March 16, 2020
Ronald Ussery Jr. ’21 is well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a sports agent representing players in the National Football League.
“I played collegiate football for both Sacramento and Fresno State, so my ultimate goal was to become a sports agent,” Ussery said of attending McGeorge. “Knowing that one of the most successful sports agents in the world, Scott Boras (’77, ’82), attended McGeorge definitely had some influence on my decision.”
Ussery is a Los Angeles native but graduated from Sacramento State. Attending McGeorge was the next step in pursuing his passion to fulfill his purpose as a sports agent.
“The admissions department did a great job of making the school feel like home,” he said. “I love the campus and the community environment is very welcoming.”
Ussery said McGeorge has helped him in several ways to pursue his dream.
“After completing my J.D. program, I will be eligible to become a certified NFL agent,” he said. “I will use the legal and practicable skills that I have obtained here at McGeorge to advocate on behalf of my clients.”
Being at McGeorge also allowed him to take part in the Sacramento County Bar Association’s prestigious Sacramento Diversity Fellowship Program where he worked on labor and employment issues in a corporate law firm setting. The fellowship program introduces McGeorge and UC Davis first-year law students and second-year evening McGeorge students to the work, requirements and culture of working at law firms. It helps law students develop legal skills, make professional contacts and encourages them to consider law firms in their career planning.
A solid legal education, opportunities, professional contacts and a certain amount of good fortune have played roles in Ussery’s success so far. During a fellowship networking event over the summer, a visiting lawyer struck up a conversation with Ussery and they exchanged stories of being student-athletes. By the end of the conversation, Ussery was offered a job as a research analyst for Accelerate Sports, an investment banking firm that deals with sport related merger and acquisition transactions.
Making the connection with Accelerate Sports through McGeorge and the Sacramento Diversity Fellowship Program — or being in the “right place, right time,” as he told the McGeorge @ Work blog — places Ussery firmly in line for success when he graduates in 2021. And it could mean returning home to Southern California.
“After taking the bar, I plan to continue working in the field of sports and entertainment,” he said. “Accelerate Sports is relocating to Manhattan Beach after successfully closing one of its biggest transactions (involving the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes). I am from the Los Angeles area so that is definitely a great incentive to bring me back home.”