Meghan Casey ’11 has a competitive spirit that manifests itself brightly in the way she leads athletes safely on their journeys. As the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development and Inclusion Excellence for Niagara University in New York, Casey helps student-athletes achieve their goals. She focuses on supporting a holistic student-athlete experience.
As a youth, Casey came to SUA from Gesu’s parish school. She was a fierce competitor in sports, but she learned before her freshman year at SUA that she could not safely play contact sports. So, in deciding where to attend high school, she was influenced by a current teacher who had a daughter who attended SUA and was a member of the rowing team, a non-contact sport. Casey joined the team as a freshman and rowed for the duration of her high school career. One of her fondest memories is celebrating her 18th birthday with her teammates at the Head of The Charles Regatta in Boston.
Casey attended the University of Dayton and walked on to the rowing team her sophomore year. She balanced academics, athletics, and a social life with the support of her roommate, teammates, and school organizations.
After graduating from UD in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Casey earned a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Monmouth University in New Jersey while obtaining a 200-hour yoga teacher certificate. Soon after, she became a Child Protection Therapist in the Denver, Colo., area. There, she worked with families experiencing abuse, neglect, and trauma.
Since then, she has relocated to be an administrator for Niagara University, a Division 1, Catholic university in New York. She has had life experiences that relate to her students. She knows the struggles of wanting to play and being unable to do so, and she especially advocates for LGBTQIA and ethnic students, as well as for mental health concerns. She uses her life experience and her academic knowledge to lead her team and their students to reach their goals. Casey said, "SUA taught me to persevere and put my faith into action."
In her spare time, Casey enjoys teaching yoga and spending time with her boyfriend and her dog Luna. She is the older sister of Patricia Sullivan '14.
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