Vikings’ Zack Mandera and Zoe McBride selected as participants in NCAA Sports Career Forum


Andy Jobanek

PORTLAND, Ore.— Zack Mandera and Zoe McBride Portland State football and volleyball teams, respectively, were selected as two of 200 entrants across all three NCAA divisions for the NCAA Career in Sports Forum. The forum will take place June 2-5 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Sports Career Forum offers selected student-athletes the opportunity to discover and explore potential careers in sports, particularly in collegiate athletics. The forum allows attendees to network with their peers and decision makers at the campus, conference, and national level of collegiate athletics. The content will meet the following program objectives:

  • Educate participants on how personal strengths intersect with career opportunities.
  • To provide participants with tangible experiences that will push them forward in their aspiration to a career in sport.
  • Explore professional and career development strategies to ease the transition to a career in the sports industry.
  • Learn about the role of an intercollegiate coach, athletics administrator, and national governing body staff member.

“The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is a fantastic professional development opportunity for our student-athletes to explore career options in athletics and network and learn with student-athletes and administrators from across the country. We are thrilled to have Zack and Zoe represent Portland State University of Indianapolis,” Portland State Assistant Athletic Director for Scholars Lindsay Coburn says picks from Mandera and McBride.

Participants will attend lectures from guest speakers covering the topics of self-awareness and its role in professional development, practical approaches to job search in sport, personal branding, developing a career plan and self-management as a professional in the sports industry. Panel discussions, small group discussions, keynote presentations and facilitated dialogues will complement the guest speaker sessions.

Mandera, a junior in the football team in 2022, enters the forum wanting to pursue a coaching career. Meanwhile, McBride, a fifth-year senior on the volleyball team, will pursue an administrative path as a business major at Portland State.

Portland State was recently successful in sending student-athletes to the forum, with the athletic department having sent seven student-athletes over the past three years. The Vikings had three student-athletes attending the forum in 2019 between Krystal de Ramos and Kasey Isobe of the Portland State women’s soccer team, and Houston Barnes of the Portland State soccer team. The Vikings also had three entries in 2020 between Cody Jones and Taylor Elliott of the Portland State athletics program, and Kylie Jimenez of the Portland State women’s basketball team. Paige Donathan of the Portland State women’s soccer team was the Vikings’ lone entrant in 2021.

The NCAA covers all costs of attending the forum, including all travel, lodging, meals, and program materials for student-athletes.

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