Alumni spotlight: Q&A with Charles Mack ’13, University of Virginia football graduate assistant coach
Share a little about your story- what experiences or opportunities led you to your current role?
Growing up, I was always involved in the game of football. I always looked up to my coaches as mentors, leaders, and role models for good character. After graduating from the University of Richmond, I knew I wanted to stay involved in the world of football and leave a lasting impact like the men before me did. After working for a few years in various areas of college athletics like events, operations, and recruiting, I received the opportunity to be a graduate assistant coach for the football team at the University of Virginia. After earning my master’s degree this fall, I hope to take my experiences to full-time coaching.
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
Student-athlete development is the most rewarding part of what I do. I believe the game of football builds strong men in more ways than physical strength. So many young men gain access to higher education through their sport, and as a coach, we have the opportunity to help them visualize what success means to them, their goals, their family, and their career beyond their sport.
What Wesleyan teacher had a profound impact on you?
Mr. Franklin Pridgen, high school social science teacher and head varsity football coach, was someone that I could always come to when I needed advice or support. Mr. Marc Khedouri, assistant head of school for advancement and assistant varsity football coach, provided me with that “tough love,” and he pushed me to see how great I could be and never let me settle.
What is your favorite football memory from Wesleyan?
My favorite memory is having the opportunity to play alongside my brother, Jordan Mack ‘16! Being able to celebrate our achievements on the field together is a memory I will always cherish. I am truly grateful for the experiences, faculty, and coaches that supported my dreams and helped me get to where I am today.