March 21, 2006
It didn't take Wendy Cork-Sheehan much time after college graduation to decide what she wanted to do with her life.
The Montgomery, Ala., native graduated from Auburn in 1999 with a degree in exercise science. Just a week after graduation, she moved to Atlanta where she opened her own personal training studio. Seven years later, she remains there today.
Sheehan was a member of the Tigers' softball team from 1996-1999. She was also a member of the university's Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Sheehan played in 74 games for the Tigers during her sophomore and junior seasons. In her senior season, she played in 41 games, recording a .263 batting average with 25 hits and 24 RBI.
However, Sheehan was best known for her leadership on the field. She claims that when she left Auburn, the most important thing she learned wasn't from the classroom or skills on the softball field.
"Integrity, leadership and confidence," Sheehan said. "Those are the biggest things I took away from my time at Auburn. Knowing how to present yourself in a manner that displays those qualities is so important, and you don't always get that from other schools."
Sheehan has taken what Auburn taught her and implemented those traits into the development of her studio. Sheehan spends her days working with her studio and living in Atlanta with her husband of two-and-a-half years, Patrick. The couple has been busy building its first home. Meanwhile, as the success of her studio continues, they are, at the same time, toying with the idea of franchising their business.
"Right now I'm just in the middle of a lot of things," Sheehan said. "We just want to stay healthy and happy, and enjoy Auburn football games."
In addition to her studio, Sheehan enjoys staying busy with other hobbies, most of which are athletic, she said. She enjoys adventure racing, hiking, mountain bike racing and playing golf.
Sheehan is still very much an avid Auburn fan, watching and keeping up with Auburn football as well as other sports. She makes her way back to the Plains occasionally for football games and to visit former professors. She also returns to participate in a charity golf tournament, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Performance.
"I just get back whenever I can." She said.
Sheehan's most recent visit was a unique and memorable one. She was one of over 1,000 former women athletes who returned to Auburn to take part in Auburn's Women's Athletic Celebration in January. She said she thoroughly enjoyed the event and especially enjoyed getting to spend time with athletes from other sports, as well as having individual time with her former teammates.
"It was absolutely fantastic," Sheehan said. "Auburn did a great job with allowing us time to reconnect with so many people. It was great having time with all the athletes and just your team. They really did a good job of organizing everything and rolling out the red carpet for us."