Ferris Athletics has hired a sports learning specialist

By on September 5, 2022 0

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University has announced the appointment of Emma Vermette as the Bulldogs’ athletic learning specialist.

A former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) collegiate student-athlete, Vermette will work closely with nearly 400 FSU student-athletes in the new role, which has been temporarily funded through a grant received from the NCAA.

Vermette will help Bulldog coaches identify at-risk student-athletes and support academic counselors to help student-athletes foster success in the classroom. She also documents and collects data related to student-athlete success and helps develop a minority student-athlete mentorship program.

“We are thrilled to have Emma join our team in this role and grateful to have been the recipient of this grant to make this possible,” said FSU Athletic Director Steve Brockelbank. “This position will directly benefit and contribute to the academic success of our student-athletes and she will be instrumental in working with our coaches to help our athletes reach their full potential.”

Vermette most recently served as a graduate assistant in sports administration at fellow GLIAC member Wisconsin-Parkside in 2021-22, where she helped manage facilities and events for 15 varsity programs. She also created a detailed event management manual and oversaw event staff planning as well as training sessions for event staff.

While at Parkside, Vermette served as Tournament Coordinator for the 2021 GLIAC and NCAA Men’s Soccer Regional Tournaments and was active in various departmental financial reporting. She also oversaw the student game operations staff.

“Emma has gained tremendous experience during her time at Parkside and will be a great addition to our staff,” said Sara Higley, Senior Assistant Athletic Manager. “She knows our league very well as a former GLIAC student-athlete combined with her time at Parkside and will be a great resource to our programs in this role.”

Prior to her stint as a graduate assistant, Vermette was an assistant women’s soccer coach for Northern Michigan from 2019-2020 and helped recruit prep student-athletes while coordinating practices, arranging travel, and acting as a coach. head goalkeeper coach.

Prior to her time at Parkside, Vermette competed collegially at the junior college and NCAA women’s soccer levels, concluding her goaltending career at Northern Michigan after a two-year stint at Delta College. She was a college letter winner for four years and earned team MVP honors as a senior at NMU. Additionally, she played ACHA Division II hockey in 2019 and competed in the national championship. She was also the recipient of the football team’s Most Improved Player award in 2018.

In Sault Ste. A native of Marie, Vermette earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan in 2019 and is expected to earn a master’s degree in sports management from Parkside this month. She also worked for one season in 2020-21 at the Big Sky Resort in Montana.