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. Edition No. 3 is Tommy Parran from the Men’s Ice Hockey team.
Tommy Parran is an Ohio native and rising senior on the Men’s Ice Hockey team. As a hockey player, Parran has an impressive resume that boasts time in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms and, most recently, a role on the 2018 OSU hockey team that advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time in over 20 years.
Parran is currently working with Janine Oman, Senior Woman Administrator and Executive Associate AD, gaining valuable work experience to grow his professional resume, as well as, learning everything in the wide net that is Janine’s job description. This includes overseeing athletic training and conditioning and interacting with the many coaches within the athletics department, and everything in between. The chance to learn from one of the best in the business has made Parran extremely grateful for the Huntington Bucks Go Pro program.
“I’ve taken part in various professional development opportunities throughout my career here and this is by far the most valuable and most important for my current place in life. This program gives me the most exposure to real-life and, as a rising senior, that’s what I need the most,” Parran said.
As a student, Parran is an English major with interests in other diverse areas such as politics and biology. He is a two-time scholar-athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice working to fuse his passions together to become a lawyer, a far cry from the professional bass fisherman he thought he would become as a child. Parran says the opportunity to help people by being a civil servant is one of the biggest draws to the demanding profession.
Additional years of challenging education, long work-hours, and a long journey to career advancement are just some of the realities lawyers accept when choosing to enter the field. Parran is well-equipped to face the adversity, however, as his time at Ohio State has prepared him for it.
“The biggest way Ohio State has prepared me is by not only instilling the work ethic demanded of us as student-athletes but also the perseverance necessary to get the work done to succeed,” Parran said.
Parran is looking forward to getting back to playing the game he has dedicated his life to and continuing the success of last season.
“I’m excited to get back to work so we can return to the Frozen Four and win those last two games, because that is what we have spent our entire offseason thinking about,” Parran said.
Naturally, success and fan excitement go hand-in-hand, and Ohio State Hockey saw some of its largest crowds in history in the past season. Parran says one of his favorite parts of being an Ohio-State athlete is being able to compete against talented competition in front of the best fanbase in the world– Buckeye Nation.
Of all the Ohio State wins over TTUN this year (including 5️⃣ by Buckeye hockey), the OT victory in the B1G Tourney was voted the BEST at tonight’s Scarlet and Gramies! pic.twitter.com/lLOSa140cY
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) April 24, 2018
It isn’t all work and no play, however. Parran says one of his other favorite memories of his time at the university is hosting the Scarlet and Graymies award ceremony, an ESPY-style award show for student-athletes where Parran’s team won the award for Biggest Win Over TTUN.
Parran is well-prepared to thrive on the ice and in the classroom during his senior campaign at Ohio State, and is looking forward to taking advantage of every learning opportunity during his time with the Huntington Bucks Go Pro program.