The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes. The "Friday Feature" series is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces AJ Marcucci of Connecticut College Men's Soccer team and a mathematics major.
AJ Marcucci, Connecticut College
Junior, Men's Soccer
West Chester, Pa./The Episcopal Academy
Major: Mathematics (concentration in Statistics)
Minors: Finance & Economics
Why did you choose to attend Connecticut College?
I chose Connecticut College because it reminded me of my high school - small and competitive. It is a great school for individuals to excel both academically and athletically and was the perfect fit for me.
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I chose to be a Division III student-athlete because academics is important for me and my family. My academics have always been the priority and going to a Division III institution, academics comes first.
What is the best thing about being part of the NESCAC?
The best part of being in the NESCAC is the competitiveness and knowing every single game you play will be a battle.
What is your dream job/career? Why?
My dream career would be playing professional soccer someday either in Europe or the states. Many of my friends and I have always dreamed about playing professional soccer and many of them are playing now. I would love to add my name to that list.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
It has to be hosting the NCAA First and Second rounds last year. Campus felt different that whole week leading up to the games.
What are three things on your bucket list?
Go to every professional baseball stadium in America, visit the Maldives, and meet Klay Thompson.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
My favorite class outside my major has to be hip hop dance which I took my first year. It was so much fun and I did it with eight teammates. I was also able to meet some amazing people in the class.
Who is your favorite professor? Why?
My favorite professor is Warren Johnson. He is my advisor and is really helpful. He also attends some games and after some classes will comment on our performances.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
One lesson I have learned from being a student-athlete is that having a great team culture produces success. It isn't all about you but how can you make your teammates feel great and pushing them to be the best they can be. When they feel great the team is successful.
Who has been the most influential person on you during your time in college so far? Why?
My father. He is always supportive of anything that I do. He comes to as many games as he can and is always there for me if I need someone to talk to.