Athletes to Careers w/ Penelope Yamauchi

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Penelope Yamauchi is an Athlete Job Placement Coach with Athletes to Careers and is a former Division - 1 swimmer and 2012 Olympic trial qualifier. I met Penelope through my last podcast guest, Tobruk Blaine who is the Director of the Beyond Football Program at San Diego State University.

After personally struggling to find a job she was passionate about after her swimming career, Penelope has made it her life’s mission to prevent other athletes from suffering the same fate as long as they are willing to put in the work!


Below you will find a list of talking points Penelope and I touch on throughout this episode:

  • Penelope’s journey to becoming a D-1 Swimmer.

  • Penelope’s transformation to life after swimming.

  • Questions to ask yourself when searching for the right fit when it comes to choosing a job.

“What are your core Values?”

  • Harnessing creativity in your transition.

  • The path that led Penelope to become a career coach for athletes.

  • Why the universe has your back.

  • Resume building tips for athletes.

    • Situation, Action, Result.

  • The importance of storytelling and going on the offensive when in an interview.

  • Why your first job shouldn’t be your dream job.

  • Stories of successful transitions:


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Dreaming Beyond Football w/ Tobruk Blaine

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Over the past couple of years I have been seeing a lot of Division 1 football teams start programs that help prepare their athletes for life after ball. However, one program in particular has caught my eye and in my opinion is doing it better than all the rest. San Jose State University’s Beyond Football program should be looked to as the gold standard of this group of athlete preparedness curriculums and I got to talk with the mastermind behind it all.

Tobruk Blaine is the Director of Beyond Football at San Jose State University and serves as the position coach of life on the team. Prior to building the SJSU Beyond Football program from the ground up, Tobruk was an award-winning educator and championship cheerleading coach. In this interview we talk about how Tobruk’s past experiences as an athlete, teacher and coach influenced the structure of her program and she gives us advice on what you can be doing to prepare yourself for success after retirement from your sport.

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Below you will find a list of talking points we touch on throughout our discussion:

  • How Tobruk applies her 10 years of teaching and 15 years of coaching experience to her job.

  • The benefits of being located in the Silicon Valley.

  • The importance of Coach Brent Brennan’s buy in with Beyond Football.

    “If we handle our business off the field then everything on the field will work itself out”

  • Tobruk’s journey to San Jose State and starting the Beyond Football Program from scratch.

  • The similarities and differences between Tobruk’s role at SJSU and Brittany Wagner’s role in Last Chance U.

  • The evolution of the Beyond the Football Program and why community service is an area of focus.

  • Pillars of the program:

    • Explore (Don’t know what they don’t know) – Providing opportunities for exposure.

    • Inspire through service.

    • Cultivate skills, knowledge and relationships.

  • How Tobruk helps her players craft their story outside of football.

  • How Tobruk manages to turn out high participation rates for a voluntary program.

  • Ellen Show Shout Out and how this contributed to some of Beyond Football’s success:

  • Why athletes need a side hustle.

  • The similarities between coaching cheerleading and coaching beyond football.

  • Tobruk’s transition to life after cheerleading.

  • What separates the SJSU Beyond Football program from other similar programs around the country.

  • How the program has benefitted athletes who were forced to retire due to injuries.

  • How Tobruk torn her ACL while coaching.

  • Don’t just go to school

  • Networking advice.

  • Who the toughest SJSU football player is.




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