The first AT students in the TAMUCC master’s program are expected to graduate
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – March is National Athletic Coaching Month, and two years ago Texas A&M – Corpus Christi became the first university in the region to offer a Master of Science in Athletic Coaching. Twenty-four months later, the results are in because in a few weeks, Bryanna Salazar and Hallie Hancock, will become among the first graduates of TAMU-CC with a master’s degree in athletic training.
Salazar has already landed a position as head sports coach at Bridge City ISD.
“One of the most important things that I will take with me is just the level of care, how you provide patient care and what they get out of it and leave your impact with them,” Salazar said. “I know the ultimate goal is to get the athlete back on the playing field in a safe way.”
Hancock wants to work in varsity athletics and she said having a master’s degree is well worth the extra two years.
“If it was easy, everyone would be doing it,” Hancock said. “It was very difficult, but that’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Cecilia Butler is a year away from getting her master’s degree and she admits that wanting to be a sports coach came easy to her.
“I love being able to take care of people and make sure they’re doing their best as an athlete,” Butler said.
All that’s left for Salazar and Hancock is to get their Certification Board exam results and hit the stage to graduate.