Sara Tompkins

What are you doing now?

Currently, I am the graduate assistant women’s soccer coach at Carson-Newman University. I am working on my Masters in Education with an emphasis in leadership and coaching and plan to graduate in May 2016. My specific role with the women’s soccer program at Carson-Newman is goalkeeper training and fitness. I hope to continue coaching at the collegiate level after I graduate.

How did UTM Psychology Program help you achieve what you have become?

The UT Martin psychology program helped to challenge me beyond what I thought I could do. I am beyond thankful for the entire staff because they are what made the educational experience so valuable. They helped to open new doors to possibilities I never thought were achievable. Dr. Merwin was a great mentor to me throughout my two years at UT Martin and I was blessed to have her has a professor as well as an advisor.


I was also a member of the UT Martin women’s soccer program where I was a part of 2 conference championships and one NCAA appearance. I learned many valuable lessons while participating in the program and it has benefited me greatly during my time as a current collegiate coach. Having the psychology background has really helped me to mentor each of my players and prepare them properly for every task.

What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming UTM psychology majors?

I would highly recommend the psychology major to anyone who is looking for a degree that will lead to opportunities that are endless. Psychology is such a broad major with a widespread career path.

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