Osayi Osunde ’09 CLAS, ’10 MS has some impressive Villanova credentials. He earned a BA in Psychology and a MS in Human Resource Development while captaining the national FCS champion Villanova football team in 2009, and he was named 2009 Villanova University Male Student Athlete of the Year Award.
Today, Osunde has found a way to put both his academic degrees and his athletic prowess to work as a recruiter for Comcast and as a successful entrepreneur. Osunde is owner and co-founder of Philadelphia-based Fit Academy—an organization that hosts dynamic, sports-influenced boot camps in scenic locations within the Philadelphia community. Fit Academy’s first physical location will open in December 2016 in Philadelphia’s Brewerytown. He’s also an American Council of Exercise certified personal trainer and was named Philadelphia Magazine’s 2016 Best of Philly fitness trainer.
After leaving Villanova Osunde had a brief stint with the Green Bay Packers before captaining the 2011 Team USA International Federation of American Football world champions. He also worked as a fitness model for companies like Under Armour, the NFL and Van Heusen, among others.
He spent three years as a talent management specialist for Independence Blue Cross, where one of his initiatives was creating and implementing Alternative Work Schedule guidelines. In 2014 he joined Comcast, where his responsibilities include consulting in full life-cycle recruitment activities, identifying and planning talent and working with exectutive leadership teams on hiring initiatives.
Juggling two major responsibilities isn’t new for Osunde. During his senior season at Villanova, Osunde began work on his master’s degree in Human Resources Development, a year when he was a team captain and finished with 82 tackles.
His 3.9 grade-point average earned him Colonial Athletic Association athlete of the year, and he finished up his master’s the following year.
“As a student-athlete, you have to be prepared for a heavy schedule,” Osunde said in a 2011 interview with USA Football. “It wasn’t anything that was different…it wasn’t anything that I couldn’t handle.”
Today Osunde continues to find success in dual roles, “One of my coaches once told me to focus on what you want to become. Not where you are today,” he says. “I took that lesson and have never looked back.”