It's funny sometimes how ideas for my column come about. Sometimes they just happen, and this week's is a prime example of that scenario.
You see my dad was talking to his physical therapist recently about her trip to Fenway Park in Boston and that it was set up by her cousin, who recently was employed by the Boston Red Sox and mentioned his name, Trevor Starcher. Well, long story short, Trevor was one of the first people I interviewed when I started this column over six years ago, when he was a redshirt freshman on the Marshall University's Men's Soccer Team.
After that first chat, Trevor and I interviewed him a couple more times during his Marshall career which ended in 2016. With the help of Christin Casto, at Teays Valley Physical Therapy, I called Trevor and we caught up, especially about working for the Red Sox.
"I actually interned for the Sox the summer before my senior year at Marshall, that was an awesome experience and I was stoked about getting a full time job with the Red Sox in June of 2016 and work for them for a year. It gave me a chance to be involved in sports entertainment and live in a bigger city than Hurricane or Huntington."
Before playing for Marshall, Trevor was a two-time All-State midfielder at Hurricane High School.
I found out during our recent phone call that growing up, Trevor wasn't really a baseball fan. I also found out that after his internship with the Sox that all changed.
"My internship peaked my interest and once I started working full time for them (Red Sox), I really got into the game and now I am a full out Red Sox fan and was extremely happy when they won the World Series last year."
During his soccer career at Marshall, Trevor put the ball in the back of the net six times during his 62 games, 43 in which he was a starter.
Currently Trevor is enrolled at Ohio University in Athens, he has gotten his MBA degree and will be finishing up his masters degree in sports administration in May.
Since I have known Trevor, he has always been involved with some type of a team. I wanted to know how that has helped as he has been mapping out his future.
"Without a doubt, it made me realize that relationships go a long way and that networking is a key. I would not be here without a lot of help from other people. Playing for Marshall, working for the Sox made me realize that there have been a lot of people that I could learn from and that's what I have always tried to do. I can't wait to provide those same opportunities that were given to me." Along with being named to Conference USA's Second Team in his senior year, Trevor was also Conference USA All-Academic and was on Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
It was fun listening to Trevor bring me up to speed on what has been going with him, but I also wanted to know what is up next for him. I was not surprised to hear that running a college program is on his drawing board.
"After I graduate in May from Ohio (University), I would like to land a job within college athletics, either in development and fundraising or within sponsorships. I would like to have a career in college athletics and eventually get into administration and down the road be an Athletic Director at a Division One school."
Trevor talks about relationships and the importance of them. Well this is one relationship that I am glad I was able to rekindle, and I can't wait to root for that college athletic program that he is heading up. I know it will happen.
Christian Deiss, of Scott Depot, is a rising sophomore at Hurricane High School.