Alyssa Jacobs, an Athletics Communications intern and member of the Ohio State dance team, is diving deeper into the internships of fellow Huntington Bucks Go Pro participants this summer. A familiar face to frequent OhioStateBuckeyes.com visitors, Brendon Kearney, is the highlighted intern in this edition.
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June 14 | Deja Bell | IMG Marketing
June 18 | Tommy Parran | Sports Administration
June 20 | Maggie Reinhardt & Sarah George | LiFE Sports
June 25 | Michael Chan | Schottenstein Center
June 27 | Brennon Davis | Athletics Facilities
June 29 | Hannah Gantt & Maria Wisman | Student Life
July 8 | Brianna Gazmarian | Fan Experience
Brendon Kearney is a rising senior in the Men’s Ice Hockey program working with the Corporate Engagement team at Ohio State through a Huntington Bucks Go Pro internship this summer.
The opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds at the best athletics department in the country is what drew him to the summer internship program originally. The stories he heard from student-athletes in the Bucks Go Pro classes before him made the internship an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
Brendon has been working closely on alumni engagement, coming up with innovative ways to get the vast network of Ohio State alumni engaged.
“I have really enjoyed it. It’s great to see the amazing alumni network that we have here at Ohio State,” Kearney said.
The Northville, Mich., native has a strong academic and athletic background. The three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection is majoring in Finance with hopes to utilize his hockey talents for as long as he can. When his hockey days are over, the ambitious senior has aspirations of becoming a Business Analyst or starting his own company.
Talent is certainly a good word to sum up Kearney’s impact on the ice. After playing for the Chicago Steel, he committed to Ohio State and played in 27 games as a freshman. Most recently in his junior season, Kearney tied for eighth in the B1G with a +14 mark and helped his team to the first Frozen Four appearance in twenty years. He played in all 41 games and ended his season with 5 goals and 13 assists, all career highs.
When asked why an athlete from that state up north chose Ohio State to be his home, Kearney didn’t hesitate.
“The People. The Tradition. The Excellence. That really spoke to me and showed me that this truly is one of the best schools in the country, not just for athletics but academics as well,” Kearney said.
You may recognize the charismatic Kearney from his editions of #KearneysCorner, a series he hosts that gives Ohio State Hockey fans a glimpse into who the men are off the ice. It was almost created by accident, as Kearney said he was originally joking around with a teammate on camera. Once the video was posted, the fans responded and seemed to like it.
“I love the experience because I believe it helps let people see the other side of the players that doesn’t get to come out that often during a game or in the media,” Kearney said.
Number 25 is looking to continue the success of the 2018 Frozen Four campaign into his senior season by winning the team’s first Big Ten title, a goal of Kearney’s ever since he stepped foot on Ohio State’s campus as a student-athlete. Chemistry was without doubt a factor in the team’s 2017-18 success.
Kearney elaborated, “The team was truly one of the closest I have ever been on. No matter what we were doing we were always having fun, everybody got along, and it made it even better to experience that amazing accomplishment with my friends for life.”
Kearney thinks the combination of seasoned veterans and talented freshmen will make it another year to remember.
“I don’t think we have to change much from last year. We played a great style of game. I believe the experience we gained will go a long way in helping us go even further this year,” he said.
“Being an Ohio State athlete means the world to me. The ability to train and play in world class facilities in front of Buckeye Nation every year has been incredible and an experience I will forever be thankful for,” Kearney said.