Student Athlete Success Program
The Shasta EDGE Program for student athletes was created to help students prepare for life and school at the next level, just like they do for each game. The EDGE Coaches have developed a program to encourage every student athlete to succeed. There are four parts to the EDGE program: Education, Daily routine, Game plan, and Execution.
Education- Each athlete is a student first and we are here to help them with their academic goals. There are athlete-specific workshops as well as the regularly scheduled FREE workshops for help with study tips, test taking, note taking and more. Being located in the Tutor and Learning Center (Building 700) allows the students to take advantage of the FREE tutors available on site. The EDGE Coordinators are also available to help each student ensure they are remaining academically eligible and on track for graduation.
Daily Routine- With classes, homework, studying, work, eating and a general need for sleep, the daily demand on a typical student is already high. As athletes, each student will need to add practices, workouts, and games to the list, making the demand on their day that much higher. That’s why we help students develop schedules and routines that will help them understand how much time they need to plan for studying, how long a paper really will take to prepare, and how they should plan out their days, weeks, and months for success. After all, a failure to plan is a plan for failure.
Game Plan- Every student that walks on to our campus has a goal in mind. Whether it’s to pass their class or become the next star of their field, we want to help them reach that goal. The EDGE Coordinators are available to assist student athletes with planning their future goals and the paths available to reach them. With help from Athletic Counselor Jason Kelly, their academic classes can be planned out to make sure they are working toward their degree. Then EDGE coordinators can help them understand where their path can take them and the ways to get there.
Execution- Once we apply the first 3 parts of our EDGE motto, execution comes into play. We want to ensure that our athletes are as successful as they can be with the resources offered and, with that in mind, the EDGE Coordinators are available to the students in either walk-in or scheduled appointments. The students’ time in the EDGE Center is much more than a study hall; it’s an opportunity to learn skills, find new resources, and work towards their goals. After our student athletes have gained information, formed a routine, and mapped out a game plan, then it’s time for them to execute and perform to reach the goals and objectives they’ve set for themselves.
The plan is to use the EDGE motto not only to better us as students, but to also help mold us into responsible adults because we will likely face far more stressful scenarios after graduation. As Coordinators, we plan on working with the students every step of the way to let them know they have another family here that also cares about their well-being.
Some fun facts about the Coordinators
Ben Weaver: In the spring of 2014 Frank Nigro and Teresa Doyle gave me the opportunity to develop the EDGE Program. The vision of the program was to help Shasta College Student Athletes achieve success in the classroom, allowing them to further their academic and athletic careers at the four year level. It has been my privilege to work with hundreds of men and women who have gone on to play at the D1 to NAIA level. I am a former Shasta College student athlete, who played on the 2008 Division Championship football team. After my playing career, I joined the coaching staff at Shasta College and am going into my 8th year with the program. I received my Bachelor’s from Simpson University. Personally, I have been blessed with an amazing wife Sarah, daughter Julie and son Barrett. “I have a great deal of pride and love for Shasta College. Shasta gives so many the opportunities to be successful, because in life, all you can ask for is an opportunity”.
Rashan Williams: I am a former Shasta College Knight who graduated in spring of 2013. I played football here at Shasta as wide receiver. After leaving Shasta College I transferred to Winston Salem State University in North Carolina where I completed my Bachelor’s in Sociology. My biggest accomplishments didn’t come from the field; it was walking across the stage and the feeling of being a role model to my younger teammates and also anyone who may have struggled on their journey. My road wasn’t always so clear. Being a student athlete can be very demanding and if you allow distractions to detour you, it can be hard to get back on track. No one said the journey would be easy, but if you find ways to make it less stressful it will make your time here much more relaxing.
Chad Buell: I grew up in Maryland, but moved to Florida for college. I attended Valencia Community College for my Associate of Arts degree and transferred to the University of Central Florida to complete my Bachelor’s in Psychology. After trying to find my place in the psychology field, I moved to Redding and began to work on my Master’s in School Counseling from National University. I’ve worked with students at all different school levels and helped to develop academic success with struggling students in each program.