Apr 09, 2016
WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University athletics is proud to participate in the fifth annual NCAA Division III Week (April 4-10) in an effort to celebrate the impact athletics and Bison student-athletes have on our campus and surrounding community. GU is joining 450 Division III institutions and 43 conferences in this week’s celebration.
To help focus on the many student-athletes that represent Gallaudet athletics we will spotlight two different student-athlete each day this week. You will learn more about them as they express their feelings on what it is like to be a Division III student-athlete here at Gallaudet. Interviews were conducted by the Gallaudet Sports Information Office.
Senior Eric Setzer (Middletown, Md.) has been a part of the soccer team for three seasons as well as football and men’s volleyball. He is on track to graduate this May with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology.
In My Own Words: Eric Setzer
What is it like to be a student-athlete in college?
ES: It definitely was a great experience for me to be a student-athlete in college, because it is only four years and I will never be able to experience it ever again. Being a student-athlete in college was one of my best journeys in college, it has taught me a lot of lessons, presented many challenges, experience and more. I felt that being a student-athlete has helped me to be prepared for my future. I want to be a coach and teacher someday, I thought being a student-athlete in college would be the best place to start if being a teacher and coach were my goals.
What is it like to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University?
ES: I had never thought I would be a student at Gallaudet University because I never heard of it until my junior year of high school. I will have to say I am very glad to be a part of this amazing community because it is a place where deaf and hard of hearing students go for opportunities and to gain higher education. I am the only deaf child in my family along with two sisters and I got a lot of support from them to come here and broaden my experiences and improve my signing skills.
You have been a part of the men’s soccer program for three years. What was it like for you when you found out the program was going to be suspended, and how did you feel when it started back up two years later?
ES: I was disappointed when Gallaudet athletics decided to suspend the men’s soccer program, which shattered my dream of representing Gallaudet soccer, the deaf community and United States Deaf National Soccer Team. Soccer is one of biggest factors why I came here. It was truly like winning a lottery when I found out the program was back. I was a senior at that time and I decided to continue for my fifth year instead of graduating in May 2015. I was able to help men’s soccer team since I had experience with the program during my freshman and sophomore years.
When you look back on your athletic career at Gallaudet what will you remember?
ES: It wasn’t quite exactly what I had mind when I thought about being a student-athlete at Gallaudet University. Two sports I played got suspended, men’s soccer and men’s volleyball. Back then, there were negative stereotypes toward the men’s soccer program because we were struggling to win games and lack of commitment with a part-time coach. It was mixed feelings for me to be a student-athlete while the men’s soccer program was suspended, it felt like I had no meaning of being here back then. When the soccer program was brought back with a new coach, Pedro Braz, was when I finally found my old identity as captain of men’s soccer and student-athlete. The atmosphere at Gallaudet University changed, because fans were so thrilled to have me back along with other veterans, Zachary Seguin, Gabriel Carino, Rood Metellus and the new squad. It felt like I was home again when fans, teammates, students, faculties, staff and coaches were there to back us!
Division III Week Fact of the Day
Did you know 111,004 (58%) men compete in Division III sports, and 276,599 (57%) compete NCAA overall.
Division III Week Student-Athlete Spotlight: In My Words
Saturday: Eric Setzer (Men’s Soccer)
Friday: Toraneau Varice (Men’s Track and Field) | Danielle Warren (Women’s Basketball)
Thursday: Brad Peterson (Football) | Jamila Hubbard (Women’s Track and Field)
Wednesday: David Bruno (Men’s Swimming and Diving) | Jennifer Livengood (Women’s Soccer)
Tuesday: Chase Magsig (Baseball) | Kevlasha Humphrey (Women’s Cross Country)
Monday: Vicente Perez (Men’s Cross Country) | Taylor Mickelson (Women’s Swimming and Diving)
About Division III Week
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement. For more information log onto www.ncaa.org/about/division-iii-week-2016.
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