The second annual “Meet the Athletes” was a slam dunk among the athletes and staff. With the addition of a men’s soccer and volleyball team as well as promising change in coaching staff among certain sports, the Wilson athletic community gathered in the fitness center on Wednesday Sept 2 for the entire Wilson Community to meet and greet one another.
Jesse Smith ‘18, a member men’s soccer program stated, “The event was a good opportunity to know who is representing Wilson in the sports that we have.” The addition of these sports adds to the athletic community while giving more athletic opportunities for men attending Wilson.
The field hockey team was also present. Returning from a nearly .500 record last year, Miranda Long ‘18 states, “We’re all here for the same purpose: athletics. So it was nice to be recognized for what we’re here for and to show support for all the other teams and get excited about the new teams coming in.” When asked about the team, she states, “The field hockey team is my family, I couldn’t ask for any more support and love from a group of people and I think we will be successful especially in the NEAC.”
Men’s basketball center Keiffer Grimes ’18 was also present at the event saying, “The meet the athletes’ night was a good night to show everyone the teams and players, also getting a chance to meet the coaches.”
With so many positive changes to the athletic department this year looks very promising for Wilson Athletics. Head coach of the field hockey team, Shelly Novak, was also present and noted this was the second year this event has taken place. Novak noted that Wilson currently has 106 student athletes, and due to the increase of players, the Athletic Department plans on making this an annual event. She states, “This night is for the athletes to introduce themselves to one another and the community.”
With student athletes making an effort to strive inside and outside the classroom, students are encouraged to support Phoenix athletes. There will also be a tailgate and meal in support of the field hockey team on Sept 26 located at the Brooks Parking lot by the tennis courts. This event is open to the community. Come out and show some Phoenix Spirit in support of the Field Hockey team.