When a professional athlete’s playing days are over, many do not realize that athlete’s career in another field is often just beginning. As part of VIKTRE’s dedication to drive interaction between athletes and their fans, our Career team made it a priority to show how successful many athletes have been since their playing days ended in a feature called “My Career Change.”
In this installment of “My Career Change,” we interviewed former football player, Dr. Jen Welter. Most know Welter from her days as a member of Team USA’s Olympic Gold medal winning IFAF Women’s Championship teams in 2010 and 2013, as a member of the Dallas Diamonds, Dallas Dragons, Mass Mutiny, Texas Revolution, Dallas Elite, Houston Energy and as the NFL’s first female coach with the Arizona Cardinals.
What sport did you play?
Mass Mutiny 2 seasons
Dallas Dragons 1 season
Dallas Diamonds 10 Seasons
Team USA Gold Medalist 2010, 2013
Texas Revolution 1 Season
Houston Energy 1 Season
Dallas Elite 1 Season
What industry did you change careers to?
Football Coaching, Sport Psychology Consulting, Motivational Speaking and Author
How did you get into your new career?
I went from playing on the Texas Revolution in 2014 to coaching them in 2015 at the insistence of Wendell Davis, the new head coach. From the Revolution, I went to the Arizona Cardinals. I obtained my Ph.D. while playing football, and wrote my dissertation on the NFL’s use of the Wonderlic in player selection. So, my transition to consulting & speaking was a relatively logical extension of playing & coaching.
What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?
Missing playing. Coaching was a great way to stay in the game, but it is different than actually getting to play. It takes a mental shift to go from being the one making plays to helping through the headset.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?
Becoming the first female to coach in the NFL.
What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?
Always be a student of life. Develop many passions, so you have many areas that you are great.
How can other athletes learn more about your business or your career change?
You can learn more about Dr. Welter’s path and get her advice at www.JenWelter.com.
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