The 2013 Mount Ida Men’s Soccer Team recorded its best record since their 2008 campaign. In addition to earning berths in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and ECAC tournaments, team members Carlos Martinez (Chelsea, Mass.) and Tyler Grothusen (Ramsey, N.J.) were both named to the GNAC All-Conference Team.
The successful 2013 season was due, in large part, to the efforts of Head Coach Joe Campbell, who was honored as this season’s GNAC Coach of the Year, and his focused dedication over the last four years tobuilding the program. Since 2008, the men’s soccer program has diligently worked towards continually improving its program and record season to season. Coach Campbell has focused on building a strong team and individual work ethic both on the soccer field and off.
“The goal was to bring in players that wanted to work hard every single day, not just on the soccer field, but also in the classroom,” notes Coach Campbell.
This year, the program is graduating six seniors, with an even larger number of juniors graduating next season. These graduation rates demonstrate the strength, direction, and overall success of the program, as well as establishing a strong culture of athletic and academic success in just four short years.
“We needed to build a culture that allowed student athletes to have pride in putting on the Mount Ida jersey,” said Coach Campbell.
Now, a mere four years into his tenure, Coach Campbell’s men’s soccer team is seeing a much matured team competing against some of the best teams in New England including Brandeis, Clark, Babson and Roger Williams.
Off the field, the team continues to excel academically. Coach Campbell cites senior defenseman Carlos Rojas as an example of Mount Ida’s scholar athletes. Rojas has been admitted into the Suffolk University Prelaw Program and this past summer, completed an internship with the Nantucket Police Department.
Coach Campbell continues to work hard to instill athletic and academic discipline in his player’s. He has said, “in order for them to succeed in life they will need to work hard in all they do, and I believe they have bought into that philosophy.”
Coach Campbell concluded by saying, “moving forward we will continue to look to bring in players who are hungry to be successful both on the soccer field and in the classroom. The culture is in place with our student athletes to bring the intensity they display on the field into their academic studies and all aspects of their lives to move forward in successful and productive careers.”
To learn more about Mount Ida College’s Athletic Programs, please visit http://www.mountida.edu/mustang-athletics.