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By: Stacey Walters |
August 2, 2019
California native Kaitlyn Welsh first came to University of Pikeville to
continue her volleyball career in 2015, she was anxious about the transition to
a new environment, people and lifestyle in Eastern Kentucky.
to get out of the bay area and experience a new part of the country,” said
Volleyball Coach Obed Quiles and Assistant Volleyball Coach Haley Valentino
were there to help with the transition and became mentors for Welsh.
brought me into their life like I was their family,” said Welsh. “Both are
and Valentino remember Welsh as a leader among her teammates.
“She is a
thoughtful person and a great motivator,” said Quiles. “She always set a good
example for the team.”
Welsh’s experience at UPIKE she also served as a resident assistant and became
involved in many activities, which she says helped prepare her for future
endeavors. After graduating in December 2017 with her business management
degree, she was ready to move back to California and pursue her career.
noticed a passion in Welsh during her time on the hill that would serve her
well after graduation.
very driven. She knows what she wants and will not settle for less,” said
2018, after unsuccessfully being able to locate a job application online, she
initiated a phone call to the manager of major league baseball team Oakland
Athletics. Welsh’s determination, accompanied by a nontraditional hiring
process, was advantageous in affording her the opportunity to serve as an
account executive for group sales and hospitality.
focuses on bringing new business to the Oakland A’s through group outings and
she oversees several heritage nights.
advice for current and future students is to take advantage of the limitless
opportunities at UPIKE.
“Don’t be afraid to pursue something big,”
said Welsh. “This school in the mountains taught me more about life than I
could have ever imagined.”