Alumni Update: May Kotsopoulos

Reflecting On University of Vermont Experiences

Alumni Update: May Kotsopoulos

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The University of Vermont caught up with Catamount Hoops Alumni in a “Where are they now?” article. Tri-County Thunder alumni, May Kotsopoulos, was featured to catch up on where life has taken her and reflect on their days in green-and-gold.

May Kotsopoulos ’10

A team captain for two seasons and MVP for the Catamounts in 2009, Kotsopoulos helped lead Vermont to post-season appearances in the NCAA Tournament and WNIT. Also a dean’s list student all four years, she says the stature of the business school was among UVM’s attractions when she made her college choice. She now lives and works in Toronto as a senior account executive for Salesforce, a cloud-based software company that specializes in customer relationship management tools.

Catamount Highlight: Victory over seventh-seeded Wisconsin in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, the Vermont program’s first win of all time in the tourney. “Growing up in Canada, I used to watch March Madness but never imagined being able to actually be involved, let alone win a game,” she says.

A Student-Athlete’s Lessons: Kotsopolous says that her professional style grows from what she learned as a student-athlete — discipline, coachability, an even-keel perspective. She recalls how, after a strong start to her first Vermont season, one poor performance in a December game shook her confidence. On her sister’s advice, she began working with sports psychologist Sheila Stawinski. “Over the next four years, I worked on tactics and tools to handle stress and pressure, perspective on wins and losses, and how to manage both personal and athletic tough times,” Kotsopoulos says.

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