D1 Athlete or Coach: Do you have what it takes?

Many kids grow up with the desire to play sports at the Division 1 level, which is the highest level of collegiate sports. Although, this may be a dream for many, it will only become a reality for few. Yes, talent does play a huge factor in getting to this level; however, there are other small components that separate D-1 athletes and Coaches from other collegiate divisions. We were able to sit down with Campbell University Assistant Coach and former Campbell Camel Mike Delucia, and talk about what it takes to be an athlete and a coach at the D1 level.

Written and Interview By: Erick Gaylord

ANDREW WITCZAK: ROAD 2 RECOVERY

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On Saturday, April 18, 2015, in a conference game against Charleston Southern, Andrew Witczak gets the start on the mound for the Camels. He cruises through the first inning and goes back out for the second. With no runners on and one out, the second batter of the inning steps in the box. Andrew works the batter to a 1-1 count; steps back on the rubber to get the sign from the catcher for the next pitch. The catcher calls a fastball; Witczak nods his head up and down to confirm the sign. He starts his wind up towards home plate, as he throws the pitch, he felt something completely unorthodox happen in his arm as the balled flopped out of his hand and bounced on the ground. That was it! Little did he know, he would be out for the rest of the season with one of pitchers most feared injuries, Tommy John. Over the next eleven to twelve and a half months, Andrew would be on his “Road 2 Recovery.”

 

By: Erick Gaylord 

 

Q&A With Campbell Faces

Isaiah Page is a senior mass communication student from Ontario, Canada who plays on the men’s soccer team.

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Q: What is your favorite color?

Blue

Q: If you could be anyone for a day who would it be?

Drake

Q: What made you want to be on the Campbell men’s soccer team?

I grew up playing soccer and I got an oppertunity to come play in the states and I decided to take it.

Q: What is different about being in the US than Canada?

Smarties are different. The things you guys think Smarties are, are not Smarties.  There’s lots of differences.  It’s just a different culture here.

Q: Which do you like better, US or Canada?

Canada

Q: What’s your shoe size?

11

Senior night for men’s soccer is on Wednesday November 4th so come out to support senior soccer players like Isaiah.

Interview By: Hannah Gooding

Q&A with Campbell Faces

Kyle White is a junior math education major from Washington, NC and he tells us about working for Campus Rec and his love for intermural sports.

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“It’s where I found my group of best friends, where I stay active and out of my dorm room, and where so many memories here at Campbell have been made.”

Q: What made you come to Campbell?

My youth minster was a graduate of Campbell and he brought me here on a tour when I was a junior in high school. I just really felt God lead me here. It’s just like a big family, you can tell. When I got here on visitation day, I met a professor in the math department, it was Dr. Williams. I saw her later on that day and she recognized me and said “hey” and I thought “well if she can remember me in one day, then she will definitely remember me at school.

Q: What would you like to do with math?

I want to be a high school teacher and a coach. My dad was my high school science teacher and basketball coach for all four years. I kind of want to take his job, but I probably won’t go back home it will be somewhere else. Working with kids, working with students and players.

Q: How long have you been working for Campus rec?

Literally since the day I got here as a freshman.

Q: What do you do for campus rec?

I am a supervisor and head of officials. I officiate just about every sport that we have here and give trainings for other officials. We train them to learn to officiate. I play intermural sports as well. That’s one of the good things that our boss lets us do. We play, but our job is top priority.

Q: Which games do you officiate?

I officiate Flag Football, Indoor and Outdoor Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball for Intermural Sports.

Q: Have you ever officiated anything before working for Campus Rec?

Yes! I officiated Rec Soccer back in Washington. That’s how I got into officiating in the first place. I officiated kids from ages 8-15.

Q: Is there anything you would like everyone to know about Campus Rec?

A: I hope more and more people see how awesome Campus Rec and intermural sports are! It’s where I found my group of best friends, where I stay active and out of my dorm room, and where so many memories here at Campbell have been made.

Interview By: Hannah Gooding

Q&A with Campbell Faces


Junior, Jenny Hegarty, is a Marketing major and an Psychology minor from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Read this article to learn more about Jenny’s way of using her talents to show Campbell Pride.


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“I think it is so important to try new things without letting the fear of failure control your decision making process”

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

I’ve taken a camp with the Radio City Rockettes, and had the opportunity to dance in the Radio City Music Hall for a week when I was in high school! It was such a life­changing experience that I will never forget!

Q: What activities do you participate in?

I am a Resident Assistant (RA) in Hedgpeth Hall, as well as a member of the Campbell University Dance Team, the Christian Business Initiative Club, and the Marketing Club!

Q: As a new member of the Campbell Dance Team, why do you choose to show your school spirit through dancing?

My favorite part of dancing is that it takes me away from everything else in my world. When I am dancing and moving, I feel so free from the expectations of school and other stresses in my life. When I dance, I feel like the purest, most joyful form of myself. It’s a very addictive feeling. I have never felt so much pride for my school until I saw the fans at the first game. It made all of the hard work worth it when I saw the fans engaging in our band dances and cheering on the Camels. It’s a great feeling to see people waving at you and taking your picture because its a special moment to me as well as my peers.

Q:Why did you choose your major? What are your plans for after graduation?

I eventually would like to open up my own dance studio, and to do that, I need to learn how to run my own business. Creative people are often so good at choreographing and absorbed in teaching that they have no knowledge of how to manage money, advertise, or run a business efficiently. I’m hoping that as a Marketing major, I will learn how to market myself and my future studio while gaining a general knowledge of accounting, business law, and communications in addition. I’m also minoring in Psychology so I can attempt to learn as much about common developmental patterns of the aged children I will be teaching in my classes.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to Campbell students, both current and future, what would it be?

If I could give anyone advice who is coming to Campbell, my biggest thing I like to talk to other people about is using every experience to build yourself into a strong person. I try to encourage my residents to get out of their comfort zones and do things that excite them in life. I think it is so important to try new things without letting the fear of failure control your decision making process. Each time you fall does not make you into the person that you will become, but how you get up shapes who you are. College is a time where there is lots of falling because everything is new and unfamiliar, but we really decide who we are when we choose how we are going to get up when we find ourselves in tough situations.  Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!

By: Destiny Goins

Q&A Sami McDaniel

Sami McDaniel is a rising freshman at Campbell and this past weekend she attended orientation.

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Prior to orientation, I met with Sami at the Miss North Carolina Pageant where she competed as Miss Moore County.  She excelled in all areas of competition which included, interview, onstage question, evening gown, talent, and swimsuit.  For her talent, she played the piano excellently in a lovely green dress.  Her platform is promoting self-esteem.  Campbell is very proud for how she represented the school and herself as she competed.

While at Campbell, Sami will be majoring in Communication with an aspiration to work at ESPN.

Sami is from Coats and has dreamed of going to Campbell her whole life.

Interview and Written By: Hannah Gooding

Q&A with Campbell Faces

Joshua Moorman is a 5th year senior and is majoring in Biology.  He talks about his major and what he has enjoyed about his classes at Campbell.

What brought you to Campbell?

Scholarship, and respected science program

Why Biology as a major?

Interest in animals and anatomy/physiology

What do you suggest to Freshman Biology Majors?

STUDY! It will get much harder so be comfortable with basics.

What are your plans after you graduate?

Large animal research and documentary opportunity

What were your funniest moments at Campbell?

Any Dr. Bartlett class!

What will you miss the most at Campbell?

The people who made my time there worthwhile

Interview By: Lauren Grant