Maura Brumley graduated from the Harding College of Business Administration with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2012.
During her time at Harding, she worked for the sports information department. She completed two summer internships with minor league baseball teams: the first with the Beloit Snappers in Wisconsin and the second with the Fort Myers Miracle in Florida. Both internships gave her a taste of the many facets of working with a minor league team. While working in the sports information department, Brumley made a strong impression on assistant athletic director for sports information, Scott Goode.
“Maura was one of the most dependable student workers I have had in my 15 years in the Harding sports information office,” Goode said. “She was very conscientious and always wanted her job done right. I knew she would be successful in her career beyond Harding and am very proud of her outstanding work in Minor League Baseball and at ESPN.”
Upon graduation, Brumley moved home to Scottsboro, Alabama for nearly a month before moving to Bristol, Conn. in July 2012 for her current job as a Stats Analyst in the Stats and Information Group at ESPN. She does verification and analysis of the stats ESPN receives for all the sports the company covers.
“We work with professional leagues and colleagues around the world gathering data for all platforms including TV, radio, ESPN.com, the magazine, the SportsCenter app and more,” Brumley said. “Not only does our data provide the numbers for every output within ESPN, we also provide analysis that gets used on broadcasts and throughout stories on ESPN.com and in the ESPN magazine.”
In reference to finding jobs after graduation, Brumley said that students should always take advantage of the resources they have been provided with professionally.
“I know the saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ is said all the time, but it really is true,” Brumley said. “If it weren’t for Nate Copeland meeting an ESPN recruiter and remembering that I wanted to work in sports, I wouldn’t have the job I have today.”
Brumley says her time at Harding was very beneficial in several ways, including introducing her to helpful connections and building lasting relationships along the way.
“(Harding) opened opportunities for me career-wise since I was able to meet so many different people with various contacts that I might not have gotten otherwise,” Brumley said. “Harding also introduced me to some of my best friends that I still keep in close contact with today. If you let it, Harding will help you both professionally and personally like it did me.”