|Maura Brumley graduated from Harding in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. During her time at Harding, she was involved in the American Marketing Association and worked for the sports information department. Brumley also completed two summer internships with minor league baseball teams while at Harding. The first was with the Beloit Snappers in Wisconsin. There she learned the ins and outs of the baseball world working with game day set up and inventory, on-field promos, game day notes and media guide, baseball camps and player/mascot appearances, as well as ticket sales and group outings. Her second internship was very similar to the first, but with the Fort Myers Miracle in Florida. Fan interaction and helping accommodate them was a large part of both internships. While at Harding working for the sports information department, Brumley made a great impression on Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, Scott Goode.|
“Maura Brumley was one of the most dependable student workers I have had in my 15 years in the Harding sports information office,” Goode said. “She was very conscientious and always wanted her job done right. I knew she would be successful in her career beyond Harding, and am very proud of her outstanding work in Minor League Baseball and at ESPN.”
After graduation, Brumley moved home to Scottsboro, Alabama for about a month before moving to Bristol, Connecticut in July 2012 for her current job as a Stats Analyst in the Stats & Information Group at ESPN. She does verification and analysis of the stats ESPN receives for all the sports the company covers.
“We work with professional leagues and colleges around the world gathering data for all platforms including TV, radio, espn.com, the magazine, SportsCenter app, etcetera,” Brumley said. “Not only does our data provide the numbers for every output within ESPN, we also provide analysis that gets used on broadcasts and throughout stories on espn.com and in the ESPN magazine.”
In reference to finding jobs after graduation, Brumley thinks that students should always take advantage of the resources they have been provided with professionally.
“I know the saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ is said all the time, but it really is true,” Brumley said. “If it weren’t for Nate Copeland meeting an ESPN recruiter and remembering that I wanted to work in sports, I wouldn’t have the job I have today.”
Brumley credits her time at Harding as very beneficial in several ways, introducing her to helpful connections and building lasting relationships along the way.
“Harding opened opportunities for me career-wise since I was able to meet so many different people with various contacts that I might not have gotten otherwise,” Brumley said. “It also introduced me to some of my best friends that I still keep in close contact with today. If you let it, Harding will help you both professionally and personally like it did me.”