Though he’s disarmingly unassuming and straightforward, Mike Hettick is a die-hard sports fan and a keen strategist who knows a thing or two about winning. So when he set his sights on a master’s degree, he played it like a true athlete, and made the most strategic move that would lead him to his goal.
Looking around the Northwest, the Montana native realized Seattle—home to four professional sports teams, a breathtaking city and a thriving economy—was the clear frontrunner. He also realized that surrounding himself with energetic, committed teammates and leaders would be vital to his ultimate success. Essentially, he needed a place that would serve as a link between him and the world of professional sports.
Seattle University proved to be that link. From a birds-eye view of the athletic industry, to faculty with a range of careers in the sports community, Mike discovered the Sport Administration and Leadership program exceeded his expectations. Not only did faculty provide insight into the business of professional sports, but Mike also made contacts in the industry he could turn to for advice. In fact, he’s worked with adjunct professors at several of the jobs he’s held since then, including his previous position as the manager of sales for the Seattle Seahawks and his new position as manager of sales for the Seattle Sounders FC.
Before coming to Seattle, Mike didn’t realize how small the world of professional sports really is. It gives him an even greater appreciation for the contacts he made at Seattle University—he frequently sees familiar faces in meetings and on management of other professional sports teams.
SU’s ties with the Seattle community run strong. How strong? Mike himself is an example of the Seattle University graduate network—he’s remained involved with his tight-knit group of classmates who now work at companies like K2 and Nike. He’s happy to share his experience at Seattle University with the next class of graduates. Because in his line of work, it’s not hard to spot a team that works well together—and Seattle University and Seattle are that kind of team.