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ALUMNI FEATURE: Catching Up With... Ashley Mundy

ALUMNI FEATURE: Catching Up With... Ashley Mundy

Have you ever had that thought of, "Remember that time when so-and-so did that unbelievable thing for the Wildcats?" Or, "remember when so-and-so had that outstanding season when they were at Wilmington?"

Well we in Wilmington Athletics plan on catching up with all those former athletes and their stories each week as Athletics Alumni Liaison Dan Burke and the athletics department has created a Throwback Thursday, "Catching Up With".

Thursday, November 8, 2018:

Ashley Mundy – Cheerleading – 2008:

Ashley Mundy came to Wilmington as an undergrad and has not left the University! She has been a major part of the Cheerleading success on campus, first being a member of the team and then joining the coaching staff while helping the team to seven consecutive UCA Division II Small Coed National Championships! She also worked as a manager of the baseball team while an undergrad.

She is currently in her third year as the head coach of the Cheerleading program, after being an assistant under then head coach Jeff Martino. The cheerleaders perform at Homecoming, during all basketball home games, and at events throughout the community all year long, all building up to Nationals in January.

Q&A:

  1. What have you been up to since graduation? What career field are you in?
    1. Before graduating, I started working part-time at Wilmington and never left! After graduating in 2008, I went full-time and now I'm the Executive Offices Manager in the Office of the President and the liaison to the Board of Trustees. I also jumped right back into cheerleading as an assistant coach and now I'm in my 10th season with WilmU, third as the head coach.
  2. What is your favorite part about your career?
    1. I love working at a place that has been such a huge part of my life! I love my job and the people I get to work with every day. With coaching, I get to use everything I've learned and experienced and share that with my team to help them be successful both now and in the future. Winning is pretty awesome too… we've won seven straight National Championships and working toward number eight this January!
  3. How did your experience at WilmU as a student-athlete prepare you for your career?
    1. Going from being a student to an employee at the University was a pretty easy transition. I went into my job knowing so much about the University and knew that I wanted to help students.
  4. What was you favorite part of being a student-athlete at WilmU?
    1. My favorite parts of being a student-athlete were all of the friendships and memories that I made along the way. I met some of my best friends at WilmU and my husband of six years, Mike Mundy, who played baseball!
  5. What advice would you like to give to current student-athlete at WilmU?
    1. The advice that I would give to current student-athlete is to work hard and give it your all now, because this isn't going to last forever. I would also tell them to have fun and enjoy it because these will be some of the best times of your life – I know it was for me!

Thursday, November 1, 2018:

Corye Payton – Men's Basketball – 2012:

Corye Payton burst onto the scene as a senior during the 2011-12 season, the final season played at the Pratt Student Center. He became the first men's basketball player to earn First Team All-CACC in the NCAA era. He finished second in the CACC in scoring in his senior season, averaging 18.1 points per game while averaging 19.8 points per game in CACC play to lead the league.

Payton played two seasons at Wilmington, averaging 14.9 points per game in 51 games played (758 career points) and 4.5 rebounds (228 career rebounds) per contest. He put in a career best 30 points as a senior against Felician.

Q & A:

  1. What have you been up to since graduation? What career field are you in?
    1. After my time at WilmU in 2012, I signed my first professional contract to play basketball in Europe. Since then, I've been able to travel the world, playing professionally on five different continents. I also got married, started a family, and brought them along with me on the journey. This past year, I decided to take a leap (off the court) and start my own E-commerce business. Like basketball, its been a journey and its also been an amazing experience overall.
  2. What is your favorite part about your career?
    1. Day-to-day progress has always been my favorite part about my career. Whether it's been staying in the gym to get an extra 300 shots after practice, or analyzing hours of data to improve my business, the "process" is what I've always loved.
  3. How did you experience at WilmU as a student-athlete prepare you for your career?
    1. Being a student-athlete can be both challenging and rewarding. WilmU forced me to become better at managing my time. With so much going on in the classroom, in the gym, back at home, etc., I had no other choice but to become more self-disciplined. After seeing positive results from taking these actions, I carried them over into my professional career as well.
  4. What was your favorite part of being a student-athlete at WilmU?
    1. As a student-athlete at WilmU, I grew to like the small college atmosphere. Classrooms felt more personable, plus our gym would get so loud because it could easily reach max capacity.
  5. What advice would you like to give to current student-athletes at WilmU?
    1. Be present in the moment. You have an opportunity that most could only dream of. Take advantage of it and have no regrets.
      1. Decide what YOU want to get out of your student-athlete experience.
      2. Write down your goals
      3. Write down the actions it will take (do's and don'ts) to reach those goals

Take action Thursday, October 25, 2018:

Brittany Biddle – Volleyball – 2013:

Brittany Biddle was a four-time All-CACC performer for head coach Kim Huggins-Habbert, finishing off her career as a First Team All-CACC middle in 2013. She led her teams to 20 or more wins in all four seasons, totaling 93 wins and a 63-13 record in CACC play. The 2012 team finished with a program record 28 wins, going 28-6 overall, 18-1 in CACC play, winning the CACC South Division before falling in the CACC Tournament Championship match.

