Thierry Tchenko '17

Thierry TchenkoWhen Thierry Tchenko shot he scored, and not just on the basketball court.

He was a leader on the Men’s Basketball team and led the student body as President of McMurry’s Student Government. The political science major who chose to attend McMurry to be a part of War Hawks Basketball, stayed for so many other reasons.

“I choose McMurry because of basketball. However, basketball has not been the only reason why I have stayed,” said Tchenko. “The political science department, the McMurry community and the organizations I'm was involved with on campus have all played a role in my time at McMurry.”

In addition to student government and McMurry Basketball, the 6’1’’ guard from Houston, Texas is actively involved in Fellowship for Christian Athletes, the political science department and is also a member of McMurry’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Balancing the demands of school, basketball and extracurricular activities didn't come easy, but Tchenko took it all in stride. Like in basketball, Tchenko has learned that when you take a fall, you get back up.

“I loved the life lessons I learn from basketball,” explained Tchenko. “Learning how to deal with certain situations on the court helped me with similar situations off the court.”

The President of McMurry Student Government has received numerous scholar-athlete awards including being a NCCAA Scholar-Athlete and a part of the ASC Academic All-Conference team. Tchenko shared that throughout his four years however, his favorite basketball memory is beating Division 1 University of Texas San Antonio at their arena his freshman year. But Tchenko had quite a few extraordinary memories off the court, too.

In the 2014-2015 season, Tchenko joined the War Hawks' team mid-season, after taking the fall semester off when offered an opportunity to work in the gubernatorial campaign for Wendy Davis. His love for politics stems from his political science education that he attributes to his favorite political science professors Dr. Tina Bertrand, Dr. Joel Olufowote and Dr. Paul Fabrizio.

When it was the final quarter of his college career, Tchenko looked to the future. Explored his options, Tchenko dribble into the future and is now in Georgetown University's prestigious Master's program in American Government. Swish.