Jackie Mott ’15 began her career with the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees, in the finance department.
“I’ve always been a Yankees fan, so it’s been an unbelievable experience,” said Mott, who has since been promoted to box office manager.
As a math major with a business minor, Mott brings a valuable skill set to the Thunder. It’s clear she has come a long way since a senior year meeting with Rick DelVecchio, director of career development for the College of Arts and Sciences.
“Jackie was looking at how she could apply her mathematics degree,” said DelVecchio, who had once worked in minor league baseball in Connecticut and Indiana.
When DelVecchio asked Mott about her interests and she said baseball, he knew just what to say: “There are a lot of opportunities to apply mathematics in baseball.”
The first step for Mott was to bring enthusiasm — and resumes — to Major League Baseball’s annual winter meetings in December 2015.
“I had 11 interviews in two days and received two job offers,” Mott said. “You make so many contacts in this business.”
Some of those contacts, including retired Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, occasionally walk through her office in Trenton.
“It’s fun when that happens … but for the most part, it’s a lot of hard work,” Mott said. “You put in 75–80 hours a week during the season, including games, but I love coming to work every day. That’s the goal, right? I love my job.”