Biddle played in 126 matches in her four-year career, and currently ranks third in program history with 354 total blocks. She is third in program history with 104 solo blocks while also ranking fifth all-time with 250 block assists. Her 10 block assists at Concord on September 1, 2012 still stand as a single-match program record. She was also 2012 Capital One Academic All-American Third Team honoree.

Q & A:

  1. What have you been up to since graduation? What career field are you in?
    1. Since graduation, I accepted a job as a full-time middle school special education teacher in the areas of math and science. I am also a volleyball coach for the Ursuline Academy Raiders, a middle school drama choreographer, and a middle school softball coach! I have been up for Teacher of the Year for two consecutive years and recently got married to another former Wildcat student-athlete, Andrew Corrigan (men's basketball)!
  2. What is your favorite part about your career?
    1. I love getting to work with students every day and watch them push through challenges. Some days are rough, but then there is always that one 'ah ha' moment that makes it all worth it!
  3. How did your experience at WilmU As a student-athlete prepare you for your career?
    1. Being a student-athlete at WilmU was one of the greatest experiences I have had yet! The coaches and staff at Wilmington taught me how to manage time, difficult situations, and how to use the support staffs around to help when I am in need. Just as much as WilmU gives to its athletes, it instills in those same athletes to give back and continue perusing their goals!
  4. What was your favorite part of being a student-athlete at WilmU?
    1. My favorite part of being a student-athlete was definitely the big rivalry games. There was nothing better than having a packed gym for a huge game or going to watch the other teams in playoffs! The memories and camaraderie were the best. The relationships you build with your teammates and other student-athletes on campus have left a lasting impression and connects you for life. Also spending hours in Erin Harvey's office eating her food, laughing, and learning all of the incredibly hard work she does to keep student-athletes afloat during their time!
  5. What advice would you like to give to current student-athletes at WilmU?
    1. Cherish every moment on or off your designated playing area. The skills you learn as an athlete directly correlate to the real world. Be thankful that you get to wake up and be part of something bigger. You are someone's superstar, act like it! Finally, realize what you do now has an impact on your life. Every job interview will ask you about teamwork and collaboration and there is no better school that prepares you for those questions than WilmU. GO CATS!

Thursday, October 18, 2018:

Jason Rust – Baseball – 2007

Jason Rust had a record-breaking season for the head coach Brian August in his only season as a Wildcat. His record 21 home runs in 2007 still stands not only as the programs single season record, but also as the career home run record. He once hit for the "home run cycle" in a game, hitting a grand slam, a three-run homer, a two-run homer, and a solo homer, finishing 5-for-5 with 10 RBI against USciences on April 11, 2007.

He also became the athletics' department first ever All-American and First Team All-American in the NCAA era (which dates to the start of the 2004-05 season). Rust batted .360 (63-for-175) with 12 doubles, and single season program records of 21 home runs, 62 RBI, and a .789 slugging percentage.

Q & A:

  1. What have you been up to since graduation? What career field are you in?
    1. Since graduation, I was fortunate to have two awesome children (Sophia, 10, and Braxton, 3) and have recently been married. I am currently in my 11th year of my career in education. I am a behavior interventionist at an alternative program in Sussex County (Delaware) called S.C.O.P.E. I also started my own landscaping company called "Rusty Cuts".
  2. What is you favorite part about your career?
    1. My favorite part of my job is being able to interact and help the "At-Risk Youth" that our program endures. To see a majority of these young individuals turn their lives around for the better is gratifying.
  3. How did your experience at WilmU as a student-athlete prepare you for your career?
    1. Expectations were high in the classroom and certainly on the baseball diamond. Being pushing by Coach Aug (Brian August) has certainly played a major role into how I've prepared myself for my career. When someone of his stature speaks, people have a tendency to listen and value what is being said.
  4. What was your favorite part of being a student-athlete at WilmU?
    1. The accelerated courses that Wilmington offers enabled me to stack up on credits. Along with the relationships built with the professors made it that much easier to get what I needed done without any hassles.
    2. Winning the (CACC) Tournament and helping my team enter our first ever East Regional Tournament was very satisfying for me. There are some individual accomplishments that I'm proud of, but our team success was the ultimate goal.
  5. What advice would you like to give to current student-athletes at WilmU?
    1. Push yourself in the classroom as well as on your sport's playing field. You do not want to look back and say, "I wish I would have done something differently". The opportunity is in front of you now. Take full advantage of it.