Through the first several years of my career, I took on projects of increasing complexity and relied heavily on a basic technological skill set to accomplish their ends. Naturally, that skill set expanded with the passage of time, but that expansion eventually began to decelerate. I sought a greater challenge and found UChicago's Master's Program in Computer Science. It was exactly the challenge I desired.
As an undergraduate, I took two elective courses in the Sport Management department and met a professor in the department who encouraged me to read the recently-published Moneyball by Michael Lewis. He suggested that with my strong quantitative background and love of sports, I might consider a career in the emerging field of sports analytics. I entered the program in the fall semester of 2005 for the opportunity to pursue the topics in the field in greater depth. I completed the majority of the coursework by the end of the following summer. The final piece was a research project, which I finally completed in the summer of 2009.