Q and A With Football Seniors Tate Byers and Andrew Skalman
By Sahil Patel
Sports Information Student Assistant
What made you choose to come to Washington University?
TATE BYERS: I chose Washington University because they allowed me to keep playing the sport that I love while earning a world-class education.
ANDREW SKALMAN: Washington University provides me a great, well-balanced opportunity to succeed both in the classroom and on the football field. The academic prestige of Washington University, specifically the Olin Business School, was very attractive and allowed me to experience unique opportunities not available at other institutions. I know that my football career will not last forever, but Wash U. gives me the tools to succeed in my post-football career.
What does it mean to you to be a Washington University student-athlete?
TB: Here at Wash U., you are a student first, and an athlete second. It means that if you have a test or class during practice, you miss practice, simple as that. Academics come first. It is also a tremendous honor to be able to represent your University on the field.
AS: It’s a tremendous honor to be a student-athlete at one of the greatest academic institutions and top Division III athletic programs in the country. I’m lucky to be surrounded by like-minded teammates who push me to excel both on and off the field.
How did you end up as a defensive back?
TB: I always loved playing defense in every sport I played whether it be basketball, soccer or football. I love being able to fly around the field and make plays in the run and pass game. Plus, ladies know that defense is where it’s at.
AS: I played defensive back and wide receiver in middle school, but I was moved to corner when I got up to varsity in 10th grade. I played free safety my junior and senior season in high school, but when I got to Wash U, I moved back to corner and have been there ever since.
What did you do over the summer? What was your favorite memory?
TB: This summer, I interned at ALL Consulting, which is an oil and gas consulting company based in Tulsa, Okla. My favorite memory from the summer was climbing Pike’s Peak with some of this year’s seniors. All I could think about, other than the donuts at the top, was Coach K’s famous tree line speech during camp my freshman year, and how true it all was.
AS: I had a really busy summer. I went to visit friends and family in Japan for a month and then spent the next eight weeks working for the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. I worked specifically in the marketing department, coming up with promotional night ideas and execution for the next season’s home games. It was a really rewarding experience to oversee a project from start to finish, and I’m looking forward to seeing my ideas implemented this season.
How do you balance your schedule between football and school?
TB: Naps. I found that there’s nothing a good 30- minute nap cannot cure. On a more serious note, time management is the key to success as a student-athlete. With football, I know what’s expected of me everyday time wise, so I adjust the rest of my time to take care of my school work and studying.
AS: Time management is the key. Football requires a substantial amount of time and effort; however, the busy schedule forces to me utilize my free time efficiently.
Looking back on your career, what is your favorite football memory at Washington University?
TB: This is tough one, but I would have to say recovering the “Bear Kick” my sophomore year against Rhodes. It was one of those things that we must have practiced a hundred times, and it was a pretty awesome feeling when it worked in the game.
AS: Winning the UAA Championship my junior season. After a slow start and a couple tough losses, the team pulled together and brought home the UAA Championship for the first time since 2004. With only one season left in my football career, I’ve gained a greater appreciation for the day-to-day interactions with my teammates and coaches.
What are your future plans upon graduation from Washington University?
TB: I plan on heading south to get an MBA, and then into the oil and gas industry from there.
AS: I’m a double major in marketing and entrepreneurship, so a career path in either of those industries would be ideal. I would love to return to the Warriors in a marketing role, similar to the work I was doing this summer. I’m also a Co-Owner of a socially responsible apparel company called Pupu Kine that partners and donates proceeds from sales to local non-profits in Hawaii. So continuing that would be another option.