Graduate story: David Szumowski
As the national cricket coach of France for three years, David Szumowski helped develop cricket there and took the team from sixth to fourth in Europe's 2nd division. Returning to Australia in 2009, David served as the Cricket NSW Development Manager - North Coast before being put in charge of cricket in Newcastle and across northern NSW.
"Cricket has been my lifelong passion. I got my first taste of the Sydney Cricket Ground as a 16-year-old Inverell kid at the Cricket NSW country boys' coaching class. That same year I represented NSW in under-18s indoor cricket. That love of cricket put me in the mindset of doing sport at SCU."
David majored in sport management at the Lismore campus. After graduation, he was manager at a Gold Coast indoor cricket centre and moved overseas for several years.
"When I decided I was staying in France, I Googled 'cricket in France'; and stumbled across the European Cricket Council which is part of the ICC (International Cricket Council). I got the job as the French national coach; no doubt being an Aussie and our success at the game helped. At the same time, I was a sports teacher at an international school in Lille, doing cricket and a few other sports. The Bachelor degree gave me guidelines for structuring sports programs and session plans."
As EO of Newcastle Cricket, David's priority is to address the need for a combined, single focus to grow and promote cricket in Newcastle and the surrounding areas.
"In this role, I'm drawing on all my experience as coach, development leader and in particular what I learned in my postgraduate study at SCU. The Master of International Sport Management degree was fantastic and having that type of practical qualification is important if you want to be an effective sports administrator. I learned about sport as a business. As long as you understand the principles of business you can take that into any sporting organisation."
NSW Cricket Development Leader - Northern NSW; Executive Officer - Newcastle Cricket
Bachelor of Human Movement Science (major in sport management), now available as Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science