At the start of the new year, Nueva welcomed Brett McCabe as Nueva’s athletics director and newest member of the Extended Leadership Team. We sat down with him to learn more about his journey to Nueva, his excitement about this new role, and why he decided to move back to Northern California, the first place he called home. This is an abridged version of a longer interview with Brett that will appear in the upcoming issue of Nueva Magazine.
Can you share a little about your journey to Nueva?
They say if you do something you love, then you will never work a day in your life. This is how my professional experiences have felt. I grew up loving sports, and I have been fortunate to be involved in athletics my entire career.
After playing baseball professionally, I became a coach and administrator at the collegiate level. After seven years, and wanting to be closer to family, my wife and I moved to Dallas, TX, where I served as the director of the McKinney Marshals baseball organization for eight years. I then transitioned to being the athletic director at Parish Episcopal School.
What are you looking forward to in your new role?
There are many things I look forward to in my new role as athletic director. Initially, I look forward to getting to know everybody in the Nueva community while supporting the athletic department. Over time, I look forward to making a difference in the lives of our student-athletes. I want to enhance their experience to the fullest. This is done in many different ways: providing support, maximizing opportunities, embracing competition, hiring the best coaches, improving and expanding facilities, using the best equipment, and anything else I can do to make the kids feel special and appreciated.
Every year, second graders study what brings people to the Bay Area. What draws you to the Bay Area?
For me, this is an easy one. I was born just up the road in Sacramento. All my family still lives there, so having the opportunity to return to Northern California was a no-brainer. Plus, is there any better weather in the country (on average)? I don’t think so.
What is something that people might be surprised to know about you?
I am a former professional baseball player. I played for the Chicago Cubs organization.
|Favorite sport to watch: Football|
|Favorite sport to play: Basketball|
|Person, place, or thing that brings you joy: My wife and kids|
|Morning beverage of choice: Orange juice. I've never had coffee|
|Secret hidden talent: I am ambidextrous|
|Your hero: My dad|