Patrick Coghlan: SMBA ’14 Student of the Week

Patrick CoghlanEditor’s Note: Patrick Coghlan is SMBA ’14’s first two-time Student of the Week winner.

Lorne Housley: You were awarded Student of the Week for the second time due to your strong work ethic and your willingness to consistently tutor and help classmates. How are you able to manage your own schoolwork while still helping others?

Patrick Coghlan: The great thing is that when you help others, whether it’s with a project or studying for a test, you are simultaneously learning while teaching. When I try and lend a hand with schoolwork it becomes a way for me to study as well. In that sense everybody wins. Also, I’ve always subscribed to the fact that everyone is going to need help at some point or another. I’m happy to do my best to help others now by adding a few extra hours to my day because I know I will need their help later on in life.

LH: We have had a number of great experiences in the program with various guest speakers, classes, and projects. What has been your favorite part of the program so far?

PC: We have experienced a lot as a class this year and there are numerous moments that I have enjoyed immensely. However, I think that the trip to the Dominican Republic was the best of the bunch. It was a chance to learn about a foreign culture, to understand what’s going on in another part of the world, to learn how Major League Baseball operates internationally, and to create closer friendships with all my classmates. It was a tremendous experience.

LH: You are one of the most positive and motivated people in the program. How do you maintain your positivity and motivation?

PC: It’s just so much better to put a smile on someone’s face than it is to see them roll their eyes. Everyone can find a reason to have a bad day or not enjoy what they are doing, but at the end of the day we choose how we impact other people. I love to make people happy, and the task is going to be the same whether you are happy or upset. You might as well be happy. As for motivation, that probably comes from my parents, who always taught me that the only thing you can control is how hard you work. Those are the two simplest things I live my life by: make people smile and try your best.

LH: How do you think your experience as a college baseball player helps you as you look for a career in baseball?

PC: I think that it has certainly helped me understand the game at a higher level, which improved my ability to speak intelligently about the game. I also learned how to manage my time and continue to work hard despite many setbacks. Perseverance and knowledge of the game will help me moving forward.

LH: What is your favorite sports memory?

PC: I always loved watching my sister play soccer because her personality on the field was completely different than it was off of the field. She was and still is a tremendous competitor. However, my favorite sports memory was probably winning the Big Ten title for baseball my senior year at Purdue. Not only was it incredible to be a part of the best team in school history, being on that team validated my decision to walk-on to the team. That moment, just hours after my graduation, will stay with me forever.

LH: You were previously asked what your career goals were and you stated that you would be working in Major League Baseball. Have your career aspirations changed now that we are further along in the program? Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

PC: As of now I still anticipate working in Major League Baseball in some capacity in the future. I haven’t lost my love of the game, both on the field and in the front office, and despite the long odds I am hoping to succeed. In the next 10 years I have no idea where I will be. Ideally I will be working for a Major League team in some capacity. However, in the next 10 years I hope that I am lucky enough to find a woman who loves me and is willing to let me take care of her. If I am lucky enough to find my future wife and start a family, the rest of the next 10 years will work out wonderfully.