Varsity Football Coach Heads New Experiential Learning Program

October 2, 2014

Varsity Head Football Coach Aaron Brady is building relationships and student opportunities on and off the football field. In the midst of preparing for the big game on Friday, October 3, 2014, against St. Joe’s Prep, Brady is also the Director of Experiential Learning at Malvern.

Brady’s primary responsibility is to seek and cultivate opportunities for Malvern students to gain real-world work experience with businesses and other organizations.

 “The Experiential Learning program really allows the Malvern student to immerse themselves into a company and make a meaningful contribution, while expanding their horizons,” says Brady. 

Real-world experience is not the only benefit to Malvern students, though. 

“Experiential Learning opportunities are simply another way to expand the boys’ window of opportunity regarding college,” says Brady. “They help differentiate the Malvern student from the thousands of other college applicants.” 

And that is something that parents should be excited about; this program is adding something more to the boys’ already impressive resumes. 

“Last year we had eight students work with Grassracks, a local company founded by Malvern alumni Evan Hajas ’04 and Andrew Lees ’02, that builds functional and eco-friendly storage options for surfboards, stand up paddleboards, skimboards and skateboards.

The students’ primary responsibility was to put together and implement a marketing plan to sell Grassracks product,” says Brady.

“We were able to use a lot of the information that the students gathered during the research portion of their project,” says Hajas. “We’ve been able to turn that information they gathered into our marketing and sales efforts for the company. In addition, the students shared great ideas during brainstorming sessions regarding advertising campaigns for the upcoming Spring product release.”

Kevin Smith ’15 felt that he gained some experience in the business field, particularly around how small start-ups work.

“One of the big things I learned was that small start-ups take a lot of leg work and how everyone in the company has to do many different things,” Smith says. “I went to multiple bike stores to conduct interviews, compiled all of the information and then presented it to Evan and Andrew.”

The Director of Experiential position was built into the five-year Strategic Plan, and Christian Talbot, Malvern Prep’s Head of School, felt that Brady would be a great fit.

“With Aaron’s experience in dealing with alumni and students, his background in helping his players with their college choices and his dual role as Malvern’s Varsity Head Football Coach, he seemed like a natural fit for the position,” said Talbot. 

Brady has big plans for the future of this program.

“I would like to build a strong, sustainable program that provides quality opportunities for the boys,” says Brady. “I would like to strengthen the relationships with currently participating companies, but also recruit new companies to the program to provide our boys with even more opportunities for hands-on learning experiences.” 

If you would like more information about being involved with Malvern Prep’s Experiential Learning Program, please contact Aaron Brady at 484-595-5774.

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