Patriot League 20th Anniversary Profiles: Brian Oates



Sept. 8, 2010

Name: Brian Oates
Institution: College of the Holy Cross
Sport: Soccer
Graduation Year: 1993
Undergraduate Degree:English
Did You Know?
Now works for the New England Patriots as Director of Corporate Sales, and also worked for the Boston Bruins.

A member of the Holy Cross men's soccer team during the early years of the Patriot League, Oates excelled both on the field and in the classroom. He was selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 1991 and 1992.

Q: What factors helped in your decision to attend Holy Cross?
A: I spent a lot of time during my high school years at Holy Cross - visiting my sisters Julie Oates Wack ('87) and Suzanne Oates Keefe ('88), so I was very comfortable on campus. Also, I attended a Jesuit High School, so it was a natural extension for me to choose Holy Cross.

Q: Who were your sports idols growing up and why?
A: Like countless other Bostonians, I idolized Larry Bird. He personified what a competitor should be - someone that worked tirelessly, got the most out of his abilities, brought out the best in his teammates and someone that embraced every big moment.

Q: What was your proudest on-the-field accomplishment?
A: I tried out for the soccer team freshman year and was cut. We had a new coach, Elvis Comrie, come to Holy Cross my junior year and he invited me to try out again. I walked on and started every game for the next two seasons. I am proud that I took advantage of the opportunity that was I was given and competed at the Division I level.

Q: What was your proudest academic accomplishment?
A: I made Dean's list a few times, and being named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Q: How were you able to balance the demands in the classroom with the demands of being an athlete?
A: As many student-athletes do, I had to manage my time very efficiently. I also had a work-study job that took up 15-20 hours a week, so I mapped out each day's and each week's obligations and opportunities and stuck to the schedule that I had made.

Q: How did your experience as a student-athlete prepare you for life after college?
A: My experience as a student-athlete helped me understand that success comes through preparation and hard work. Also, it taught me the value of seizing opportunities when they are presented. Lastly, it pushed me to set bigger goals and expect more from myself.

Q: What is like working for a professional sports team like the New England Patriots?
A: Working for a team is professional team is a tremendous opportunity. It's a fun, fast-paced and exciting environment; however, like any job, what is most important are the people with and for whom you work. In that regard, I could not be luckier to work for such a first-rate organization and incredible family in the Kraft family.

Q: If you could go back to college and compete one more time, where would it be and against whom?
A: I really enjoyed competing at West Point and at Annapolis. The student-athletes from Army and Navy were tremendous athletes and competitors, and their campuses are special places.

Q: If you had to offer current student-athletes some words of wisdom what would they be?
A: Tackle whatever you are doing with enthusiasm and passion. Surround yourself with quality people that you enjoy being with and who will support you. Challenge yourself by setting goals and committing to action. Win each day.

Q: Do you still follow Holy Cross athletics?
A: I do not get back to campus as much as I would like, but I still follow the teams.

Q: Looking back, what does it mean to you to have been a Patriot League student-athlete?
A: Playing a sport was a small, but especially memorable part of my college experience and I am proud to have been a student-athlete at Holy Cross. I made some great friends; had a lot of laughs with teammates and it was a great shared experience.