Midfielder Drew FitzGibbon had a pretty solid freshman season with Earlham men’s soccer, leading the rookies with two goals.
He tallied four goals during his sophomore campaign in 2018.
If the pattern holds, FitzGibbon is primed for a breakout season in 2019.
“He brings speed and athleticism to our team,” said Aaron Gustine, Earlham’s head men’s soccer coach who, as an assistant coach, helped recruit FitzGibbon. “He’s a high character kid who would run through a brick wall if you asked him to.”
FitzGibbon earned Honorable Mention All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference accolades in 2018, after netting goals against conference foes Mount St. Joseph, Franklin, and defending HCAC champion Transylvania. Gustine said FitzGibbon has been working on his technical skills since the end of last season – his touch on the ball, his passing, and his receiving.
“Drew’s someone who says the right things, does the right things, and leads by example,” said Gustine.
A few minutes with Drew FitzGibbon:
What attracted you to Earlham College?
I really like the programs that a small school like Earlham provides for the students. But most importantly I like the atmosphere on campus; it felt like home the first day I arrived here.
What’s the best class you’ve taken so far at Earlham?
Right now, I am really enjoying Psychology of Sport. I think the class is very interesting and even though I have not been in the class very long, I am already very intrigued by the material we will cover this semester.
Are you involved with any other clubs/organizations here on campus?
I have been a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)
What are you hoping to do after graduation?
I am hoping to land a job in a sports management position, particularly around soccer.
How has being a student-athlete shaped your Earlham experience?
It has allowed me to represent my school in a way that I never would have been able to otherwise.
What has been your most memorable moment as an athlete since arriving at Earlham?
Soccer: Scoring and defeating the top-ranked Transylvania on our home field 3-1 as a sophomore has been one of my favorite moments so far.
Track: Placing third as a team at the indoor conference meet and breaking Earlham’s indoor 4x400 relay to reach the podium last year was easily my favorite memory.
“Hard work pays off”
What cartoon character would be your sidekick? (and explain why…)
Definitely Cosmo and Wanda from Fairly Odd Parents. They would be there to grant me wishes when I want them too.
What four teammates would you want on your Family Feud team? (and explain why…)
Jeff, Jimmy, Chima, and Ryoji because we have the most experience and are definitely the smartest class on the team.
If you could pick someone to play you in a movie, who would it be? (and explain why…)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson because he makes every movie cool and we look identical.
Your “go to” karaoke song?
“Don’t Stop Believin’”
Who is someone who has impacted your career, or encouraged you when you thought about giving up? Could be coach, teacher, parent, friend, etc. – think of it this way: who would be the most important person you would want to thank in your Hall of Fame speech? Then, what advice did that individual give to you that made the most impact?
My dad has impacted my career more than anyone, pushing me to work hard to be the best version of myself on and off the field. He always has told me that all you can do is put your full effort into something, and if you do that you can hold your head high no matter what.