Many potential student athletes we encounter lead with the thought that soccer will be the end game of the pathway into US college soccer. One of the things that we are adamant about at Upper 90 is that our student athletes are not only successful on the pitch, though, also in the classroom.
Liam Stratton from Sydney, Australia who was placed at Marian University (Indianapolis, NAIA) in 2014 had initially begun with a similar mindset, that is, soccer first. Over the years, Liam has excelled way beyond the soccer pitch, and has taken his studies to another level. Liam gives insight into his journey to date.
'In 2014, I began my career as a student-athlete, playing football and majoring in management in the Byrum School of Business at Marian University, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a student-athlete, I’ve been able to develop and hone leadership skills, like time management, conflict management, and communication. These are all skills I’ve acquired in the classroom and on the field, and these will aid me in my career search and future job post-graduation.'
While I knew a bit about Indianapolis before attending school, I didn’t know the city was nicknamed the “Racing Capital of the World” and home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Some of the world’s largest and most competitive automobile races take place at the famous track, including the Indianapolis 500 as part of the IndyCar Series, and the Brickyard 400 as part of the NASCAR series. Through connections I made at school, I got a job working at The IndyCar Experience. In my position, I drive the steet-legal, high-speed IndyCar and NASCAR at events during the season to promote races. I’ve gotten to travel around the United States driving the cars at special events, and I’ve had the opportunity to network with many professionals in the racing world. The most recent place I traveled for work was St. Petersburg, Florida.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve received by continuing to play football at the collegiate level.
...and we are extremely proud of Liam and his amazing journey to date! Congratulations Liam, your a great role model for aspiring young soccer player back home in Australia!