GC by Me: Do You Have What It Takes?

An inside look at Greensboro College athletics

Anna Rae Porcelli

 

 

 

By Anna Rae Porcelli

Posted March 22, 2019

When you’re young, the possibility of playing college sports often seems an unattainable dream. But did you know that Greensboro College has over 350 students who participate in Division III athletics? For those interested in becoming part of GC’s athletic family—no matter whether you are being recruited for sports, want to be recruited, or have already committed—here are a few things to keep in mind about playing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III level.

All 350+ student athletes and staff standing in the middle of Pride Field for an all-athletics photo.

All 350+ student athletes and staff standing in the middle of Pride Field for an all-athletics photo.

Athletic scholarships cannot be given

Although athletic scholarships cannot be rewarded to Division III athletes, at Greensboro College 99% of students are offered financial aid. Although some may view a lack of athletic scholarships as regrettable, there are actually some pretty major benefits that often go unnoticed. First of all, you won’t be competing for money. That means you can build and be a part of a genuine team culture—which is, of course what everyone wants on the field. Second, you will be playing the sport and working hard for the love of the game, not for the sake of keeping or fighting for a scholarship. As Bryan Galuski, GC’s athletic director and head coach of the men’s basketball team, says, “Our student athletes here … are playing college sports because they truly enjoy competing and wearing a uniform”—and that’s reflective of their “wanting to compete at the next level and to share as many positive experiences as they can.”

“Our student athletes … are playing college sports because they truly enjoy competing and wearing a uniform”—and that’s reflective of their “wanting to compete at the next level and to share as many positive experiences as they can.”

The competitive athletic environment focuses on academic success. It may be hard to believe, but coaches at Greensboro College care about your school-work as much as your workouts. As Galuski describes of what he looks for in the ideal student-athlete, it’s someone “committed to the program. A complete student-athlete encompasses excellence in academics, athletics and is an ambassador to the Greensboro College community. It is important for my student-athletes to buy into the program and program philosophy. How hard he/she works, and the overall commitment are of utmost importance to me.”

“A complete student-athlete encompasses excellence in academics, athletics and is an ambassador to the Greensboro College community. … How hard he/she works, and the overall commitment are of utmost importance to me.”

Galuski certainly made that clear to Carmoni Marks, one of his men’s basketball players, whom he also happens to deem an excellent representative of a student-athlete. As for Marks, he says that, at GC, “there’s a good balance between the student aspect and the athletic side. Coach G wants to give his players the best experience possible. Even though we are a DIII school, he makes sure it’s run as if it’s a top-notch DI.”

“Coach G. wants to give his players the best experience possible. Even though we are a DIII school, he makes sure it’s run as if it’s a top-notch DI.”

You can have a life!

Unlike student-athletes in other divisions, you can truly have a life that includes, but is not limited to, sports. GC athletes retain the time and the energy to participate in on-campus clubs and student-life activities. Some even play a second sport. Division III athletics’ off-season schedule also allows for flexible or voluntary workouts. In other words, GC makes it a point to allow you room to perfect other skills, build your résumé, and succeed in life!

At the end of the day, you are the athlete and your path at GC is yours to define—so long as becoming a well-rounded individual is part of that pathway.

As for how to accomplish that, Carmoni Marks offers this advice:

  • “Make the decision that’s best for you and not for what other people want.”
  • “Don’t take anything for granted. There’s always someone out there [who] wants to be where you’re at, no matter what division you’re playing in.”
  • “Keep working hard in whatever sport you play and in the classroom… It’ll all pay off in the end.”

Anna Rae Porcelli ’20 is a health science major from Wilmington, N.C. She plans on attending physical therapy school after graduation.