How Kyle Mauch’s Baseball Career Led to the Athletes Brand
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 not only drive interaction between athletes and their fans, but also provide other athletes with inspiration on their own career transition, 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 baseball player and current entrepreneur, Kyle Mauch.
Mauch’s baseball career at the Centenary College of Louisiana and in the San Diego Padres organization may have come to an end earlier than he wanted, but Mauch found his calling once he realized (as he will detail for you below) that his latest injury rehab ended up igniting a passion for what would be a career transition for him.
For those of you who do not know about his company, Athletes Brand, we strongly urge you to learn more by clicking the link below. His dedication to helping athletes serve a cause is truly unique and amazing. We could go on and on about his company, but instead of reading it from us … you can read it from him right here on the VIKTRE Career Network.
What teams did you play for?
Centenary College of Louisiana
San Diego Padres Organization
What industry did you change careers to?
Fashion, Retail, Podcasting, Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy
How did you get into your new career?
I started selling shirt designs in college and it evolved over time from being easy beer money to a fruitful business. I was rehabbing a back injury from when I was a kid after college before I went to Spring Training, and really discovered a passion for entrepreneurship during this time. I fell in love with how it was all on me if I was successful or not in entrepreneurship, just like in sports. Entrepreneurship fulfilled my drive for competition and risk.
As I hit a big crossroads in my life during this “rehab period,” I realized that I wanted my life to mean more than trying to scrape out a sub-par baseball career. I wanted to know that if I died tomorrow, that the world was better for having had me in it. That I left the world improved in some way. Baseball wasn’t going to do that for me.
I quickly realized that this wasn’t a “rehab period,” it was a transition period. I started my company Athletes Brand in 2013, and I decided that I needed to help athletes use their influence for something bigger than selling shoes and cereals because there weren’t any simple solutions for them to do that out there. The most influential profession in the world needed a platform where that influence can raise awareness and money for causes around the world and actually make a real difference. I wanted to help fellow athletes change the world without having to take time away from their family and profession.
I went back to Spring Training after starting this company and falling in love with it and realized that I had found something I was equally, if not more passionate about than baseball. I made the tough decision to leave my childhood dream, to pursue something of a higher purpose and meaning in Athletes Brand.
Today, Athletes Brand focuses on improving athletes’ lives beyond the game. We specialize in leisure and fashion wear for their lives away from the game, but also do home goods, toiletries, jewelry, camps and much more with over 700 pro athletes on the brand. In 2017, I will release RefinedCraft.com for actors, musicians, entertainers, etc. to help them use their influence in the same fashion as athletes. I did all of this by following my passion (sports), discovering my purpose (philanthropy) and truly trusting my gut and following what I felt was right with no regrets.
What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?
Leaving baseball after being healthy for the first time in 10 years was the toughest part. To make that leap and put both feet in and not just one, it was a risk. I Invested everything I had and lived in poor living conditions for a long time to make a new dream happen in Athletes Brand.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?
Bringing in six figures in sales in the company’s first six months while donating over $20,000 to charity. All with no investors, and built off of my company’s own sales. Since then, those numbers have over doubled each year.
What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?
Use your resources and use your experience in teamwork, work ethic and competitiveness to your advantage. Use the tools available to you. My biggest advice is to let your passions lead you to what your true purpose is. Try new things now and follow the things that you draw a passion for. You can turn true passion into profit a lot easier than trying to chase the dollar signs.
See your transition as training for the next season, the next goal and put in the time, effort and sacrifice if you want to be great at it. Plan ahead, while you’re still playing if possible. Planning ahead isn’t planning for failure in your sport, it’s planning for the future. It’s planning for further success after your sport for yourself and your family. If you ever need advice or anything don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
How can other athletes learn more about your business or your career change?
My Podcast: SuccessAtSuccess.com. We have pro athletes, business moguls, musicians, actors and more on to talk about how to be successful at success, what to do after you’ve accomplished your goals and have found significant success.
You can also follow Kyle and his company below: