Sport Bears in College

Three Golden Bears go to college, and we ask them a couple of questions of how they got there, and what they hope to achieve.

by Dylan Carlson Sirvent, ’19

Q: Which school did you sign for? Why?

A: I signed to play at Kent State University. I was looking back and forth between a lot of schools and didn’t really love any of them. I really liked the campus, and the coach shared a lot of the visions I had.

Q: Had they scouted you before?

A: They talked to my coach at a tournament over the summer and asked if I would go to a prospect camp. After that camp, [the coach] asked me to join the team.

Q: Did you consider any other schools?

   A: I looked at Detroit and Mercy. I was considering them. I talked to Ohio State too.

Q:How long have you wanted to play lacrosse in college?

A: My brother played lacrosse in UA and when I was younger, he’d always have me play with him and my cousins. So, my family just kind of threw me right into it and I loved it.

Q: What are you most excited about for collegiate sports?

A: This is Kent’s first lacrosse program. I’m most excited about starting with this program in its first year. We recently had our official visit with the entire team and all the girls were really awesome. 

Q: Do you want to pursue lacrosse after college?

A: I might like to coach maybe at some point. I am going into education, so I’m going to be a teacher, and that usually pairs pretty well with coaching.

Q: Is there something you will always remember from UA lacrosse?

A: Definitely winning the state championship three years in a row. Hopefully, we get our fourth this year.

Q: What advice do you have for current high school athletes who want to pursue collegiate athletics?

A: Be active and figure out what schools you’d be interested in. Send out emails to coaches and put film together. It’s much better to reach out first, rather than waiting for the coach to come to you.

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Q: Which school did you sign for? Why?

A: I’m going to Notre Dame for basketball. It’s a great academic school and has great basketball programs. It has had some of the best [programs] in the country for a couple years now. I liked what they had to offer, and thought I’d be a pretty good fit.

Q: Had they scouted you before?

A: [Notre Dame] reached out to me first. I was originally committed to OSU but then I de-committed and started considering going to Notre Dame to play.

Q: Did you consider any other schools?

A: After I de-committed from OSU, I talked to a bunch of schools, mainly Notre Dame, Villanova, Indiana.

Q:How long have you wanted to play basketball in college?

A: My dad’s been a coach for as long as I’ve been alive, so I’ve been in the game my whole life. Playing in college is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now.

Q: What are you most excited about for collegiate sports?

A: I’m just excited to get there, start training and be part of the team. I’m really looking forward to it.

Q: Do you want to pursue basketball after college?

A: Possibly. It depends on how well I do. Whether I’m successful enough. It’s definitely a possibility.

Q: Is there something you will always remember from UA basketball?

A: The team had a very good year last year. I personally had my best year. Max Martz’s game-winning buzzer-beater definitely capped off a great year.

Q: What advice do you have for current high school athletes who want to pursue collegiate athletics?

A: Stick with it. There was a time in my career [where] I was questioning myself and struggling. There’s a certain amount of drive you need to have. You need to practice, and it can get hard, but you’ll get through it. So that’s my advice: stick with it; you never know what the outcome will be.

Q:Which school did you sign for? Why?

A:University of Richmond, in Virginia. They have a really amazing soccer program and strong academics. My coaches [at the college] told me they would work with me on academics.

Q:Had they scouted you before?

A: [The coaches] have emailed me since freshman year and I’ve been in communication with them for the past two years. We’ve talked on the phone, and I’ve gone on visits.

Q: Did you consider any other schools?

A:I considered Richmond, Providence, Davidson, Northwestern and Alabama. Those were my top five.

Q:How long have you wanted to play soccer in college?

A: I have always wanted to since I was really young. Playing at the club level, it provided different experiences which made my interest in playing soccer in college grow.

Q:What are you most excited about for collegiate sports?

A:Being able to play at that higher level. I’ve put in all the work for the past 13 years and now I can finally play for a university that has a really good soccer team.

Q:Do you want to pursue soccer after college?

A: I’m not sure yet. It depends on how well college soccer goes. It’s sad to think that I only have four years left. But if something changes, maybe.

Q: Is there something you will always remember from UA soccer?

A:We had a lot of team chemistry which made you want to play your hardest in every match. Also, I loved representing the high school and community on the athletic field.

Q:What advice do you have for current high school athletes who want to pursue collegiate athletics?

A:Work hard and don’t get down about anything. Reach out to colleges and coaches. I recommend calling because then you can make a personal connection. If you do all of that, there are many opportunities. 

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