“His major and time in the basketball program go hand in hand. As he began learning more about sports leadership, he started to changed his approach in basketball. We just couldn't keep him off the floor, he was doing all the right things a basketball player was supposed to do,” said Ghiloni. “As a resident assistant, a basketball player, and a student, Devon finds a way to get things done.“
With these classes and more under his belt, Pitts hopes to pursue a career in coaching, sports administration, management or other sports-related positions. “These courses” says Pitts, “have given me a solid foundation that will help me transition well into the workforce.”
As part of his IDM, Pitts created a senior project on leadership philosophies, and interviewed individuals in various areas of the sports industry. He put more than 140 hours into this project. Pitts has interviewed some very influential people in the sports industry, including Ann Meyers Drysdale, the first woman to earn a scholarship under Title IX in 1974; ESPN Commentator Jay Bilas; former OSU Coach, Jim Tressel; former OSU player, CBS analyst Clark Kellogg; Tubby Smith, Head Basketball Coach at Memphis; and National Player of the Year and current Portland Trailblazer, Evan Turner.
Persistence in reaching out to these figures brought success. “It is amazing what you can learn from an individual in one hour-long interview. The experience really has been life-changing and I've not only made some good contacts, but people who have become friends too.” Compiling these experiences into an integrative paper, Pitts acquired both experiential learning and academic success.
Pitts found his IDM major to be worthwhile: “I believe that designing my own major has allowed me to truly own my future.”