James Farrar '05
Exercise Physiology major*
Strength and Conditioning Coach,
Tri-City Valley Cats (Houston astros Class A team)
EXPERIENCES AT LASELL:
What I loved most about Lasell were the small classes. That environment really helped me learn more and establish relationships with professors. I didn’t have to email them a question about something covered in class, and then wait for two days for them to respond. I could ask questions right then and there, in class. I also had a phenomenal internship.
EXPERIENCES FOLLOWING LASELL:
After I graduated, I worked at a fitness studio for a bit, and then I started doing personal training and working with various athletic programs at local high schools. Once I had completed a couple of extra certification classes, I began sending out my résumé to a number of professional and semi-professional teams, and soon I got a call from Houston. They essentially offered me a job over the phone, based on the strength of my résumé and my experience with Mike Boyle.
I develop the conditioning program for the team, and take the players through their work-outs and maintenance training. I definitely use a lot of what I learned at Lasell on a daily basis. My strength and conditioning class, obviously, but also biology, kinesiology, anatomy and physiology—these are all really useful. A player will come in and say, “My shoulder hurts,” and I have to help him identify the specific source of the pain, so knowing as much as I can about the body definitely helps me identify and treat injuries. Our Office of Career Services offers you a wealth of resources, from career planning guides to résumé and cover letter assistance to online job postings. What’s even better? These resources are available to you from your first day on campus.
* The Exercise Physiology major has been renamed to Exercise Science