2010Nov 26

SPAD Welcomes Back Clay Leibel (SPAD 2006)

HARD WORK REALLY DOES PAY OFF!!

By: Cole Julien, 3rd Year Sports Administration Student and SPAD Student Council Vice President

Clay Leibel (SPAD 06) and current SPAD students

CLAY LEIBEL graduated from the Sports Administration program here at Laurentian University in 2006. Clay has always been a very determined and harder worker, even before coming to Laurentian. For example, Clay was given the opportunity to scout for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) prior to attending university and was able to continue to work with the Barrie Colts while attending Laurentian University. Since graduating, Clay is recruiting and working with hockey players for the Orr Hockey Group, one of the top agencies in North America. On November 19th, 2010, Clay made his return to Laurentian University to talk to some current Sports Administration students about what he has done since graduating and what SPAD students can do to get a head start on their careers even before graduating.

I was lucky enough to interview Clay after his presentation and here are some of the answers Clay gave to my questions:

Q1:             What is some advice you would give to students that aspire to become an agent or work in the hockey industry, recruiting players?

Clay: You have to get out there at all levels and work at it. I think the most important thing is that you love what you do and have fun with it. It may sound cliché, but it is definitely a marathon not a sprint. Looking back on things, initially, getting involved in scouting for a few different teams (starting at the Tier 2 level when I was quite young and then working with an OHL team) was a crucial step to establishing the necessary contacts and gaining the necessary experience that I would need in order to become involved with such a well respected agency like the Orr Hockey Group.

Q2:             What are some key characteristics to succeed?

Clay:

1. Passion

2. Work Ethic

3. Persistence/Patience

4. Professionalism

5. Creativity

Q3:             What is your favorite memory of SPAD?

Clay: My favorite memories have actually come following my graduation. It is nice to see the successes of my fellow classmates and friends that have graduated in the following years in their particular fields. For example, Andrew Stokes started working with IMG after graduation and did such a good job that he was able to secure a fantastic position with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and is doing a great job there. Andrew, I can say, without hesitation, has every single one of the characteristics I mentioned above and more, and he is proving it on a daily basis.

Q4:             3 Words to Describe SPAD.

Clay:

1. Demanding

2. Unique

3. Professional

Q5:             What did you learn throughout your four years in SPAD that has helped you the most throughout your career so far?

Clay: The importance of TEAMWORK and COMMUNICATION SKILLS and the importance of TIME MANAGEMENT.

I would like to thank Clay for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to come talk to us and for giving such a great presentation and insight into the agent and hockey industry.

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