July 8, 2018

Buckeye Breakdown | Brianna Gazmarian | Fan Experience


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. The newest in-depth look points in the direction of Brianna Gazmarian (women’s soccer).

June 8 | C.J. Jackson | Coaching
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

Brianna Gazmarian, or Brie, is a rising senior on the Women’s Soccer team. She is working with Katie Chokreff and Tyler Jones in the Fan Experience and Promotions department as a part of the Huntington Bucks Go Pro program to expand her professional network and gain valuable work experience in one of the nation’s top athletics departments.

Brie is a Sport Industry major with career aspirations of one day working in sports marketing. Working in Fan Experience has helped her shape the pathway she wants to take to reach her professional goals and one day land a job in a professional sports team’s fan experience department, enhancing their brand and promoting the organization.

Gazmarian became familiar with the Huntington Bucks Go Pro program through numerous teammates who have been a part of the program during her time at Ohio State. Because of the rave reviews, she decided to apply for a position.

“There have been at least eight girls in the past four years and they all rave about the program and talk about how they all had a clearer vision of what they wanted to do after being a part of it,” Gazmarian says.

Brie has been working on the Brutus Buddies promotion, her personal project and main focus so far in the internship. However, the goal overall in her department is to figure out different ways to promote the 36 sports on campus and get fans excited about Ohio State Athletics. The privilege of simply sitting in on meetings with various departments that utilize the Fan Experience office has been a rewarding experience for Brie, and has helped her see the broad scope of the department.

Coincidentally, the professional development week dedicated to personal branding led by the fan experience team was Gazmarian’s favorite so far. Read about what the week entailed HERE.

Overcoming two devastating ACL tears in her career and the adversity that comes with being a part of a competitive sports team has helped Brie feel equipped to handle anything life throws at her, professionally or otherwise. She says she has seen many parallels between working with her team and working in a professional environment. She views being an athlete at such an elite institution as an advantage, giving student-athletes a unique skill-set that employers will find attractive.

With the HBGP internship starting in June, Brie didn’t just use May for rest and relaxation on the beach back home in California. Instead, she spent her time interning with Los Angeles City Hall as a press intern in the communications department.

“It was pretty intense at first but I enjoyed every minute of it. I had many different responsibilities from drafting letters on behalf of the mayor to the public schedule for the press. One of my favorite projects was contacting various celebrities’ agents and gathering their clients information to invite them to an event the Mayor was hosting,” Gazmarian said.

When asked Brie what she was most looking forward to in her upcoming athletic season, she was clear on the season’s goals.

“Being Big Ten Champions again,” Gazmarian said.

Brie is referring to continuing the momentum of the team’s thrilling 2017 season in which the team won its first outright Big Ten championship in program history.

“It was one of those indescribable feelings. To see all of the hard work our team had put in pay off and the fact that I got to share it with a group of girls close to my heart and a coaching staff that did everything in their power to get us to that point was incredible,” Gazmarian said.

Number 24 is excited to start the season playing Duke in North Carolina, and to capitalize on the excitement the team has to push even further in their upcoming season.

Being so far from her hometown of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., isn’t too hard for Brie because she has a sister at Ohio State, on the same team, and in the same major as her. Having her sister in Columbus to share the experience makes being a Buckeye even more special and helps the University feel like a second home.

“It’s funny because I play the position behind her so I’m always directing her. We bicker a lot, but we have a lot of teammates around to keep us level headed and make us laugh. She definitely keeps me in check, and I keep her in check. I love having her here,” Brie said.

Besides clinching the Big Ten title, Brie says her other favorite memories all have one thing in common:  TTUN. Brie attended “The Game” both at home in 2016 and away in 2017. She says storming the field in 2016 was amazing, but seeing the passion from Buckeye Nation even in *ichigan was a special experience as well.