but it’s liveable- said as we’ve been here for 4 weeks in our last move spot.
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  4. Wow I am stressing about moving in 6-7 months, now I feel like that is nothing after reading that! 3 times in one summer!? you are wonder woman!

  5. I’m a Nebraska girl currently living in Kansas City! I grew up going to Husker Volleyball games, haven’t had a chance to go back and see a game in the Devaney center! Looks like so much fun. I love seeing your pictures 🙂 Helps me feel not as homesick!
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  6. How fun! I LOVE watching Nebraska Volleyball (even though I am an Iowa fan) because they have just an outstanding program. I haven’t been able to make it to a match this season, but hopefully next year!
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  7. Good for you! Looks like you had so much (well deserved) fun. I cannot believe you did all that moving in ONE summer!!! My most fav job by far was when I owned my own studio. It was a ton of work but so rewarding in so many ways. I do love staying home now with my boys but hope to open another studio someday…:-)
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  8. Oh my goodness- can’t believe you were at Purdue! I left there in 2008 so we just missed each other!! I was the head fitness instructor there. Didn’t you looove that area? Wish we were closer now, Id love to be part of your workout groups. Midwest, but just a bit south in St. Louis! 🙂

    Ps- I’m the one that my husband called you my girlfriend, so we do work out together- just in spirit!! Heehe

  9. I know exactly how you feel. My husband went to some research last fall and I landed my dream job at Florida State University. We were there for 1 semester before he landed his dream job at The University of Texas so off we moved.
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  10. Oh that is so tough!!!

  11. I did undergrad at Purdue, as did my sister, and uncle, and grandpa…. we are a boilermaker FAMILY! ((of course now I find myself in Grad school at IU haha))

    Love that you worked with the volleyball team! So fun! you are such a diverse athelete! that is fantastic!
    Thanks for the cute pic of Jada 🙂
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