Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Whatever happened to...Julie Sommer of William and Mary

For years, you know their every move. Then one day they move on to the next chapter in their lives. New faces take their place. Their statistics are in the archives. A new era begins. Often we wonder, "Whatever happened to....?"

LadySwish is tracking many of the former players and coaches from the programs across the state and asking them what they're doing now. We'll tell you what they told us. If there's someone you've wondered about, please let us know and we'll add her to the mix.

Today we focus on former William and Mary star Julie Sommer (now Julie Sommer Leach)

Claim to fame: A prolific scorer for the Tribe, Sommer finished her career with 1,216 points and ranks seventh on the program’s career scoring list. Sommer led W&M in scoring all four years (1994-99), averaging double figures every season. She is the school record holder for career three-point shooting percentage (.380) and ranks second in career free throw shooting percentage (.785).

What she's doing now (in her words):
"After graduation, I moved to the D.C. area and worked in marketing and sales for a couple of years. I worked for TAP Pharmaceuticals for the majority of that time. In 2003, my husband and I moved to Denver for his career in the NFL. (Mike Leach graduated from William and Mary in 2000 and has played for the Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, and is currently playing for the Arizona Cardinals. He is entering his 11th season in the NFL.) While in Denver, I went to graduate school and earned an MBA from Regis University. Soon after graduating from Regis, I had our first child. We now have two children: Ryan, 4, and Madeline, 2. In between having Ryan and Madeline, I did a one year part-time internship at the University of Denver's Athletic Department. I am currently a stay-at-home mom, but I am active in the Arizona Cardinals wives charities as well. I plan on going back to work once Mike's football career is over and both children are in school full time."

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